‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Coming Home in October

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp digitally Oct. 2 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 16.

Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man, the superhero with the power to shrink and grow, in the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. In his latest adventure, Ant-Man teams with The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in an effort to rescue her mother from the mysterious Quantum Realm. Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne and Hannah John-Kamen also star.

The film is the 20th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and earned $214.8 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray and digital extras include an introduction from director Peyton Reed; deleted scenes with commentary by Reed; a gag reel and outtakes; and the featurettes “Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang,” “A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp,” “Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet” and “Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Extras exclusive to the digital version include the featurette “10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and a commercial called “Online Close-Up: Magic University.” Digital extras will vary by retailer.

Best Buy will offer an exclusive collectible Steelbook edition of the film, while Target is touting a 4K UHD Blu-ray with a 40-page filmmaker gallery booklet.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Disc Debut Dominates Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Avengers: Infinity War conquered the home video charts the week ended Aug. 18 with a debut that more than doubled the sales of the rest of the top 50 combined.

The Marvel Studios superhero crossover adventure easily took No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Infinity War, which earned more than $678 million at the domestic box office, breaks up a string of four consecutive weeks of Warner Bros. movies taking the top spot on the charts.

No. 2 on both charts went to Warner’s Ready Player One, which sold 3% as many copies in its fourth week as the “Avengers” sequel did in its first. Ready Player One had spent two weeks in the top spot before slipping to No. 2 a week ago.

Holding onto the No. 3 spot overall was Warner’s Life of the Party, which slid to No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie   The Death of Superman, dropped to No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney’s Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film that immediately precedes Infinity War, rose back to No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The 2012 Avengers movie was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart (No. 12 overall), spurred by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. The 4K edition accounted for 86% of the film’s weekly sales. Similarly, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was the No. 6 Blu-ray (No. 13 overall), also due to a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 79% of the film’s weekly tally.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray accounted for 19% of Infinity War‘s first week sales. Blu-ray as a whole comprised 76% of Infinity War‘s unit sales.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 19, Life of the Party held onto the top spot for a second week, with Infinity War entering at No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s Breaking In at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Overboard remake at No. 4 and Warner’s Rampage at No. 5.

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Avengers: Infinity War


Street Date 8/14/18;
Box Office $678.11 million;
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.
Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, William Hurt, Winston Duke.

If the first “Avengers” film was the superhero movie equivalent of an all-star game, then Avengers: Infinity War has got to be the genre’s Super Bowl. This isn’t just a few heroes uniting for a fight to save the Earth from the megalomaniacal villain of the moment. This is a massive intergalactic brawl with nothing less than the fate of the entire universe at stake.

Though nominally the third film of the “Avengers” brand, Infinity War is really a sequel to the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with the original Iron Man in 2008. Infinity War is the 19th film in the mega-franchise, while the 20th is the recent Ant-Man and the Wasp, whose characters are mentioned but aren’t directly involved here.

What makes Infinity War stand out, however, is how much it deconstructs the traditional “hero’s journey” arc of a typical fantasy adventure to wring suspense from the audience’s expectations of how the story will play out.

The film pits the Avengers against the alien warlord Thanos, who has made minor appearances in previous films as the mastermind behind a quest to collect the six Infinity Stones, gems of immense power that when combined can give the holder nearly godlike abilities.

Thanos is motivated by a desire to wipe out half the population of the universe in order to preserve resources and improve the quality of life for those who remain. Tired from untold years of pursuing his agenda planet-by-planet and earning countless enemies along the way, Thanos realizes that obtaining the Infinity Stones will allow him to complete his goals with the snap of his fingers. It’s not every day a comic book movie can inspire debate over the morality of Malthusian ethics.

The Avengers, on the other hand, are scattered across the cosmos and not much of a threat to Thanos following the events of Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok. While Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) can organize their own factions on Earth, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is able to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy into the fight, which pretty much finally connects all the quadrants of the MCU.

One of the strengths of directors Joe and Anthony Russo in their previous MCU films has been their ability to tell bold, complex stories with efficiency without sacrificing exciting action or engaging character dynamics. As if finding a way to involve a dozen heroes in Civil War without it feeling overstuffed weren’t enough of an achievement, with Infinity War they pull off one of the greatest balancing acts in cinematic history. Each character serves a function without seeming extraneous, while adding enough to the story to satisfy fans of each particular sub-franchise.

The plot weaves between action and quieter character moments to heighten the emotional impact of a powerful conclusion that unsurprisingly had fans lauding the film as the MCU equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back.

While it may be technically possible to follow along without having seen the previous films, one of the great joys of Infinity War is the chance to see so many of these characters that were established in earlier movies interact with each other for the first time. New viewers who want something of a primer without fully committing to the MCU should at least check out the “Avengers” movies, the “Captain America” movies, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and Thor: Ragnarok.

