‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Discovers Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny debuted at No. 1 on the Circana 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 Dec. 9.

The adventure film, the fifth in the “Indiana Jones” series and the first to be distributed by Disney, earned $174 million at the domestic box office over the summer but was considered a financial disappointment due to its high budget. The film was released through digital retail channels Aug. 29, more than three months prior to its arrival on disc, and was made available for streaming on Disney+ at the beginning of December.

HD Formats accounted for 57% of first-week Dial of Destiny sales, with 35% from regular Blu-ray and 22% from 4K Ultra HD.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer, slipped to No. 2 on both the overall and Blu-ray charts in its third week, selling about 59% as many copies as the new top seller. However, with 38% of its sales reportedly coming from its 4K version (compared with 32% for regular Blu-ray), the Christopher Nolan-directed biopic of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer came out on top on the dedicated 4K chart, surpassing Dial of Destiny in Ultra HD sales by less than 1%.

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Warner’s Barbie remained at No. 3 on the overall disc chart, while dropping two spots to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. Lionsgate’s The Expendables 4 was No. 4 on both charts, down two spots from the previous week. Holding onto the No. 5 overall spot was Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch, which was No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 3  Blu-ray seller (and No. 3 on the 4K chart) was James Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning blockbuster Titanic, newly released on 4K Ultra HD disc by Paramount Home Entertainment. The re-release pushed it back up the overall disc sales chart to No. 8, with 95% of its total unit sales coming from the new 4K edition.

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The only other newcomer in the top 10 was Paramount’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season Two, which debuted at No. 7 overall, No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 8 on the 4K chart.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 12/5/23;
Disney/Lucasfilm;
Adventure;
Box Office $174.48 million;
$29.99 DVD, $36.99 Blu-ray, $44.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action, language and smoking.
Stars Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore, Mads Mikkelsen.

If ever there were a time for a new “Indiana Jones” movie, it was the 1990s.

Building off the momentum of the first three films, they could have been solid, dependable adventure yarns at a time when Harrison Ford’s age wouldn’t have been an issue.

Instead, the post trilogy “Jones” movies took so long to get made that the adventure seemed to take a back seat to a need to make the film feel extra significant in some way, as if it were a tribute to all that came before it.

As a result, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, coming 19 years after the previous film, felt a bit like a TV-movie reunion to an old show, rather than a vibrant relaunch of the franchise. As it were, it still took more than a decade to get a fifth installment off the ground, and by then the property had been sold to a new studio, Steven Spielberg stepped aside as director in favor of James Mangold, and a global pandemic hit, all while Ford was pushing 80.

So it’s not much of a surprise that what would eventually be called Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would also be touted as the final “Indiana Jones” film.

While Dial of Destiny lacks some of the cornier elements that hampered Crystal Skull, it also feels a bit less connected to what an “Indiana Jones” movie should be about.

Mangold, to his credit, tries to capture some of the spirit of the 1980s films with a prologue set during World War II, using visual effects to de-age Harrison Ford into an age-appropriate Indy.

Here, the famed archeologist and old pal Basil Shaw (Toby Jones) have stumbled upon a compound where the Nazis are hoarding priceless artifacts. Among them is half of the Antikythera, an ancient mechanism created by Archimedes.

After a harrowing escape from a doomed train, the setting shifts 25 years later to 1969. It’s just after the moon landing, and Indy is now a bitter old man on the verge of retirement. He gets a visit from Basil’s daughter, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), who wants to take up the search for the other half of the Archimedes dial. Indy resists, but soon finds himself ensnared in a cat-and-mouse game between Helena, who turns out to be a thief looking to sell the dial for a profit, and a former Nazi scientist named Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) who was recruited by America to work on the space program. Voller believes the dial can be used to locate fissures in space-time that can be used to travel into the past, and he intends to change history by helping Germany win the war.

On the surface it all makes for an enjoyable adventure movie, but it doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. And the third act takes a narrative leap that, while serving a thematic purpose for this particular story, employs a plot device that brings the franchise to a place it probably should never have gone.

