Two IFC Films and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Hobbit’ Top Slate of New Releases Available Dec. 1

Two films released theatrically and digitally by IFC Films over the summer, The Rental and Made in Italy, are coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 1, courtesy of independent home entertainment supplier Shout! Factory.

The week’s slate of new releases also includes the much-anticipated 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of two fantasy trilogies, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” as well as the 1998 superhero film Blade, all from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; the Tom Cruise classic Top Gun and the Eddie Murphy comedies Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, from Paramount Home Entertainment; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the “Jumanji” trilogy, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Rental, a horror film produced and directed by Dave Franco, follows two couples who rent a seaside home while on vacation, only to encounter an odd caretaker and suspect they are being spied on. The film was issued on video-on-demand and in select theaters in July by IFC.

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Made in Italy is a comedy-drama starring Liam Neeson as an artist who is restoring a villa with his estranged son (his real-life son, Micheál Richardson) after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy, too, was released on video-on-demand and in select theaters by IFC Films, in August.

“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies were all huge box office hits. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its two sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) — earned nearly $3 billion in worldwide theaters and nabbed 17 Academy Awards.

The three “Hobbit” movies — 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — also collected nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

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Top Gun is being released in a limited-edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack. The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.  Cruise plays a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best of the best. The film also stars Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

Beverly Hills Cop has been remastered in 4K with HDR and is available in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack with digital copy. Murphy plays Axel Foley, a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice.

Also remastered in 4K with HDR — from a supervised restoration by director John Landis — Coming to America, too, is being issued as a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook. Murphy stars as an African prince trying to find a princess. The mission leads him and his most loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York.  In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.

To accompany those two releases, Paramount on Dec. 1 also is re-releasing, on Blu-ray Disc, two other Murphy comedies, Trading Places and The Golden Child, as part of its “Paramount Presents” line.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was initially released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016, but is now back as a limited-edition Steelbook that includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The Steelbook also includes six deleted scenes presented in 4K Ultra HD with HDR, among other bonus features.

The “Jumanji” trilogy, previously available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, also becomes available in a three-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set on Dec. 1. The package includes all three films in the franchise, the original Jumanji (1995), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). The films follow the adventures of a bunch of characters thrust into danger while playing a video game.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Amazon Prime Video Streaming Eddie Murphy Sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ on March 5, 2021

Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 20 disclosed that March 5, 2021, is the release date for Paramount Pictures’ erstwhile theatrical release Coming 2 America — with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, among others, reprising their original roles from the 1988 box office hit Coming to America.

Amazon acquired the rights to the sequel for a reported $125 million after Paramount Pictures decided not to release the movie on its original Dec. 18 box office debut date.

Set 30 years later, Prince Akeem (Murphy), heir to the throne of the African nation of Zamunda, discovers he has a long-lost son who lives in Queens, New York. He returns to America to find his son and groom him as the new prince. In addition to Murphy and Hall, Coming 2 America returning cast members include James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Louie Anderson. Newcomers include Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.

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Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”

 

Paramount’s Eddie Murphy Sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ Going to Amazon Prime Video

Chalk up another loss for the theatrical market. Paramount Pictures has reportedly licensed rights to the Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America to Amazon Prime Video for $125 million. The movie, co-starring original headliners Murphy and Arsenio Hall, is slated to bow on Prime Dec. 18 — the same date as the original theatrical launch, according to Deadline, which first reported the move.

Co-stars in the sequel, in which Akeem (Murphy) learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda, include Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Jay Pharaoh.

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Amazon had been relatively quiet on content spending in 2020 compared with rivals Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and Apple — reportedly slated to spend $6 million on original content this year before the coronavirus hit.

Now the deal represents another high-profile theatrical steal for Amazon Studios under the direction of Jennifer Salke, following deals for Sasha Baron Cohen’s second Borat flick, and Dave Bautista’s My Spy.

