‘Doom Patrol’ First Season on Disc Oct. 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 1 (order date Aug. 27). The show will be available through digital retailers Aug. 26.

Based on the “Doom Patrol” comic book about a misfit superhero team, the show is the second original series from the DC Universe subscription streaming service, following “Titans.”

Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader (Timothy Dalton), these reluctant heroes are called to action by Cyborg (Joivan Wade), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. The cast includes Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, and Brendan Fraser as Robotman.

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The disc and digital editions will include a gag reel. The Blu-ray and DVD will also include deleted scenes.

The Blu-ray will include 1080p HD video with DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1, as well as a digital copy of all 15 episodes from season one.

Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Soars Up Digital Originals Chart

“When They See Us,” the controversial miniseries about the Central Park Five that was created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, shot up to No. 2 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 8.

The four-episode drama series is based on the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger case, in which five juveniles – four black and one Latino – were sent to prison for allegedly raping a white woman jogger. They were exonerated after the real rapist confessed, but by then had already served their time.

In the week since the program’s May 31 debut, the number of average daily Demand Expressions soared 170% to 52.5 million, sending the series to No. 2 from No. 13 on the digital originals chart – right behind “Stranger Things,” which remains at No. 1 for the third consecutive week.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary Parrot Analytics metric that draws from 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.

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

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“When They See Us” has generated a flood of media coverage in recent weeks. Most recently, prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who as head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s sex-crimes unit played a key role in prosecuting the five young men, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece blasted the series as a “fabrication” and maintained that the suspects’ exoneration doesn’t mean they aren’t guilty of other crimes they were convicted of at the time.

The five were part of a group of about 30 teenagers in Central Park on the evening of April 19, 1989, when several people in the park were robbed and assaulted.

Demand for “Stranger Things” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman,” slipped to No. 3 despite a 4% uptick in demand – likely triggered by word that Netflix has renewed the show for a fifth and final season.

A 68% surge in average daily Demand Expressions sent “Black Mirror” back up to No. 4 from No. 8 the prior week. The British sci-fi anthology series from Charlie Brooker returned to Netflix for a fifth season on June 5.

Rounding out the top five on the weekly digital originals chart was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” up from No. 6 the prior week with a 39% spike in demand. The dystopian drama’s third season also premiered on June 5.

Two other series made it into the top 10 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart with significant increases in demand.

Debuting at No. 6 was Amazon Prime Video’s “Good Omens,” a six-part miniseries starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as angels seeking to prevent the apocalypse. All six episodes of the series were released on May 31, leading to a 93% gain in average daily Demand Expressions.

Returning to the top 10, at No. 10, was “Swamp Thing,” with a 116% spike in demand. The live-action DC Universe series premiered May 31 and was canceled a week later, with word that there would be no second season.

“Swamp Thing” was the third show to launch on DC Universe after “Titans” and “Doom Patrol” both enjoyed successful launches.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

 

Animated ‘Batman: Hush’ Due July 20 Digitally, Aug. 6 on Disc

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Batman: Hush, the next installment of the DC Universe line of animated movies, digitally July 20 and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the DC Universe streaming service Aug. 6.

An adaptation of a popular comic book storyline from 2002 and 2003, the film centers on a shadowy new villain in Gotham City known as Hush who uses Batman’s rogues gallery to attempt to destroy his crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life, which has become complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, the alter ego of Catwoman.

Batman: Hush is the 35th film in the DC Universe animated movie brand and the 14th film in the DC Animated Movie Universe, a shared continuity started by Son of Batman and Justice League: War.

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The voice cast includes Jason O’Mara as Batman, Jennifer Morrison as Catwoman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak as Joker, Peyton List as Poison Ivy (reprising her role from the “Gotham” TV show), Peyton R. List as Batgirl, Geoffrey Arend as the Riddler, Sean Maher as Nightwing, Maury Sterling as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford as Bane, Sachie Alessio as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan as Robin, James Garrett as Alfred, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox as Scarecrow, and Tara as a reporter.

The home video release will include the “DC Showcase” animated short Sgt. Rock, based on DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero.

