‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Repeats as Top Disc Seller

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder was No. 1 for a second week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week ended Oct. 8.

The 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the fourth “Thor” solo adventure finds Chris Hemsworth reprising the character, who teams with former flame Jane (Natalie Portman) to battle a malevolent force that threatens the universe’s gods.

The week’s top newcomer, debuting at No. 2 on both charts with about 45% of the unit sales of the top title, was another superhero movie, Warner’s animated DC League of Super-Pets. The film finds Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Ace the hound (Kevin Hart) leading a team of superhero pets to rescue the kidnapped Justice League. The film, which earned $92.8 million at the domestic box office, had 51% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc, with 42% from regular Blu-ray and 9% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

No. 3 on the overall disc chart for the week was Star Trek: Picard — Season Two, the CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment disc release of the latest season of the Paramount+ original series. The season finds Team Picard sent back in the 21st century to prevent a timeline in which Earth becomes a tyrannical galactic empire. It had 52% of its total sales from Blu-ray Disc and was No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller, and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s 1993 Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus, which continues to grab high chart spots during the Halloween season. A sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, debuted on the Disney+ streaming service Sept. 30.

No. 5 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray Disc sellers were a couple of catalog titles pushed back up the charts by new 4K Ultra HD editions.

The No. 3 Blu-ray was 1985’s Fright Night from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (No. 10 overall), newly released as a 4K Steelbook.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was director Sam Raimi’s 1992 “Evil Dead” sequel Army of Darkness, newly released as a 4K Steelbook from Shout! Factory. When combined with previous DVD and Blu-ray versions from Universal, Army of Darkness was No. 11 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 9 had the Screen Media reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn at No. 1, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 2, and DC League of Super-Pets at No. 3. 

The top rental the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing, slipped to No. 4, followed by Univeral’s Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 5.

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Oct. 4 New Releases Include ‘DC League of Super-Pets,’ ‘Winning Time,’ ‘Star Trek: Picard’ on Disc, ‘Easter Sunday’ on Digital

The week of Oct. 4 sees the DVD and Blu-ray releases of DC League of Super-Pets, Winning Time and season two of “Star Trek: Picard.”

The animated action-adventure DC League of Super-Pets arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Featuring the DC canon’s unsung heroes, Krypto and Ace, the film is based on characters from DC and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski) are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack — Ace the hound (Kevin Hart), PB the potbellied pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) and Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna) — to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves. The film earned $91.6 million at the domestic box office. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 4. The HBO original series is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman, and focuses on the 1979-80 championship season, as Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) buys the team and drafts Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah). The cast also includes Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Julianne Nicholson as Cranny McKinney, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tamera Tomakili as Earleatha “Cookie” Kelly, Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, Sarah Ramos as Cheryl Pistono, Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani, Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen, Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper, Jimel Atkins as Jamaal Wilkes, Austin Aaron as Mark Landsberger, Jon Young as Brad Holland, with Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr. and Sally Field as Jessie Buss. The Blu-ray and DVD of season one includes all 10 episodes plus bonus featurettes. The show is also available for digital purchase and streaming on HBO Max. The series has been renewed for a second season.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Star Trek: Picard — Season Two on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 4. The Blu-ray will also be available in limited-edition Steelbook packaging. The 10 episodes of the second season of the Paramount+ original series find Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew waking up in an alternate 25th century reality in which humanity has formed an evil empire bent on galactic domination, prompting them to go back in time to 2024 to set things right. However, seemingly standing in their way is Picard’s old nemesis Q (John de Lancie), a trickster with the power over time and space. The cast also includes Jeri Ryan, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Orla Brady, Santiago Cabrera, Brent Spiner, Annie Wersching, Ito Aghayere and Whoopi Goldberg.

Also from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 4 is Walker: Season Two, which arrives as a five-disc collection with all 20 episodes from the latest season of the “Walker, Texas Ranger” remake starring Jared Padalecki. The latest season kicks off when a family from Walker’s childhood returns, bringing up old memories and trauma. As Walker tries to reconcile the relationship between the two families, they encounter a decision that puts them both in a troubling situation. The DVD includes deleted scenes and a gag reel.

The horror thriller They Crawl Beneath debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, reminiscent of the fun horror films of the 1950s, young police officer Danny (Joseph Almani) is working on an antique car at his uncle’s remote ranch when a major earthquake hits, pinning him under the vehicle and leaving him bloodied, alone, and with no way to call for help. Just when he thinks the claustrophobic nightmare can’t get any worse, something truly horrifying emerges from the fissures in the ground, forcing Danny to engage in a brutal fight for his life — and his sanity. Directed by Dale Fabrigar (D-Railed, Lonely Boy), the thriller stars Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer), Joseph Almani (Law of Attraction), Arthur Roberts (Not of This Earth), Merrick McCartha (Twisted Twin), Karlee Eldridge (House of Bodies), Elena Sahagun (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and Natalia Bilbao (No Man’s Law). The film had its world premiere at the Texas Frightmare Festival and will also be screening at the Horror Hotel Film Fest and the Halloween Horror Picture Show. 

