Disney Making ‘Jungle Cruise’ Available for Digital Ownership Aug. 31, on Disc Nov. 16

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will make Jungle Cruise available for early digital ownership Aug. 31, followed by a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Nov. 16.

Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

The cast also includes Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti and Veronica Falcón.

Extras include 11 deleted scenes, outtakes, an optional “Jungle Cruise Expedition Mode” that displays information about the movie such as Easter eggs and pop-up trivia during the movie, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes:

    • “It’s A Jungle Out There: Making Jungle Cruise” — Director Jaume Collet-Serra, the cast and other filmmakers working on the movie discuss creating the world that honors one of Disneyland’s most beloved rides.
    • “Dwayne and Emily: Undoubtedly Funny” — on set with the two stars.
    • “Creating the Amazon” — A look at re-creating the jungle with elaborate sets.
    • “Once a Skip, Always a Skip” — Several “Skippers” from the Disneyland ride reminisce about the rewards, challenges and surprises they’ve experienced while helming the attraction.

 

The film earned $82.1 million during a domestic box office run while it was simultaneously available as a $29.99 “Premier Access” add-on to streaming service Disney+.

A Quiet Place Part II

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/27/21;
Paramount;
Horror;
$29.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD;
Box Office $157.52 million;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images.
Stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Scoot McNairy.

Director John Krasinski delivers another eerily effective thriller predicated on silence in his follow up to the surprise 2018 hit film A Quiet Place.

The sequel actually begins as a bit of a prequel, showing how the alien creatures that prey on sound first arrived on Earth, giving Krasinski an opportunity to make a brief appearance as Lee Abbott, the father who in the first film sacrificed himself to distract the aliens and save his family.

The film then cuts to the immediate aftermath of the first film, as Lee’s wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), is left to fend for survival with their newborn baby, son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). Regan’s hearing aid proved deadly to the aliens, emitting a frequency that disturbs their super hearing and makes them possible to kill.

The Abbotts set off to seek new shelter after theirs was pretty much destroyed by the alien attacks of the first film. They end up crossing into the booby-trapped land of their neighbor Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who wants them to leave so as not to squander the few resources he has.

However, they pick up a radio signal of someone broadcasting the song “Beyond the Sea,” which Regan intuits is a message to find a conclave of survivors living on an island, since the aliens don’t like water.

With Marcus injured by a bear trap (in a horrifying sequence involving a lot of screaming), and Evelyn forced to tend to him, Regan sets off to find a boat to get to the island, joined by a reluctant Emmett, who slowly starts to realize that perhaps there are still things to hope for in this otherwise dangerous world.

Naturally, the sound parasites are a constant threat to all the characters.

While the 4K disc includes just the film in Ultra HD, the Blu-ray edition includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Coming to Digital July 13, Disc July 27

The thriller sequel A Quiet Place Part II will debut on digital July 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD July 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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Special features include Krasinski on the set of the new film as he details the cast and crew’s work in a video director’s diary; information about the secrets of the monstrous invaders; an explanation of the two-film character arc of daughter Regan; a breakdown of the marina scene; and exploration of the visual effects and sound design.

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs also include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision.

The  two-movie collection will also be available to buy exclusively on digital or Blu-ray with bonus content on both films.

A ‘Quiet Place’ No More: Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Soars Past $100 Million

It’s business as usual for the summer blockbuster. Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part II outdid the original, opening at an estimated $48.3 million across 3,726 screens over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, according to the studio. Adding Thursday’s record sneak peak, and the tally tops $58.5 million, which would surpass the original’s $54.3 million in 2018.

The post-apocalyptic sequel from director John Krasinski, and starring his wife Emily Blunt, was the biggest opening domestic weekend since Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong, which tracked $34.1 million over four days in March, and was available concurrently for free on HBO Max. A Quiet Place Part II is available exclusively in theaters for 45 days, before streaming concurrently on Paramount+.

In No. 2 is Disney’s Cruella, with an estimated $26.5 million across 3,892 screens over four days. The title is also available for $29.99 purchase on Premier Access to Disney+ subscribers. The movie, starring Emma Stone, tracked another $16.1 million internationally for global haul of $43 million.

When combined, the two movies helped the domestic box office surpass $100 million — the highest tally since the pandemic began, shuttering movie theaters for much of 2020 and into this year. The figure still pales in comparison to the 2019 Memorial Day gross of $232 million.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures’ F9 topped the $229 million globally, despite a 85% drop in theatrical revenue in China. The long-running actioner opens in the United States June 24.

 

‘Breach,’ ‘Love, Weddings & Other Disasters’ and ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Top Feb. 2 Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

The Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller Breach, the Lionsgate romantic comedy Love, Weddings & Other Disasters and the Emily Blunt romance Wild Mountain Thyme top the slate of new disc and digital releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 2.