Other extras include the featurette “Batman: Love in Time of War,” about the relationship between Batman and Catwoman; audio commentary executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker; a preview of the upcoming animated movie Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, starring Rosario Dawson; and the episodes “The Underworld Underground Caper” and “Partners in Peril” from the 1968 animated series “The Batman/Superman Hour.”

‘Cobra Kai’ Still Kicking Atop Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The second season of “Cobra Kai” held onto the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for a second consecutive week the week ended May 4.

The show, a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, registering 49.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 20% from the previous week, when it returned to No. 1 following the debut of its second season on YouTube Premium.

Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act” held the No. 2 spot with 31.6 million expressions, down 19.5% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” rose to No. 3 with 30.4 million expressions, up less than 1% from a week earlier, when it was No. 6.

Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” rose a spot to No. 4 with 30.1 million expressions, down 3% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 5 for the week with a 24% decline in expressions to 27.5 million.

The biggest jump in the week was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which rose from No. 15 to No. 7 with 26.9 million expressions, up 53% thanks to the debut of a full trailer for its third season, which arrives June 5.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 603 million expressions.

And the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” continues to enjoy a bounce thanks to 22-day champion James Holzhauer, who has set several of the show’s records en route to nearly $1.7 million in winnings. “Jeopardy” was No. 9 on the overall show list with 47.8 million expressions. Holzhauer will be absent for the next two weeks, returning May 20, as the show presents its annual teachers tournament.

“Cobra Kai” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the week.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

‘Cobra Kai’ Takes Over No. 1 on Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The premiere of the second season of “Cobra Kai” helped push the show back into the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended April 27.

All 10 episodes of the season bowed April 24 on YouTube Premium, leading to the show registering 41.2 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 40% from the previous week, when it was No. 6 on the chart. The series is a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, following the adult lives of the film’s teenage characters as they introduce a new generation to martial arts.

The previous week’s top title, Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act,” dropped to No. 2 with 39.3 million expressions, down 9.5%.

The CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery” held onto the No. 3 spot with 36.4 million expressions, up 9.6%.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 4 for the week with a 15% decline in expressions to 36.1 million.

Rounding out the top five was DC Universe’s “Titans,” down one spot from the previous week with 31 million expressions, a 1.8% drop.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 482 million expressions.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/16/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence, some bloody images, language and partial nudity.
Voices of Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, Daniela Bobadilla, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rom Kenny, Sumalee Montano, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez.

At first glance, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five would seem to be a return to the world of the “Justice League Unlimited” animated series, with the voice casting of Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newbern as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman respectively.

The film’s aesthetic is based on the series and even the music returns to some of the iconic themes from the show.

The movie’s place in canon is the subject of a discussion in the commentary track, which acknowledges that some continuity issues with the series would have to be dealt with, but that enough time has passed since the final episode to allow for some adjustments if viewers want to make that connection. The decision to use the “JLU” style mostly came down to budgetary constraints, as they didn’t have time to create a new style to differentiate the film from DC Universe animated movie series that share their own continuity, of which this is not a part. Sharp-eyed viewers may notice the movie borrows design elements from other previous DC animated works, such as the “Green Lantern” animated series.

Whatever the case, the movie isn’t written to depend on a connection with a previous work, and is certainly entertaining enough to stand on its own. The movie offers some nice action and a few unexpected surprises, both in terms of references to comic book lore and some genuine laughs stemming from the characters and dialogue. It is a bit harder edge than the “JLU” series as well.

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The story involves the 31st century super team The Legion of Super-Heroes battling three members of the villainous Fatal Five, who want to steal a time machine to go to the 21st century to free the other two members of their team from a prison.

The villains end up making it past the Legion’s defenses, but not before Star Boy (Elyes Gabel) hitches a ride back with them in an effort to stop them.

The wrinkle to Star Boy’s plan is that he requires medicine to maintain his mental stability, and without it he comes across as unhinged to the authorities, who put him in Arkham Asylum.

However, the Justice League uncovers his true identity and recruits him in their effort to stop the Five, whose plan is to kidnap a Green Lantern so they can access the prison to free the two trapped members of their team.

The Green Lantern in this case is Jessica Cruz (Diane Guerrero), who is dealing with anxiety over the stress of being a superhero.

The common bond of mental disorder unites Cruz and Star Boy, as they must learn to overcome their illnesses to become the heroes they need to be.

