Final Season of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 27

Lionsgate will release the final season of “Fear the Walking Dead” on Blu-ray Disc (with digital) and DVD Feb. 27.

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season includes all 12 episodes from the 2023 season of the “Walking Dead” spinoff. Season eight begins with the return of Madison (Kim Dickens) as she joins Morgan (Lennie James) and the others to rescue Morgan’s daughter, Mo. Seven years after Morgan and Madison’s plans to rescue Mo from PADRE end in failure, the people they brought to the island are forced to toil under PADRE’s cynical rule. But the promise of a better world remains, resting with the only person able to reignite everyone’s belief in it: a now 8-year-old Mo.

The cast also includes Colman Domingo, Rubén Blades, Austin Amelio and Danay Garcia.

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AMC Networks Ups Q2 SVOD Subscribers to 11 Million

AMC Networks, with subscription streaming video assets that include Acorn TV, AMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK, Aug. 4 reported a 6% gain in SVOD subscribers to 11 million in the second quarter ended June 30, compared with 10.3 million subs in the prior-year period.

ALLBLK (formerly Urban Movie Channel) and Acorn TV were acquired in the 2016 acquisition of RLJ Entertainment.

AMC actually had 11.3 million subs at the end of the first quarter ended March 31, but after updating its subscriber definition to no longer include estimated subscriber conversions, the company downsized its overall subscriber base by 300,000.

Streaming revenue increased 13% to $137 million from $121.2 million, primarily driven by year-over-year streaming subscriber growth and 2022 price increases.

During Q2, AMC+ began exclusively streaming the first seven seasons of “Fear the Walking Dead” in July. The SVOD platform also premiered “The Walking Dead: Dead City,” the top-performing season premiere in the history of AMC+ in terms of viewership across all new and returning series.

AMC+ debuted on Charter, making the streaming service available to Spectrum TV customers through the cabler’s set-top box.

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Newly appointed CEO Kristin Dolan said AMC would continue to focus on producing “high-quality” content, which appears to include repeated trips to the “Walking Dead” IP portfolio.

AMC on Sept. 10 will premiere of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon,” which is set in France. It has also completed production of “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live,” which is focused on the Rick and Michonne characters and is slated to premiere in 2024.

“It’s clear we have the programming, the platforms and the partners necessary to continue to operate a very profitable business that delivers long-term shareholder value,” Dolan said in a statement.

Season 8, Part A, of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Due on Digital May 15

Part A of the final season of “Fear the Walking Dead,” derived from “The Walking Dead” universe, arrives on digital May 15 from Lionsgate.

Season eight begins with the return of Madison (Kim Dickens) as she joins Morgan (Lennie James) and the others to rescue Morgan’s daughter Mo. Fractured after escaping the downfall of the Tower, our survivors find themselves facing the challenges of life under the mysterious PADRE, where they will be forced to choose between who they’ve become and who they want to be.

“Fear the Walking Dead” season eight, part A, is from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”), David Alpert (“The Walking Dead,” American Ultra), Andrew Chambliss (“Once Upon a Time”) and Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead,” “Outcast”).

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In addition to  James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me,” Blade Runner 2049) and Dickens (Gone Girl, TV’s “Deadwood” and “House of Cards”), the series stars Colman Domingo (TV’s “Euphoria,” Lincoln, Candyman, Selma), Rubén Blades (TV’s “Gideon’s Crossing,” Safe House, Hands of Stone), Austin Amelio ( TV’s “The Walking Dead,” Everybody Wants Some!!, Mercy Black) and Danay Garcia (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” “CSI: NY” and “Prison Break”).

Jan. 10 Home Video Slate Includes ‘She Said,’ ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

The slate of new releases on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 10 includes She Said, season seven of “Fear the Walking Dead” and The Return of Tanya Tucker, while On the Come Up arrives for digital purchase.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases She Said on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 10 — four days after it became available through digital retailers and for streaming on Peacock (Jan. 6). Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that empowered women to speak out, the film follows the true story of how reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor shattered the silence surrounding sexual assault in Hollywood. Directed by Maria Schrader, She Said stars  Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, with Mulligan’s performance receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The cast also includes Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher and Ashley Judd. Despite earning less than $6 million in theaters, She Said has been highly praised by critics as a testament to the power of investigative journalism and its influence in reinvigorating the #MeToo movement.”