The action-thriller Into the Deep will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4 from Lionsgate. From first time director Kate Cox, the film stars Matthew Daddario (“Shadowhunters”), Ella-Rae Smith and Jessica Alexander. A young woman desperate for an escape, meets a mysterious and attractive stranger who promises a romantic trip. What follows is deceit, mistrust, and violence. Jess (Ella-Rae Smith) is swept off her feet by Ben (Matthew Daddario), who takes her to his boat docked nearby. Dangerously adrift miles from shore, their romance is interrupted when Lexie (Jessica Alexander) shows up, and soon the three get wasted and play sexy games. When the party takes a sudden turn for the worse, it’s clear that either Ben or Lexie is a dangerous liar.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comedy Easter Sunday through digital retailers Oct. 4. Stand-up comedian Jo Koy stars as a man who returns home for an Easter celebration with his loving and uproariously unpredictable Filipino-American family. The cast also includes Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, Jay Chandrasekhar, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips. The film earned $13 million at the domestic box office. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18

The documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk will be released via DVD, digital sellthrough and on DVD Oct. 4 from Virgil Films. The film follows Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk as he returns to Auschwitz, where he was held prisoner during World War II. This is his last chance to honor his family, including his parents, who perished there. The trip from the United States is filled with painful memories and unforeseen hardships, but it is a journey he knows he must take. Upon his return COVID-19 and heart problems threaten the well-being of this true survivor.

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MPI Media Group Oct. 4 releases on DVD Marineland Carnival With the Munsters TV Cast Members & More Lost Treasures, a compilation of rare shows from the 1960s sitcom about a monster family living in a suburban neighborhood. The collection features long-lost television appearances featuring the Munster family —Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily), Al Lewis (Grandpa), Pat Priest (Marilyn) and Butch Patrick (Eddie). Included is the hour-long “Marineland Carnival 1965” special; a 1966 full-color “Munsters”-themed “episode” with Herman on “The Danny Kaye Show,” additional rare skits and vintage talk show interviews with “The Munsters” TV stars, an all-new featurette (Munster Memories) with Butch Patrick, hit music from the New Christy Minstrels, and guest appearances by Edie Adams, Joey Bishop and others.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the sequel Scream 2 arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on Oct. 4 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on Dec. 12, 1997, in the United States, Scream 2 has been newly remastered in 4K and will be released both for digital purchase and in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set that includes legacy bonus content, as well as access to a digital copy of the film. The discs will be available in both standard and Steelbook packaging. In the film, away at college, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) thinks she’s finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her — until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel. Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) and other Scream survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe or beyond suspicion. 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the 1985 horror film Fright Night on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 4 in a limited-edition Steelbook. The film stars Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire Jerry and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry’s deadly fangs out of his neck. Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry’s bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can’t get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the “Great Vampire Killer” of the movies. They try to save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker’s toothy embrace.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the horror classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula by reissuing the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Oct. 4 in a limited-edition Steelbook with new special features. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Bram Stoker’s Dracula revisits the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror. The new 4K Ultra HD edition includes the film presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, including the original theatrical English subtitle font for texted instances. Fans can enjoy Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + Dolby Stereo. New special features include the Annie Lennox music video for “Love Song For A Vampire” and the featurette “Blood Lines — Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies.” The film also will be reissued on regular Blu-ray Disc, sourced from the 4K master, with Dolby Atmos audio.

CBS and Paramount Oct. 4 release Melrose Place: The Complete Series as a 54-disc collection including all 226 episodes from the 1992-99 run of the Fox primetime soap set in the “90210” universe. The drama from producer Aaron Spelling focuses on the lives and loves of young adults in an apartment complex in Los Angeles, from the complicated scheming of scandals to the murderous plots of lovers.

CBS and Paramount Oct. 4 also release Showtime’s Dexter: The Complete Series + New Blood megaset that includes all 96 episodes from the original 2006-13 series, and 10-episodes from the 2021-22 revival limited series, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. As a Miami forensics expert, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them. As a serial killer who hunts criminals, Dexter lives by a strict code of honor that is both his saving grace and lifelong burden. Torn between his deadly compulsion and his desire for true happiness, Dexter is a man in profound conflict with the world and himself.

