Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Red Notice’ Topped Disney’s ‘Shang-Chi’ in Streaming Debuts

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will end 2021 as one of the top domestic box office earners with more than $224.5 million in revenue.

But when the Asian superhero movie faced off against Netflix’s latest actioner Red Notice in streaming video last month, the result wasn’t even close. Red Notice, co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, generated more than 1.8 billion minutes across U.S. television screens through Nov. 14, according to Nielsen. That compared with 1 billion minutes for Shang-Chi, which barely topped Disney’s Jungle Cruise with 980 million minutes. Cruise bowed simultaneously as a premium VOD purchase option on its July 30 theatrical debut.

“For the first time, we had four movies in the top list — two courtesy of Disney+ Day on Nov. 12,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy for Nielsen, said on the weekly vlog post.

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Fuhrer said that while the audience for Shang-Chi was largely younger, male and Asian-American, compared to older viewers for Jungle Cruise, Netflix’s Red Notice was watched evenly across all target age demos, as well as male and female audiences.

“[Notice] really had a big audience, beating Shang-Chi by nearly 800 million minutes,” Fuhrer said.

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Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.
 
Original Series:

Licensed Series:

Rank
 

SVOD Provider

 

Program Name

 

Number of Episodes

 

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix Cocomelon 15 812
2 Netflix Seinfeld 166 629
3 Netflix Criminal Minds 317 563
4 Netflix NCIS 353 509
5 Hulu/Netflix The Thundermans 66 480
6 Netflix Shameless 134 432
7 Netflix Greys Anatomy 381 419
8 Netflix Gilmore Girls 153 369
9 Netflix Supernatural 328 362
10 Amazon Dexter 96 332

Movies:

Rank
 

SVOD Provider

 

Program Name

 

Number

 

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix Red Notice 1 1,840
2 Disney+ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings 1 1,070
3 Disney+ Jungle Cruise 1 908
4 Netflix Love Hard 1 646
5 Netflix The Harder They Fall 1 564
6 Netflix Passing (2021) 1 236
7 Disney+ Home Sweet Home Alone 1 214
8 Disney+ Luca (2021) 1 197
9 Netflix Father Christmas Is Back 1 174
10 Disney+ Black Widow 1 168

 

‘Jungle Cruise’ Repeats as Top Redbox Disc Rental; ‘Venom’ Sequel Tops Digital Chart

Disney’s Jungle Cruise remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 5, its second week in the top spot.

However, the adventure film based on the Disneyland ride of the same name slipped to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, ending a run of two weeks atop that chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The new No. 1 digital title was Sony Pictures’ comic book adaptation Venom: Let There Be Carnage, up two spots from the previous week.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 2 digital title was the newly released Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings from Disney-owned Marvel Studios. The 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Simu Liu as the title hero, who must confront father’s criminal past.

The No. 3 disc rental was Warner’s Malignant, which arrived on disc Nov. 30. The horror film from director James Wan is about a woman who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders.

Universal Pictures’ Candyman relaunch slipped to No. 4 on Redbox’s disc rental chart and No. 7 on the Redbox on Demand chart.

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Universal Pictures’ Stillwater slipped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 9 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five digital titles was Universal Pictures’ Old, which dropped to No. 6 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 5:

  1. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  2. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  3. Malignant — Warner
  4. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  5. Stillwater — Universal
  6. Old — Universal
  7. One Shot — Screen Media
  8. 13 Minutes — Quiver
  9. The Suicide Squad — Warner
  10. Reminiscence — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 5:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  3. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  4. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  5. Old — Universal
  6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Universal
  7. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  8. The Grinch — Universal
  9. Stillwater — Universal
  10. The Suicide Squad — Warner

 

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‘Jungle Cruise’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Disney’s Jungle Cruise remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart for a second week and took over the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Nov. 28.

The adventure film based on the Disneyland ride of the same name stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as adventures searching the Amazon for a mythical tree that can heal any illness.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was No. 2 on both charts, maintaining its position on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and rising one spot on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ Candyman relaunch, slipped to No. 3 on Redbox’s disc rental chart and No. 5 on the Redbox on Demand chart.

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The No. 3 digital title was a new release, Sony Pictures’ comic book adaptation Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The sequel to 2018’s Venom was released for digital purchase Nov. 23.

