Animated ‘Birds Like Us’ Available on Digital, On Demand and DVD Jan. 25

The animated family film Birds Like Us will debut digitally, on demand and on DVD Jan. 25 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Irons and Jim Broadbent lend their voice talents to the film that explores the journey of an unlikely group of animals trying to make their way back home. Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (Irons), Huppu the bird (Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home.

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Holiday Film ‘A Gift From Bob’ Available on VOD, Digital and DVD Nov. 9

The holiday title A Gift From Bob will be released in select theaters Nov. 5 and via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Nov. 9 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.

In the film from the director of A Dog’s Way Home and Dolphin Tale, for James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special gift arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined.

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Lionsgate Serving Up Disc of Bill Murray Movie ‘On the Rocks’ Oct. 26

Lionsgate will release the film On the Rocks on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 26.

Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Beguiled), the film stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. In the film, Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.

On the Rocks was released via the Apple TV+ streaming service last year.

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Chinese Films ‘Little Q,’ ‘Midnight Diner’ Due on Blu-ray Aug. 17 From Well Go

Two Chinese films, the family friendly Little Q and the comic drama Midnight Diner, are coming to Blu-ray Aug. 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on a true story, the human-canine friendship film Little Q stars Simon Yam (Ip Man) as a recently blinded chef who forms a bond with his seeing eye dog. The film also stars Gigi Leung (The Monkey King 3), Him Law (The Monkey King 2), Charlie Yeung (Bangkok Dangerous), Shanshan Yuan (Lobster Cop), Angela Yeun (The White Girl), Frankie Lam (The Merger) and Roger Kwok (Kung Fu Mahjong).

The film follows Little Q, a yellow lab with a curious birthmark, who is training to become a guide dog for the blind. When his training is complete, Little Q is sent to help Lee Bo Ting, a famous, recently blinded chef. Irritable and bitter, Bo Ting is at first reluctant to rely on Little Q and even tries to drive him away several times. But through his loyalty, Little Q eventually teaches Bo Ting how to trust again, opening him up to a new life of wonderful possibilities.

Midnight Diner

Based on the celebrated manga series “Shin’ya Shokudo” by Yaro Abe and previously adapted into  TV series in Japan, Korea and China, the cinematic version of Midnight Diner also debuts on Blu-ray Aug. 17. In the film, set in a little restaurant in Shanghai, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong) makes his directorial debut and plays the leading role of a man who makes a set of special food for each guest who visits the restaurant and listens everyone’s story. It also stars Deng Chao (Shadow), Eddie Peng (Operation Mekong), and Vision Wei (Lost in White).

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In the film, a small, counter-only restaurant, open daily from midnight to 7, is lovingly helmed by its mysterious owner and chef, a quiet enigma who provides no menu yet can make any dish the customer desires. Year after year, people flock from far and wide to the mysterious Midnight Diner to share their stories, savor delicious home cooking, and finally, to leave refreshed, feeling equally full and ready for their next adventure.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Coming Exclusively to Disney+ in 2022

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters in the live-action comedy Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the 1993 Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, to premiere exclusively on Disney+ in 2022.

Midler (The First Wives Club, Beaches) returns as Winifred Sanderson, with Parker (“Sex and the City”) and Najimy (Sister Act) back as her sisters, Sarah and Mary, respectively.

In Hocus Pocus 2, three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.

Hocus Pocus 2 will begin production this fall under the direction of Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

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“Now more than ever, people need to laugh. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film,” Fletcher said in a statement. “I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life.”

Classic ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD June 29

The family classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and 4K digital June 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for its 50th anniversary.

Directed by Mel Stuart from a screenplay by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is an adaptation of Dahl’s 1964 novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”  Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder as Wily Wonka, Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe, Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket, Roy Kinnear as Mr. Salt, Julie Dawn Cole as Veruca Salt, Leonard Stone as Mr. Beauregarde, Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde, Dodo Denney as Mrs. Teevee and Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee.

The musical follows a boy named Charlie who wins a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections.

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The combo pack will include the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features, which include:

  • Commentary with the Wonka Kids;
  • “Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”;
  • “The Moviemakers”;
  • “Scrumptious Sing-Along: Pure Imagination”;
  • “Scrumptious Sing-Along: I Want It Now!”;
  • “Scrumptious Sing-Along: I’ve Got A Golden Ticket”;
  • “Scrumptious Sing-Along: Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do”; and
  • The theatrical trailer.

‘Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park’ Due on Digital June 11, Disc June 15

The animated sequel Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park arrives on digital June 11 and on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 15 from Lionsgate.

In the sequel, one year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain. They even have devoted fans. But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil’ Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

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The family-friendly film features Andrew Francis (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ninjago,” “Marvel Super Hero Adventures”), Ashleigh Ball (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ready Jet Go!,” “Rev & Roll”), Brian Dobson (Norm of the North: Keys to the KingdomNorm of the North: King Sized Adventure, TV’s “Tarzan and Jane”), Brian Drummond (TV’s “Dragon Ball Z,” Norm of the North: Family Vacation, “Bob the Builder”), Cathy Weseluck (“My Little Pony” franchise, “Barbie” franchise, TV’s “Littlest Pet Shop”), Donny Lucas (Open Season: Scared Silly, TV’s “Van Helsing,” The Christmas Doctor), Graham Hamilton (TV’s “Snap Ships: Dawn of Battle”), Jason Simpson (TV’s “The Dragon Prince,” “Tobot Galaxy Detectives,” “Line Rangers”), James Higuchi (TV’s “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch,” “The Deep,” “Superbook”), Kathleen Barr (TV’s “Ninjago,” “My Little Pony” franchise, “Dragon Tales”), Michael Adamthwaite (TV’s “Ninjago,” Cold PursuitWar for the Planet of the Apes), Richard Newman (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Doraemon,” “Beyblade Burst”) and Sabrina Pitre (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ninjago,” “Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar”).

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Due Nov. 24 From Paramount

Sonic the Hedgehog is being re-released as a limited-edition Blu-ray combo pack (with digital and DVD) Nov. 24 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the day.

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Bonus features include four mini-posters; commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Schwartz; “Around the World in 80 Seconds,” Sonic’s next adventure; deleted scenes; bloopers; the “Speed Me Up” music video; “For the Love of Sonic,” in which Carrey and the cast discuss what Sonic the Hedgehog means to them; “Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey”; “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic”; and “Sonic On Set,” a set visit with Schwartz.

Special Offer From ‘Media Play News’ and Paramount: Digital Codes to Blockbuster ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Paramount Home Entertainment and Media Play News are offering 10 readers free digital codes to the more than $300 million global box office blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog, which is being released digitally today, March 31.

The codes will be given to the first 10 people who 1) like us on Instagram, and 2) go to the Sonic the Hedgehog post on our Instagram account and in the comments answer the question, “How many tails does Sonic’s best friend have?”

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The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the plane.

Animated ‘Abominable’ Stomping to Digital Dec. 3, Disc Dec. 17 Including 4K

The DreamWorks Animation film Abominable is coming out on digital Dec. 3 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

With the biggest opening for an original animated film this year, according to Universal, Abominable features the voice talents of Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Tenzing Norgay Trainor (“Liv and Maddie”), Albert Tsai (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) and Michelle Wong (“Scandal”).

The film made $166.6 million at the worldwide box office.

In the story, teenage Yi (Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in China. She and her friends Jin (Trainor) and Peng (Tsai) name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. The trio of friends has to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Paulson) to help Everest get home.

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Bonus content includes two original shorts, deleted scenes, and family activities.