Strays

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Comedy;
Box Office $23.99 million;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and drug use.
Stars Will Forte. Voices of Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, Rob Riggle.

The raunchy animal adventure Strays takes aim at countless dog movie tropes with often hilarious results. But the film is also surprisingly effective at wringing some emotional resonance out of its premise.

Will Ferrell voices Reggie, a scruffy border terrier with unconditional love for his owner, Doug (Will Forte). However, Doug despises the idea of taking care of a pet, and only kept the pup to spite an ex-girlfriend who dumped him for cheating on her. When Doug dumps Reggie in a city three hours away, Reggie is determined to return home.

After a few local dogs hear the naïve Reggie’s story, they convince him that he’s been abandoned, leading Reggie to devise a new quest — to return home to teach Doug a lesson by biting off his genitals.

Reggie’s ad hoc pack includes Bug (Jamie Foxx), a tough-talking Boston Terrier; Maggie (Isla Fisher), a glamorous Australian Shepherd whose owner now prefers smaller social-media friendly dogs; and Hunter (Randall Park), a Great Dane who works as a therapy dog at a senior center.

The crux of the film involves the foul-mouthed dogs talking to each other with CG effects to make their lips move, giving the film the feeling of a crude version of Lady and the Tramp. The road trip aspect gives the film an air of Homeward Bound as well, while a couple of well-placed cameos spoof more-recent dog movies such as A Dog’s Purpose.

The jokes don’t always land, but the filmmaking is earnest enough in its intentions to connect with dog lovers who should appreciate the affection the movie has for man’s best friend.

The Blu-ray includes a fun commentary with director-producer Josh Greenbaum and screenwriter-producer Dan Perrault, in which they discuss many of the tricks used to get the dogs at the center of the story to perform as needed to move the story along. For many scenes they just filmed the dogs being dogs and wrote around it.

 Also included are six featurettes totaling 35 minutes of behind-the-scenes material.

The general making of the film is told in the six-and-a-half-minute “The Ultimate Treat: Making Strays”; the five-and-a-half-minute “Training to Be Stray” focuses on how the filmmakers got the dogs to perform;  the six-and-a-half-minute “Poop, Booms, and Shrooms” deals with some practical on-set visual effects; “Talk Like a Dog” is a seven-minute video about the voice cast; “Will Forte, Stray Actor” is a tongue-in-cheek six minute profile of the man behind the film’s primary human character; and “A New Best Friend” is a three-and-a-half-minute piece in which the actors talk about their own dogs, and Greenbaum discusses how he adopted one of the puppies that played young Reggie after their scenes were filmed.

 

Courtroom Drama ‘The Burial’ to Start Streaming on Prime Video Oct. 13

Amazon Studios has announced that The Burial, the courtroom drama starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones, will begin streaming on Prime Video on Oct. 13, a week after it begins a limited theatrical run.

The film, which premiered Sept. 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival, was inspired by true events. When a handshake deal goes sour, funeral homeowner Jeremiah O’Keefe (Jones) enlists charismatic, smooth-talking attorney Willie E. Gary (Foxx) to save his family business. Tempers flare and laughter ensues as the unlikely pair bond while exposing corporate corruption and racial injustice in this inspirational, triumphant story.

The Burial is based on a 1999 New Yorker article of the same name by Jonathan Harr. 

The film also stars Jurnee Smollett, Mamoudou Athie, and Bill Camp.

Netflix Showcases 120 Programs in Second ‘Tudum’ Global Marketing Event

Netflix’s second big “Tudum” global marketing event showcased more than 120 new and returning original programming, including series and movies.

Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event 2022 was held Sept. 23-25. Co-hosts Jamie Foxx and Millie Bobby Brown walked U.S. and European viewers through numerous trailers, news, never-before-seen footage, and first looks, as well as interviews with the stars and creators.

Brown ended the show by throwing to her “Stranger Things” castmates Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Priah Ferguson, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Joseph Quinn and David Harbour for a round of trivia questions and season four bloopers.

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Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan and Alia Bhatt introduced a behind-the-scenes look at Heart of Stone, with star and producer Gadot telling fans, “Rachel Stone lives off the adrenaline, she’s addicted to it.”

Luke Newton (“Colin Bridgerton”) and Claudia Jessie (“Eloise Bridgerton”) answered questions about their “Bridgerton” characters, with a surprise visit from Nicola Coughlan (“Penelope Featherington”) with the script for season three’s first episode, “Out of the Shadows.”

