Doc ‘Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk’ Due Digitally and on DVD Oct. 4 From Virgil

The documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk will be released via DVD, digital sellthrough and on DVD Oct. 4 from Virgil Films.

The film follows Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk as he returns to Auschwitz, where he was held prisoner during World War II. This is his last chance to honor his family, including his parents, who perished there. The trip from the United States is filled with painful memories and unforeseen hardships, but it is a journey he knows he must take. Upon his return COVID-19 and heart problems threaten the well-being of this true survivor.

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Movies Anywhere Offering Clips With ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Buy

Consumers who purchase DC League of Super-Pets on Movies Anywhere through any connected digital retailer can receive exclusive digital access to more than 10 minutes of deleted scenes.

The seven bonus deleted scenes are “Meet the Rescue Animals,” “Wild for the Night,” “Lulu Visits Lexicorp,” “Hero Team Assemble,” “Stryker’s Island,” “Lulu Gathers the Troops” and “Krypto’s Solo Flight.”

The offer lasts Aug. 23 to Sept. 23.

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Digital retailers on Movies Anywhere include Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube/Google Play, Xfinity, Verizon and DirecTV.

Vudu Bowing ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ With Gift Cards and Exclusive Clip

Fandango’s transactional service Vudu Aug. 23 debuts the Paramount Pictures blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick with themed gift cards and an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

Top Gun: Maverick is available to preorder now on Vudu for $19.99 in SD or in UHD/HDX. The Top Gun 2-Movie Collection, which includes the original Top Gun  (1986) and Top Gun: Maverick, is available for $29.99. 

Maverick is Vudu’s top pre-order among 2022 movies so far.

In a Fandango survey of more than 2,000 ticket-buyers, 84% of Top Gun: Maverick moviegoers said they would be interested in watching Maverick when it arrives at home.

Available now are four Top Gun: Maverick gift card designs. For a limited time, gift card orders of $60 or more get 10% off and a free Vudu rental costing up to $5. 

Vudu is also debuting an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Top Gun: Maverick, titled “Choreographing Flights,” which features interviews with “Top Gun: Maverick” stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller and Glen Powell; director Joseph Kosinski; and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The clip reveals exclusive glimpses of producer-star Tom Cruise’s three-hour briefings where he coordinated and choreographed all the flights in the movie in advance.

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Returns to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion climbed to the top of the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 21.

The film, which became available for regular digital purchase Aug. 16 after premium availability, co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, which arrived for premium digital rental and purchase Aug. 9. The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru, the latest installment in the Illumination animated series. The film, which tells the story of 12-year-old Gru’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Debuting at No. 4 on the chart was Paramount’s Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, which became available for premium digital rental and purchase Aug. 16. In the film, down-on-his-luck hound Hank (voice of Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (voice of Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, the underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. Other voice talent includes Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou and Michelle Yeoh.

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Debuting at No. 5 on the chart was Paramount’s Orphan: First Kill, which became available for premium digital rental and purchase Aug. 19. The horror film, a prequel to 2009’s Orphan, follows Esther as she escapes from an Estonian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family.

The only other title to debut on the chart was B.J. Novak’s directorial debut, the murder mystery Vengeance, starring Novak, Issa Rae and Ashton Kutcher. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental. 

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion
  2. Elvis
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru
  4. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
  5. Orphan: First Kill
  6. The Black Phone
  7. Vengeance
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  9. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission
  10. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

‘Father of the Bride’ Remake Available for Digital Purchase Aug. 23

The comedy romance Father of the Bride will be released for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

In the remake, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce, but they hold off for the benefit of the family.

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Billy’s initial opposition to the wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

‘Elvis’ Dances to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ Elvis debuted atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 14.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic arrived for premium digital rental and purchase Aug. 9. The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis Presley (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru, the latest installment in the Illumination animated series. The film, which tells the story of 12-year-old Gru’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, available for digital purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in the basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

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Debuting at No. 5 on the chart was My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, newly available for digital purchase. In the anime film, when a sinister organization threatens to wipe out all superhuman powers, the fate of the world is on the line.