Infinity War’s visual style offers an eye-popping array of color that really looks spectacular on an HD screen. It should be noted that the entirety of the film is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio that doesn’t shift for the scenes that were specifically engineered for the film’s Imax theatrical presentation.

The visual effects are well rendered without overwhelming the senses, even though there is often a lot to take in, especially in the battle sequences (compared with, say, the stretched-to-the-screen’s-edge details of Ready Player One). Infinity War is as much of a science-fiction epic as anything, but in keeping with previous Marvel films, the presentation veers toward the hyper-real, fittingly evoking the feeling of fun comic book art rather than something more true-to-life.

The Blu-ray includes a nice smattering of extras that give a good sense of the scope of making the film but don’t really dive too deeply into specifics aside from a few key scenes.

The five-minute “Strange Alchemy” looks at the fun of uniting the various characters and why some were grouped together the way they were. The six-minute “The Mad Titan” focuses on Thanos and how his history in the films has led to his actions here.

Two “Beyond the Battle” featurettes explore the making of two key sequences, with nearly 10 minutes devoted to team Iron Man and the Guardians fighting Thanos on the planet Titan, and 11 minutes looking at Captain America’s and Black Panther’s squads joining forces to battle the armies of Thanos in Wakanda.

There are four deleted scenes that run a total of about 10 minutes each. Each contain unfinished visual effects but for the most part serve as fun little short films that provide some additional insights about the characters. “Happy Knows Best” features the hilarious cameo by Jon Favreau that was cut from the film. “Hunt for the Mind Stone” is an extension of the fight between Vision, Scarlet Witch and Thanos’ goons. “A Father’s Choice” offers some more Thanos backstory. And “The Guardians Get Their Groove Back” pokes a little fun at the “Guardians” films’ penchant for classic rock soundtracks. These are accompanied by an amusing two-minute gag reel.

Finally, the Blu-ray includes a feature-length commentary from the Russo brothers and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. This is a great discussion as they share all sorts of tidbits about the construction of the film, from pulling together many of the loose threads of the MCU to organizing the screenplay in a way to effectively tell the story while still giving all the characters their due.

Digital editions of the film, which can be accessed through Movies Anywhere and participating retailers using the code provided with the Blu-ray, have an exclusive half-hour roundtable discussion with eight directors of several of the MCU films. This is a great discussion about the art of collaboration on a massive franchise such as this, and how the various directors were able to evolve various characters’ storylines to the point where Infinity War could pay of so much of them. The participation of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn in the discussion does make the featurette a bit of a victim of some awkward timing, considering how recent revelations over his past Twitter postings have clouded his role role within the MCU.

The Ultra HD edition includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack but none of the bonus features, which are on the regular Blu-ray Disc included with the combo pack.

Timing of Releases Lowers Q3 Disney Home Entertainment Results

Sometimes the Star Wars brand is only as good as its fiscal timing.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Aug. 7 said its lower third-quarter (ended June 30) revenue was due to a decrease in unit sales driven by the timing of the release of select Star Wars titles.

The DVD/Blu-ray Disc release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was in the second quarter of the current fiscal year whereas the packaged media release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story occurred in the prior-year third quarter. Other significant titles included Black Panther in the current quarter, while the prior-year quarter included Beauty and the Beast and Moana.

Indeed, The Last Jedi tops all packaged media releases in 2018 thus far with more than $86 million generated by sales of 3.8 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units since its March 27 retail release. Other top-selling titles included Thor: Ragnarok ($67.5 million) and Black Panther ($62.8 million).

Overall studio revenue increased 20% to $2.9 billion and segment operating income increased 11% to $708 million. Operating income growth was due to increases in domestic theatrical and worldwide TV/SVOD distribution results, partially offset by film cost impairments related to animated films that will not be released.

The increase in domestic theatrical distribution was due to the success of Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 in the current quarter compared to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Cars 3 in the prior-year quarter, partially offset by higher pre-release marketing costs. Additionally, the current quarter included the continuing performance of Black Panther and the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, whereas the prior-year quarter included the continuing performance of Beauty and the Beast and the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Higher TV/SVOD distribution results were due to the timing of title availabilities at domestic pay and free television businesses, international growth and higher domestic pay television rates.


New Facebook AR Mask Lets Fans Experience ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Potential spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead.

A new augmented reality enhancement for the Facebook mobile app is giving fans a chance to experience a key moment in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War.

The Avengers: Infinity War custom Facebook AR mask is timed to celebrate the film’s release on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 14. The movie is available now through digital retailers.