Breach, which is making its DVD debut from Paramount Home Entertainment, opened in December in select theaters and became available at the same time through digital retailers and on VOD. Fleeing a devastating plague on Earth, an interstellar ark comes under attack from a new threat — a shape-shifting alien force intent on slaughtering what is left of humanity. Joining Willis in the cast are Cody Kearsley,  Johnny Messner, Thomas Jane, Rachel Nichols, Corey Large, Alexander Kane and Kassandra Clementi.

After a brief theatrical run, Love, Weddings & Other Disasters is now available on Blu-ray Disc (with digital copy) and DVD. The film is the first independent feature from Dennis Dugan, whose directing credits include Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy. Against a backdrop of a couple’s impending wedding, the film weaves together multiple storylines as it follows the search for love by a colorful group of characters. The ensemble cast includes Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Grace and Andrew Bachelor. Extras include an audio commentary with co-screenwriter and director Dennis Dugan; descriptive audio commentary for the blind; and the featurette “A Celebration: Making Love, Weddings, & Other Disasters.”

Wild Mountain Thyme becomes available Feb. 2 on DVD and through digital retailers from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, directed by John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), follows headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Blunt), who has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony Reilly’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic romantic tale.

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Universal on Feb. 2 is also releasing the drama Let Him Go on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, two weeks after the film became available for digital sellthrough. The film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as a husband and wife who, after the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to journey through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. Let Him Go is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson.

Also from Universal are two older movies timed to Black History Month, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Spike Lee’s iconic Do the Right Thing.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, making its Blu-ray Disc debut Feb. 2, is a highly acclaimed 1974 TV drama starring the late Cicely Tyson, who died Jan. 28 at the age of 96. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, the film chronicles the period of American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, based on the memories of a fictional 110-year-old former slave, portrayed by Tyson. The film won nine Emmy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress and Actress of the Year honors for Tyson.

Do the Right Thing is being issued on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time. In the 1989 film, a hot summer day in the inner city brings racial tensions to a boiling point in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood. The cast includes Lee, Danny Aiello, Rosie Perez, John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson. The film earned two Oscar nominations, including one for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Supporting Actor nod for Aiello. Extras in the combo pack include a new introduction by Lee; deleted and extended scenes; feature commentary by Lee; and a documentary featuring cast and crew.

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

Emily Blunt Romance ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Available on DVD and Digital Feb. 2

The Emily Blunt romance Wild Mountain Thyme will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), the film follows headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Blunt), who has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

Stung by his father Tony Reilly’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic romantic tale.

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Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt to Star in Feature ‘Ball and Chain’ for Netflix

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will star in the feature Ball and Chain for Netflix.

Loosely based on the 1990s comic book, the film follows a troubled married couple that receives superpowers that only work when they are together.

“Netflix is the perfect partner to deliver this epic superhero/romantic comedy experience alongside us, and we’re excited to be back in business with the Netflix team,” Dwayne Johnson, star, producer, and co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions, said in a statement. “I’m also excited to not only reunite with dear friend Emily Blunt in front of the camera, but to also collaborate as producing partners as we bring Emily V. Gordon’s script to life.”

Johnson and Blunt co-star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which will be released next summer.

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“We’re thrilled to continue the evolution of our partnership with Netflix and welcome Ball and Chain into the Seven Bucks universe,” Dany Garcia, producer on the film and co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions, said in a statement. “Our Netflix partnership is rooted in our mutual understanding that investing in the right stories with universal appeal is our number one priority. The incomparable chemistry of our leads and powerful storytelling elements will ignite fans across the globe. We can’t wait to bring this electric story to life.”

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“Dwayne and Emily have a chemistry together that is unmatched in our business right now,” Scott Stuber, head of Netflix film, said in a statement. “They are the perfect duo to bring Emily V. Gordon’s electric superhero story to life, and take the world of Ball and Chain to new heights. We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Emily Blunt, as well as continue our relationship with Dwayne, Seven Bucks and Kevin Misher.”

‘Aquaman’ Makes Another Splash on FandangoNow Chart

Aquaman emerged at No. 1 on FandangoNow’s chart of top movies for digital rental and purchase for another week.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Warner’s DC Comics superhero feature held off the studio’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which levitated to No. 2 (from No. 8) on the chart for the week ended March 17. “Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling’s followup to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned $160 million in theaters, while the swimming superhero vehicle earned $334 million at the box office.

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Warner also took the third spot on the FandangoNow chart with the Oscar-launded A Star Is Born, which earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song and eight nominations. The music drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga slipped just one spot from No. 2 the previous week.

Best Picture Academy Award winner Green Book landed at No. 4, rising from No. 10 the previous week. The film also picked up Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

Newly arriving on the chart were Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which took the fifth spot, and Universal’s Mortal Engines, which came in at No. 10. Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, earned $171 million at the box office, while Mortal Engines, a post-apocalyptic actioner backed by Peter Jackson, made just $16 million theatrically.