With the Aug. 8 death of Olivia Newton-John, her 1978 musical hit Grease landed at No. 7 on the chart, with another film starring the late singer, 1980’s Xanadu, appearing at No. 19.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Elvis
  2. Minions: The Rise of Gru
  3. Jurassic World Dominion
  4. The Black Phone
  5. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission
  6. Lightyear
  7. Grease
  8. Gone in the Night
  9. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  10. The Bad Guys

Animated ‘Rumble’ Headed to Digital Aug. 30, Disc Oct. 18

The animated family comedy Rumble arrives for purchase on digital Aug. 30, and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Based on the popular graphic novel Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, the film is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and superstar athletes are larger than life. Teenage Winnie (voice of Geraldine Viswanathan) teams up with a loveable underdog monster (voice of Will Arnett) in hopes of training him to be a champion. The duo learns the value paving your own unique path to success.

Rumble also features the voice talents of Terry Crews, NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and WWE professional wrestlers Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoai and Becky Lynch. 

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Special features on digital and Blu-ray include “The Super-Secret Playbook,” in which Winnie (Viswanathan) narrates an exploration of her dad’s championship-winning plays for Rayburn, Sr., with pages that turn and reveal moves with fully animated wrestlers that leap off the pages; “The Mon-Stars of Wrestling,” featuring the hulking behemoths inside the six-sided Monster Wrestling ring; “Salsa with Rayburn, Jr.,” a tutorial in which Rayburn invites viewers to learn some of his signature moves step-by-step; “Massive Monsters, Wrestling Moves, and Dazzling Dances,” in which director Hamish Grieve offers a behind-the-scenes look at creating the monsters, their textures and their signature arsenal of moves; “Four Rounds in the Animation Ring”; and deleted scenes.

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Debuts Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru debuted atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 7.

The latest installment in the Illumination animated series tells the story of 12-year-old Gru’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. It’s available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Dropping from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, newly available for regular digital purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in the basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

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Debuting at No. 4 on the chart was Disney’s Lightyear, newly available for digital purchase. In the animated film based on the Toy Story character, while spending years trying to return home, marooned space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) encounters an army of ruthless robots.

Rising from No. 6 to No. 5 on the chart was Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses.

Among the other titles debuting on the chart for the week were the Winona Ryder thriller Gone in the Night, landing at No. 7, and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, a comedy about a woman who covets couture, coming in at No. 10.  

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Minions: The Rise of Gru
  2. Jurassic World Dominion
  3. The Black Phone
  4. Lightyear
  5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  7. Gone in the Night
  8. The Bad Guys
  9. Paradise Highway
  10. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Remains No. 1 on Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion for a third consecutive week remained atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 31.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase beginning July 15, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Remaining at No. 2 for a third week was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, also available for premium digital rental and purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in his basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

Rising from No. 6 to No. 3 on the chart was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, available for digital rental and newly on sale for digital purchase. In the latest installment about J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding world, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and a Muggle baker on a dangerous mission.

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Remaining at No. 4 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase and rental. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, available for digital purchase. The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League is a re-edited and extended version of the DC Comics adaptation, which he couldn’t finish in 2017, and serves as the sequel to his 2013 film Man of Steel and its 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Among the titles debuting on the chart were DC’s animated Green Lantern: Beware My Power, landing at No. 8, and Lionsgate’s crime thriller Paradise Highway, starring Juliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman, coming in at No. 9.  

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 31, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion
  2. The Black Phone
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  4. The Bad Guys
  5. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  7. Uncharted
  8. Green Lantern: Beware My Power
  9. Paradise Highway
  10. The Northman

Movies Anywhere: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Most Popular Movie in Q2

The most popular movie on the Movies Anywhere platform in Q2 2022 was Spider-Man: No Way Home, followed in a close second by Sing 2, and Uncharted, in a close third, according to the digital library platform.

The findings were based on the number of Movies Anywhere users who watched a movie.

The top watched movie, however — based on the total number of hours watched — was Sing 2, followed by Uncharted with Ghostbusters: Afterlife in third.

The top three actors watched on the platform in Q2 based on the number of users who watched their movies were Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zendaya.

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The most watched new-release movie genre on the platform in Q2 based on the total number of hours watched was the action genre led by Spider-Man: No Way Home. Runner up was the animated genre, followed by comedies, with the top movie being Sing 2 in both categories.

The most purchased and redeemed movie in Q2 based on total number of transactions was Uncharted, followed closely by Spider-Man: No Way Home, followed by Morbius.

The most shared movie on the platform (using the app’s Screen Pass feature) was Sing.

The most re-watched new release movie in Q2, based on the number of times the movie was watched or the number of platform users who re-watched the movie, was Sing 2. Coincidentally, if looking at catalog titles, for Q2, the original Sing was the most re-watched movie.  (Note: Re-watched means the movie was watched two or more times with at least 30% completion.)