Adjoa Andoh (“Lady Danbury”) and Golda Rosheuvel (“Queen Charlotte”) introduced India Amarteifio as “Young Queen Charlotte” and revealed a never-before-seen still of her in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Producer and writer Shonda Rhimes presented a clip from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story featuring Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as “Young King George” in their first encounter.

Patrick Gibson (“Nikolai Lantsov”), Jack Wolfe (“Wylan Hendricks”), Anna Leong Brophy (“Tamar Kir-Bataar”), Lewis Tan (“Tolya Yul-Bataar”) along with Ben Barnes (“General Kirigan/The Darkling”) and Jessie Mei Li (“Alina Starkov”) presented a look at “Shadow and Bone” season two.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan from “Never Have I Ever” found the “Emily in Paris” cast in Paris — Lily Collins (“Emily”), Ashley Park (“Mindy”), Camille Razat (“Camille”), Lucas Bravo (“Gabriel”) Lucien Laviscount (“Alfie”) Bruno Gouery (“Luc”) Samuel Arnold (“Julien”) and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (“Sylvie”) ready for all of Emily’s adventures in season three. 

Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday Addams”) debuted a scene from the upcoming “Wednesday.”

Melissa Roxburgh (“Michaela Stone”) and Josh Dallas (“Ben Stone”) gave the all-clear for “Manifest’s” final descent for season four on its new home at Netflix.

Jason Momoa’s (“Flip”) skated through everyone’s sleep in a sassy Slumberland clip. 

“The Umbrella Academy” stars Aidan Gallagher (“Five”), Emmy Raver-Lampman (“Allison”), David Castañeda (“Diego”), Justin H. Min (“Ben”), Tom Hopper (“Luther”) and Genesis Rodriguez (“Sloane”) gave a glimpse of their backstage fun with a new blooper reel.

Guillermo del Toro gave a behind-the-scenes tour of his stop-motion production Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.

LeBron James introduced a new Olympic basketball documentary, The Redeem Team, featuring Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.

Jennifer Lopez is ready for action as The Mother launches in spring 2023 in this new teaser. 

“You” introduced new characters with its new location in England as Penn Badgley led fans through the changes that await Joe in season four in a brief vignette. 

Chris Hemsworth (“Tyler Rake”) presented a behind-the-scenes look at landing a helicopter on a train during the production of Extraction 2 with director Sam Hargrave.  

Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Miguel Bernardeau, Andreas Pietschmann, Maciej Musial and more announced the premiere date for the chilling new series “1899.”

Omar Sy is back in a teaser for Lupin Part 3.

And of course, “Squid Game” cast members Oh Young-soo (“Oh Il-nam”), Lee Jung-jae (“Seong Gi-hun”), Park Hae-soo (“Cho Sang-woo”), Anupam Tripathi (“Abdul Ali”) and writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk presented an unreleased clip from season one as a teaser for the future season two of Netflix’s most-watched content ever. 

Foxx introduced the latest in Netflix mobile games, including a new edition of the worldwide sensation OXENFREE: Netflix Edition, now available in over 30 languages — without ads or in-app purchases. Also coming soon, Desta: The Memories Between, SpongeBob Squarepants Get Cooking!, Compass Point: West, Stranger Things: Puzzle Games, Nailed It Baking Bash, Narcos: Cartel Wars Unlimited, Kentucky Route Zero and Triviaverse

James Marsden (“Steve Woods/Ben Woods”) shared a sneak peek of the final season of “Dead to Me.”

Director Rian Johnson presented the new teaser for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Finally, Kerry Washington (“Professor Dovey”) and Charlize Theron (“Lady Lesso”) welcomed new students Sophia Anne Caruso (“Sophie”) and Sofia Wylie (“Agatha”) to their school in this extended clip from The School for Good and Evil.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street 4/12/22;
Sony Pictures/Marvel;
Action;
Box Office $803.82 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99, Blu-ray, $45.99 UH BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
Stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire.

The story of Spider-Man: No Way Home hinges on a plot device that could have been one of the greatest surprises in cinematic history. Instead, it was one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood that previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would reprise their roles alongside current Spider-Man Tom Holland to fight a variety of villains from all the “Spider-Man” movies since the first film in 2002.

It wasn’t as if Sony’s marketing department didn’t try to keep it quiet. Images of the multiple Spider-Men were omitted from trailers, and Garfield resorted to blatantly lying in interviews in which he said he wasn’t involved, despite all the widespread rumors to the contrary, and in some cases photographic evidence.