Lionsgate releases Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 10. The “Walking Dead” spinoff follows a group of survivors in Texas in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. The cast includes Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Lennie James, Maggie Grace, Austin Amelio, Colby Minifie, Karen David, Ruben Blades, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson and Mo Collins. Home video extras include a commentary on the first and 16th episodes with executive producers and co-showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg; commentary on the third episode with Elfman and writers Nick Bernardone and Jacob Pinion; and commentary on the 16th episode with Chambliss. In addition, the Blu-ray will include access to digital copies of the episodes.

The documentary The Return of Tanya Tucker will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Country music legend Tanya Tucker defied the standards of how a woman in country music was supposed to behave. Decades after she slipped from the spotlight, rising Americana music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tucker’s life, spurring one of the greatest comebacks in country music history. The documentary follows Tucker’s bumpy ride back to the top as Carlile encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before — using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tucker’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas.

The music drama On the Come Up, the directorial debut of Sanaa Lathan (“Succession”), will be released for digital purchase Jan. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film originally debuted on Paramount+. Based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), On the Come Up stars newcomer Jamila C. Gray (American Girl) as a gifted 16-year-old rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father — a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. When her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her. The film also stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Lost City), Lil Yachty, Sanaa Lathan and Cliff “Method Man” Smith. It arrives on DVD Feb. 14.

The Palestinian drama 200 Meters will be released on digital and DVD Jan. 10 from Film Movement. The film follows Mustafa, a Palestinian construction worker who lives in a West Bank home a mere 200 meters away from his wife and children, who are on the other side of the Israeli border wall. Though eligible for an Israeli ID, Mustafa sacrifices living with his family in resistance to what he believes are unjust laws enforced by the occupying Israeli government, so he instead uses his work permit to visit daily. The arrangement is functional, until one day Mustafa gets a call every parent dreads: His son has been seriously injured and brought to an Israeli hospital. Rushing to cross the border checkpoint, Mustafa is denied on a technicality. Stopping at nothing to reach his child, a 200 meter distance becomes a 200 kilometer odyssey, as the increasingly desperate Mustafa attempts to smuggle himself to the other side of the wall. The film stars Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, “Jack Ryan”). Extras include audio commentary with director Ameen Nayfeh and a bonus short film “The Crossing,” directed by Nayfeh, about three siblings anxious to visit their ailing grandfather on the other side of the Palestine-Israel border who encounter difficulties at the checkpoint.

The Decal Releasing horror title Feed Me will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 10 from and Distribution Solutions. In the film, following the death of his wife, a broken man spirals into an abyss of night tremors and depression. He finds himself in the home of a deranged cannibal who convinces him to take his own life in the most horrific way imaginable. The film stars Neal Ward, Christopher Mulvin and Hannah Al Rashid.

Decal’s sci-fi comedy I’m Totally Fine will be released on DVD Jan. 10 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, a woman in mourning takes a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her friend. However, Vanessa’s self-care vacation plans change when she’s met with a situation out of this world. I’m Totally Fine stars Blake Anderson and Jillian Bell.

The crime thriller Poker Face, directed by and starring Russell Crowe, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 10 from Screen Media. In the film, tech billionaire and gambler Jake Foley (Crowe) hosts a high-stakes poker game between childhood friends, offering them the chance to win more money than they’ve ever dreamed of. The evening takes a turn when he unveils his elaborate plan seeking revenge for their betrayals and to play, they’ll have to give up the one thing they’ve spent their lives trying to keep — their secrets. As the game unfolds, thieves break in and they must band together to survive a night of terror. The film also stars Liam Neeson, RZA and Elsa Pataky. The film was written by Stephen M. Coates and Crowe.

