‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’ Set for Digital Release July 27, Blu-ray Aug. 10

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase July 27 and on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 10.

The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year.

The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020.

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A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Batman: The Long Halloween will arrive in 2022 with both parts combined into a longer film.

The Part Two Blu-ray and digital edition (through participating retailers) will also include the DC Showcase animated short film Blue Beetle, a 1960s cartoon throwback with the Silver Age Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, teaming with fellow superheroes Captain Atom, The Question and Nightshade to battle Doctor Spectro.

Other extras include a preview of the next DC Animated movie, Injustice, and the “Two-Face” two-parter from “Batman: The Animated Series.”

The film is rated ‘R’ for some violence and bloody images.

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First Part of Animated ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ Arrives June 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment June 22 will release Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One on Blu-ray Disc and via digital purchase.

The newest entry in the DC Universe animated movie franchise is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year.

The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020.

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The adaptation will be broken into two parts, with the second half released at a later date. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Batman: The Long Halloween will arrive in 2022 with both parts combined into a longer film.

The Part One Blu-ray and digital edition (through participating retailers) will also include the DC Showcase animated short film The Losers, about a rag-tag team of World War II outcasts who find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs.

Other extras include a preview of Part Two, and two episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” — “Christmas With the Joker” and “It’s Never Too Late.”

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The film is rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, bloody images, language and some smoking.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will available through Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles, starting July 6.

‘Monster Hunter,’ ‘Horizon Line’ Top New Disc, Digital Releases Available Feb. 16

Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures’ Horizon Line top the slate of new releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 16.

Also newly available for home audiences are several season sets of popular TV series, including “Lovecraft Country” and “Harley Quinn,” both from Warner Bros. — as well as several PBS programs.

Monster Hunter becomes available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Also in the cast are Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung and Ron Perlman.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Monster Hunter earned $11.1 million at the domestic box office.

Home video extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Monster Hunters: Cast and Characters,” “Monstrous Arsenal: Weaponry in the Film” and “For the Players: From Game to Screen.”

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The thriller Horizon Line is being released Feb. 16 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film was released earlier through digital retailers. Horizon Line follows a former couple, Sara (Allison Williams) and Jackson (Alexander Dreymon), as they board a single-engine plane for a quick flight to their friend’s wedding on a tropical island. When their pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, the two find themselves in a predicament, since neither knows how to fly, or land, a plane. Making things worse is an approaching storm.

Also out Feb. 16 are Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season, on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital, and Harley Quinn: The Second Season, on DVD and digital. Warner Archive is making available a bundle of the first two “Harley Quinn” seasons on Blu-ray Disc.

“Lovecraft Country” is a drama series developed by Misha Green, based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. It follows a young Black man who travels across the United States in the pre-Civil Rights movement 1950s in search of his father. He and his companions touch down in a small town fictionalized by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft as the setting for many of his dark stories. The series premiered in August 2020 on HBO.

“Harley Quinn” is an adult animated series based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The second season premiered in April 2020; a third season was greenlit last September and is bound for HBO Max.

Also available beginning Feb. 16 on DVD and through digital retailers are four new releases from PBS Distribution: American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder — Prairie to Page; Nova: Saving Notre Dame; Miss Scarlet & the Duke (Masterpiece Mystery); and Masterpiece: The Long Song.

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

Flurry of New Films, Including ‘Spell,’ ‘Come Play,’ ‘Skylines’ and Animated ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Debuting Jan. 12 on Digital, Disc

A batch of new movies, including Paramount Home Entertainment’s Spell and Jungleland and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ammonite and Come Play, top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 12.

Also new in stores are Skylines and two other new films from Lionsgate and several animated cartoon compilations and movies, including Warner Bros.’ Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which is making its digital debut two weeks prior to its release on disc.

Spell, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, stars Omari Hardwick as a man flying his family to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia. He loses control of the plane in an intense storm and awakens alone, wounded, and trapped in the attic of a woman who claims she can nurse him back to health with a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin.

Jungleland, a DVD-only release, is a buddy film from Vertical Entertainment that stars Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden. The film was released Nov. 10 on premium VOD and for digital purchase — four days after its theatrical debut, in a limited release. Directed and co-written by Max Winkler, Jungleland follows two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing, and facing danger when one of them falls into debt with a crime boss.

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Ammonite, about a passionate and all-consuming love affair that changes the lives of two 19th century women, becomes available Jan. 12 through digital retailers and on demand, as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.  The film, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Come Play makes its digital debut Jan. 12, two weeks ahead of its Blu-ray Disc and DVD release. The supernatural thriller is about a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship. He befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature; when the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

The three new releases from Lionsgate include Skylines, the third and final installment in the science-fiction “Skyline” trilogy. Directed by Liam O’Donnell, the film stars Lindsey Morgan and Rhona Mitra and was initially released last December by Vertical Entertainment in theaters and on Apple TV. It is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox On Demand. The film details the battle between defenders from Earth and invaders from the moon.