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Dial of Destiny has its moments, looks great, has a fantastic musical score from John Williams, and it hits a few nostalgia buttons with cameos and callbacks to the earlier films. But it will mostly leave fans wishing the “Indiana Jones” movies had just stopped with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (George Lucas’ “Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” TV series notwithstanding).

The Dial of Destiny Blu-ray contains the same five-part making-of documentary that came with the film’s digital release months ago. The component featurettes offer a comprehensive look at the production, from location shooting to visual effects to casting, which is interesting from the perspective of the craftsmanship involved. But it also has some earnest interviews from the filmmakers who mostly spout the polished praise for each other that are hallmarks of these kinds of concurrently made extras that lack the insight of retrospect.

In the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, the documentary is available only on the Blu-ray of the film. Both the 4K disc and the Blu-ray offer the film with a score-only track so viewers can hear the John Williams music without any dialogue or sound effects. While it doesn’t quite make up for the debacle over the film’s short-handed CD soundtrack release (which now fetches hundreds of dollars on eBay), it is a nice tribute to the maestro.

The Real ‘Indiana’ Jones Wins Trip to NYC from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

To promote the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment set out to find an individual with the same name as the great adventurer.

On Nov. 17, a Seattle high school student named Patrick Henry “Indiana” Jones was surprised by the studio with a trip to New York City, one of the key settings for the final film in the franchise.

Kennedy Catholic High School has had a winning football season, led by Jones, who was recently honored as North Puget Sound League Football “Player of the Year.” The presentation of the trip took place at a pep rally assembly at the school before the team’s next playoff game against Lake Stevens.

“100%. Super surpised. It was pretty crazy,” said Jones of the trip he and his family were gifted. “We usually do pep assemblies, but I had no idea until they called my name.” 

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny sees Harrison Ford reprise his iconic role as the one last time.

The film will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 5. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray discs are loaded with bonus content, including five mini-documentaries that chart the making of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Also included is a new, exclusive “score-only” version of the movie that allows viewers to listen to the composer’s music on an isolated track as they watch the film.

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Headed to Disney+ Streaming Service Dec. 1

Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the fifth film in the iconic “Indiana Jones” adventure franchise, will start streaming on Dec. 1 exclusively on Disney+.

Timeless Heroes, a feature-length documentary that showcases the creation of the legendary swashbuckler, will debut simultaneously on Disney+.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which opened domestically in theaters on June 30 and has grossed more than$380 million at the global box office, stars Harrison Ford (reprising the role of Indiana Jones), Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen. 

The fifth film in the “Indiana Jones” franchise finds the iconic archaeologist in a globe-trotting adventure in 1969 to recover an ancient artifact called the Archimedes Dial before a former Nazi scientist can use it to change history. 

Based on characters created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each “Indy” adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has once again composed the score.

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Directed by documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau, Timeless Heroes explores Harrison Ford’s enduring appeal and his upbringing, including his foray into the entertainment business, his casting in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and the impact and inspiration generated by the films. It features never-before-seen footage and interviews with Ford, Spielberg, Lucas, Kennedy, Marshall, James Mangold and many others. Bouzereau’s credits include the HBO feature documentaries Mama’s Boy, based on the best-selling memoir by Dustin Lance Black, and Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (Sundance 2020), and the Netflix/Amblin Television series “Five Came Back” (with Emmy-winning narration by Meryl Streep), executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny debuts on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 5.

 

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ No. 1 in U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Debut

Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny topped the U.K. home entertainment sales chart with 78,000 digital unit sales for the week ended Sept. 6. 

The fifth and final installment in the franchise is the follow-up to 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and is again headlined by Harrison Ford.

Last week’s No. 1, Disney/Pixar’s Elemental, dropped to No. 2, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s summer comedy No Hard Feelings remained at No. 3.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Transformers: Ride of the Beasts finished at No. 4, just ahead of former chart-toppers Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (No. 5), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast X (No. 6) and The Super Mario Bros. Movie (No. 7).

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Warner Bros. Discovery’s The Flash returned to the Top 10, up 21 spots to No. 8 on digital downloads only.

