‘Secret Garden’ Top New Digital Release; ‘The Secret,’ ‘Most Wanted’ and ‘Beckman’ Debut on Disc

Universal Pictures’ The Secret Garden tops the slate of new digital releases available Sept. 22, while new disc releases on that same date include Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, Paramount’s Most Wanted and Universal’s Beckman.

Also out Sept. 22: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of Stanley Kubrick’s classic war 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, from Warner Bros., and the 2014 jazz drama Whiplash, from Sony Pictures, along with Blu-ray Disc editions of The Masque of the Red Death and The Vincent Price Collection, both from Shout! Factory.

STX Films’ The Secret Garden is based on the 1911 fantasy novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl (Dixie Egerickx) who, after being sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth), discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Isis Davis and Amir Wilson. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 6.

The Secret: Dare to Dream, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD a week after its digital release, is a drama based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The film stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and was directed by Andy Tennant, from a screenplay by he wrote with Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks.

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Most Wanted, available Sept. 22 on Blu-ray Disc and through digital retailers, is based on a true story about an investigative journalist (Josh Hartnett) who unravels a twisted entrapment case in which Daniel (Antoine Olivier Pilon) is forced into a dangerous drug deal against his will and is sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison.  The journalist must track down the shady undercover cops benefiting off the conspiracy, while also fighting for Daniel’s freedom.

And Beckman, a revenge thriller consumers can buy or rent on DVD or through digital retailers, focus on a gun for hire, Aaron Beckman (David A.R. White) who decides to give up his life of crime when his soul cries out for healing, peace, forgiveness and grace. However, his journey toward salvation is cut short when his daughter is kidnapped by a deranged cult leader, and he resorts to his old ways to seek revenge.

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

‘Antebellum’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 20.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped on a 19th century slave plantation.

Another Lionsgate title, The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the Vudu chart and the silver on the FandangoNow chart after remaining at No. 1 on both for three consecutive weeks.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite
  5. Alone
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Owners
  10. The Silencing

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Alone
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Fatima
  8. Blackbird
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Grizzlies

‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Available for Digital Sale Sept. 15, on Disc Sept. 22

Lionsgate will release The Secret: Dare to Dream for digital sellthrough Sept. 15, followed by Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and digital copy), standalone DVD and VOD availability Sept. 22.

Directed by Andy Tennant and based on the best-selling book by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret: Dare to Dream stars Katie Holmes as Miranda, a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (Jerry O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Josh Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include the featurette “The Secret on Set.”

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The Secret: Dare to Dream

DIGITAL REVIEW:

Available 7/31/20;
Lionsgate;
Drama;
$19.99 VOD;
Rated ‘PG’ for language and an injury image.
Stars Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Celia Weston, Jerry O’Connell, Sarah Hoffmeister, Aidan Pierce Brennan, Chloe Lee.

A timely feel-good movie for these uncertain times, director Andy Tennant’s romantic take on the self-actualization best-seller by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret: Dare to Dream stars Katie Holmes as a widowed single mother who is burdened by debt and lives in a crumbling house with her three young kids. Enter Josh Lucas’ enigmatic character, Bray, who literally collides with Holmes’ Miranda and proceeds to fix her car bumper and her roof, rousing a modicum of suspicion and jealousy from her fiancé, Tucker (Jerry O’Connell).

Bray also offers sage words of advice to Miranda and her children, which prompts one of them to ask, “Are you sure you’re not from California?” Miranda, skeptical at first, later concedes to his positive thinking philosophy when she says to him: “I think we collided for a reason.”

Byrne’s book and documentary The Secret delves into the new age belief in the Laws of Attraction: That is, think positively, and positive things will come to you.

As Byrne says: “Joy attracts more joy. Happiness attracts more happiness. Peace attracts more peace. Gratitude attracts more gratitude. Kindness attracts more kindness. Love attracts more love.  Your job is an inside one. To change your world, all you have to do is change the way you feel inside.  How easy is that?”

The movie expands this concept into a story of family, of hope and the notion that if you wish hard enough, you may just get the proverbial pony you’ve always wanted.

Best-Selling Book Inspires Hope-Filled ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’

The power of positive thinking fueled Rhonda Byrne’s best-selling book and documentary The Secret, released in 2006.

More than a decade later, her philosophy of hope continues to inspire in the romantic drama The Secret: Dare to Dream.

Lionsgate will release the film on premium VOD July 31 as a 48-hour rental at $19.99. Before the PVOD shift due to the pandemic, sister company Roadside Attractions had planned an initial theatrical release April 17 on 1,000-plus screens.

The Secret: Dare to Dream stars Katie Holmes (All We Had, Logan Lucky, The Gift) and Josh Lu-cas (Sweet Home Alabama, What They Had, “Yellowstone”) with Jerry O’Connell (“Billions,” Stand by Me) and Celia Weston (Knight and Day, The Intern). It is directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama).

“The idea behind making a Hollywood movie of The Secret was to reach a much greater audience around the world, so that many more people will realize the power they have to create the life they want, from this very moment,” says Byrne.

The story centers on Miranda (Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything. Woven throughout the story are a series of seeming coincidences. The characters — primarily through the pessimistic Miranda and the relentlessly optimistic Bray — contemplate the nature of chance.

“What are the odds?” notes Miranda’s son about their meeting with Bray.

“My whole life is like that gut feeling that something bad is going to happen — and then it does,” Miranda says at one point.

Meanwhile, Bray sees good portent in events.

“I’m open to the possibility that whatever happens — even the bad stuff  — can lead to positive things,” he tells Miranda’s family.