Also arriving Oct. 4 from CBS and Paramount is The Twilight Zone (Reboot): The Complete Series as a seven-DVD set. Hosted by Jordan Peele, the 2019-20 CBS All Access (now Paramount+) series provides a modern take on the classic anthology created by Rod Sterling.

The Auroris Media documentary Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic will be released through digital retailers Oct. 4 by 1091 Pictures. The film takes an inside look into one of the largest sextortion cases investigated by Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. The release of the film, from director, editor and producer Maria Peek and producer and cinematographer Stephen Peek, is timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. According to a press release, the film “merges true crime with an empowering educational opportunity that provides families with essential ways to keep their children safe on the Internet. As parents themselves, the filmmakers experienced sextortion in real time through one of their children’s classmates, and it inspired them to be the change they want to see in the world.” Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic  made its world premiere at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of the Social Justice Feature Documentaries. More recently, through the Spotlight Docs Series (a 501c3 that the filmmakers founded), the film completed a sold-out 20+ city educational tour around the country, with both the filmmakers and federal agents who ran the landmark case.

Shout! Factory and GKIDS Oct. 4 release the new animated film The Deer King through digital retailers. Bonus features include conversations with the voice cast, an introduction from director Masashi Ando, a design gallery, and more. The Deer King is based on the award-winning fantasy novel series by author Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold over 2 million copies and won major literary awards. Animated by the Production I.G studio, the film marks the directorial debut of animator Ando, who previously worked as a character designer, animation director, and key animator with the famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke), and with directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. Co-director Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series “Xam’d: Lost Memories” and work on Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbors the Yamadas. Notable works from  Production I.G include Ghost in the Shell and the series “FLCL,” “Haikyu!!” and “Psycho Pass.” The Deer King is a story of survival. Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom — and its possible cure. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack arrives Oct. 18.

Oct. 7 sees the arrival of Beast for digital sellthrough from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Beast follows recently widowed father Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba), who returns to South Africa with his two daughters Meredith (Iyana Halley) and Norah (Leah Jeffries) to visit an old friend, Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley) on a game reserve. What begins as a journey of healing turns into a fearsome fight for survival as his family find themselves hunted by a massive, rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator. It arrivs on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 11.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Digital Releases Top Aug. 23 Lineup

Aug. 23 sees the release of Top Gun: Maverick and DC League of Super-Pets through digital retailers, while NCIS: Los Angeles — Season 13 arrives on DVD.

Top Gun: Maverick becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun sees Tom Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is tasked with training a new generation of hotshot fighter pilots, including the son of his late best friend Goose, to carry out an impossible mission attacking a foreign nuclear power plant. The top-grossing film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick has earned $683 million at the domestic box office and more than $1.4 million worldwide. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 1.

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The animated action-adventure DC League of Super-Pets arrives for premium digital ownership and rental on Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on DC Comics characters, the film focuses on Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski), who are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack — Ace the hound (Kevin Hart), PB the potbellied pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) and Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna) — to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.  The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4.

Crunchyroll Aug. 23 releases the anime movie My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The film is based on an original story featuring characters from the Japanese “My Hero Academia” manga series by Kōhei Horikoshi, which tells the story of a group of students at a school to hone superpowers. World Heroes’ Mission, the third film in the franchise, finds the students teaming with professional heroes against a doomsday cult that wants to end humanity. It earned $12.27 million at the domestic box office.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: Los Angeles — The Thirteenth Season on DVD Aug. 23. Golden Globe Award nominee Chris O’Donnell and Emmy Award nominee LL Cool J return to their roles as G. Callen and Sam Hanna. The DVD includes all 21 episodes from the season, plus exclusive special features.

Decal/Bleecker’s romance Mr. Malcolm’s List will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Distribution Solutions. Based on the novel, the film, set in 19th century England, follows a wealthy young lady named Julia who engages in courtship with Mr. Malcolm, a mysterious, wealthy suitor. But she is unaware that he has a list of qualities required of a future wife. Mr. Malcolm’s List stars Feida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ashley Park.

The comedy romance Father of the Bride will be released for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In the remake, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce, but they hold off for the benefit of the family. Billy’s initial opposition to the wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

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Shout! Factory releases a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest Aug. 23 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack under the Shout! Kids banner. The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements. Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest — 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it. The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.

Lionsgate releases the musical romance Dirty Dancing on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital combo pack Aug. 23 for its 35th anniversary. The release will feature new art of star Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Red Dawn, TV’s “Red Oaks”) and Patrick Swayze (Point Break, Ghost, Road House). While spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) in this 1987 feature that has inspired multiple films, a stage version, and reality dance competitions.

