Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Saltburn’ Available for Digital Purchase

The Golden Globe-nominated film Saltburn is available for digital purchase on Vudu at $14.99.

The film is also available on other digital transactional sites.

Award-winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell (Best Original Screenplay, Promising Young Woman) brings a wicked tale of privilege and desire. In the film, struggling to find his place at Oxford University, Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.

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In addition for Golden Globe noms for Best Actor (Keoghan) and Best Supporting Actress (Rosamund Pike), the film was nominated for five BAFTA awards. The film was snubbed during the Oscar nominations.

The MGM Studios film streams on Prime Video.

Crime Thriller ‘Finestkind’ Available for Digital Purchase March 26, on DVD April 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the crime thriller Finestkind for digital purchase March 26.

It will be available on DVD April 9.

The film previously debuted on Paramount+ Dec. 15 following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Finestkind stars Ben Foster (Hell or High Water), Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Jenna Ortega (Scream), and Toby Wallace (Babyteeth). 

Set in New Bedford, Mass., America’s biggest commercial fishing port, the film tells the story of two brothers (Foster, Wallace) from opposite sides of the tracks, who are reunited as adults over one fateful summer. When desperate circumstances force them to strike a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate, a young woman (Ortega) finds herself caught in the middle. Along the way, sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, and a father (Jones) and his son are put to the test.

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Sony Rom-Com ‘Anyone But You’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The Sony Pictures rom-com Anyone But You topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu for the week ended Feb. 25.

The film, which debuted for digital purchase Feb. 20, follows Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell), who look like the perfect couple. But after an amazing first date, something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold — until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia.

After three weeks at No. 1, Warner Bros.’ Wonka dropped to No. 2 on the chart. Based on the iconic character at the center of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the musical became available for premium digital rental and sale Jan. 30. Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, the adventure introduces audiences to a young Willy Wonka, as he becomes the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was Paramount’s musical remake Mean Girls (2024), which became available for premium digital purchase and rental Feb. 20. This version is based on the Broadway musical that was based on the 2004 film about high school girls written by Tina Fey. 

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was the DC comics-based sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, available from Warner Bros. for regular digital purchase after a premium-priced run. The superhero sequel follows Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as he is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Patrick Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis.

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Dropping from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was A24’s wrestling drama The Iron Claw, available for digital purchase. The film tells the true story of the Von Erich family, who dominated professional wrestling in Texas in the 1980s. Under the shadow of their domineering father and coach (Holt McCallany), brothers Kevin (Zac Efron), Kerry (Jeremy Allen White) and David (Harris Dickinson) seek sports fame.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 25, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Anyone But You
  2. Wonka
  3. Mean Girls (2024)
  4. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
  5. The Iron Claw
  6. The Beekeeper
  7. Trolls Band Together
  8. Migration
  9. The Marvels
  10. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Available Digitally Feb. 27, Blu-ray and DVD March 12

Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things will be available from all major digital retailers Feb. 27 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, with exclusive bonus content.

Winner of Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Poor Things has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards and 11 BAFTA Awards. The film was also named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. It won the Golden Lion prize at Venice.

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes a tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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The film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael.

Extras include a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

 

Superhero Sequel ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The DC comics-based sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu for the week ended Jan. 28.

The superhero film, which became available from Warner Bros. for premium digital purchase and rental Jan. 23, follows Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as he is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Patrick Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis.

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was the Illumination animated film Migration, available for premium digital rental and sale from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment starting Jan. 23. The comedy follows the Mallard family as it embarks on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was Disney’s animated Wish, available for digital purchase starting Jan. 23. In the musical comedy, Asha, a sharp-witted idealist in the kingdom of Rosas, makes a powerful wish that’s answered by Star, a ball of boundless energy. Soon, Asha and Star must face a formidable foe — the ruler of Rosas — to save her community and prove that when one brave human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things happen.

Dropping from the top spot to No. 4 on the chart was Disney’s Marvel Studios superhero sequel The Marvels, available for digital purchase. In the film, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). Together, the unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe.

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Finally, debuting at No. 5 on the chart was the horror film Night Swim, available for premium digital rental and sale from Universal. In the film, a collaboration between Blumhouse and Atomic Monster from the producers of M3GAN, Wyatt Russell stars as a former major league baseball player, forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his wife (Oscar nominee Kerry Condon) and their two children. The new home comes complete with a backyard swimming pool, but a deep secret surfaces and unleashes a malevolent force that will drag the family into the inescapable depths of terror.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
  2. Migration
  3. Wish
  4. The Marvels
  5. Night Swim
  6. Trolls Band Together
  7. Ferrari
  8. Napoleon
  9. Silent Night
  10. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Doc ‘The Movement’ Available for Digital Rental and Purchase Jan. 26 From Virgil

Virgil Films and Entertainment will release the Civil Rights documentary The Movement for digital rental (VOD) and digital purchase (EST) Jan. 26.

The documentary tells the courageous story of the leaders and protestors that took to the streets in Danville in 1963, risking their lives in a coordinated effort to end segregation in the Last Capital of the Confederacy.

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‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Director Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu for the week ended Dec. 10.

The drama, available for premium digital purchase and rental starting Dec. 5, is based on a true story. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, it depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion.

Rising from No. 7 to No. 2 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. In the third film in the franchise, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) takes on the mafia in Southern Italy.

Falling from the top spot to No. 3 on the chart was Universal’s Oppenheimer, available for digital purchase. The Christopher Nolan biopic tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work as the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory created the first atomic bomb. 

Remaining at No. 4 on the chart as the holidays approach was the live action Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. It’s on sale for digital rental and purchase.