Universal Pictures’ Stillwater slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart but remained No. 6 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals Universal Pictures’ Old, which stayed No. 4 on the digital chart.

No. 10 on both charts was another newcomer, Quiver’s 13 Minutes, about four families in a small American town dealing with a tornado.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 28:

  1. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  2. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  3. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  4. Stillwater — Universal
  5. Old — Universal
  6. Reminiscence — Warner
  7. The Suicide Squad — Warner
  8. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  9. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures
  10. 13 Minutes — Quiver

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 28:

  1. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  2. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  4. Old — Universal
  5. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  6. Stillwater — Universal
  7. The Suicide Squad — Warner
  8. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  9. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures
  10. 13 Minutes — Quiver

 

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‘Jungle Cruise’ Journeys to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s Jungle Cruise debuted at No. 1 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 Nov. 20.

The adventure film, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and is based on the famed Disney parks attraction of the same name, earned $117 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga slipped to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and stayed No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, getting a bump from the holiday season, was Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch, which was No. 29 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 4 title on both charts was Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong. Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League was No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 Blu-ray was Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, which was No. 20 overall.

The only other newcomer in the top 20 was Universal’s Candyman relaunch at No. 14 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 55% of total Jungle Cruise unit sales, with 16% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 39% from regular Blu-ray. Candyman had 65% of its first-week sales come from HD formats — 40% from regular Blu-ray and 25% from 4K.

The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Nov. 21 had Candyman at No. 1, pushing Disney’s Free Guy to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Universal’s Stillwater remained No. 3, while newcomer Prisoners of the Ghostland, a Nicolas Cage thriller from RLJ Entertainment, debuted at No. 4. Warner’s Reminiscence dropped three spots to No. 5.

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Samba TV: ‘Shang-Chi’ Tops Disney+ Day/Weekend Streaming

Last week’s much-hyped Disney+ Day (Nov. 12) offered subscribers for the first time free streaming access to theatrical hits Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Jungle Cruise, among other featured content.

While Disney+ Day ended up more hype than substance, Shang-Chi didn’t disappoint, generating views in about 1.7 million homes through Nov. 15 — topping Jungle Cruise with 1.2 million homes, according to new data from Samba TV, which tracks more than 46 million opted-in televisions globally, including 28 million in the United States.

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The year’s biggest domestic box office driver (thus far) with $224 million, Shang-Chi and Jungle Cruise topped Disney+ Day launches of Ciao Alberto (376,000 homes), The Simpsons Plusaversary (161,000 homes) and Olaf Presents (93,000 homes).

The weekend’s overall winner was Netflix original movie Red Notice, with the actioner starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) generating a whopping 4.2 million subscriber homes, according to the SVOD pioneer.

Netflix has launched its owns content ratings charts that seek to highlight time spent streaming instead of viewers.

Merchandising: ‘Jungle Cruise’ Exclusives Sail to Retail

Disney’s Jungle Cruise arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16, and retailers offered a number of exclusive editions of it.

Walmart’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ 4K box art

Target offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Jungle Cruise at $34.99 with two limited-edition foil-edged art prints.

Walmart offered the 4K combo pack at $32.96 with a “Disney Classic Stories: Jungle Cruise” ebook code and unique box art.

Best Buy presented its typical Steelbook edition of the 4K combo pack of Jungle Cruise for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ 4K Steelbook

Based on the classic Disney parks ride, Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as adventurers in the Amazon seeking a legendary tree that can heal any illness.

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Best Buy also offered an exclusive Steelbook edition of director Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 epic Ran on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, from Lionsgate, for $19.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Ran’ 4K Steelbook

Another exclusive Steelbook during the week came from Target — a Blu-ray of Lionsgate’s family drama Wonder, also $19.99.

Target’s ‘Wonder’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Amazon offered an exclusive edition of Warner’s new Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition box set that includes 4K and Blu-ray editions of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. Amazon’s version includes a replica of the one-ring for about $30 more than the wide-release version of the set.

Nov. 16 Titles New to DVD and Blu-ray Include ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘Candyman’

Nov. 16 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Universal’s Candyman relaunch.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution makes Jungle Cruise available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Nov. 16. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities. The cast also includes Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti and Veronica Falcón. Read a review here.

The horror sequel Candyman becomes available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment with a never-before-seen alternate ending and over an hour of bonus content, including a roundtable discussion on the impact of black horror. Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Kyle Kaminsky. The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later.  A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16. The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire.

