‘Dumbo’ Remains Perched Atop Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s live-action version of Dumbo held onto the No. 1 spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 6.

The remake of the 1941 animated classic debuted at No. 1 a week earlier.

Another Disney-distributed movie, the superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel, held onto No. 2 on both charts in its fourth week in stores.

The top newcomer at No. 3 on both charts was Lionsgate’s Escape Plan: The Extractors, the direct-to-video third film in the “Escape Plan” action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. The theatrically released first film was released in 2013, followed in 2018 by the direct-to-video Escape Plan 2: Hades.

Paramount’s animated Wonder Park slipped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was Disney’s “Signature Collection” Blu-ray re-release of the 1950 animated classic Cinderella.

Rounding out the top five overall at No. 5 was Warner’s Aquaman, which was the No. 7 Blu-ray.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 7, Escape Plan: The Extractors debuted at No. 1.

Dumbo moved up to No. 2, while Captain Marvel slipped to No. 3 after three weeks as the top rental.

The Universal horror film Us dropped to No. 4.

Universal’s The Best of Enemies debuted at No. 5.

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‘Dumbo’ Remake Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s live-action version of Dumbo easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended June 29.

Directed by Tim Burton, the remake of the 1941 animated classic earned $114.6 million at the domestic box office.

Another Disney-distributed movie, the superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel, slipped to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks in the top spot.

Paramount’s animated Wonder Park held onto the No. 3 spot on the overall sales chart and slipped a spot to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal Pictures’ Us in its second week dropped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and N0. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, after debuting in the second spot a week earlier.

No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Disney’s “Signature Collection” Blu-ray re-release of the 1950 animated classic Cinderella.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 75% of total unit sales for Dumbo, which had 9% of its total sales come from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 30, Captain Marvel held onto the top spot for a third week.

Us took No. 2 for the second week.

No. 3 went to a new release, Lionsgate’s The Poison Rose. Wonder Park slipped a spot to No. 4, while Dumbo debuted at No. 5.

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Merchandising: Retailers Deliver ‘Dumbo’ Exclusives

Target and Best Buy offered exclusives for a couple of Disney titles released June 25.

At Target, the live-action version of Dumbo arrived on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a limited-edition filmmaker gallery book for $34.99.

 

Similarly, Target had a limited-edition filmmaker gallery and storybook with the Blu-ray re-release of the animated Cinderella for $28.99.

Target ‘Dumbo’ Blu-ray with booklet

Best Buy had a Dumbo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.99.

Target ‘Cinderella’ Blu-ray with booklet

A Cinderella Blu-ray Steelbook was available at Best Buy for $29.99. In addition, a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 2015 live-action version of Cinderella was available for $34.99.

Best Buy Blu-ray Steelbook for the animated ‘Cinderella’
Best Buy Blu-ray Steelbook for the live-action ‘Cinderella’

Best Buy is also taking preorders for a Toy Story 4 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.99.

Best Buy ‘Toy Story 4’ Steelbook

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Dumbo (2019)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 6/25/19;
Disney;
Family;
Box Office $114.03 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG’ for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language.
Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins.

With a running time of just 64 minutes, Disney’s original 1941 animated classic Dumbo is a bit thin on the source material required for a full-bore live-action remake.

To pad out the details, Disney turned to screenwriter Ehren Kruger, veteran of several “Transformers” movies, and director Tim Burton, who previously directed 2010’s Alice in Wonderland for the studio.

The end result is a remake that is equal parts reimagining of and sequel to the original classic.

The core of the story still focuses on the baby circus elephant named Dumbo who learns to use his oversized ears to fly. After his mother is locked up for aggressively defending him from the crowds picking on him for his large ears, he yearns to reunite with her.

However, whereas the bulk of the original film dealt with Dumbo learning how to fly and building his confidence, in the new version he figures out how to fly relatively quickly. Instead of a mouse to handle him, he is looked after by returning World War I veteran Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his two young children, and soon becomes a star for the small traveling circus run by Max Medici (Danny DeVito).

Dumbo’s exploits gain the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who offers to buy out Medici in order to make Dumbo the headliner of his circus-themed amusement park, Dreamland. Meanwhile, the children hope to use Dumbo’s earnings to find his mother and bring her back to him.

The Vandevere storyline gives the film the air of self-parody, as his theme park is clearly an analog for Disneyland. What’s more, the plot turns on a corporate merger in which the smaller company is to be swallowed up and the bulk of its staffers laid off — a detail rife with parallels to the Disney-Fox merger that was completed shortly before this film hit theaters.

Keaton playing the slimy businessman is also a bit of a switch from his pairing with DeVito in another Burton film, 1992’s Batman Returns, in which DeVito was the one playing the bad guy.

These are clever details for what is ultimately a kids movie, and while Burton’s visual flair and penchant for oddity may amuse adults in the audience for a time, the film mostly settles in as a piece of inconsequential family fare that should keep younger viewers entertained.

Hardcore Disney fans can also take it to the next level in searching for the many subtle references to Disney history, particularly the 1941 film, layered throughout. To this end, the Blu-ray includes a four-minute “Easter Eggs on Parade” featurette.

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Other featurettes include the eight-minute “Circus Spectaculars,” featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers; “The Elephant in the Room,” a six-minute recount of the process of updating the story of the animated film; and “Built to Amaze,” an eight-minute look at the film’s production and costume design.

The Blu-ray also includes nine deleted scenes running eight minutes in total; a two-minute “Clowning Around” gag reel; and a “Baby Mine” music video featuring Arcade Fire’s update of the Oscar-nominated song from the original film.

The digital copy of the film available through Movies Anywhere and select digital retailers also includes a breakdown of the creation of the Dreamland parade sequence.

Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Flies to Home Video June 25

Disney will release director Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally June 25.

Inspired by the 1941 animated classic, Dumbo features struggling circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlisting former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive but sinister entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, spectacular, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. The cast also includes Eva Green.

The film earned $112.8 million at the domestic box office.

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Blu-ray and digital extras include deleted scenes; a “Baby Mine” music video by Arcade Fire; a “Clowning Around” blooper reel; an “Easter Eggs on Parade” featurette; a “Circus Spectaculars” featurette focused on the cast’s memories of making the film; the featurette “The Elephant in the Room,” about bringing the animated tale to live action; and a “Built to Amaze” featurette about the film’s production and costume design.

The digital versions, available through various retailers and the Movies Anywhere digital service, will include an exclusive “Dreamland — Anatomy of a Scene: From Final Script to Final Scene” featurette about bringing the Dreamland parade to life.

Bonus material will vary by digital retailer.