Also out from Lionsgate, on DVD and digital only, are the crime thriller American Dream,  about two entrepreneurs (Luke Bracey and Michiel Huisman) who wind up beholden to a Russian mobster (Nick Stahl), and Parallel, another Vertical Entertainment release, starring Kathleen Quinlan, in which a group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.

Also available on Jan. 12 is the crime thriller Coming From Insanity, which home viewers can rent or purchase from digital retailers or watch on demand. The Level 33 Entertainment release follows Kossi, one of many children trafficked and sold into servitude in Nigeria.

Warner’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon, the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies, arrives on digital sellthrough Jan. 12 ahead of its Jan. 26 release on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The Elseworlds tale is set in the 1970s and finds Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Batman, joins forces with Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei, to battle the monsters of this world and beyond.

Also on the cartoon front, Paramount Home Entertainment is out with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Twelfth Season on DVD only. In the 12th season, Gary tries out a new pair of legs to keep up with SpongeBob and Plankton and practice ruling the world in SpongeBob’s aquarium.

Cartoon fans also may be interested in Mill Creek Entertainment’s release of Ultraman Taro: The Complete Series  on Blu-ray Disc as both a special edition Steelbook and in standard packaging. It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.

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

Animated Movie ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital in January

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon through digital sellthrough Jan. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Jan. 26.

The Elseworlds tale is set in the 1970s and finds Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei must confront a deadly menace. Batman, joins forces with Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei, to battle the monsters of this world and beyond.

The primary voice cast includes David Giuntoli as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Dacascos as Richard Dragon, Kelly Hu as Lady Shiva, James Hong as O-Sensei, and Michael Jai White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, reprising his live-action role from “Arrow.” The cast also includes Josh Keaton, Grey Griffin, Chris Cox, Erica Luttrell, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Seitz, Jamie Chung and Eric Bauza.

The 41st entry in the DC Universe series of animated superhero movies, Batman: Soul of the Dragon is rated ‘R’ for some violence. The film is produced by animation veteran Bruce Timm and is dedicated to longtime DC writer Dennis O’Neil, who co-created the characters Richard Dragon, O-Sensei, Bronze Tiger and Lady Shiva. O’Neil passed away June 11, 2020.

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The Blu-ray combo pack will include the film on a high-definition disc and a digital copy. The 4K combo pack includes the film on 4K with HDR and regular Blu-ray discs, and a digital copy.

Extras include:

  • “Batman: Raw Groove” — a featurette that looks at how martial arts cinema of the 1970s influenced Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
  • “Producer Jim Krieg’s Far Out Highlights” — a supercut of one of Krieg’s funniest in-character appearances.
  • A sneak peek at the next DC Universe movie, Justice Society: World War II, plus featurettes about earlier Elseworlds movies Superman: Red Son and Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.
  • From the DC Vault: “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes “Day of the Samurai” and “Night of the Ninja.”

 

Warner to Release ‘Doom Patrol’ Season Two on Blu-ray, DVD Jan. 26

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26.

The original series from the DC Universe streaming service features a strange group of superheroes who received powers and special abilities through tragic circumstances and are brought together by a man in a wheelchair called The Chief (Timothy Dalton). In the second season, they must confront their own personal baggage while coming together to protect The Chief’s daughter, whose mysterious powers could be used to threaten the world.

The cast includes Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matt Bomer and Brendan Fraser.

The season two Blu-ray and DVD include all nine episodes plus the featurette “The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX” and a “Doom Patrol – Come Visit Georgia” PSA.

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Based on the characters from DC’s Doom Patrol comic book, the is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The second season was presented jointly by DC Universe and HBO Max, and with DC Universe moving away from original content, the upcoming third season will debut exclusively on HBO Max.

DC Universe Retooling as Comic Book Service; Originals Moving to HBO Max

DC Universe’s time as a streaming service is coming to an end.

Beginning Jan. 21, 2021, the WarnerMedia-owned SVOD service dedicated to comic book-themed programming will transform into DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service with access to more than 24,000 digital comic books at launch. DC Universe Infinite will expand globally in Summer 2021.

Video content based on DC Comics characters, such as the original television programs offered on DC Universe, will move to WarnerMedia’s new HBO Max SVOD service, which launched in May.

Indeed, the phasing out of DC Universe as a streaming service was seen as inevitable by many observers after WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T announced they were leveraging their considerable content library to form a new SVOD service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. The consolidation of Warner’s various services began over the summer with the discontinuation of standalone HBO app HBO Go.

DC Universe launched in September 2018 with original programming, catalog superhero movies and TV shows, a rotating selection of digital comics and a merchandise store. The service’s “DC Daily” news and discussion show was canceled in June, another portent of the ultimate fate of the service.

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HBO Max will be the new home for all seasons of DC Universe originals such as “Titans,” “Doom Patrol,” “Young Justice,” “Stargirl” and “Harley Quinn.”

