Nielsen: Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Bows Atop Weekly Streamed Movies Through Aug. 29

Disney’s Cruella was the top-streamed movie in Nielsen households the week ended Aug. 29, generating 815 million minutes of streaming. The title, starring Emma Stone, was made available free to Disney+ subscribers on Aug. 27. The movie was originally released May 28 in theaters and as a $29.99 Premier Access Disney+ add-on.

Netflix again generated the most minutes streamed during the week: 1.38 billion minutes across 42 episodes for licensed former NBC primetime series “Manifest.” The time almost doubles the 705 million minutes streamed across the same number of episodes in the week ended Aug. 22.

Netflix began streaming the show — about a commercial flight that returns after five years — at the conclusion of the third season on NBC. Netflix recently greenlighted a fourth and final season, which will be produced by Warner Television.

Among original episodic programming, Netflix new original series, “Clickbait,” topped all competitors with 912 million minutes streamed across eight episodes. The series weaves between virtual and real identity, when family man Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier) is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist. The series also stars Zoe Kazan (“The Kindness of Strangers”) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out), among others.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


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2 NETFLIX SWEET GIRL (2021) 1 519
6 DISNEY+ LUCA (2021) 1 268


Merchandising: ‘F9,’ ‘Cruella’ Among Slew of Exclusives

The new Sept. 21 home video releases saw several exclusive editions arrive at retail.

For Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga, Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘F9’ 4K Steelbook


Target’s exclusive for F9 was a Blu-ray combo pack with 10 collectible character art cards for $26.99.

Target’s ‘F9’ Blu-ray with character cards

Walmart didn’t have an exclusive for F9 on its own, but did release an exclusive nine-movie “Fast & Furious” DVD collection, for $44.96.

Walmart’s ‘Fast & Furious’ 9-Movie DVD collection

For Disney’s Cruella, Best Buy offered a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Cruella’ Steelbook

Target’s Cruella exclusive was a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with two limited-edition foil-edged prints, for $34.99.

Target’s ‘Cruella’ 4K combo pack with art cards

Walmart offered the Cruella 4K combo pack with exclusive box art and a code for a Disney Classic Stories: Cruella eBook for $29.96.

Walmart’s ‘Cruella’ 4K box art

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Best Buy also had exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo packs for Disney’s Unbreakable, at $28.99, and Warner’s A Clockwork Orange, at $33.99.

Best Buy’ ‘Unbreakable’ 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ 4K Steelbook

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Target held a promotion offering 30% off select Halloween-themed books and movies. Target also had the DVD of The Nightmare Before Christmas: 25th Anniversary Edition discounted to $6.

‘F9,’ ‘Cruella’ Top List of New Disc Releases Sept. 21

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga and Disney’s Cruella lead the slate of new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Sept.21. New digital releases include Paw Patrol: The Movie.

F9: The Fast Saga, the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, comes out with a new director’s cut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has generated more than $716 million worldwide. The release features the original theatrical version, the director’s cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts and cars and a gag reel. In the film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series, returns to the director’s seat. F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Sept. 21 releases Cruella on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, follows the early years of the villainous Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film earned $86.1 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate releases the comedy Lady of the Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 21. Written and directed by actor Justin Long and his brother Christian, the supernatural buddy comedy stars Melanie Lynskey as a stoner-slacker hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it — until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears and tells her it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does. The cast also includes Justin Long, Luis Guzmán and Ryan Phillippe. The film is rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual material and drug use.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batwoman: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 21. The second season of the CW series introduces a new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie), who discovers the bat-suit in the wreckage of Kate Kane’s plane. As the Bat-team tries to piece together what happened to Kate, the new Batwoman confronts a new enemy to Gotham City: the Black Mask. Meanwhile, the villainous Alice (Rachel Skarsten) confronts her past, and the leader of a cult of women who live on a mysterious island and may have been involved causing Kate to disappear. The cast also includes Dougray Scott, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson and Elizabeth Anweis. “Batwoman” is part of the “Arrowverse,” a shared universe of CW shows that also includes “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” among others.

God of War II, a follow-up the 2017 Chinese martial arts actioner God of War, lands on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.Charles Lin (The Outsiders) and Yuxi Liu (Legend of the Phoenix) star in the story of Lü Bu. Years after escaping, Lü Bu has no memory of his hellish early life as a test subject for a ruthless imperial sorceress. Now, he is feared across the land as the conquering general under warlord Dong Zhuo, for whom he has blazed a trail of victories on the battlefield. But when a woman arrives at the palace claiming to be his long-lost love, the facade begins to fade, and he begins to realize that his closest allies may yet be his most dangerous foes.

RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, releases the horror film Violation for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Sept. 21. The film, from AMC’s Shudder streaming service, marks the feature screenwriting and directorial debut of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Sims-Fewer also stars as Miriam who returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law when her marriage begins to implode. But one evening, a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge, Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. The cast also includes Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe and Obi Abili.

IFC Films Sept. 21 releases Last Call on DVD. The comedy-drama stars Jeremy Piven as Mick, a local success story and real estate developer who returns home to his offbeat blue-collar Irish neighborhood in the shadows of Philadelphia for a funeral and is obligated to stay to ensure his parents’ ailing family business gets back on course. Amid all of this, he grows closer to his childhood crush (Taryn Manning), who is also back in town, while enduring the constant ridicule of his old hometown crew. As Mick begins to reconnect with the neighborhood he grew up in, he finds himself at a crossroads when forced to either raze or resurrect the family bar.

The drama I Carry You With Me comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film follows a decades-spanning romance between an aspiring chef and a teacher and their treacherous journey from Mexico to New York with dreams, hopes and memories in tow. Directed by Heidi Ewing and written by Heidi Ewing and Alan Page Arriaga, the film stars Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Arcella Ramírez and Michelle González.

Lionsgate releases the eight-part A&E Network documentary series “Biography: WWE Legends” in two volumes on DVD Sept. 21. Helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, the docuseries gives fans the ultimate ringside seat to the real-life stories behind the showbiz acrobatics, smack talk and larger-than-life alter-egos of several legends of professional wrestling. These collections pull back the curtain on the twists, turns and triumphs on the paths to fame and icon status for these WWE Legends. Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 1 focuses on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Booker T.” Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 2 presents profiles of Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart. The separate DVD sets are listed with an SRP of $19.98 each.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release The Equalizer: Season One on DVD Sept. 21. The reimagining of the 1985-89 TV series “The Equalizer” stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer — an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

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The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is available for digital purchase Sept. 21. In the film, which earned $103 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City. The digital release features exclusive bonus content, including a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker (Jimmy Kimmel); a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video; bonus television episodes from the Nickelodeon series (produced by Spin Master Entertainment), including one never-before-seen episode; and a never-before-seen episode of “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” The film will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.

The action thriller The Protégé arrives for digital purchase Sept. 21 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19.

Also new for digital purchase Sept. 21 is Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release Night of the Animated Dead through digital retailers Sept. 21. An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis. The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

The “Crocodile Dundee” trilogy arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 35th anniversary. Originally released on Sept. 26, 1986, Crocodile Dundee, featuring Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), the eccentric Australian crocodile hunter, earned more than $328 million worldwide and spawned two sequels: Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. 

The 1997 Kurt Russell thriller Breakdown will travel to Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring a director-approved remaster from a new 4K film scan, the film is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. In Breakdown, Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true.

The sports drama Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane, arrives on Blu-ray for the first time Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 20th anniversary. Directed by Brian Robbins, the film follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team, a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. The kids need someone to believe in, and as Conor wrestles with his past, they start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future — that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

The 2000 sci-fi drama Unbreakable arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital for the first time Sept. 21 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will also be released as a limited-edition Steelbook available only at Best Buy stores. In the film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, after David Dunn (Bruce Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor — and without a single scratch on him — he meets a mysterious, unsettling stranger (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes comic book heroes walk the earth, and whose sinister, single-minded obsession will impact David’s life forever.

Due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is 1970’s Skullduggery, starring Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, Roger C. Carmel, Edward Fox, Alexander Knox and Wilfrid Hyde-White. An expedition into the interior of Papua New Guinea comes across a tribe of ape-like people, the Tropis, who may or may not be ancestors of early man. However, the influence of modern man is to have devastating effects upon these forgotten people. When one of the Tropis is allegedly murdered, the following murder trial centers around the question of whether the Tropis are human or animal. Includes a new 2K master, and a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, C. Courtney Joyner and Sergio Mims.

Also due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is the 1970 Western Macho Callahan, starring David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, David Carradine, Bo Hopkins and James Booth. Diego “Macho” Callahan (Janssen), a man tricked into enlisting in the Confederate army, is later thrown into a hellish stockade on desertion charges. He eventually breaks out of the prison camp and sets out to kill Duffy (Cobb), the man in yellow boots who bamboozled him into signing enlistment papers. However, after accidentally killing a Confederate officer (Carradine), he finds himself pursued by a gang of vicious bounty hunters intent on collecting the reward put up by the dead officer’s widow (Seberg). Includes a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, plus a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox.

Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1974’s Golden Needles, starring Joe Don Baker, Jim Kelly, Elizabeth Ashley, Burgess Meredith, Ann Sothern and Roy Chiao. From director Robert Clouse comes this suspense story of a priceless ancient Chinese statue that is pursued halfway across the world. The legend of the golden statue (which contains seven youth-restoring acupuncture needles) promises the owner health and incredible vigor, but can also deliver a painful death. Includes a new 2K master, a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Chris Poggiali, newly commissioned art by Vince Evans, radio spots, a TV Spot, theatrical trailer and an image gallery.

Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, starring Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner, Reni Santoni, George Gaynes and Francis X McCartney.

Martin re-teams with director Carl Reiner, following The Jerk and The Man with Two Brains, for this black-and-white comedy noir. As the private eye of private eyes, Martin is Rigby Reardon. He’s tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the “Carlotta Lists.” By weaving the plot and production design around memorable movie clips, Martin and Reiner summon some familiar friends to assist Reardon: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner — just to name a few. Extras include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Allan Arkush and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer, four radio spots, three TV spots, the theatrical trailer and a “Buttometer” teaser trailer.

Sept. 21 also sees the Blu-ray release of 1988’s Masquerade, starring Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Dana Delany, John Glover and Doug Savant. In this sexually charged mystery about a wealthy woman who falls for the wrong man, Olivia (Tilly) seems to have it all. But behind the serene facade of her Easthampton seaside estate, something is missing: passion. Enter Tim (Lowe), the sexy sailing instructor and playboy who’s not ashamed of sleeping with his boss’ insatiable wife (Cattrall) or social climbing for sport. And when he sets his sights on Olivia, she falls under the seductive spell of this handsome stranger, unaware that he has his eye on more than just her beauty. Includes a new audio commentary by director Bob Swaim.

Also due on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 21 is 1990’s Bird on a Wire, starring Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Joan Severance and Stephen Tobolowsky. From director John Badham, the action-packed comedy stars Gibson as Rick Jarmin, a man hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program who gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognizes him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Includes a new 2K master; a new audio commentary from Badham, producer/second unit director Rob Cohen and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer; and the theatrical trailer.

Code Red Sept. 21 releases on Blu-ray the 1970 family movie Pufnstuf from “Land of the Lost” producers Sid & Marty Krofft, starring Jack Wild, Martha Raye, Cass Elliott, Billie Hayes, Billy Barty and Felix Silla. After a bad day at school, Jimmy (Wild) runs to the shore to play his flute, but he can’t believe his eyes when his ordinary flute comes to life. When a magical talking boat appears, he boards the ship only to discover that it has been sent by an evil witch named Witchiepoo to keep him prisoner and take his flute. It’s up to the fantastic dragon H.R. Pufnstuf and his comical companions, Cling and Clang, to come to the rescue in an adventure beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.

Gravitas Ventures releases the sci-fi thriller Tethered on demand Sept. 21. In the film from writer-director Gregg Furuoka, what starts as a “John Doe” case for Detective Samantha Morris (Caroline Harris, American Gigolo) and her partner will put her personal world into upheaval. No one understands what happened to her and her partner out in the forest — not even her. In this sci-fi mystery, Sam searches for a murderer, a missing partner, and her own sanity. The puzzle consumes her and if she is to take back her life, she must redefine her own reality. In order to discover the truth of what really happened, she will have to suffer even greater consequences.

Gravitas Ventures Sept. 21 also releases the documentary The Center: Gibbons and Guardians across all TVOD/digital platforms and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on Sept. 21. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alex M. Azmi (To Climb a Gold Mountain and the upcoming Man and Machine), the documentary is a winner of five festivals from an international film festival run of more than a dozen festivals. It tells the story of The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, Calif., at which a determined group of people dedicate their lives to the care of endangered apes and in the process, find courage, laughter and even romance. The film follows the unexpected dramas at this remote nonprofit wildlife center in the California desert, weaving together the lives of endangered gibbons alongside those who care for them. It features interviews with a number of the leading women who tirelessly champion apes globally, including Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. messenger of peace, and The Gibbon Conservation Center’s director Gabriella Skollar.

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‘Cruella’ Streaming on Disney+ Aug. 27

Disney Aug. 23 announced that live-action feature film Cruella will be available to Disney+ subscribers for no additional charge Aug. 27.

The movie, starring Oscar winners Emma Stone (La La Land) and Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility), generated $222 million at the global box office, including $86 million in the United States. Disney made the movie available on digital retail platforms June 25, with a disc launch coming Sept. 21.

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Set in 1970s London amid the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella (Stone), a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets.

Disney Touting ‘Cruella’ Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Retailer Exclusives

Best Buy’s ‘Cruella’ Steelbook

Walt Disney Studios has revealed limited-edition retailer exclusives for its upcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release of the live-action film Cruella, starring Emma Stone. The movie has generated $222 million at the global box office, including $85.7 million domestically.

The movie releases on packaged media nationwide Sept. 21 with exclusive editions at Best Buy, Target and Walmart. The three versions are now available for advance orders on the retailers’ websites.