Rounding out the week’s top 10 was Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid at No. 9 and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 6, 2023

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
NEW 1 INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY WALT DISNEY
1 2 ELEMENTAL WALT DISNEY
3 3 NO HARD FEELINGS SONY PICTURES HE
2 4 TRANSFORMERS – RISE OF THE BEASTS PARAMOUNT
4 5 SPIDER-MAN – ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE SONY PICTURES HE
5 6 FAST X UNIVERSAL PICTURES
6 7 THE SUPER MARIO BROS MOVIE UNIVERSAL PICTURES
29 8 THE FLASH WARNER HOME VIDEO
7 9 THE LITTLE MERMAID WALT DISNEY
9 10 JOHN WICK – CHAPTER 4 LIONSGATE

© Official Charts Company 2023

Aug. 29 New Releases Include ‘The Flash,’ ‘No Hard Feelings’ on Disc, ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Digitally

The home entertainment new releases for the week of Aug. 29 include The Flash and No Hard Feelings on disc, while digital offerings include Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and 2The Boogeyman.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment releases The Flash on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 29. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti with Ezra Miller returning as The Flash/Barry Allen in the DC superhero’s first-ever standalone feature film. The film also stars Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston, Maribel Verduì, Kiersey Clemons, Antje Traue and Michael Keaton. In the film, worlds collide when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no superheroes to turn to. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian — albeit not the one he’s looking for. Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. The Flash has earned $108.1 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. Among the bonus materials is the six-part original scripted podcast “The Flash: Escape the Midnight Circus.” An original, standalone audio series, the podcast features Max Greenfield (TV’s “New Girl”) as the voice of The Flash/Barry Allen.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the comedy No Hard Feelings on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 29. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Maddie, who thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son Percy and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be a real challenge, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all. The film earned more than $50 million at the domestic box office.

Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny becomes available through digital retailers starting Aug. 29. The fifth film in the “Indiana Jones” franchise finds Harrison Ford reprising his role as the iconic archaeologist in a globe-trotting adventure in 1969 to recover an ancient artifact called the Archimedes Dial before a former Nazi scientist can use it to change history. The cast includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen. The film was directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and David Koepp and James Mangold, based on characters created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. John Williams once again returns to provide the film’s musical score. The film has earned over $174 million at the domestic box office. Bonus features with the digital release include a five-part making-of documentary. A physical media release has not yet been announced.

The horror thriller The Boogeyman becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 29 from Disney-owned 20th Century studios. Based on the story by Stephen King, the film follows two sisters — along with their therapist father — who are reeling from their mother’s death. When a desperate patient comes to their home, he leaves behind a terrifying entity that feeds on its victims’ suffering. The film earned $43 million at the domestic box office.

DreamWorks Animation’s action comedy Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken becomes available for digital purchase at regular pricing Aug. 29  from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The animated comedy follows a shy teenager who discovers that she’s part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed. Learning to be an all-powerful sea creature while hiding among humans is hard enough for Ruby, but to make matters worse, her super popular new bestie Chelsea is secretly a mermaid. Mermaids have been battling the krakens for eons to rule the ocean, but Chelsea has come to land to finally put an end to that conflict. However, when Chelsea double-crosses her, Ruby will ultimately need to embrace who she is and “go big” to protect those she loves most. Directed by Kirk DeMicco (The Croods), the film’s voice actors include Lana Candor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” franchise), Jane Fonda (Book Club: The Next Chapter80 For Brady), Toni Collette (Knives Out) and Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”). It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 26.