“Miranda, played by Katie Holmes in our film, has been facing significant challenges brought about by very difficult circumstances,” says producer Robert Katz (Crash). “Although she worked very hard at her job, managing her limited fi nances, raising her children as a single mom and navigating a relationship, Miranda expected and believed that these circumstances would not change. They would not get better. Her life was hard and she was doing her best to face them every day. She was in survival mode — something many of us are familiar with, especially these days. When an unexpected visitor enters her life, Miranda slowly begins to believe that she has the power to change her thoughts, and with them, her expectations and her life.”

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Shot through the feel-good film is the inspirational message in Byrne’s The Secret.

“The movie demonstrates how easy it is to change our life through changing our thinking,” Byrne says. “We can have life circumstances coming down hard on us, as is demonstrated in the movie, and yet by simply thinking more positively and being grateful we can change every aspect of our life.”

Byrne discovered the idea for The Secret in 2004, after a string of personal obstacles and the death of her father. Her daughter gave her a copy of Wallace D. Wattles’ self-help book The Science of Getting Rich, and she used what she learned to write and produce The Secret. A documentary was released in March 2006 with the book debuting in November 2006, published by Simon & Schuster. In each, Byrne interviews business leaders and entrepreneurs who reveal real-life stories of how they have changed their lives in profound ways. Th e documentary and book focus on the power of positive thinking and the “Law of Attraction,” which says that people can manifest their thoughts into reality — that “thoughts become things.”

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The Secret book has sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 50 languages and appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for 190 weeks — and it con-tinues to attract fans. More than 7 million copies of the book have been shipped in the United States since 2006.

The film’s marketing campaign leverages the publishing phenomenon. A movie tie-in edition of the book released earlier this year features the film’s key art on a belly band. Simon & Schuster has already posted a trailer for the movie, with a book shot, on the Amazon detail page of The Secret.

Meanwhile, the documentary film The Secret has been a success on disc as well.

In extending the brand of the book and documentary, Byrne says her ultimate aim is that The Secret: Dare to Dream will be another vehicle to spread her message.

“I truly hope that people will realize from this movie that they are not at the mercy of life’s circumstances, but that they have an untapped power to change every aspect of their life — health, money, relationships, happiness, success — into what they want,” Byrne says.

Katz adds that he wants viewers to take away the film’s message “that things can change for the better and belief that the power (and tools) to make the most meaningful changes in our lives and the lives of others lies within us all.”

Lionsgate to Bow ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ on PVOD July 31

The Secret: Dare to Dream, based on the 2006 best-selling book The Secret, will be released on premium VOD July 31 by Lionsgate.

The film, originally slated for an April 17 theatrical release, will be available to rent at $19.99 for 48 hours.

Starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell and Celia Weston and directed by Andy Tennant, The Secret: Dare to Dream follows Miranda (Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything.

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The 2006 book by Rhonda Byrne, a global phenomenon that empowered millions to lead happier and more fulfilled lives, has sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 50 languages and appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream,’ Partners with Lionsgate and Roadside on Release

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to The Secret: Dare to Dream, the feature film inspired by Rhonda Byrnes’ bestseller, from tri-G Films, and has partnered with Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions for all U.S. theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution.

The film is slated for an April 17 theatrical release.

Starring Katie Holmes (All We Had, Logan Lucky, The Gift) and Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, What They Had, “Yellowstone”) with Celia Weston (Knight and Day, The Intern) and Jerry O’Connell (“Billions,” Stand by Me) and directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama), The Secret: Dare to Dream centers around Miranda Wells (Holmes), a hard-working young widow struggling to raise three children on her own. A powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious man, Bray Johnson (Lucas), into her life.  In just a few short days, Bray’s presence re-ignites the family’s spirit, but he carries a secret — and that secret could change everything.

“We’ve had the good fortune to digitally distribute the documentary version of The Secret for more than a dozen years and we’re confident that The Secret: Dare to Dream is coming at the perfect time,” said Gravitas Ventures’ president Michael Murphy in a statement. “Audiences will love this feel-good movie. Partnering with tri-G founder Joe Gelchion, author Rhonda Byrne, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on the feature film is a dream come true for us.”

“When we first screened The Secret: Dare to Dream, we saw the potential to tap into the empowering movement Rhonda Byrne established with her book,” said Lionsgate EVP of strategic planning and business development Geobert Abboud in a statement. “It is an iconic property with an uplifting message and a global fanbase, and we’re very excited by the opportunity to bring it to audiences next year.”

“It is no secret that Rhonda created a juggernaut with her book in 2006 and we are thrilled to bring the film not only to her devoted fans but new audiences as well in April 2020,” added Roadside Attractions’ co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in a statement

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“From the day I launched tri-G, I was committed to being involved with projects that carried a message of hope and inspiration to all viewers of all ages,” said tri-G’s Joe Gelchion in a statement. “The Secret: Dare to Dream is exactly one of those movies. It’s an honor and blessing to be part of this.”

The 2006 book by Byrne has sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 50 languages and has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks.

‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’ Arrives on DVD and Digital Oct. 23

Lionsgate will release A Happening of Monumental Proportions, the directorial debut from actress Judy Greer, on DVD, digital and on demand Oct. 23.

The comedy takes place over the course of one day and follows a group of school administrators as they find themselves caught up in a sex scandal that leads to the discovery of the dead body of the school’s groundskeeper. The cast includes Common, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, John Cho, Rob Riggle, Bradley Whitford, Anders Holm and Allison Janney.

The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.