Target’s ‘Cruella’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Best Buy release includes a limited run of the film packaged in a collectable Steelbook case.

The Target version features two gold-foiled exclusive lithographs designed by Poster Posse artist Nicky Barkla and Bella Grace.

The Walmart release includes an e-book. Bonus features on all three versions include deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and cast interviews, among other features.

Walmart’s ‘Cruella’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Set in 1970s London amid the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella (Stone), a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets.

One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Howards End, Sense & Sensibility). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

‘Cruella’ Now Available for Digital Purchase — Free Preview of First Nine Minutes Available via Fandango

Disney’s Cruella became available for digital purchase June 25, and online movie hub Fandango is offering an exclusive free preview of the film’s first nine minutes.

The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, stars Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

The preview is available through the FandangoNow Extras YouTube channel and Fandango’s social media accounts, and available to buy for $29.99 in standard-definition, high-definition and 4K ultra-high-definition through Fandango-owned transacational video services Vudu and FandangoNow.

The preview is embedded here:

The film was previously available as a $29.99 Premier Access add-on to the Disney+ streaming service, and was simultaneously released in theaters, where it has earned more than $162 million worldwide. Cruella will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 21.

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‘Cruella’ Digital Release Set for June 25, Disc Coming Sept. 21

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will make Cruella available through digital retailers June 25, with a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD to follow on Sept. 21.

The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, follows the early years of the villainous Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

The film earned $43.7 million at the domestic box office and is also available as a $29.99 Premier Access add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

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The 4K disc will include Dolby Atmos, while the regular Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HDMA. Extras include bloopers, two deleted scenes and several featurettes:

  • “The Two Emma’s” — about the two lead actresses and how they prepared for their roles;
  • “The Sidekick Angle” — about Fry and Hauser as Jasper and Horace;
  • “Cruella Couture” — a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fashionable moments in the movie;
  • “The World of “Cruella” — an exploration of the city locations and elaborate sets of Cruella;
  • “New Dogs … Old Tricks” — a look at the animal actors of the film;
  • “Cruella 101” — a look at Easter eggs hidden in the film and connections to other movies.


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Jury Still Out on Streaming/Theatrical Hybrid Movie Releases

NEWS ANALYSIS — With the domestic box office picking up steam over the Memorial Day weekend as more moviegoers get vaccinated and consumer confidence grows, Hollywood’s rushed streaming/theatrical hybrid movie distribution experiment receives further scrutiny.

Disney’s Cruella, the live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, finished a distant second over the weekend with $26.5 million at the box office to $57 million for Paramount Pictures’ apocalyptic sequel A Quiet Place Part II. Disney also made the Emma Stone-starrer available for purchase to Disney+ subscribers for $29.99 Premier Access. With a reported 688,000 households opting to purchase the movie, according to Samba TV, Disney generated another $20.5 million in higher-margin revenue than theatrical. When combined with $16.1 million in foreign ticket sales, the movie totaled $63.1 million over the weekend.

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That narrows the fiscal gap significantly to A Quiet Place Part II, which generated $22 million internationally, to total $79 million over the holiday weekend.

Now, what if ViacomCBS had made the movie available on PVOD to Paramount+ and Showtime OTT subs? Would that have enhanced the movie’s fiscal take considering the two streaming services had 36 million subscribers globally at the end of the most-recent fiscal period? Would the added sub revenue have been worth obliterating the theatrical window and risking ticket sales?

Paramount didn’t take that chance. Instead, the media company opted to screen A Quiet Place Part II exclusively in theaters for 45 days before making it available for no extra cost to Paramount+ subscribers.

Box Office Pro analyst Shawn Robbins contends that without transparency from studios on streaming data, it’s a guessing game how well the hybrid distribution model is working.

“One might even argue the silence on streaming data speaks volumes about how studios feel about the results so far,” Robbins told Observer.

On a fiscal call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the media giant remained loyal to the theatrical window — and alternative distribution, depending on the movie in question.

Indeed, Cruella, whose box office fell below the studio’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil with $39.5 million, saw its Premier Access sales finish almost 40% below Disney’s first PVOD release, Mulan, over the Labor Day weekend last year.

“One of the things we learned is flexibility is good because there’s two dynamics going on: One is people’s willingness to return to theaters and theaters’ ability to return in a meaningful way,” Chapek told analysts. “And then the second is the change in consumer behavior that’s happening naturally, with COVID probably acting as a bit of a catalyst, but was going to happen anyway.”

Regardless, Warner Bros. Discovery, the latest pending iteration of the former Time Warner, plans to return to the theatrical window in 2022 following this year’s hybrid HBO Max/theatrical concurrent release strategy.

“You should expect us to lean into theatrical distribution for decades and decades to come,” CEO Jason Kilar told a separate Wall Street panel.