Never Back Down: Revolt, the fourth and newest entry in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s MMA franchise, will be released through digital retailers and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 16. The film revolves around an amateur fighter (Olivia Popica) who is recruited by a trafficking syndicate specializing in elite underground fighting, where her brutal captor (Michael Bisping) forces her to fight or face certain death.

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films releases Kevin Can F**K Himself: Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 16. The dark comedy series stars Emmy winner Annie Murphy of “Schitt’s Creek” as Allison McRoberts, a prototypical sitcom wife married to Kevin (Eric Petersen), her self-centered husband. When she learns that the perfect future she envisioned is impossible, she teams up with her neighbor Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) as she attempts to escape her confines and take control of her life. Allison’s life with Kevin is presented in a sitcom format with corny jokes and canned laughter. But when she leaves the scene, her life is presented as a darkly lit drama. The cast also includes Alex Bonifer, Brian Howe and Raymond Lee. The show was created by Valerie Armstrong and was directed by Oz Rodriguez for the first two episodes and by Anna Dokoza for the rest. Season one of “Kevin Can F**K Himself” originally aired on AMC Networks in June 2021, with a second season coming in 2022 on AMC and AMC+.

The children’s title Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1 releases on DVD and digitally Nov. 16 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. Viewers peek into the everyday life of Barbie in this animated series and join her as she embarks on adventures with her family and friends — including Ken. From fun road trips to sister shenanigans, Barbie discovers that with a little bit of help and a whole lot of laughter you can be anything. The series features the voice of America Day as Barbie and Kirsten Day as Skipper.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nov. 16 releases the coming-of-age comedy Our Ladies through digital retailers as well as on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Our Ladies is set in 1990s Scotland. A group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.

The documentary The Lost Leonardo releases digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1,175 at a shady New Orleans auction house and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?

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The Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 31-disc collection of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It comes in “Puzzle Box” packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-Earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith and Rivendell. Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion, featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases two “Mad Max” movies and a franchise boxed set on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD Nov. 16. This marks the 4K debuts for the first two sequels in the franchise, 1981’s The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The original 1979 Mad Max was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in November 2020. The fourth film, 2015’s Mad Max Fury Road, has been available on 4K since 2016. Created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, the “Mad Max” franchise focuses on the character of Max Rockatansky, a drifter in a post-apocalyptic world. Miller directed or co-directed all four films. Mel Gibson starred as Max in the first three films and Tom Hardy took over the lead role in the fourth film. The Mad Max Anthology 4K UHD release, along with the 4K UHD releases of The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, are from scans of the original camera negatives. The 4K UHD remasters were supervised by the mastering team at Motion Picture Imaging. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

National Velvet arrives on Blu-ray Nov. 16 from Warner Archives with a new 4K scan from the original Technicolor negatives. The 1944 film stars a 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in her first major role as Velvet Brown, a wide-eyed adolescent who, assisted by her jockey pal (Mickey Rooney), trains Pie, a horse she won in a raffle, for the Grand National Steeplechase. She then poses as a boy to ride in the race. MGM was so impressed with their young new star’s work on the film that the studio gave the horse to Taylor after filming completed. Directed by Clarence Brown, National Velvet won two Oscars — Best Film Editing, and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Revere as Velvet’s mother. The cast also includes Donald Crisp and a young Angela Lansbury and veteran. The Blu-ray includes mono audio and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Warner Archives Nov. 16 also releases on Blu-ray 1958’s Some Came Running, featuring a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. After a round of partying he can’t remember, World War II veteran Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) finds himself on a bus to his hometown of Parkman, Indiana, which he hasn’t visited in more than a decade. His arrival brings small-town hypocrisy to the unforgiving light of day in this character-driven tale directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on a novel by James Jones (whose From Here to Eternity led to Sinatra’s 1953 Oscar). In his first screen pairing with Sinatra, Dean Martin plays a sharp-witted card sharp. And Shirley MacLaine earned one of the movie’s five Academy Award nominations as the good-hearted floozy with a potentially fatal attraction to Hirsh. The Blu-ray includes a 2.35:1 letterbox presentation with mono audio, the film’s original theatrical trailer in HD, and the featurette “The Story of Some Came Running.”