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BayView Entertainment will release the action drama You Should Have Killed Me on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 29. The film is about a man whose life revolves around the underground crime world. He has a reputation for violence, and is respected on the streets, but one event flips his world upside down. It’s a story of revenge, sacrifice, and ultimately justice. It was an official selection and winner at the International Film & Script Festival Lotus 2023; an official selection and winner at the Cannes Indies Cinema Awards 2023; an official nominee for the Excellence Award and Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual Iowa Motion picture Awards 2023; and an official selection at the 2023 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

History’s Greatest of All Time With Peyton Manning arrives on DVD Aug. 29 from Lionsgate. Hosted by two-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback Manning, the eight-episode series asks more than 100 experts from a range of fields of study: What defines the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.)? The series explores G.O.A.T.’s in a wide range of disciplines, from toys, inventions, and sports cars to daredevils and titans of industry. Each episode counts down the 10 most iconic people, places, or things through vigorous debate from experts and analysts (including  Bob Costas, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rob Parker, Nicole Lyons, Rutledge Wood and many more). They weigh in on the skills and historic impact of the list, ultimately deciding who or what deserves the title of G.O.A.T. by the end of each episode.

The spring break drama Deltopia will be released on demand and for digital purchase Aug. 29 from Lionsgate. Inspired by true events, Deltopia follows a group of recent high school grads who join tens of thousands of college kids who descend upon Isla Vista, Calif., for the spring break celebration Deltopia. But nothing can prepare these friends for Deltopia’s volatile mix of sex, drugs and rebellion, as they unite for a life-changing adventure that brings exhilaration, heartbreak, and — ultimately — hope. The film stars Luna Blaise (“Manifest,” “Fresh Off the Boat”), Madison Pettis (He’s All That, The Game Plan, “Cory in the House”) and Charlie Gillespie (“Julie and the Phantoms,” “Charmed,” “Degrassi: Next Class”).

BayView Entertainment will release the Brazilian comedy drama Pacarrete on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 29. Pacarrete is an elderly ballet dancer from Brazil who after her retirement as a dance and ballet instructor goes back to hometown. She decides to give a dance performance as a “gift to the people” on the eve of the city’s bicentennial celebration. But it seems nobody cares about Pacarrete. The comedic drama stars Marcelia Cartaxo (The Hour of the Star). The film won 44 festival awards, including Best Film, Best Actress – Marcelia Cartaxo, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the SESC Film Festival, Brazil; Best Actress – Marcelia Cartaxo, Best Supporting Actor – João Miguel, Best Screenplay – Original, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Comedy and Best Film at the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize; and Best Actress – Marcelia Cartaxo, Best Supporting Actress – Zezita Matos, Best Supporting Actor – João Miguel, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Costume Design and Best Screenplay – Original at Prêmio Guarani.

BayView Entertainment will release the documentary Two Straight Girls at a Queer Fest on Blu-ray Disc on Aug. 29. In the film, Em and Jay, respectively a woman film director and her lead actress, both with ailing careers, embark on a journey between Montreal, Canada, and Durham, N.C., where a short film of theirs is being presented at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. They drive a Jeep and pull a pop-up tent and decide to shoot a film along the way. Nothing much happens except that they develop a beautiful friendship and debunk quite a few taboos. The film was an official selection at the Out South Queer Film Festival and and won “Best LGBTQ+ Project” at the Social Impact Film and Art SIFA Festival.

Milestone Films & Video will release the silent film The Spanish Dancer (1923), restored by Eye Filmmuseum and archivist Rob Byrne using material from archives around the world, on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 29. It will also be available digitally on Kino Now. The romance features Pola Negri (The Wildcat), already an international star, and Antonio Moreno (The Searchers). Director Herbert Brenon (Beau Geste) was assisted by legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe (Hud). In addition to Wallace Beery and Adoph Menjou, the film features a cast of thousands. Negri, a trained dancer from her days at Warsaw’s Imperial Ballet was matched with famed choreographer Ernest Belcher (father of Marge Champion and mentor to Gwen Verdon, Cyd Charisse and Maria Tallchief) to create the dance pieces. The composer of the new orchestral score is Bill Ware, a founding member of the Jazz Passengers and Groove Collective. During his career, he has collaborated with Steely Dan, John Zorn, JD Parran, Marc Ribot, Bobby Sanabria, Deborah Harry, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Chico Mendoza, Bobby Previte, Joe Henderson, Jerome Harris, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony, Elvis Costello, Arturo O’Farrill, Andy Summers, Marshall Crenshaw, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore and many more.