Shout! Factory releases Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc for the first time Aug. 23. Co-created by Philip Jackson and Daniel D’or, “Starhunter” was a Canadian science fiction series that ran for two seasons from 2000 to 2004, totaling 44 episodes. Set in the year 2275, when Earth has colonized the entire solar system, the show focused on bounty hunter Dante Montana (Michael Paré) and his crew searching for interplanetary criminals, including the Raiders — an evil cabal that Dante believes kidnapped his beloved son. Elsewhere, covert forces wage a desperate war to unlock the secrets of the mysterious Divinity Cluster, believed to hold powerful knowledge that in the wrong hands would offer the power to dominate the known universe. The cast also included Stephen Marcus, Tanya Allen, Claudette Roche and Clive Robertson. In 2018 the show was re-released as “Starhunter ReduX” with updated visual effects, new footage and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (having originally been cropped for 4:3). Shout! Factory’s 10-disc Blu-ray collection includes the remastered episodes with newly filmed sequences and a new audio edit, plus a slew of bonus materials.

Death Warrant with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Death Wish 3 with Charles Bronson and Lone Wolf McQuade and The Delta Force featuring Chuck Norris are being released on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.

In 1990’s Death Warrant — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Van Damme is officer Louis Burke, a roguish police detective who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitentiary. Posing as a prisoner, Burke encounters brutal inmates, corrupt guards, death and betrayal at every turn. When he unearths the shocking secret behind the penitentiary’s inner workings, Burke must attempt a daring escape that pits him against not only hundreds of murderous inmates but also a deadly enemy from his own past, The Sandman (Patrick Kilpatrick, Class of 1999, Under Siege 2). The film also stars Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood, Modern Girls), Joshua Miller (Near Dark, Teen Witch) and Art LaFleur (Trancers, Cobra). Special features include audio commentary with director Deran Sarafian; an interview with Kilpatrick; an interview with LaFleur; and trailers.

In 1985’s Death Wish 3 — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Charles Bronson (The Mechanic, Stone Killer, Mr. Majestyk, 10 to Midnight) returns as Paul Kersey, an everyday-man turned vigilante after the murders of his wife and daughter. Paul doesn’t seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does, he never backs down. Road-worn and battle-weary, Kersey longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend, he finds him brutally attacked and gasping for breath in a pool of blood. The silent avenger must wage war once more on the city’s punks, thugs and hoodlums, but this time he’s brought a small arsenal of guns, knives and even a bazooka. The supporting cast includes Deborah Raffin (God Told Me To, The Dove, Once Is Not Enough), Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard, Breakheart Pass, Death Hunt, Midnight Man), Martin Balsam (Psycho, All the President’s Men, A Thousand Clowns, Mitchell), Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again, TV’s “Happy Days,” Superman III, Willow), Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys) and Ricco Ross (Aliens). Death Wish 3 was the sixth and final collaboration between Bronson and director Michael Winner (Chato’s Land, Death Wish, Firepower). Special features include an interview with actor Kirk Taylor (The Giggler) and audio commentary with Paul Talbot (author of the “Bronson’s Loose!” books).

In 1983’s Lone Wolf McQuade — featuring a 2020 2K scan from the original interpositive — Chuck Norris is McQuade, a legendary Texas Ranger feared by outlaws and respected by other lawmen. When he uncovers a gun smuggling operation led by an American gangster (David Carradine, P.O.W.: The Escape, TV’s “Kung Fu,” Dune Warriors), McQuade wreaks havoc on all those who come between him and the law. The film co-stars Leon Isaac Kennedy (Too Scared to Scream, Body and Soul), Barbara Carrera (Embryo, Never Say Never Again), L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch, Bulletproof, A Boy and His Dog), Robert Beltran (Eating Raoul, Star Trek Voyager), R.G. Armstrong (Bulletproof, Jocks), William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Savage Weekend) and Sharon Farrell (The Fifth Floor, Sweet 16) and is directed by veteran Steve Carver (The Arena, Bulletproof, Capone). Special features include audio commentary with Carver, actors Beltran and Jones, and producer Yoram Ben-Ami, moderated by C. Courtney Joyner; interviews with stars Kennedy, Jones, Beltran and producer Yoram Ben-Ami; and the theatrical trailer.

