Bruce Willis ‘Death Wish’ Remake Heads to 4K Disc Nov. 28 From Shout! Studios

Shout! Studios will release the 2018 remake of Death Wish as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack Nov. 28.

The thriller stars Bruce Willis as Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who constantly deals with the aftermath of violence in the emergency room, until he’s confronted by crime directly when his wife is murdered and his daughter is savagely beaten in an attack on their home. With the overwhelmed police unable to bring justice to Paul’s family, he takes matters into his own hands, hunting down his family’s assailants to seek revenge. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grab the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.

The movie will be presented on both a 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray disc with an audio commentary with director Eli Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum. The 4K disc offers a 4K master of the film in Dolby vision that is HDR-10 compatible. Both discs offer the film with English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.

The regular Blu-ray in the set will also include additional extras such as deleted scenes with optional commentary by Roth and Birnbaum, extended scenes, the featurette “Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish,” the film’s theatrical trailer and TV spots, and an ‘R’-rated Grindhouse-style trailer.

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The film is based on the 1972 novel of the same name by Brian Garfield, which previously spawned a five-film franchise starring Charles Bronson that began with the original adaptation in 1974.

Kino Lorber to Release Bronson’s Final Two ‘Death Wish’ Movies on Blu-ray Disc

Kino Lorber on Sept. 26 will release the final two movies in Charles Bronson’s original vigilante “Death Wish” series on Blu-ray Disc.

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, released theatrically in 1987, finds Charles Bronson reprising his role as architect Paul Kersey, who hit the revenge trail a decade and a half earlier after a group of thugs broke into his house and killed his wife and raped his daughter. He tries to put his past behind him, until a dose of toxic “crack” kills the young daughter of his new girlfriend (Kay Lenz). Vowing to wipe out the entire cocaine network in Los Angeles, he skillfully lures two vicious, competing drug empires into a bloody turf war. But there’s a sinister force behind the scenes (John P. Ryan) with his own diabolical plans for Kersey.

The film costars Perry Lopez, Soon-Tek Oh, and Danny Trejo. 

In Death Wish 5: The Face of Death (1994), Bronson moves back to New York. But when his beautiful fiancée Olivia (Lesley-Anne Down) is killed and her daughter is kidnapped by a kingpin of the underworld, Kersey finds himself back in the vigilante business. His plan to live anonymously is shattered when he learns his fiancée was the victim of a protection racket run by her ex-husband, the psychotic Tommy O’Shea (Michael Parks). One by one Kersey hunts down the criminals. 

Bonus features on both Blu-ray Discs include an audio commentary by film historian Paul Talbot, author of the “Bronson’s Loose!” books, and the original theatrical trailers. 


Vintage Charles Bronson TV Crime Series ‘Man With a Camera’ Headed to DVD, Digital

MPI Media Group has set a May 12 release date for Charles Bronson’s “Man with a Camera: The Complete Series” on digital and DVD platforms.

The crime drama ran for two seasons on ABC, from 1958 through 1960, and predated Bronson’s rise to film stardom in the 1970s with a succession of box office hits, most notably Death Wish and its sequels.

Directed by Gerald Mayer (known for “Mission Impossible,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and “Mannix”), “Man with a Camera” tells the story of Mike Kovac (Bronson), a former World War II combat photographer now freelancing in New York City, who specialized in getting the photographs that other lensmen couldn’t.

His assignments came from newspapers, insurance agencies, and the police and private individuals — and his cases always led to danger and typically involved a good-looking damsel in distress.

Kovac’s police liaison was Lieutenant Donovan, played by James Flavin, who looked to the freelance cameraman for help with the cases the cops couldn’t handle. Kovac employed the latest photographic technology to solve a case, including a Minox III mini-camera fastened to his belt; fisheye and telephoto lenses; and various other cutting-edge technologies. He even converted the trunk of his car into a portable darkroom where he could develop his negatives on the spot. Character actor Ludwig Stossel starred as Kovac’s immigrant father Anton, to whom Kovac frequently came for advice.

MGM Studios Ups Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue 30%

MGM Studios Nov. 15 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) home entertainment revenue of $21.8 million, which was up 30% from revenue of $16.9 million during the previous-year period.

The studio attributed the increase to digital sales of Tomb Raider and ongoing domestic home entertainment distribution of Death Wish and Every Day, plus continued distribution of library content.

Indeed, the Tomb Raider prequel rebootwith Alicia Vikander reprising Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft character, has generated $12.6 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units sales since its June 12 release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to The film is the 28th best-selling disc in 2018.

Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis in a remake of the classic 1973 revenge thriller that starred the late Charles Bronson, has sold $7.4 million in disc sales since its June 5 retail street date.

Home entertainment revenue for the prior-year’s quarter primarily included distribution of The Belko Experiment, The Magnificent Seven and library content.

In television programming, home entertainment and related revenue was $7.9 million, which was largely in line with $8 million in revenue last year. Revenue in each period was primarily driven by the strong retail performance of The Handmaid’s Tale (seasons 1 and 2).

The latter doesn’t include disc sales of season 2, which isn’t available until Dec. 4 from MGM Studios Home Entertainment.

Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment movie revenue is up 16% to $78.1 million from $67.5 million last year. Revenue drivers included previously mentioned movie titles, in addition to ongoing revenue from Spectre, The Hobbit trilogy and additional library content.

Television program home entertainment revenue increased 26% to $26.9 million from $21.3 million last year – again driven by The Handmaid’s Tale.

MGM Studios Home Entertainment Revenue No ‘Death Wish’

Home entertainment sales of movies and TV shows has come back strong for MGM Studios.

The venerable studio Aug. 14 said second-quarter (ended June 30) global home entertainment revenue for film content topped $37.1 million, an increase of $18.2 million, or 97%, as compared to $18.9 million in revenue for the previous-year period.

Primary (physical and digital) drivers included the domestic home entertainment reboots of Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis, and Tomb Raider, featuring Alicia Vikander, plus ongoing distribution of library content. By comparison, home entertainment revenue for the prior-year quarter included distribution of Spectre, The Hobbit trilogy and other library content.

Home entertainment and other revenue for television content reached $8.5 million, up $3.8 million, or 79%, as compared to $4.7 million last year. The increase was primarily driven by the continued strong home entertainment performance of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Through the first six month of the year, worldwide home entertainment revenue for film content reached $56.3 million, an increase of $5.6 million, or 11%, as compared to $50.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Home entertainment and other revenue for TV content was $19 million for the six months, an increase of $5.7 million, or 43%, as compared to $13.3 million last year.

‘Death Wish’ Debuts May 22 on Digital, June 5 on Disc

Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis, will come out digitally on 4K Ultra HD and HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and video-on-demand 4K Ultra HD and HD services June 5 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM.

The film earned $33.9 million in U.S. theaters.

In director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller, Dr. Paul Kersey (Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Kersey hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice.

Updated from the original novel by Brian Garfield, the film also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise.

Special features include  commentary with Eli Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum; deleted scenes with optional commentary with Roth and Birnbaum; “Mancow Morning Show” extended scenes; “Sway in the Morning” extended scene; “Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish”; and Grindhouse trailer.