Of course, the momentary shock value for such a reveal can only add so much to the viewing experience, and the film’s immense box office fortunes don’t seem to have suffered in the least. And knowing of the eventual Spidey super team-up doesn’t detract at all from the emotional resonance that elevates Spider-Man: No Way Home into more than just a fantastic superhero action movie.

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The film is the 27th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and picks up immediately following the events of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is publicly identified as being the masked webslinger.

As his life spirals out of control due to people knowing that he’s Spider-Man, Peter asks his Avengers cohort Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to reset everyone’s memories so they don’t remember his secret anymore. But the spell becomes unstable and breaks down the barriers between different realities, drawing in villains such as Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina) and Sandman from the Sam Raimi-directed movies, and Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Lizard from the “Amazing Spider-Man” films.

Rather than send them back to their universes only to die fighting their versions of Spider-Man, Peter endeavors to cure them first, a decision that backfires and results in profound tragedy.

However, the spell also brought Maguire’s and Garfield’s Spideys from those universes, giving Holland’s Spider-Man the allies he needs to stop the team of villains from doing more damage. It feels a lot like one of those “Doctor Who” anniversary specials in which previous versions of the Doctor joined the current one for a grand adventure.

The film works as a celebration of Spider-Man and his legacy in film, tying together the entire franchise in a way that not only continues the development of Holland’s Spider-Man, but also enriches the story arcs of Maguire’s and, especially, Garfield’s.

Spider-Man: No Way Home looks amazing, with several instantly iconic sequences, and seamless visual effects that really make it seem as if Molina and Dafoe were just plucked out of the earlier movies and placed into this one.

Another standout is the musical score by Michael Giacchino, who not only continues to develop the progression of his themes from the first two MCU Spidey movies, but gets to reuse his Dr. Strange themes as well. As if those weren’t enough, he also incorporates some of Danny Elfman’s themes from the Maguire films, and the late James Horner’s wonderful theme from The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s leitmotif on overdrive.

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The Blu-ray includes a solid hour-and-a-half of bonus materials, including seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. The six-minute “A Spectacular Spider-Journey With Tom Holland” tracks the journey of its star since he joined the MCU, while the seven-minute “Graduation Day” looks at the evolution of all the recurring characters. The five-minute “Enter Strange” examines the wizard’s role in the story, while the six-and-a-half-minute “Action Choreography Across the Multiverse” looks at the film’s stunt work. The eight-minute “Realities Collide, Spiders Unite” looks at how the film’s legendary team-up came to be, while the seven-minute “Weaving Jon Watt’s Web” focuses on the director’s experiences making the three MCU “Spider-Man” films.

The best extras are two panel discussions with the cast. The nine-minute “The Sinister Summit” features the villains of the film — Dafoe, Molina and Foxx. But the main event is the seven-and-a-half-minute “A Meeting of the Spiders” with Holland, Garfield and Maguire discussing their camaraderie.

A nearly five-minute featurette informs viewers of many of the references to previous Spider-Man films and comics that have been layered into the film.

Another fun inclusion are three in-universe story videos about Spider-Man from TheDailyBugle.net, running a total of about four minutes.

There are also two videos comparing the stunt previsualization with the final result, running three-and-a-half-minutes.

A section of promotional materials includes three short clips: Holland and co-star Jacob Batalon taking a lie detector about their experiences on the film, running two minutes; a minute clip of Holland’s press tour to Paris; and a minute of the filmmakers raving about the benefits of filming in the state of Georgia.

Rounding out the extras is a four-minute bloopers/gag reel.

In the 4K combo pack, all the bonus materials are on the Blu-ray disc. The 4K disc doesn’t include any extras.

Soul

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Disney;
Animated;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD.
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements and some language.
Voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fortune Feimster, Zenobia Shroff, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Questlove, Angela Bassett.

A music teacher with dreams of jazz glory nearly unlocks the secrets of the universe in Soul, which is about as profound a rumination on the nature of existence as one is likely to find in an animated movie.

Soul is another film from Pixar, like Inside Out and Monsters, Inc., before it, that explores mysterious aspects of how reality works by breaking ontological concepts down into cute and cuddly characters children can relate to, framed in a story their parents are more likely to appreciate.

Jamie Foxx voices Joe, a middle-aged jazz pianist whose stagnant music career has been supplanted by the routines of a middle school band teacher, leaving him artistically unsatisfied. One day, a former student offers him a gig in the quartet of a well-known jazz performer, which Joe sees as his big break. In his excitement over the opportunity, however, Joe slips into an open manhole, and before he realizes what has happened he finds himself a disembodied soul in a black void floating toward the bright light of the Great Beyond.