The 1988 original Coming to America was a blockbuster for Paramount, generating $128 million at domestic screens and $288 million worldwide — just behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Rain Man.

The transaction leaves just four high-profile studio movies still on the theatrical calendar in 2020, including Open Road’s Honest Thief on Oct. 16; 20th Century’s Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds on Dec. 11; Death on the Nile with Kenneth Branagh reprising Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth detective Hercules Poirot on Dec. 18; and Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas.

Studios have repeatedly pushed back big-budget releases to 2021 as theaters grapple with pandemic closures and limited seating at screens that are open. With Warner’s espionage thriller Tenet failing to bring consumers in the U.S. back to the cineplex, the domestic box office is trending nearly 80% below 2019 levels.

Eddie Murphy Classics Coming to Disc and Digital From Paramount

The Eddie Murphy classics Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop will come out on 4K Ultra HD disc, and Trading Places and The Golden Child will come out on Blu-ray, Dec. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment in anticipation of the debut of Coming 2 America.

All four films will also be available digitally.

Newly remastered in 4K with HDR from a supervised restoration by director John Landis, Coming to America will be available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD with digital copy in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook with themed mini-poster, or on 4K Ultra HD digital. Murphy stars as an African prince trying to find a princess. The mission leads him and his most loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York.  In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble. Extras (previously released) include the following previously released special features in HD: “Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America”; “Fit for Akeem: The Costumes of Coming to America”; “Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker”; “Composing America: The Musical Talents of Nile Rodgers”; “A Vintage Sit-Down with Eddie & Arsenio”; the theatrical trailer and photo gallery.

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Beverly Hills Cop has been remastered in 4K with HDR and will be available in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack with digital copy and is available now on 4K Ultra HD digital. Murphy plays Axel Foley, a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. The 4K combo includes the following previously released special features: commentary by director Martin Brest, “Beverly Hills Cop — The Phenomenon Begins” (SD); “A Glimpse Inside the Casting Process” (SD); “The Music of Beverly Hills Cop” (SD); deleted scenes (HD); behind-the-scenes featurettes incorporating vintage 1984 interviews (HD); an isolated audio track of the original score by Harold Faltermeyer; “BHC Mixtape ‘84”, which allows viewers to go directly to the scenes featuring the hit songs “The Heat Is On,” “Neutron Dance,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” “Do You Really” and “Nasty Girl”; a location map; and the theatrical trailer (HD).

Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by director John Landis, Trading Places will come out on a limited-edition “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray Disc presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.  The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digital. In Trading Places, the very rich and extremely greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager over whether “born-loser” Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Akroyd) if circumstances were reversed. Alongside the street-smarts of Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), Winthorpe and Valentine are a trio ready for a revenge that culminates on the commodities trading floor in New York City. The “Paramount” Presents Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with John Landis and access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following previously released bonus content: deleted scenes; “Insider Trading: The Making of Trading Places”; “Dressing the Part”; “The Trade in Trading Places”; trading stories; an industry promotional piece; and the theatrical trailer.

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Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer under the supervision of director Michael Ritchie, The Golden Child comes to Blu-ray for the first time as part of the “Paramount Presents” line. The limited-edition Blu-ray Disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digital. In the film, Murphy is the Chosen One, a social worker on a madcap mission to find the Golden Child, a young boy possessing mystical powers. Joined by Kee Nang (Charlotte Lewis), they battle the countless henchmen of Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance), the mysterious and evil cult leader holding the boy captive. The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes a new featurette on the making of The Golden Child, as well as access to a digital copy of the film and the theatrical trailer.

Reports: Netflix Picks Up Rights to New ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Sequel

Netflix has licensed rights to a new Beverly Hills Cop sequel from Paramount, according to reports.

The fourth installment in the series will star Eddie Murphy and be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the reports stated. The first three movies came out in 1984, 1987 and 1994, and all featured Murphy as a freewheeling Detroit cop.

