Director Cecil B. DeMille’s grand 1952 spectacle The Greatest Show on Earth arrives for the first time on Blu-ray March 30 as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.
A two-time Academy Award-winner — including Best Picture and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story — the film captures the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the circus. Featuring three intertwining plot lines filled with romance and rivalry, DeMille’s epic includes spectacular action sequences, including a train wreck. Stars include Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame and James Stewart.
The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc includes the film — newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative — in collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The release also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, exploring the making of the film and its reception, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.
Epic Pictures’ horror film The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw will come out on VOD and digital Oct. 6.
In the film, a devout community suffering from a plague is torn apart by a beautiful young woman and the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. Against the autumnal palette of harvest season in 1973, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw explores the disturbed bond between Audrey, an enigmatic young woman, and Agatha, her domineering ‘mother,’ who live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village. As the community is besieged by a pestilence of unknown origin, children, fields and livestock begin to die — yet the Earnshaw farm remains strangely unaffected. As mass hysteria sets in the village, the townsfolk commence accusations against Audrey and Agatha of witchcraft.
Multiplatform video distributor Epix Feb. 11 announced the launch of Epix Now, a new service offering original content and catalog movies — many in 4K — for $5.99 monthly fee.
Epix, which is owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), said the branded app is available for download in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets. It will also soon be available for Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV. The service will continue rolling out across additional devices over the course of the year.
The service gives subs access to the network’s slate of new original series, including “Pennyworth,” which tells the origin story of Batman’s butler, Alfred; “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Forest Whitaker; Perpetual Grace, LTD from MGM featuring Ben Kingsley; and documentary series “Punk” from Iggy Pop and “Elvis Goes There”with Elvis Mitchell.
Subs will also be able to watch returning seasons of original series “Get Shorty,” “Berlin Station” and “Deep State,” as well as thousands of Hollywood movies and classic film franchises.
The launch of the streaming service is the network’s latest expansion in distribution. Users will have the ability to stream content from the app to any connected TV screen, download movies and episodes for offline viewing and have access to continually updated curated collections, trailers and more as well as 4K Ultra HD streaming on supported devices.
“Launching Epix Now and providing consumers nationwide with access to our premium original programming and blockbuster movies is an exciting moment for our company and solidifies our commitment to bring high-level storytelling to as many people as possible,” Michael Wright, president of Epix, said in a statement.
All four Epix linear live channels are also available today through Epix Now on select connected TV devices, including Apple TV.
Comcast May 22 announced it will afford Xfinity subscribers direct-access to Epix — the premium TV network recently sold by Lionsgate to MGM, beginning June 13.
Epix’s programming, which includes original series “Deep State,” and more than 2,000 feature films such as Fences, Arrival, and films from the “James Bond,” “Star Trek” and “Rocky” franchises, will be available across all Xfinity TV platforms, including the voice-enabled X1 platform, as well as on devices in and out of home via the Xfinity Stream app and Web portal.
Epix joins Netflix and YouTube as major third-party home entertainment brands granted access within Comcast Cable’s walled ecosystem.
“Our goal has always been to offer our customers more choices and the ability to access all the programming they desire when and where they want it,” Daniel Spinosa, VP of video entertainment services at Comcast Cable, said in a statement.
Other original EPix programing coming to Comcast includes the second season of dark comedy, “Get Shorty,” starring Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, and season three of CIA drama, “Berlin Station.” In addition, a new version of the seminal competition series, “The Contender” from executive producer Mark Burnett, will debut later this year.