In 1986’s The Delta Force — featuring a 2020 2K restoration from the original interpositive — when a U.S. passenger plane is seized by a vicious hijacker (Robert Forster, Medium Cool, Peacemaker, Jackie Brown) and taken to Beirut, the president calls in the Delta Force — a crack team of commandos led by Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin, Point Blank, Prime Cut, Academy Award winner for Cat Ballou, in his last film) and Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade). Against all odds, the men blast into the compound and — taking no prisoners — rescue the hostages. The film co-stars George Kennedy (the “Airport” series, Deathship, Academy Award winner for Cool Hand Luke), Robert Vaughn (Man From Uncle, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt), Bo Svenson (“Walking Tall” series, Choke Canyon, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker), Steve James (POW The Escape, the “American Ninja” series), Martin Balsam (Death Wish 3, Psycho, Academy Award winner for A Thousand Clowns), Joey Bishop (Johnny Cool), Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” Body Parts) and Shelley Winters (Bloody Mama, Tentacles, A Patch of Blue, Academy Award nominee for The Poseidon Adventure). Special features include interviews with Forster, Alain Jakubowicz and James Bruner and the theatrical trailer.

The Western Get Mean and the erotic film Love Camp 7 are being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Get Mean (1975), when an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Special features include audio commentary with producer/star Tony Anthony, co-writer/star Lloyd Battista, and executive producer Ronald J. Schneider; “The Story of the Stranger,” an interview with Anthony; “Looking for Richard,” an interview with Battista; “Beating a Dead Horse,” an interview with Schneider; “Tony & I,” an interview with director Ferdinando Baldi; deleted scenes; the theatrical trailer; the French trailer; radio spots; and a poster and still gallery.

In Love Camp 7 (1969), during the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a depraved Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to unspeakable indignities and horrifying humiliations at the hands of their sadistic captors. Launching the notorious “Nazisploitation” craze of the 1970s, the film comes from writer/producer/star Bob Cresse (The Scavengers), producer Dave Friedman (Blood Feast), and director/cinematographer Lee Frost (The Black Gestapo). One of the 72 U.K. video nasties — banned in Britain to this day — the film is presented in the original uncensored version in a 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative. Special features include “Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction”; the theatrical trailer; and a poster and still gallery.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the home entertainment distributor’s classic film restoration and streaming company, releases The Tarzan Vault Collection, featuring Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), and The New Adventures of Tarzan II (the complete version of the 1935 film serial) on special-edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 23.

The documentary Lucy Has Worms arrives on VOD Aug. 23 from Virgil Films. Lucy Has Worms is the story of Lucy Lau Bigham’s relentless commitment and vision to help women in a rural Kenyan community one silk worm at a time. Over a three-year period, documentary filmmaker Gage Johnston and her collaborating partner Mark Weinstein filmed and edited more than 100 hours of footage to tell Lucy’s story about dedicating her life to revitalizing her community by training women in silk rearing, spinning and weaving to build a textile industry.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Warner’s ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Tops Weekend Box Office with $23 Million Debut

Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets performed as expected, generating an estimated $23 million in revenue across more than 4,300 North American screens to top the weekend box office through July 31.

The movie, featuring a voice cast led by Dwayne Johnson, held off the previous weekend’s theatrical champion, Nope, which generated about $18.8 million, bringing director Jordan Peele’s sci-fi drama $80 million in revenue after two weekends.

With a solid ‘A-‘ CinemaScore rating and scant new competition in the coming weeks, Super-Pets could indeed meet its steep $90 million production budget.

Rounding out the podium was Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, which realized more than $13 million in ticket sales to bring its domestic four-week total past $301 million, $624 million worldwide.

Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru finished No. 4, adding a projected $10.8 million in ticket sales to bring its domestic total past $320 million ($710 million globally) after five weekends.

Warner Bros. Banking on Animated ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ to Top Weekend Box Office

In a summer of animation movies at the box office, Warner Bros. Pictures is adding to the fray with the theatrical release of DC League of Super-Pets — the third major animated movie to hit the big screen in July after Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru and Paramount Pictures’ Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

Super-Pets is directed by first-time helmer Jared Stern and features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Olivia Wilde, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves, among others.

The movie is expected to generate upwards of $30 million in ticket sales through the three-day weekend ending July 31. The movie generated $2.2 million in revenue in Thursday screenings. That should be enough to pass the second weekend of Universal Pictures’ sci-fi drama Nope from director Jordan Peele. That film is projected to sell $20 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American revenue haul past $82 million.

Other box office holdovers include “Minions,” which is projected to sell more than $10 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American tally past $319 million. Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder with $13.5 million ($302.7 million total), and Paramount’s enduring Top Gun: Maverick at $9 million. The Tom Cruise actioner is set to pass $650 million at the North American box office — edging closer to the original Jurassic World, the No. 8 all-time top-grossing domestic movie with $652.2 million in revenue.

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