“Ultraman Dyna,” the second series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, is being released in a six-disc DVD collection Nov. 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide. “Ultraman Dyna” features 51 episodes from season one and two specials “Ultraman Tiga” and “Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light,” and “Ultraman Dyna: Return of Hanejiro.” The series showcases the events seven years after “Ultraman Tiga,” where humanity has embarked on the Neo Frontier project of building settlements throughout the solar system. When a massive insect-like monster attacks the Martian village without warning, a colossal Tiga-like humanoid appears to fight the monster. Ultraman Dyna is the new warrior, a being of light born after a light joined with Agent Asuka of the Super GUTS Team, to wage war against the marauding aliens and monsters that threaten humanity. Tiga and Dyna would eventually team up in the theatrical movie Warriors of the Star of Light.

The original two “Evil Dead” films, as well as the three-season “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series are being released in The Evil Dead Groovy Collection Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital from Lionsgate. Wisecracking ladies’ man Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, TV’s “The Last Kids on Earth”) is reborn as a slayer of Deadites in The Evil Dead (4K plus Blu-ray) after a vacation in the country is ruined by the reading of an ancient demon-summoning text. In Evil Dead II (4K plus Blu-ray), a chainsaw-armed Ash is pushed to the brink of madness by unhinged evil yet again, while the series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Blu-ray) follows an older, grayer Ash over three seasons as he reckons with his bloody past in the face of a Deadite plague.

Director Milos Forman’s epic Ragtime arrives for its 40th anniversary in a limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel, Ragtime tells the story of disparate characters in New York City in the early 1900s. From the emerging New York suburb of New Rochelle to the flashy spectacle of Atlantic City, a family faces racial tensions, scandals and violence that will test everything they believe in. With music by Randy Newman, the film stars James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O’Brien, Donald O’Connor, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Debbie Allen, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Mailer and John Ratzenberger.

Director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky arrives on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz and written for the screen and directed by Crowe, the film was newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer under his Crowe’s supervision. Originally released on Dec. 14, 2001, Vanilla Sky follows a self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate (Cruise) who finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident.

To celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment releases director Frank Capra’s timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life Nov. 16 in a collectible, limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray. Named the No. 1 most inspiring film of all time by the American Film Institute, the film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers. In the film, an angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Blu-ray set includes a colorized version of the film in high definition as well as the original, digitally remastered black-and-white movie in high definition, and access to a digital copy of the film.  The set also includes 10 collectible recipe cards from Insight Editions’ “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook” with cuisine inspired by the film.

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) comes to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

The horror films Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 are being released on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

Best Buy Nov. 16 releases an exclusive Steelbook edition of director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.

Lionsgate also releases the family drama Wonder in a Target exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wonder follows the story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with a facial deformity, a combination of Treacher Collins syndrome and a hemifacial microsomia. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey in the fifth grade at Beecher Prep unites his family, his school and his community.

The Many Saints of Newark arrives for premium digital ownership and premium digital rental Nov. 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, about the origins of Tony Soprano of the series “The Sopranos,” is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Mad Men”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase. It stars Alessandro Nivola (Disobedience, American Hustle), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Murder on the Orient Express), Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street), Corey Stoll (First Man, Ant-Man), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (Game Night, The Big Short), Michela De Rossi (Boys Cry, TV’s “The Rats”), John Magaro (The Finest Hours, Not Fade Away), Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” Goodfellas) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, “The Conjuring” films). In the film, young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 21.

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Jungle Cruise

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 11/16/21;
Disney;
Adventure;
Box Office $116.97 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of adventure violence.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramírez, Veronica Falcón.

In the spirit of a classic ride known for its jokes, here’s another one: Have you heard Disney’s remaking the Pirates of the Caribbean movie? It’s called Jungle Cruise.

Based on one of the original rides at Disneyland, Jungle Cruise owes a lot to its theme park companion, and not just the idea of turning a Disney parks boat ride into a big-budget adventure movie. As with 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Jungle Cruise features a legendary treasure of sorts, and a cadre of immortal warriors cursed by it.