Netflix this month also expanded its deal with another Viacom property, Nickelodeon. It’s a multiyear output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series for kids and families based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as new IP.

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Remastered for 35th Anniversary Digital, Blu-ray Releases

Paramount Home Entertainment is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Eddie Murphy’s action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop with a special digital and Blu-ray re-release of the entire trilogy.

All three films, including the 1984 original, 1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II and 1994’s Beverly Hills Cop III, have been remastered and will be released in 4K Ultra HD with HDR for the first time through digital channels Dec. 17.

In the first film, Eddie Murphy stars as streetwise Detroit cop Axel Foley, who tracks down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills. In the sequel, Foley goes deep undercover to investigate a gang of international munitions smugglers. In the third film, he investigates a counterfeit money ring being run out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

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A three-movie collection on standard Blu-ray will be released Jan. 14, 2020, with new bonus features with the first film, including two never-before-seen deleted scenes; four new behind-the-scenes featurettes incorporating vintage 1984 interviews; an isolated audio track of Harold Faltermeyer’s Grammy Award-winning musical score; and “BHC Mixtape ’84,” which allows viewers to go directly to the scenes featuring the hit songs “The Heat Is On,” “Neutron Dance,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” “Do You Really” and “Nasty Girl.”

The new Beverly Hills Cop Blu-ray will also include previously released special features including commentary by director Martin Brest, a location map, the theatrical trailer, and the featurettes “Beverly Hills Cop — The Phenomenon Begins,” “A Glimpse Inside the Casting Process” and “The Music of Beverly Hills Cop”

 

Stadium Media Inks Digital Deal With Urban Film Distributor Xenon Pictures

Stadium Media, a global digital content provider, has inked a deal with Xenon Pictures to offer urban films for digital distribution to select platforms.

The deal includes the title The Legend of Dolemite, a documentary on Rudy Ray Moore. Moore’s story is being turned into a Netflix biopic, Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy.

“We are extremely thrilled to be working with Xenon,” said Stadium Media founder Mitch Mallon in a statement. “They were the first in the market to recognize and realize how important the African-American audience was to the home entertainment field. We look forward to offering their top titles to digital audiences.”

“Mitch is a force in this industry,” said Xenon COO Steve Housden in a statement. “Over the decades, we’ve often competed with him for customers and titles, but we are thrilled to have him on our side. It frees us up to concentrate on producing new content. It’s great knowing Mitch is in position to place the new titles with his accounts.”

Other Xenon titles under the deal include the miniseries A Woman Called Moses, starring Cicely Tyson as Harriet Tubman; the urban thriller Joy Road; the documentary Welcome to Death Row (the inspiration for Straight Outta Compton); and Before They Were Kings, which features early performances by comic stars, including Chris Rock, D.L. Hughley and Martin Lawrence.

Stadium Media’s library consists of classic television shows such as SyFy’s “Van Helsing,” “That Girl,” “The Best of Groucho Marx” and “The Danny Thomas Show”; and independent films such as The Matchbreaker, The Black Hole, It Happened One Christmas, Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent, Peter Bogdanovich’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Runnin Down a Dream and the upcoming Undateable John.

Paramount Celebrates Anniversaries of Eddie Murphy’s ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Coming to America’ June 12 on Blu-ray

Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing two Eddie Murphy comedy classics, Trading Places and Coming to America, for their anniversaries on Blu-ray and digital June 12.

Prebook is May 1.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Trading Places pairs Murphy with Dan Aykroyd in director John Landis’ social satire about a con artist who switches roles with a stock market executive as part of an idle bet between two rich brothers. The Blu-ray includes multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as access to a digital copy.

In Coming to America, which celebrates its 30th anniversary, Murphy reteams with Landis to play a pampered African prince who disguises his identity to roam the United States in search of a bride. The film also stars Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones and features a variety of cameos, including Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy from Trading Places. The Blu-ray includes vintage interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery and access to a digital copy.