In the film, the Avengers must come together to stop an intergalactic warlord named Thanos from gaining the six Infinity stones, which when combined will allow him to achieve his goal of eliminating half the population of the universe with the snap of his fingers, a move he believes will alleviate the burdens of limited resources.

The AR mask’s camera effect allows fans to see themselves turn to dust as if they were a victim of Thanos’ snap.

To use the mask, fans simply log into their Facebook app with a mobile device and go to http://www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/258281704903067/ to load the AR effect. With the camera in selfie mode, users can implement the effect by opening their mouths. The video can be saved and posted to Facebook with the caption THANOS IS HERE! @Avengers #InfinityWar.

The effect is designed to work on iPhone devices 5s or newer and Android devices from 2012 onwards. The effect does not work on desktop computers.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on Digital July 31, Blu-ray Aug. 14

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War through digital retailers July 31, followed by Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 14.

The superhero epic is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has earned $675 million at the domestic box office and more than $2 billion worldwide. The film features members of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up in an attempt to stop the alien warlord Thanos from collecting the six Infinity Stones that, when their power is combined, will allow him to wipe out half the population of the universe.

The digital edition will include an exclusive half-hour roundtable discussion between eight directors of the MCU — Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi.

The Blu-ray and digital versions will also include an audio commentary by the Russos and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, plus a gag reel, four deleted scenes and several making-of featurettes: “Strange Alchemy,” about how certain characters were paired up; “The Mad Titan,” a look at Thanos; “Beyond the Battle: Titan,” which delves into the stunts and visual effects of one of the film’s key scenes; and “Beyond the Battle: Wakanda,” a look at one of the most challenging battles Marvel has ever attempted.

Comcast Offers $65 Billion for Fox

Comcast Corp. has submitted a $65 billion cash bid for 21st Century Fox film and television assets,  a day after a federal judge dismissed competitive concerns and ruled that AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner may proceed.

Comcast’s bid is significantly higher than Walt Disney Co.’s $52.4 billion offer. However, a key difference between the offers is that Disney’s involved a stock swap that would give the Fox shareholders about a 25% stake in Disney going forward. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of 21st Century Fox, reportedly favored the stock transaction over Comcast’s one-time buyout offer because it limits tax liabilities in the short term, in addition to the potential for future earnings on the stock.

In a letter to the Fox board, Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Brian Roberts said, “We are also highly confident that our proposed transaction will obtain all necessary regulatory approvals in a timely manner and that our transaction is as or more likely to receive regulatory approval than the Disney transaction.”

Comcast already owns NBC Universal. The telecom last month said it planned to make an all-cash offer for the Fox studio and networks, but would wait until a court ruling on the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Philadelphia-based Comcast also said it would pay Disney the $1.525 billion  fee owed in the event of its Fox deal falling through.

Fox shareholders are slated to vote July 10 on the Disney merger, but Comcast said it wants a deal before that.

Fox assets that are on the table include the 20th Century Fox movie and TV studios, as well as the FX and National Geographic channels; Fox’s 22 regional sports networks; its interests in U.K. satellite TV and Internet provider Sky; and a one-third stake in Hulu, which is currently owned by Comcast, Disney and Fox, each with a 30% interest.

A Disney acquisition of Fox would also return the movie and distribution rights to films based on properties Disney now owns, such as Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four, paving the way for their inclusion in Disney’s lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox also owns the perpetual distribution rights to the original Star Wars. In addition, Disney recently expanded its Florida-based Animal Kingdom theme park to include a themed-area based on James Cameron’s “Avatar” franchise, which is Fox IP.

Industry observers expect Disney to make a counter-offer for the Fox assets, which could involve an updated bid that includes a mix of stock and cash.

‘Black Panther’ Reigns Over Home Video Sales for Third Week

Marvel’s Black Panther, distributed by Walt Disney Studios, topped the national home video sales charts the week ended June 2, marking its third consecutive week as the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The sci-fi horror film Annihilation, a theatrical underperformer from Paramount Pictures, debuted at No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. According to VideoScan, the film, which earned just over $32 million in U.S. theaters, sold 38% as many units its first week in stores as Black Panther did in the latter film’s third week of availability.

Annihilation stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh as members of a group of military scientists who enter “The Shimmer,” a quarantined zone of mutating landscapes and  creatures.

The spy thriller Red Sparrow, from 20th Century Fox, slipped a spot on both charts to No. 3 after debuting in the second spot the prior week. The film, with a $47 million domestic gross, stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who becomes a seductive secret agent after an injury cuts short her dancing career.

Another 20th Century Fox film, The Greatest Showman, rose a spot to No. 4 on both charts in its eighth week on disc.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s Game Night, down from No. 3 the prior week. The Jason Bateman-starring comedy finished the week at No. 7 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi moved back up a notch to finish the week at No. 5.