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The MPI Media Group on Jan. 10 will release, on DVD only, Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted, a documentary on the man who created some of the world’s most beloved children’s TV series, including “Thunderbirds,” “Stingray,” “Captain Scarlet,” “Space:1999,” “Terrahawks” and “Space Precinct.​” Anderson’s successful career spanned 60 years. Released a decade after his death, this documentary  uses a wealth of intimate audio archive combined with deep fake technology to allow Anderson to tell his story on screen for the first time. The film features additional new interviews and commentary from friends, family, and colleagues, and traces Anderson’s life from a poverty-stricken childhood through a lifetime of personal struggles.

The 1988 Jackie Chan action film Dragons Forever will be released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 10 from MVD Entertainment Group and 88 Films. In the film, hotshot lawyer Jackie Lung (Chan) is hired to defend the owner of a factory which, unbeknownst to him, is the center of a clandestine narcotics syndicate. He enlists resourceful acquaintances Wong Fei-Hung (Sammo Hung) and Dung Dak-Biu (Yuen Biao) to assist in the case, but loyalties begin to falter when romance blossoms. The release includes 4K restorations of the original Hong Kong version; the English version, which was commissioned by Golden Harvest for international audiences outside Asia with the classic English dub; and the Japanese Version, which features two extra scenes and an ending with outtakes and is presented with English subtitles.

The documentary Being Thunder will be released on DVD and digital Jan. 10 from Film Movement. The film, an Official Selection of Frameline, NewFest, The American Indian Film Festival and the Inside Out Film Festival, introduces the Native American role of a two-spirit person, who embodies masculine and feminine qualities through many gender expressions informed by Indigenous traditions and community roles. The film focuses on the life and advocacy of Sherente Mishitahin Harris, a two-spirit genderqueer teenager from Rhode Island’s Narragansett tribe.  Wearing traditional female dress, Sherente joyfully performs a traditional female dance in competition at Powwows around New England, but not everyone accepts Sherente’s inclusion in the “girls” category.

Two Sonny Chiba martial arts masterpieces in The Executioner Collection arrive Jan. 10 on Blu-ray Disc from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group. The collection features an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the films by Mark Schilling, new audio commentaries featuring Chris Poggiali and Marc Walkow, a 30-minute featurette on Chiba, original trailers and image galleries. In The Executioner, legendary cult director Teruo Ishii joins forces with action superstar Chiba in a tale of classic karate exploitation from Toei. Ryuichi Koga (Chiba) is a descendant of the Koga Ninja school, now earning his living through more nefarious means as a gun for hire. When he is enlisted to take down a drug cartel alongside Hayabusa (Makoto Sato), a disgraced former narcotics detective now operating within the criminal underworld, and renegade Aikido master Sakura (Eiji Gō), tensions grow. Koga returns in The Executioner II: Karate Inferno as the ringmaster of a gang of thieves plotting to steal a priceless jewel from a master criminal.

Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group Jan. 10 release The Dunwich Horror, American International Pictures’ and Roger Corman’s foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft, directed by Daniel Haller and also the first screenwriting credit for Curtis Hanson, who would later direct the multi-award-winning L.A. Confidential. Newly restored by Arrow from the original 35mm camera negative, The Dunwich Horror features an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by film critics Johnny Mains and Jack Sargeant; new audio commentary by Guy Adams and Alexandra Benedict; new interviews with film historian Stephen R. Bissette and horror author Stephen Laws, science fiction and fantasy writer Ruthanna Emrys, and music historian David Huckvale; the original trailer; and image galleries. In the film, Dean Stockwell stars as Wilbur Whateley, a mysterious young man who travels from the small town of Dunwich to the library of Miskatonic University intent on returning with the legendary book of occult lore, the Necronomicon. Graduate student Nancy Wagner (Sandra Dee, in her final film role) falls under Wilbur’s malignant influence and travels back home with him — oblivious to her sacrificial role in a ritual to summon Cthuloid beasts from another dimension.