This includes the upcoming third seasons of live-action “Titans” and “Doom Patrol,” and the fourth season of animated “Young Justice,” which has been dubbed Young Justice: Phantoms.

In addition, HBO Max has ordered a third season of the popular animated series “Harley Quinn,” starring Kaley Cuoco as the voice of the famous Batman villain. Marketing for the third season implies the show will explore a potential romantic relationship between Harley and her longtime pal, Poison Ivy.

Previously, availability of the second season of “Doom Patrol” was shared between DC Universe and HBO Max when episodes were released on a weekly basis over the summer. The first two seasons of “Harley Quinn” became available on HBO Max Aug. 1.

Episodes from the first season of DC’s “Stargirl” were presented on DC Universe on a Monday and aired on the CW the next day. For season two, all episodes will originate on the CW. Season one will be available on HBO Max.

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For fans who want to keep the DC originals shows, through Oct. 30 DC Universe subscribers can upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month. DC Universe Infinite is offered at $7.99 per month or $74.99 per year. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe login will automatically transfer to DC Universe Infinite. Fans who keep their subscriptions or sign up by launch date will receive DC Shop voucher that can be used to purchase DC merchandise: $25 for annual members, $10 for monthly members.

DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also have access to digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit store shelves. The fan-community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers, with a full calendar of events planned for 2021.

“Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint,” said DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. “I’m excited to share that not only will DC Universe Infinite members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible. There has never been a better time to be a DC fan!”

 

‘Stranger Things’ Tops Parrot Digital Originals Chart For Week Ended July 4

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended July 4, its third consecutive week at No. 1. The popular series had 65.3 times the demand of the average series, while demand for the show dropped 1.1% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Dark” jumped to No. 2, from No. 7 the previous week. The German sci-fi drama had a 61.9% rise in demand and was 56.9 times more in demand than the average show. A third and final season of the show was released June 27.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” dropped a spot to No. 3 for the week, earning 46.6 times average demand with expressions down 1.9%.

The DC Universe platform’s “Harley Quinn” animated series slid to No. 4 with a 9.1% drop in expressions and 43.1 times demand over the average.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol,” which is now also available on Warner’s HBO Max streaming service, climbed five spots to No. 5 with 41.7 times average demand and expressions up 26.7%. Season two of the superhero series premiered June 25.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The top overall TV series was again Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 103.3 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 4 on the overall TV list.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘The Twilight Zone’ Top Rising Show, ‘Dark’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

CBS All Access’s “The Twilight Zone” was the top rising show and Netflix’s “Dark” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended June 28.

The third and final season of “Dark” hit Netflix June 27. The series reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time. Upon arrival in a new world, Jonas tries to make sense of what this rendition of Winden means for his own fate, while the ones left behind in the other world are left on a quest to break the loop that now not only bends time but also space. The series was also No. 3 on the rising show chart.

No. 2 on the binge chart was the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” Taking the bronze was Netflix’s supernatural horror series “The Order,” season two of which hit screens June 18.

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Top rising show, CBS All Access’s “The Twilight Zone” is a reboot of the classic episodic series hosted and produced by Jordan Peele. It dropped a second season June 25.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol,” which also premiered on HBO Max, took the silver on the rising show chart. Based on the comic books, the series dropped the first episode of season two June 25.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended June 28 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Dark” (Netflix) — 3.46%
  2. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.70%
  3. “The Order” (Netflix) — 2.57%
  4. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 2.23%
  5. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.66%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.54%
  7. “Dynasty” (The CW) — 1.51%
  8. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.28%
  9. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.23%
  10. “The 100” (The CW) — 1.22%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended June 28 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access) — 94.3%
  2. “Doom Patrol” (DC Universe/HBO Max) — 82.7%
  3. “Dark” (Netflix) — 81.3%
  4. “Floor Is Lava” (Netflix) — 49%
  5. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) — 43.2%
  6. “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (TVN) — 40.2%
  7. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 15.8%
  8. “The Sinner” (USA) — 15.4%
  9. “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” (Tokyo MX) — 14.4%
  10. “Erkenci Kus” (Star TV) — 10.5%

First Season of DC’s ‘Stargirl’ on Disc Sept. 29

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Stargirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 29.

The discs will include all 13 episodes from the first season of the superhero series. The Blu-ray will also include a digital copy of the season. Episodes will also be available for purchase through digital retailers.

Based on the DC Comics character created by Geoff Johns, “Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who tries to re-form the long-lost superhero group the Justice Society of America to battle a team of supervillains. She seeks guidance in her quest from her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), the former sidekick to original JSA member Starman, whose cosmic staff gives Courtney her power.

The cast also includes Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman, Trae Romano, Jake Austin Walker, Hunter Sansone, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Christopher James Baker and Amy Smart.

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The series is currently midway through airing its first season, with the season finale slated for August. Episodes debut Mondays on the DC Universe streaming service and are presented the next day on the CW network.