Annihilation generated 69% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc; 11% of its total were in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, which is exclusively available at Best Buy until Oct. 29.

For the third week of Black Panther, Blu-ray contributed 64% to its total copies sold, with 11% from UHD Blu-ray.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 3, Game Night was No. 1 for the second consecutive week, with Red Sparrow shooting up to No. 2 now that its week-long holdback from Redbox is over.

Black Panther slipped a spot to No. 3, with Annihilation bowing at No. 4 and Warner’s The 15:17 to Paris moving up to No. 5 now that its seven-day holdback from Redbox has ended.

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‘Black Panther’ Claws Way to Top of Home Video Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s mega-blockbuster Black Panther easily debuted at the top of the home video sales and rental charts for the week ended May 19.

The latest superhero actioner from Marvel Studios has grossed nearly $700 million at the domestic box office and outsold the No. 2 title, Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Freed, by a 10-to-1 margin on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the disparity was even more pronounced, with Fifty Shades Freed in its second week selling just 8% as many units as Black Panther. The sexually charged drama had been the top seller on both charts a week earlier.

No. 3 on both charts, in its sixth week on disc, was 20th Century Fox’s hit musical The Greatest Showman.

Rounding out the top five overall were Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit at No. 4 and Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No. 5. The result was flipped on the Blu-ray chart, which had Last Jedi at No. 4 and Peter Rabbit at No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 70% of Black Panther‘s total unit sales, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the film comprising 13% of its total.

Following Black Panther on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 20, Warner’s 12 Strong held onto the No. 2 spot for a second week.

The previous week’s top rental, Fifty Shades Freed, slipped to No. 3, followed by Peter Rabbit at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Den of Thieves at No. 5.

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Black Panther


Street 5/15/18;
Box Office $694 million;
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, 39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture.
Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis.

Black Panther is a prime example of the effectiveness the superhero genre can have in drawing upon the mythological aspects of comic book storytelling to provide a thought-provoking allegory for modern times that is both powerful and entertaining.

Director Ryan Coogler’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the 18th film to enter the canon) is one of those films that presents a distinct point of view yet is also likely to be differently interpreted based on the mindset of the viewer, to the degree that deciphering its true message should spark a wide array of debates for some time to come. But, at its core, as a character-driven superhero action blockbuster, the film ranks among the most memorable and well-crafted in the genre, with the most pressing factor of its ultimate ranking on any best-of lists likely to be predominately determined by one’s own personal connection to the characters and story.

Not unlike the “Thor” movies, but more compelling and grounded, the story is driven by Shakespearean family drama, in this case centered on the character of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who was introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Picking up from the events of that film, T’Challa must return to his home country of Wakanda to assume the mantle of king.

As the centerpiece of one of the film’s primary motifs of things hiding in plain sight, the tiny African nation presents itself as a poor third-world nation, but in actuality is a technologically advanced civilization fueled by a magical element that crashed into Earth long ago.

T’Challa’s reign is soon threatened by a long-lost cousin (Michael B. Jordan) who grew up in America after a devastating fallout between T’Challa’s father and uncle, and resents that Wakanda never sought to help the global plight of the descendants of Africa.

Black Panther does a good job incorporating traditional African tribal culture and the natural beauty of the continent into a strong “what if” scenario involving a mighty African kingdom that had control of its own resources and avoided the imperialism of the past few centuries.

The film invites comparisons to The Lion King for its rich visual and musical representation of Africa. Yet Coogler is also adept at presenting the sci-fi elements of the story, from Wakanda’s technical marvels and vast cityscapes, to an energizing action setpiece in South Korea.

Black Panther also presents strong representation for women, from the spunky intelligence of T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), who spearheads of the designs of Wakanda’s new technologies; to Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), T’Challa’s love interest and a savvy Wakandan spy; to the fierce Okoye (Danai Gurira), who commands a fighting force of female Wakandan warriors who would give Wonder Woman’s Amazons a run for their money.

The Blu-ray contains a number of good extras aimed at fans of both the film and the comic book Black Panther. Primary among these is a 20-minute roundtable discussion between Coogler, the film’s producers and some of the writers of the “Black Panther” comic book over the past few decades.

Coogler also offers an introduction to the film and an insightful commentary track that imparts some deeper meaning on some of the character dynamics.

The Blu-ray also includes four deleted scenes that expand a few aspects of the story.

In addition, the disc includes 25 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes and a two-minute gag reel. There’s also a nine-minute retrospective of the MCU’s 10-year history, plus a two-minute preview of the next film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits theaters July 6.

The digital versions include exclusive Wakandan travel ads, plus a featurette about the fight training for the film’s stunts.