Gravitas Ventures releases the crime thriller Welcome to Redville via VOD on Aug. 29. Directed by Isaac H Eaton, the film stars Jake Manley, Highdee Kuan, Chris Elliott, Sabrina Haskett, Mitch Field, Chase Dean Baker, Warren Sweeney, Phil Hendrie, Robert Craighead, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Matt Cannon, Ashley Doris Wilson, Dusty Sorg, Katelyn Eaton, Michael Lanahan, Joe Palubinsky, Steven M. Porter, Phire Whitaker, Dominic Hernandez and Joeal Nicassio. It is written by Eaton and Danny DeVoto. Welcome to Redville follows Leo and Toni, a young couple who flee from the police after a botched robbery and lie low in the secluded desert town of Redville. Soon, they have a run-in with the local sheriff, whose daughter entices Leo to steal her uncle’s million-dollar diamond. After they have strange encounters with Redville’s townsfolk, Leo convinces a reluctant Toni to help him steal the diamond. When the sheriff catches them fleeing with the diamond, Leo shoots him dead. As they flee, they keep running again and aging into the ghostly “Welcome To Redville” sign. Driving in endless circles they end up back in Redville where they are confronted by the townsfolk and the sheriff who is very much alive.

The comedy Millie Lies Low will be released digitally Aug. 29 from Film Movement. The film, nominated for Generation 14plus Best Film Crystal Bear at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival, follows Millie, an architecture student from Wellington, New Zealand, who has landed a competitive internship with a prestigious firm in New York. After telling everyone she knows about the opportunity, she suddenly suffers a panic attack as her plane is about to take off, and misses her flight. In a desperate pivot, Millie decides to save face by hiding in plain sight around Wellington, suitcase in tow, using Instagram and the power of denial to depict a trip to New York City that never happened. Trapped in a spiral of hilariously uncomfortable self-inflected scenarios, Millie has to dig deep to restore her mental health and her dignity. It arrives on DVD Oct. 17.

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

Redbox Says ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Most Anticipated Movie in 2023

Redbox June 15 announced that its loyalty members have named Walt Disney Studios’ June 30 theatrical release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny as the most anticipated movie of 2023. Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One came in a close second, followed by Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

All three films are expected to be available to home viewers before the end of the year, including transactional digital (VOD and sellthrough), and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD.

The results come from a survey of a segment of Redbox’s more than 42 million loyalty program members, whose opinions reflect interest in consuming movies across both digital and packaged media.

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Redbox, which operates upwards of 35,000 packaged-media kiosks nationwide renting DVD movies from $2.25 a day, has seen more consumers renting movies online via its transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) platform. The Redbox TVOD service recently had its all-time largest revenue weekend for Universal Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros. Movie — which also came to Redbox kiosks this week.
 
“We continue to see increases in the number of people renting through our Redbox TVOD service due to the number of new release movies, Bill Rouhana, CEO of corporate parent Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, said in a statement. “Based on the results of the last several weeks … we expect positive momentum at the kiosks as more new movies become available.”
 
The most anticipated movies of 2023, according to the Redbox survey, are:
 
  1. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Walt Disney Studios)
  2. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One (Paramount Pictures)
  3. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  4. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Paramount Pictures)
  5. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures Animation)
  6. The Marvels (Walt Disney Studios)
  7. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Lionsgate)
  8. Dune: Part Two (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  9. The Flash (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  10. Expend4bles (Lionsgate)

Disney+ Offers Subs Early Access to ‘Indiana Jones’ Merch

The Walt Disney Company is giving U.S. Disney+ subscribers early access to a line of Indiana Jones merchandise available through the shopDisney website.

The promotion runs through June 8 and marks the availability of the “Indiana Jones” films and “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones” TV series for streaming on Disney+ starting May 31.