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was the Blumhouse horror flick Five Nights at Freddy’s, which was released for digital purchase Nov. 28 after premiering simultaneously in theaters and on streaming service Peacock. Based on the video game series, the film follows a guy who takes a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant and soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 10, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Killers of the Flower Moon
  2. The Equalizer 3
  3. Oppenheimer
  4. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  6. Freelance
  7. Barbie
  8. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
  9. Journey to Bethlehem
  10. The Creator

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Doc ‘One Road to Quartzsite,’ Available Digitally

Gravitas Ventures has picked up rights to the documentary One Road to Quartzsite.

The company released the film Dec. 5 for digital purchase and rental, and it will have a theatrical release this week in New York City.

The film is an observational documentary that captures the spirit of a peculiar place in the American West — Quartzsite, Ariz. The project is helmed by filmmaker Ryan Maxey, who directed, produced, shot and edited the work while spending three winters living in Quartzite in a converted school bus.

Often described as “the world’s largest parking lot” or “Burning Man for old people,” it’s easy to recognize the rocky, desert landscape and its eclectic residents from the Oscar-winning film Nomadland by Chloe Zhao. This plot of desert between Phoenix and Los Angeles is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and allows for cheap, long-term camping. Anyone can pay $180 and stay for up to six months. What results is an unlikely cross section of transient people — retired snowbirds, crustpunks, homeschooled pre-teens and libertarians — as they make their annual pilgrimage to warmer weather. Every winter, the population of Quartzsite, Ariz., swells from 600 to more than a million. Folks live out of RVs, vans, limos, tents, pallet and tarp structures, even Priuses.

At a time when the world feels stuck in trying to understand our deep divides, One Road to Quartzsite offers a meditative exploration of our common humanity. Drawn to a community of like-minded souls defining their own search for personal freedom and throwing off society’s conventional constraints, Maxey made friends, but could not deny some deep underlying tensions.

“In one way, Quartzsite is an embodiment of Americana. It is blue collar, it is meat ‘n’ potatoes. It is Trump lovin’, gun totin’ good ole boys and girls looking for a way to live out their last days,” Maxey said in a statement. “Some days I grew frustrated with the place, confronted with representations of so many toxic American values. And other times I was belting out classic country tunes on karaoke nights with a newfound family.”

In his second year there, Maxey brought along his camera to explore these internal questions without any sit-down interviews, using a cinema vérité approach. Everyone’s story is revealed through authentic desert chitter-chatter. The camera is a fly in the dirt, living within intimate exchanges. Viewers watch a singles bingo game, a trans woman heal, a wife widowed who must pick up the pieces, a pair of home-schooled pre-teens fall in love, and a man face cancer but live to entertain at his piano’s altar. Some of the film’s characters bought into the American Dream and lost everything in the Great Recession. Others dropped out long ago. Now they’re all neighbors on the same piece of dirt. 

Maxey shot One Road to Quartzsite as a one man crew and he worked with Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin on the original score. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Chattanooga Film Festival, and Calgary Underground.

As part of the film’s release, Village East by Angelika theater in New York City will host a ticketed screening Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

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The project was produced by Josh Polon and executive produced by Kyle Marvin, Michael Covino and Emily Korteweg of Watch This Ready and Scott Veltri.

Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The Christopher Nolan biopic Oppenheimer for a second consecutive week topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu for the week ended Dec. 3.

The Universal film, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 21, tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work as the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory created the first atomic bomb. 

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was the Blumhouse horror flick Five Nights at Freddy’s, which was released for digital purchase Nov. 28 after premiering simultaneously in theaters and on streaming service Peacock. Based on the video game series, the film follows a guy who takes a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant and soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems.

Landing at No. 3 on the chart was the action comedy Freelance, available for premium digital rental and purchase. In the film, an ex-special forces operative (John Cena) stuck in a dead-end desk job is reluctantly recruited by a former military buddy (Christian Slater) to take on a freelance gig.

Appearing at No. 4 on the chart as the holidays approach was the live action Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. It’s available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase.

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was 2oth Century Fox’s The Creator, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 14. Set amidst a future war between humans and AI, it follows an ex-special forces agent (John David Washington) who is recruited to kill an AI architect who has developed a mysterious weapon that could end humankind.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 3, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Oppenheimer
  2. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  3. Freelance
  4. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. The Creator
  6. Barbie
  7. The Equalizer 3
  8. The Holdovers 
  9. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  10. Sound of Freedom

Biopic ‘Oppenheimer’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The Christopher Nolan biopic Oppenheimer debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Nov. 26.

The Universal film, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 21, tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work as the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory created the first atomic bomb. 

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was 2oth Century Fox’s The Creator, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 14. Set amidst a future war between humans and AI, it follows an ex-special forces agent (John David Washington) who is recruited to kill an AI architect who has developed a mysterious weapon that could end humankind.

The Warner Bros. blockbuster Barbie, still on sale for digital purchase and available for digital rental, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart. The Greta Gerwig-directed film — the top box office hit of the year — stars Margie Robbie as the iconic doll in a comedy fantasy about her existential crisis.

Rising from No. 7 to No. 4 on the chart was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, on sale for digital purchase and available for digital rental. It’s the seventh installment in the spy action franchise starring Tom Cruise.

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Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3, available for digital rental and sale, dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart. In the third film in the franchise, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) takes on the mafia in Southern Italy.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 26, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Oppenheimer
  2. The Creator
  3. Barbie
  4. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  5. The Equalizer 3
  6. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  7. Expendables 4
  8. The Marsh King’s Daughter
  9. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  10. Saw X