Unwilling to accept death just as he’s on the verge of realizing what he considers his purpose in life, Joe runs from the light and winds up in a different part of the spiritual realm, the Great Before, where young souls are nurtured until ready to experience life on Earth. The powers that be mistake Joe for a mentor for the new souls, and assign him a troublesome student named 22 (Tina Fey), who for thousands of years has shown little interest in proceeding to Earth. Learning of Joe’s situation, however, 22 agrees to help him return to his body.

And this is pretty much what the film’s marketing materials made the story out to be. But things get a bit more complicated than a trip through the afterlife. The pair journey to an astral plane where 22 knows a meditating guru who specializes in saving lost souls, but a mishap sends both of them to Earth. When 22 awakes in the hospital in Joe’s body, and Joe in a nearby cat, Soul quickly turns into Pixar’s version of a body-swap movie. As they work to correct the mistake, Joe the cat instructs 22 on getting ready for the gig, while 22 as Joe begins to experience true life and its simple pleasures for the first time.

Here it becomes clear that the film’s integration of jazz into the plot is more than a stylistic choice, but a clever narrative shorthand that builds upon the improvisational nature of the musical form to symbolize and express many of the motifs the film is exploring.

Soul is one of those movies that uses big ideas to teach simple lessons. The way the film depicts the relationship between the real and spiritual worlds might open the door to quite a few questions about just what is going on with Joe’s body, and may even prompt a few frank discussions between parents and children — but as a plot device it’s best not to delve into the mechanics of it too deeply. The film itself knows this, which is why the spiritual constructs are always described as an “illusion” and “hypothetical.”

However, the realm of the Great Before provides a great excuse to depict the kind of colorful setting Pixar excels at. It’s a beautiful, ethereal place of calming blues, serene golden light and soothing new age music. Pixar is no stranger to wistful films, but this is certainly one of its most beautiful, and a terrific reminder to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures life has to offer.

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The Blu-ray presentation offers a bevy of bonus materials typical of a Pixar release.

Included with the film on the standard-Blu-ray Disc is an informative commentary with director Pete Docter, producer Dina Murray, and co-writer/co-director Kemp Powers. Also included on this disc are a couple of featurettes: the eight minute “Astral Taffy,” about designing the soul world; and the 10-minute “Not Your Average Joe,” about crafting Pixar’s first black lead character.

The 4K disc includes just the film presentation without any extras.

A dedicated standard-Blu-ray bonus disc includes a number of interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes that delve into the challenges of crafting the film’s complex subject matter into a digestible narrative. These include the six-and-a-half-minute “Pretty Deep for a Cartoon,” about the film’s heady themes; the eight-minute “Into the Zone,” about finding the film’s musical identity with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and John Batiste, the latter helping incorporate jazz into the film’s visual style; the three-minute “Jazz Greats,” in which a number of jazz musicians discuss what music means to them; and the seven-minute “Soul, Improvised,” which chronicles the creative team’s challenges of working from home to finish the film during the pandemic. (The same featurettes are included with the movie on Disney+ as well.)

Also included on the bonus disc are 22 minutes of deleted sequences showcasing earlier, different concepts for telling the story, providing some good insights into the story process, plus several of the film’s trailers in various languages.

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Coming to Disc and Digital Sellthrough March 23

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will release the animated movie Soul on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and through digital retailers March 23.

Directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, Soul tells the story of Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx), who lands the gig of his life at the best jazz club in town. But one misstep lands Joe in a fantastical place: The Great Before. There, he teams up with soul 22 (Tina Fey), and together they find the answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

The voice cast also includes Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Angela Bassett, Daveed Diggs, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fortune Feimster, Zenobia Shroff, Donnell Rawlings and June Squibb.

The latest feature from Pixar Animation Studios was held back from its planned domestic theatrical release as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and instead was made available to subscribers of the Disney+ streaming service on Christmas for no additional charge. In limited release internationally it made $85.2 million at the global box office.

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Extras on the disc and digital versions (subject to retailer) include filmmaker commentary; deleted scenes with introduction; and several featurettes:

  • “Not Your Average Joe” — About how filmmakers crafted the story of Joe, Pixar’s first black leading character;
  • “Astral Taffy” — A look at the artistry and technical innovation that went into creating the sets and characters in the world of Soul;
  • “Pretty Deep for a Cartoon” — An examination of the philosophical questions posed by the film;
  • “Into the Zone: The Music and Sound of Soul” — An exploration of how the film uses music to enhance Joe’s journey;
  • Soul, Improvised” — A look at how the filmmakers finished the film during the pandemic;
  • “Jazz Greats” — Giants of the jazz world who consulted on Soul share their passion and wisdom about what music is and does for us all.