During the window of eligibility, U.S. Disney+ subscribers can participate by visiting www.shopDisney.com/IndianaJones and logging in with the email associated with their Disney+ subscription, or navigating to the shop tab within the details pages of select “Indiana Jones” content on Disney+ to scan a QR code, or click on a link which will take users directly to the merchandise page on shopDisney. The shop tab will only be available to primary profiles within the Disney+ household that have been verified as 18 years of age and older.

“Indiana Jones-“ branded items for sale include: an Indy Mickey Ear headband for adults; a stainless steel beverage tumbler; a talking action figure; special “Indiana Jones”-print button-down shirts and T-shirts, including an adult tie-dye; a limited-edition Headpiece of the Staff of Ra collector’s pin from Raiders of the Lost Ark; and more. Orders above $75 receive free shipping.

The items will be available to general audiences starting June 9.

The fifth film in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, opens in theaters June 30.

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‘Indiana Jones’ Films Available on 4K UHD Individually With Dolby Vision June 6

Raiders of the Lost ArkIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD individually and nationwide with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 on June 6 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Each film has been remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives. All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg. In addition, all four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound to create Dolby Atmos soundtracks. 

Each disc will be packaged with artwork inspired by the original theatrical posters and will include access to a digital copy of each respective film.

In addition, Raiders of the Lost Ark returns to select theaters on June 4 and 7. Tickets for this special engagement presented by Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.

The fifth film in the series, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, debuts in theaters June 30.

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Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Adventure;
$47.99 Blu-ray, $90.99 UHD BD, 5-disc set.
Rated ‘PG-13.’
Stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Sean Connery, Julian Glover, Alison Doody, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Cate Blanchett.

 This latest collection of the “Indiana Jones” films contains some of the greatest action-adventure films ever made, and also Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Timed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Indy adventure, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the set for the first time offers the four films of the franchise on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Raiders, as well as 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, have been remastered from the original negatives and are presented here in stunning 4K resolution, with upgraded color timing and sound mixing as well. The films, particular the earlier ones, have never looked this vibrant on home video before.

Raiders is undoubtedly on the short list for any discussion of the greatest action movies of all time. A throwback to classic adventure serials, the film was conceived of as an homage to classic pulp storytelling by creator George Lucas, who then brought on pal Steven Spielberg to direct.

The first follow up, Temple of Doom, was much more grim in tone, no doubt a subconscious manifestation of the personal troubles the lead filmmakers were dealing with at the time of its production.

Last Crusade follows more in the Raiders mold, bringing on Sean Connery as Indy’s father as a subtle nod to Spielberg’s desire to make a James Bond film. The film is perhaps a bit of an overcompensation for criticisms of how dark the second movie was, indulging more in humor than the previous movies.

Crystal Skull pays homage to classic sci-fi ‘B’ movies that tries to recapture the magic of the original trilogy 19 years later, but ends up feeling more like one of those reunion movies TV shows used to do, checking in on what the characters are up to years later.

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While the new remasters would be reason enough for fans to pick up this set (if they can find a copy — supplies were rather scarce its first few days of release), there are a few drawbacks to the set. The cardboard used in the packaging is rather flimsy and subject to crimping from overhandling, though it does come with a nice folded insert with a map of Indy’s adventures on one side and a collage of the four films’ theatrical posters on the other.

Also, the Ultra HD set contains only 4K discs for each of the films, no regular Blu-rays, though redemption codes for digital copies of each film are included. There is a separate Blu-ray collection available, but this appears to be little more than a re-issue of the 2012 Blu-ray collection, now with digital copies. The Blu-ray versions appear to be the same as from 2012, and not the remastered versions.

Each film’s 4K disc also includes a few trailers, but nothing else in the way of extras. As with 2012, the 4K set includes a bonus disc, which is a regular Blu-ray compiling a number of featurettes for each film. This is the exact same disc as the 2012 set, so the new collection really is basically just a 4K upgrade of the 2012 set with worse packaging. Given the number of extras from earlier DVD releases and the standalone Crystal Skull Blu-ray that weren’t included on that bonus disc, it’s a shame they were also weren’t included on this set.

However, with production on a fifth Indy film, there’s always a chance that a future five-film Indy set will be more of the true archive edition that fans would embrace.

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