‘Catwoman: Hunted’ Animated Movie Bowing Feb. 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Catwoman: Hunted for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 8.

The ‘PG-13’ film finds Catwoman (Elizabeth Gillies) attempting to steal a priceless jewel, putting her squarely in the crosshairs of both a powerful consortium of villains and the ever-resourceful Interpol, not to mention Batwoman (Stephanie Beatriz). The voice cast also includes Jonathan Banks as Black Mask, Steve Blum as Solomon Grundy, Lauren Cohan as Julia Pennyworth, Keith David as Tobias Whale, Zehra Fazal as Talia al Ghul and Nosferata, Jonathan Frakes as King Faraday and Boss Moxie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Kelly Hu as Cheshire, Andrew Kishino as Mr. Yakuza and Domino 6, Eric Lopez as Domino 1, Jacqueline Obradors as La Dama, and Ron Yuan as Doctor Tzin.

Extras include the featurettes “When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted,” about the backstory of the films’ villains, and “Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale,” about Catwoman’s history.

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Catwoman: Hunted kicks off a 2022 DC animated slate that also includes Green Lantern: Beware My Power and Battle of the Super Sons, as well as a film for younger fans, Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse. The year will also see the presentation of DC Showcase — Constantine: House of Mystery, a new compilation of animated shorts; and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Batman: The Long Halloween — Deluxe Edition, which combines the two parts previously released on Blu-ray.

Warner Releasing 10th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Animated Movie ‘Batman: Year One’

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will re-release 2011’s Batman: Year One Nov. 9 in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition and for digital purchase to mark the 10th anniversary of the animated film.

Batman: Year One — Commemorative Edition will include a fully remastered version of the film with a new bonus featurette, “Reinventing Gordon.” The film makes its 4K debut in a combo pack with a 4K disc with HDR, a regular Blu-ray and a digital copy.

Based on DC Comics’ 1987 miniseries written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, the film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed superhero. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young police lieutenant named James Gordon by helping his fight against corruption within the police department, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham City.

The voice cast is led by Bryan Cranston as James Gordon, with Bruce Wayne/Batman voiced by Ben McKenzie (who himself would go on to play a young Gordon on the TV series “Gotham”). Other voices include Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Katee Sackhof as Det. Sarah Essen, the late Alex Rocco as crime lord Carmine Falcone, the late Jon Polito as Commissioner Loeb, Jeff Bennett as Alfred, Grey Griffin as Barbara Gordon and Vicki Vale, Robin Atkin Downes as Harvey Dent, Keith Ferguson as Jefferson Skeevers, Fred Tatasciore as Detective Flass, Stephen Root as Brendon, Liliana Mumy as Holly, and Nick Jameson as Merkel.

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The “Reinventing Gordon” featurette, which examines the history of James Gordon through comics, animation and feature films, will be previewed at the DC Fandome fan event Oct. 16.

The Batman: Year One — Commemorative Edition combo pack will also include extras from the original 2011 Blu-ray release such as an audio commentary; “Conversations With DC Comics,” in which the DC Comics creative team discusses the influence of Batman: Year One; the featurette “Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots,” a documentary about Miller’s work with Batman from The Dark Knight Returns to Batman: Year One; and the DC Showcase animated short Catwoman.

The 4K set will also include featurettes about other recent DC animated movies, including Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and Batman: The Long Halloween parts one and two.

Animated DC Comics Movie ‘Injustice’ Slated for Blu-ray and Digital Release Oct. 19

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the newest DC Universe animated movie, Injustice, on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and via digital sellthrough Oct. 19.

Inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us — Year One graphic novel based on it, the film is set in an alternate world gone mad, where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes, leading to an all-out superhero war.

Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” provides the voice of Superman, returning to the DC realm after playing Green Arrow on “Smallville.” Anson Mount of “Star Trek: Discovery” voices Batman. The voice cast also includes Janet Varney as Wonder Woman; Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg; Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent; Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman; Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz; Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc; Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn; Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man; Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna; Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul; Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman; Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam; Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen; Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern; Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom; and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier.

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The film is rated ‘R’ for bloody violence.

The Injustice 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the film on a 4K disc with HDR and on a regular Blu-ray. Both the 4K and Blu-ray editions include a digital copy.

Extras include the making-of featurette “Adventures in Storytelling – Injustice: Crisis and Conflict,” plus the “Injustice for All” two-parter from the “Justice League” cartoon that aired in 2002, and featurettes about previously released DC movies The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen.

A sneak peek of Injustice will be available at the DC FanDome virtual event Oct. 16.

 

‘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!”