The top films to purchase and/or rent on FandangoNow for the week ended March 17 were:

  1. Aquaman — Warner
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — Warner
  3. A Star is Born(2018) — Warner
  4. Green Book— Universal
  5. Mary Poppins Returns — Disney
  6. Instant Family — Paramount
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  8. Creed II — Warner
  9. Ralph Breaks the Internet — Disney
  10. Mortal Engines— Universal

Mary Poppins Returns

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 3/19/19;
Disney;
Musical;
Box Office $171.69 million;
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘
PG’ for some mild thematic elements and brief action.
Stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Nathanael Saleh, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, David Warner, Jim Norton, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke.

There’s a lyric at the beginning of the original 1964 Mary Poppins in which Dick Van Dyke sings “what’s to happen all happened before.” It’s a line that hints at the mysterious nature of the magical nanny but seems a bit curious in the context at the beginning of a story in which we as an audience have yet to witness any of Mary Poppins’ adventures.

Rather, that prophetically tinged turn of phrase would seem to have more meaning when applied to this new installment, which bears fruit for the notion that Mary Poppins’ adventures are somehow cyclical.

The sequel that has been 54 years in the making has been carefully crafted for each story beat to resonate with an equivalent scene from the first film. Indeed, such echoes of the original are even reflected in the musical score, which always seems to play a few nostalgic notes when appropriate.

In the new story based on author P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins novels, the nanny returns some two decades later when the now grown Banks children, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) find themselves in a bit of a financial crisis. Michael’s life is in disarray a year after the tragic death of his wife, and the financial toll exacted by her loss have put their famous house at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in danger of being seized by the bank. As Michael seems ready to given in to cynicism and despair, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) reappears to ostensibly take care of Michael’s three children while infusing a new sense of joy and imagination into everyone’s day.

Mary Poppins Returns is an effective follow-up to the original classic, capturing its spirit of whimsy with a slate of catchy tunes, even if its story could use some fine-tuning at points. While every sequence more or less serves a central premise of approaching life with a variety of perspectives, some moments seem less relevant to the primary narrative than others. Colin Firth’s bank executive, for example, seems to want the house just for the sake of typical movie villain greed, where the plot could have given him a more personal stake in the Banks family story by, say, establishing he had a grudge against their father, George, who was a senior partner at the bank.

Likewise, the film’s most eccentric musical number, “Turning Turtle,” seems to exist only to provide an outlet for interesting ideas from the books the filmmakers wanted to use couldn’t infuse elsewhere in the story, resulting in a superfluous guest appearance by Meryl Streep. ‘

Much more effective is a practically perfect appearance by the iconic Angela Lansbury as the magical balloon lady, whose perfectly “Nowhere to Go but Up” number is the most memorable of film while most effectively reminding young and old alike to never lose sight of their childlike sense of wonder.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray are mostly focused on the creation of the various musical numbers, from the 23-minute “The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns” to the 18-minute “Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns.” And the five-and-a-half-minute “Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns” delves into the now 93-year-old actor’s cameo in the new film.

The disc also includes a deleted song sequence that was replaced by another piece early enough so that the version presented here is a scratch track set to animated storyboards. The total sequence, called “The Anthropomorphic Zoo,” runs about five minutes.

There are also two true deleted scenes that run about a minute each that are extensions of musical sequences that are in the final film, as well as a two-minute blooper reel.

The disc also offers the movie in a sing-along mode that shows the lyrics during the various song sequences (as opposed to closed captioning showing all the dialogue).

The digital edition, which can be accessed using the Movies Anywhere redemption code included with the Blu-ray combo pack, offers an informative commentary with director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

Movies Anywhere also has two more vignettes, each running more than a minute. “Different Worlds: Creating Mary Poppins Returns is a shorter clip from the longer making-of featurette about the making of an animated sequence. And “What Is Your Favorite Disney Musical?” is a promotional video in which the title question is asked to various cast members.

Finally, the digital version on Vudu offers a three-minute featurette about the cameo of actress Karen Dotrice, who played young Jane in the original film.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Home Video in March

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Mary Poppins Returns digitally March 12, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 19.

The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny, who returns to Cherry Tree Lane to help the troubled now-adult Banks children.

The cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke.

The film earned $170.6 million at the domestic box office and received Oscar nominations for Best Original Song for “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

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Blu-ray and UHD BD extras include deleted scenes, including the song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”; the multi-part behind-the-scenes featurette “The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns”; “Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns,” a look at several of the film’s musical scenes; “Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns”; “Practically Perfect Bloopers”; and a sing-along mode.

The digital version, available separately or with a redemption code included with the Blu-ray combo packs, will have an exclusive audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.