 

Soul will also be available as a collectible Steelbook at Best Buy, and packaged with a limited-edition gallery booklet at Target.

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‘Collateral’ Traveling to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 8

Director Michael Mann’s thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

Collateral was released theatrically in 2004 and racked up a domestic gross of $101 million, with a worldwide take of nearly $217 million.

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The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following previously released bonus content: commentary by director Michael Mann;  “City of Night: The Making of Collateral”;  “Special Delivery”; a deleted Scene with commentary; “Shooting on Location: Annie’s Office”; “Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse”; and “Visual FX: MTA Train.”

Drama ‘Just Mercy’ Coming to Home Video From Warner

The drama Just Mercy, based on a true story, arrives on digital March 24 and Blu-ray and DVD April 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (Ray, Baby Driver, Django: Unchained) and Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12, Captain Marvel) star in the story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan (Jordan) has his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds — and the system — stacked against them.

The film, which earned $45.1 million at the global box office, is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.

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The cast also includes Rob Morgan (Mudbound, TV’s “Stranger Things”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate. Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question. Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The Ritual) as Tommy Chapman, the district attorney who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence. O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan, and Karan Kendrick (The Hate U Give, Hidden Figures) as Walter’s wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.

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Special features on Blu-ray include “Making Mercy,” “This Moment Deserves,” “The Equal Justice Initiative” and deleted scenes. The DVD includes “Making Mercy.”

(UPDATE 3-17-2020: Warner moved up the digital release date to March 17)

Warner’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Shoots to No. 1 on Redbox Charts

It may have picked up just one Academy Award (Best Original Song) from its eight nominations, but A Star Is Born triumphed on both Redbox charts the week leading up to the Oscar ceremony Feb. 24.

Warner’s 2018 update of the classic film story landed at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming, the week ended Feb. 24.

The film, which earned $210.9 million at the box office and debuted on disc Feb. 19, stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — both nominated for Oscars for their performances — as two musicians who come together on stage and in life in a complex journey through the beauty and heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

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Four other new releases appeared on the Redbox disc chart for the week. Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, another retelling of a classic story, starring Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx as Little John, debuted at No. 2. Paramount Pictures’ Overlord, a story produced by J.J. Abrams about a team of American paratroopers who encounter Nazi super-soldiers, entered the chart at No. 4. Lionsgate’s Backtrace, an action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, debuted at No. 8. And 20th Century Fox’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? — which earned three Oscar noms, for Best Actress (Melissa McCarthy), Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) and Best Adapted Screenplay — entered the disc chart at No. 10.

Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which won all but one of the five Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Actor for Rami Malek, finished its second week in disc release at No. 3, falling from No. 1.

On the digital chart, Bohemian Rhapsody fell one spot to No. 2, behind A Star Is Born, which shot up the chart from No. 10 the previous week. Robin Hood took the third spot, followed by Paramount’s Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool at No. 4 (from No. 2 the previous week), Overlord at No. 5 and Can You Ever Forgive Me? at No. 6.

Interestingly, two titles released in the fall of last year appeared on the digital chart. Sony Pictures’ Nov. 13 release Searching, which stars John Cho as a distraught father who sifts through his missing daughter’s digital footprint determined to find her, appeared at No. 9. And Universal Pictures’ Sept. 25 release Skyscraper, an actioner starring Dwayne Johnson, came in at No. 10.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 24:

  1. A Star Is Born (2018) (New) — Warner
  2. Robin Hood (2018) (New) — Lionsgate
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox
  4. Overlord (New) — Paramount
  5. The Grinch — Universal
  6. Nobody’s Fool — Paramount
  7. Widows — Fox
  8. Backtrace (New) — Lionsgate
  9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web — Sony
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (New) — Fox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 24:

  1. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox
  3. Robin Hood (2018) — Lionsgate
  4. Nobody’s Fool — Paramount
  5. Overlord — Paramount
  6. Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Fox
  7. The Grinch — Universal
  8. Widows — Fox
  9. Searching — Sony
  10. Skyscraper — Universal

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Robin Hood’ Remake With Taron Egerton Home in February

Lionsgate will release the Robin Hood remake starring Taron Egerton as the title hero digitally Feb. 5, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 19.

The cast also includes Jamie Foxx as Little John,  Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet.

Bonus material includes the seven-part documentary “Outlaws and Auteurs: Reshaping Robin Hood,” plus outtakes and deleted scenes.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.