Kino Lorber on Jan. 10 releases on Blu-ray Disc two 1960s action films directed by Buzz Kulik, Warning Shot and Sergeant Ryker, as part of its Studio Classics line.

Warning Shot (1967) stars David Janssen, Joan Collins, Stefanie Powers, Carroll O’Connor and silent film legend Lillian Gish. In this crime drama set in Los Angeles, Janssen is Tom Valens, an L.A.P.D. sergeant who fatally shoots what he perceives to be an armed suspect — but the man’s “weapon” is nowhere to be found. Moreover, the deceased is a respected doctor with a seemingly impeccable reputation and character. Charged with manslaughter and suspended from the force, Sgt. Valens ignores public outcry and sets out to gather the puzzle’s pieces, produce the “missing” gun, and clear his name. Other notable cast members include Steve Allen, Ed Begley, George Grizzard, Eleanor Parker, Walter Pidgeon, George Sanders, Sam Wanamaker and Keenan Wynn. The film arrives on Blu-ray Disc from a new HD master made from a 2K scan of the 35mm interpositive. Bonus features include an audio commentary by film historian and filmmaker Daniel Kremer and a remastered theatrical trailer.

Sergeant Ryker (1968) stars Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Bradford Dillman, Peter Graves and Lloyd Nolan. In the wake of a failed raid during the Korean War, Sgt. Paul Ryker (Marvin) is charged with aiding the enemy. Ryker’s defense rests on the notion that he was ordered to carry out a secret offensive against the North Koreans. But because the mission was so closely guarded, nobody can vouch for him. Capt. David Young (Dillman) is the Army’s prosecutor, but his impartiality comes under scrutiny when it’s revealed that he has been wooing Ryker’s wife, Ann (Miles). In the end, the case is decided by the strange testimony of a lone soldier. Is Ryker innocent, or should he hang?  Sergeant Ryker is a TV movie that originally was broadcast in 1963 as “The Case Against Paul Ryker,” a two-part episode of the “Kraft Suspense Theatre.” It was reissued as a theatrical feature film five years later to capitalize on Marvin’s soaring popularity from his role in The Dirty Dozen. Ryker arrives on Blu-ray from a new HD master made from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. Bonus features include an audio commentary by director Joseph Zito, moderated by filmmaker Michael Felsher; an interview with screenwriter James Bruner; and a remastered theatrical trailer.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in limited-edition Steelbook packaging Jan. 10 to mark the film’s 30th anniversary. Groundhog Day stars Bill Murray as a weatherman who is stuck re-living the same day over and over. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott and Stephen Tobolowsky. It was directed by the late Harold Ramis. The film was previously released on 4K in 2018 for its 25th anniversary. The new release includes the film on a 4K disc, a regular Blu-ray and a digital copy. The 4K presentation includes Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + 2-channel surround sound, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray includes Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, an audio commentary with Ramis, deleted scenes, “Needle Nose Ned’s” picture-in-picture track, the documentary The Weight of Time, the featurette “The Study of Groundhogs: A Real-Life Look at Marmots,” and “A Different Day: An Interview with Harold Ramis.”

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

Season Seven of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Coming to Disc Jan. 10

Lionsgate will release Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 10.

The “Walking Dead” spinoff follows a group of survivors in Texas in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. The cast includes Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Lennie James, Maggie Grace, Austin Amelio, Colby Minifie, Karen David, Ruben Blades, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson and Mo Collins.

Home video extras include a commentary on the first and 16th episodes with executive producers and co-showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg; commentary on the third episode with Elfman and writers Nick Bernardone and Jacob Pinion; and commentary on the 16th episode with Chambliss.

In addition, the Blu-ray will include access to digital copies of the episodes.

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RLJ Entertainment Narrows Q1 Loss, Ups Revenue

AMC Networks subsidiary RLJ Entertainment May 1 recorded first-quarter (ended March 31) operating loss of $3 million, which was 51% less than the $6.1 million net loss from the previous-year period when the home entertainment distributor was a separate company. Revenue increased 19% to $22 million from $18.5 million last year.

