‘Ford v Ferrari’ Drives to Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

The auto-racing drama Ford v Ferrari  zoomed to a No. 1 debut on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 15.

Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the story of how the Ford Motor Company designed a car to challenge Ferrari’s dominance in endurance racing in the 1960s. The film, from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, earned $117 million at the domestic box office.

Jumping back to No. 2 on both charts was Warner’s Joker. The dark comic book adaptation in its sixth week sold about half as many copies as Ford v Ferrari did in its first.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Doctor Sleep, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

The comedy Playing With Fire, from Paramount, dropped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate was No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite, from Universal Pictures, up from No. 12 the previous week. It jumped to No. 8 on the overall sales chart (from No. 21), with 84% of its unit sales coming from the Blu-ray format for the week.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 68% of the first-week sales of Ford v Ferrari, with 24% of the film’s overall total comprised of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack.

Also of note, Warner’s re-release of Friends: The Complete Series from this past September was No. 13 on the overall sales chart and No. 22 on the Blu-ray chart. Warner has been heavily marketing  the show on disc and digital sellthrough since it was removed from Netflix at the end of 2019 and won’t be available for streaming again until the HBO Max services launches in May.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 16, Ford v Ferrari debuted at No. 1, pushing Playing With Fire to No. 2.

Doctor Sleep held onto the No. 3 spot, while Joker remained at No. 4. Terminator: Dark Fate slipped three spots to No. 5.

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Finishes First on Redbox Charts

The racing drama Ford v Ferrari from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment grabbed the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Feb. 16.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The previous week’s top title, Paramount’s Playing With Fire, slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

Warner’s Doctor Sleep stayed at No. 3 on the rental chart and fell to No. 6 on the digital chart.

Warner’s Joker was No. 4 on both charts.

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Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate dropped to No. 5 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart and No. 7 on the On Demand charts.

Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite, from Universal Pictures, jumped to No. 3 on the digital chart .

Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap was the No. 5 On Demand title and No. 7 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 16:

  1. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  2. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  3. Doctor Sleep — Warner
  4. Joker — Warner
  5. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount
  6. Gemini Man — Paramount
  7. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  9. Harriet — Universal
  10. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 16:

  1. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  2. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  3. Parasite — Universal
  4. Joker — Warner
  5. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  6. Doctor Sleep — Warner
  7. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount
  8. Harriet — Universal
  9. Gemini Man — Paramount
  10. Black and Blue — Sony Pictures

 

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Merchandising: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Drives to Retailers

A couple of retailers offered exclusive versions of Fox’s Ford v Ferrari when it hit shelves on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 11.

Target offered a special edition of the film’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with an exclusive 40-page pack-in gallery book for $34.99.

Target’s ‘Ford v Ferrari’ UHD Blu-ray with gallery book

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD combo pack of the film, also at $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Steelbook

Ford v Ferrari

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/11/20;
Fox;
Drama;
Box Office $116.38 million;
$29.99 DVD, $37.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some language and peril.
Stars Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Ray McKinnon.

Director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari provides an immensely entertaining look at an international corporate rivalry that changed the face of auto racing in the 1960s.

Matt Damon stars as automotive designer Carroll Shelby, a former race car driver enlisted by the Ford Motor Company to design a car that can break the dominance of Ferrari in France’s prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Shelby in turn recruits Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to drive the car, a move that rubs certain Ford bigwigs the wrong way, most notably Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas), the executive in charge of the racing division.

Bales, whose turn as the hotheaded mechanic and driver Miles is essentially a co-lead with Damon, dominates every scene he’s in with an energetic performance that commands attention. In fact, some of his best scenes involve Miles alone on the road in the racecar, commenting to himself about how much he enjoys the ride or doesn’t appreciate the actions of the drivers around him.

The film delivers both in the corporate versus maverick politics of the company’s attempts to constrain Shelby’s efforts, as well as being a thrilling racing movie. Mangold’s racing footage puts viewers on the track and in the cars, and viewers can practically feel the crashes through their high-definition home theaters.

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The scenes involving the design and testing of the new racecars are equally compelling, as Shelby’s team takes on the engineering challenge with the focus and intensity of a NASA mission to the moon.

Though Damon and Bale get the headlines with one of the great screen partnerships of recent years, the supporting cast delivers some noteworthy work as well, particularly Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe as Miles’ wife and son, and Ray McKinnon as one of Shelby’s top mechanics.

And the film gets to have its cake and eat it too with the “Batman v Bourne” of it all, when Shelby and Miles have a bit of a spat over how much of Ford’s corporate meddling they’re willing to take.

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The intricacy of detail the filmmakers took in re-creating the racing culture of the 1960s is on display in the hour-long making-of documentary “Bringing the Rivalry to Life” that is included with the Blu-ray and digital copies of the film. The eight-part program offers ample interviews about how much the cast enjoyed making the movie, and how the filmmakers went about making replica cars to use for the racing scenes.

Digital versions include the exclusive “The 24-Hour Le Mans: Re-creating the Course,” a 22-minute featurette that delves into how the filmmakers re-created the Le Mans course, using a mix of replica cars and visual effects to enhance the backgrounds. In some cases, the sons of the original drivers were bought in to play their fathers in the climactic race.

The digital edition also offers a 26-minute highlight reel of pre-vis animation of the race scenes.

Vudu has an additional three-minute featurette edited from clips culled from the other bonus materials.

 

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Driving to Home Video

The racing drama Ford v Ferrari will be released through digital retailers Jan. 28, and on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 11 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the true story about Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fastest car, the film stars Matt Damon as American car designer Carroll Shelby, and Christian Bale as the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles, who joined forces to battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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Directed by James Mangold, the film earned $110.1 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray and digital editions will include the eight-part, 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary “Bringing the Rivalry to Life.”

Digital bonus materials include the featurette “The 24 Hour Le Mans: Recreating the Course,” and animated pre-visualizations of the Daytona and Le Mans racing sequences.

A “Matt and Christian: The Conversation” featurette with reflections on the film from Damon and Bale will be available exclusively through iTunes.

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