In this case, the primary plot device is a mythical tree in the middle of the Amazon jungle whose pedals can cure any disease. An expedition of conquistadors disappeared searching for the tree hundreds of years earlier, but were claimed by the jungle. The story picks up in 1916, with explorers Lily Houghton and her brother, MacGregor, setting off to Brazil in search of the tree. To travel down the Amazon river, they charter a boat from Frank (Dwayne Johnson), a cruise skipper desperate for money to pay off local kingpin Nilo (Paul Giamatti).

Also after the treasure is a German prince named Joachim (Jesse Plemons), who is based on the actual son of Kaiser Wilhelm II. To spice things up he brings a submarine to sail down the river.

The slapstick action sequences also bring to mind films such as The Mummy (the campy 1999 version, not the awful 2017 remake). According to the bonus materials, the filmmakers themselves drew inspiration from The African Queen, Romancing the Stone and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and it shows (1951’s African Queen being a primary inspiration for the original ride as well).

Though derivative, Jungle Cruise manages to deliver a fun adventure that takes advantage of its charismatic leads. It also pays a lot of homage to the original ride that fans should appreciate, particularly in regards to the famous puns that ride skippers are known for reciting.

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The primary bonus feature on the Blu-ray (also available with digital versions and on Disney+) is the film’s “Expedition Mode,” which is basically a pop-up trivia track that plays with the film. Aside from a few facts about the production, the original ride and some of the jungle animals encountered on the voyage, it’s a rather lackluster offering in terms of taking a deep dive into the material. Why not delve more into the biography into the character of Prince Joachim, a real person whose history the filmmakers have coopted in order to make him the mustache-twirling villain of the piece? Instead, the pop-up text just offers more bad Jungle Cruise-style puns.

The other extras are more-standard fare, highlighted by nearly 17 minutes of deleted scenes that fill in more aspects to the world of the film.

The general making of the film is covered in a 13-minute featurette, further supplemented by a five-minute video about the performances of Johnson and Blunt, and a 15-minute “Creating the Amazon” delves into the visual effects, production design and crafting the impressive set of the Brazilian port town.

Then there’s a 14-minute “Once a Skip, Always a Skip,” which profiles the ride and features actual ride skippers discussing their experiences with the attraction.

Rounding out the extras is a two-and-a-half-minute gag reel.

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U.K. Home Entertainment Group Bows Winter Holiday Movie Disc, Digital Gift Promo Video

It’s never too early to think about gift buying for the winter holidays. The British Association for Screen Entertainment, the U.K.’s home entertainment trade group, Oct. 14 released a promotional YouTube video designed to inspire consumer buying of movies and TV shows on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms in the fourth quarter.

Dubbed “Give the Gift of Film & TV,” the 2:53 minute video features a montage of clips from myriad movies, including the latest James Bond actioner No Time to Die; 20th Century Studios’ action comedy Free Guy; Disney’s Jungle Cruise; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie; Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga.

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TV shows include “Killing Eve” star Jodie Corner in “Help,” and “Strictly Come Dancing: Motsi & Anton’s Strictly — The Best,” and Netflix’s award-winning drama “The Crown.”

Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart — Thanks to Disc

Disney’s Jungle Cruise edged out previous chart topper Free Guy (20th Century Studios) to finish No. 1 on the U.K’s Official Film Chart through Oct. 13 — in its first week of retail release. 

The action adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, topped Free Guy by just 1,900 unit sales on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

MGM’s James Bond catalog release Spectre climbed one spot to No. 3, joining other Daniel Craig titles in the Top 10: Skyfall (No. 7), Casino Royale (No. 8) and Quantum of Solace (No. 9).

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga dropped one spot to No. 4 despite being the biggest digital download of the week. Disney’s Black Widow fell three spots to No. 5.

Universal’s The Croods 2: A New Age entered the chart in No. 6 spot — based on digital downloads only. Finally, Disney/Pixar’s Luca rounded off the week at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Oct. 13, 2021

Rank

Previous Week

Movie

Distributor

1

NEW

JUNGLE CRUISE

DISNEY

2

1

FREE GUY

20TH CENTURY

3

4

SPECTRE

MGM

4

3

FAST & FURIOUS 9

UNIVERSAL PICTURES

5

2

BLACK WIDOW

DISNEY/MARVEL

6

NEW

THE CROODS 2: A NEW AGE

UNIVERSAL

7

7

SKYFALL

MGM

8

6

CASINO ROYALE

MGM

9

11

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

MGM

10

9

LUCA

DISNEY

© Official Charts Company 2021