Movies Anywhere Offers Music-Only Version of ‘Last Jedi’

A score-only version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with an audio track that isolates composer John Williams’ music is available exclusively on Movies Anywhere for a limited time to those who link a digital purchase of the film to the service.

The Lucasfilm blockbuster distributed by Walt Disney Studios debuted on digital March 13 and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 27.

Movies Anywhere March 12 added FandangoNow to its list of retail partners, which also include Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Walmart-owned Vudu. The digital movie rights locker service features content from Disney, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

Documentary ‘Hobbyhorse Revolution’ From Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Due on Digital April 24

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Selma Vilhunen’s latest documentary, Hobbyhorse Revolution, will hit digital services April 24 from Filmrise.

It will be available for sale and rental on Amazon Video, iTunes,  Google Play and Vudu.

The documentary spotlights a group of bullied teenage girls from Finland who spark a new organized sport called “hobbyhorsing” into a national obsession, igniting a global fascination. Visually unusual and sometimes amusing to the spectator, hobbyhorse competitors strive to place in equestrian style jumping and dressage events while riding their personalized homemade stick horses. The film’s worldwide festival release has generated features about the sport appearing in The Wall Street Journal, on ESPN and on the talk show “Ellen.” Finland now boasts more than 10,000 hobbyhorse competitors between the ages of 10-18 with leagues and competitions beginning to sprout in the United States.

Hobbyhorse Revolution had its North American premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival, won the Main Prize and the Risto Jerva Prize at the Tempere Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Visions Du Reel Festival.

Redbox Ups Q4 Usage, Tops iTunes, Google, YouTube, Vudu

The percentage of consumers renting or purchasing movies from Redbox increased in the fourth quarter 2017 from Q3, according to new data from TiVo.

In a survey of 3,000 respondents, TiVo found that 12.5% of respondents used Redbox in Q4 compared to about 10% in Q3. The percentage trailed only Amazon (17.9%), which was up 3.3% from Q3.

Redbox usage topped iTunes (7.9%), Google Play (7.2%), YouTube Movies (4.8%), Vudu (3.7%), CinemaNow (2.2%), Flixster (1.5%) and other (1.4%).

TiVo found that 37.3% of all respondents purchased from pay- per-rental or TVOD services, an increase of 4.6% from Q3. Another 38.5% with pay-TV service are cord-cheaters (those who have pay-TV service and also use a TVOD service), an increase of 5.8%.

The report found that 34.3% of cord-cheaters use both TVOD and SVOD services in addition to their cable/ satellite service, a category that increased 5.2%.

Specifically, 79.6% of respondents spend money on a TVOD rental monthly, an increase of 3.1% from Q3; up 6.7% from the previous-year period and up 11.2% from two years ago.

More than 32% spends $3 to $8 monthly, while 13.3% spends $9 to $11 per month, and this group increased slightly quarter-0ver-quarter; up 4% y/y and up 5.8% over two years.

Finally, of the 37.3% of respondents who use TVOD services, 79% watch content on a weekly basis, an increase of 8.7% y/y and 11.8% over two years.

‘Carol Burnett Show’ Lost Episodes to Be Released Digitally for the First Time

Time Life will release The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, Volumes 1-3 on both iTunes and Amazon March 9.

The three “Best of” compilations have never before available on any digital platform and feature rarely-seen episodes from the first five years of the series.

The compilations will be specially priced the first week of release at $9.99, with individual episodes available at $1.99 each. Following that, the compilations will be available at $14.99.

From 1967 to 1978, “The Carol Burnett Show” aired on CBS with a blend of comedy, song and dance. Burnett and her cast of comic actors — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and later Tim Conway and Dick Van Dyke — entertained millions each week, joined by some of the biggest stars in the business. Ad-libs and the occasional flubbed line brought a spontaneity to the screen that was absent from most other variety shows. The Emmy Award-winning show survived the changing tastes of TV audiences to run 11 seasons and become one of the most iconic TV variety shows in history.

Volume 1 includes such classic sketches as “Carol and Sis,” “The Charwoman,” and “As the Stomach Turns”; among the guest stars featured are Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Chita Rivera, Bob Newhart, Jim Nabors, Paul Lynde, Bing Crosby, Don Adams, Phyllis Diller, Andy Griffith, Bernadette Peters and Cass Elliot.

Volume 2 features a “Salute to Warner Brothers” with Mel Tormé and Soupy Sales, Carol’s impersonation of Joan Crawford and the classic sketch, “The Ham Actors.” Showbiz icons and performers appearing include Jonathan Winters, Dionne Warwick, Joan Rivers, Sonny & Cher, Nanette Fabray, Shirley Jones, Ken Berry and a special cameo by Ronald Reagan.

Volume 3 includes more “Charwoman”; Harvey, Carol, Lyle and Lucille Ball lampooning modern morality in their version of the hit movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; and Tim Conway’s “Oldest Man” masterminding a jewelry heist. Guest stars featured in this volume include Ray Charles, George Carlin, Mike Douglas, Martha Raye, Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban.

Time Life has also released The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Volumes 1-3 on iTunes, and plans more digital releases for 2018.