An eight-minute “Battling the Invisible Menace” featurette further explores the topic of mental illness and its role in the story.

Another featurette, the 15-minute “Unity of a Hero,” focuses on the diversity of characters depicted in the film.

The disc also includes a couple of episodes from previous DC animated series with similar storylines, and a nine-minute preview of the next DC Universe animated movie, Hush, an adaptation of a Batman comic book storyline.

‘Titans’ Season 1 on Disc July 16

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Titans: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD July 16.

“Titans,” a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comic books, is one of the flagship series of the DC Universe subscription streaming service. The set includes all 11 episodes from the first season plus several bonus featurettes running about 25 minutes.

The show follows a group of young superheroes from DC Comics as they come of age and find a sense of belonging with each other while battling villains and demonic forces. The season also includes a crossover episode with another DC Universe series, “Doom Patrol.”

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‘The OA’ Jumps to No. 4 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

The March 22 debut of the second season of “The OA” helped push the Netflix series to No. 4 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended March 30, up from the No. 27 spot a week earlier.

The show, a fantasy mystery about a young woman who resurfaces after being missing for seven years, registered 28.5 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content, representing a 124% spike from the previous week.

Another big gainer for the week was Hulu’s “The Act,” based on the real life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the murder of her mother. The first two episodes became available on the streaming service March 20. The show registered 26.5 million expressions during the week, which coincided with the March 27 premiere of its third episode, a 60% jump that pushed it to No. 7 on the chart, up from No. 17 a week earlier.

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Netflix’s “Stranger Things” held onto the No. 1 spot with 51.5 million expressions, a slight dip compared with the previous week but essentially flat. The popular supernatural series continues to ride the hype generated by the trailer for its third season, which doesn’t debut until July 4.

The No. 2 and No. 3 titles, Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and DC Universe’s “Titans,” respectively, were also unchanged from the previous week.

Expressions for “Umbrella Academy” slipped 8.5% to 41.2 million expressions, while the “Titans” tally dropped 10.4% to 28.6 million.

The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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

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 global demand for TV content 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.

‘Umbrella Academy’ Spends Fourth Week Atop Parrot Analytics’ Digital Originals Chart

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” remains the most popular digital original series according to Parrot Analytics’ Demand Expressions chart for the week ended March 16, its fourth straight week in the top spot.

Demand for “Umbrella Academy” grew another 7.3% from the previous week, up to 53.3 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content.

The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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

The digital originals top five were the same shows from the previous week, but in a different order.

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DC Universe’s “Titans” kept the No. 2 spot with a 6% gain in expressions, to 27.9 million.

“Star Trek: Discovery,” from CBS All Access, rose to No. 3 with 26.8 million expressions, up 8.8%. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” rose 2.7% to 24.9 million expressions, but slipped to slipped to No. 4.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” slipped to No. 5 with 24.2 million expressions, down 6.2% from the prior week.

Elsewhere on the chart, Netflix’s coming-of-age dramedy “On My Block” jumped to No. 7 on the chart with 21.5 million expressions, a 50.2% increase that coincides with its March 16 debut. It had been No. 18 the previous week.

“One Day at a Time,” which was canceled by Netflix March 14 after three seasons, was up a spot to No. 9 on the chart with 19.4 million expressions, an 11.1% increase over the previous week.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

‘Umbrella Academy’ Tops Digital Originals Chart For Third Week

Demand for Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” continues to grow, as the comic book adaptation topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals Demand Expressions chart for the third consecutive week the week ended March 9.

“Umbrella Academy” had 49.6 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up from 47.1 million a week earlier, a 5% gain.

The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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

The digital originals top five demand expressions top five were the same shows from the previous week, but in a different order.

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DC Universe’s “Titans” rose a spot to No. 2 despite a 2% drop in expressions, to 26.3 million.

Another DC Universe series, “Doom Patrol,” slipped to the No. 3 spot with 25.8 million expressions, down 12% from the prior week.

“Star Trek: Discovery,” from CBS All Access, rose to No. 4 with 24.6 million expressions, down 3%. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” slipped to No. 5 with 24.2 million expressions, down 9%.

Elsewhere on the chart, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” jumped to No. 6, from No. 11 the previous week, with a 14% jump in expressions to 21.6 million.

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 global demand for TV content 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.