Last Halloween, AMC acquired majority ownership of RLJE, making Robert L. Johnson’s namesake company a privately-owned subsidiary of AMC, with a 17% minority stake held by Johnson.

In addition to packaged media and digital distribution, AMC sought RLJE’s over-the-top video services — Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel, which collectively have almost 1 million subscribers, and majority interest in Agatha Christie Limited.

Agatha Christie Limited generated operating income of $2 million.

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AMC’s other branded OTT ventures include Sundance Now and Shudder, which together with RLJE, AMC Networks International, IFC Films and production services company Levity Entertainment Group, generated an operating loss of $14 million on revenue of $171 million.

That compared to an operating loss of $17 million on revenue of $111.7 million during the previous-year period.

Overall, the network behind “The Walking Dead” and “Killing Eve,” reported net income of $143 million on revenue of $784 million. That compared to income of $157 million and revenue of $741 million last year.

“With our focused, well-priced and desirable collection of [business] assets, we occupy a differentiated space in the media landscape,” CEO Josh Sapan said in a statement.

AMC recently greenlit a third “Walking Dead” original series. “Fear the Walking Dead,” just began its fifth season. Launch date for 10th season of ‘The Walking Dead” hasn’t been announced.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 4 on Disc March 5

Lionsgate will release Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The season features Lennie James joining the cast as the character of Morgan, crossing over from “The Walking Dead.” Other new cast members include Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman, joining returning regulars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia in the continuing quest to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies.

The home video release includes audio commentaries from the cast and crew on four episodes.

As Marvel Movie Draws Closer, Digital Originals Rise Up the Demand Chart

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States. Parrot Analytics uses a proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” remained at No. 1 on the digital originals chart for the week that ended March 3, but dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 on the overall TV shows chart, according to Parrot Analytics’ Demand Expressions data.

On the digital originals chart, the top five remain unchanged from the previous week, but they all lost a quarter of demand compared to last week since no new episodes have aired this year.

“Orange Is the New Black” jumped up a notch to No. 6 on the digital originals chart, displacing the nostalgic teen drama “Everything Sucks!,” which slipped to No. 8. “Everything Sucks!” suffered a 19% decrease in demand from the prior week, and with more original series premiering in March appears likely to drop off the chart.

A third Marvel superhero series entered the top 10 the week ended March 3: “The Punisher,” which joins “Jessica Jones” (No. 7, up a notch from the prior week) and “Daredevil” (which held steady at No. 9). All three series have new episodes in the pipeline. Season 2 of “Jessica Jones” arrives March 8, while a third season of “Daredevil” is expected later this year. A second season of “The Punisher” has also been ordered. All three series have experienced a roughly 20% week-on-week increase in demand. A demand uptick for Marvel/Netflix titles tends to happen around the release of significant Marvel motion picture releases, Parrot Analytics data shows; the next “Avengers” film is scheduled to open theatrically April 27.

On the overall chart, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” shot up to No. 1 from No. 2 the prior week, followed by “Game of Thrones” at No. 2, “SpongeBob SquarePants” at No. 3 and “Grey’s Anatomy” at No. 4. “The Walking Dead” appears to have experienced a renaissance in its popularity. The zombie franchise’s principal producer, Scott Gimple, has talked about plans for more spin-offs of the show in the future. The show, which is currently in its eighth season, already has one spin-off (“Fear the Walking Dead”), and there are discussions for more.

Two long-running reality titles reappeared on the chart. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” popped back up at No. 8, perhaps due to a pregnancy, while competition format changes may have propelled “The Voice” back onto the chart at No. 10.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 3 on Disc March 13

Lionsgate will release Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season on DVD and Blu-ray (with Digital HD) March 13.

The AMC series, a spinoff of “The Walking Dead,” stars Kim Dickens (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis (Risen, The Dark Horse), Frank Dillane (“Sense8,” Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Friend Request).

Extras include audio commentaries and deleted/extended scenes.