This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Cut,’ ‘Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection’ Reviews; Box Office Recap

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the special releases of some classic “Star Trek” flicks, all starring the original cast of the first “Star Trek” TV series. For the first time, every theatrical “Star Trek” release has been remastered in 4K and brought to physical discs with unique special features, designs, and bonuses included in the box sets, all detailed by reviewer John Latchem. The hosts’ preferences may lean closer to “Star Wars” than “Star Trek,” but they still share some fun anecdotes about the series.
 
Afterward, Charles and Charlie cover the close of an extremely weak August box office, which had significantly lower ticket sales than August 2019. Charlie complains there’s almost nothing he’s interested in seeing in spite of Jordan Peele’s Nope still available in theaters, and “House of the Dragon” being renewed for a second season after its pilot pulled 20 million viewers since its debut.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Jurassic World Dominion,’ ‘The Orville: New Horizons’ Reviews; ‘House of the Dragon’ a Streaming Sensation

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the latest reviews by John Latchem: Jurassic World Dominion, the final movie in the “Jurassic World” trilogy, and season three of “The Orville,” having moved to Hulu with a larger budget and dubbed “New Horizons.” Charles, having recently watched all previous “Jurassic Park” movies, has some thoughts about the parallels between the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy and Jurassic World Dominion, while Charlie remains skeptical of the entire franchise other than the very first Jurassic Park. “The Orville,” on the other hand, appears to be boldly developing a more serious stance relative to its origins as a “Star Trek” parody show, which both hosts agree is a great direction for it to take.

The late-summer box office slump has yet to abate, with the top-grossing movie in the United States this past weekend being the anime Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. The stylish Brad Pitt action comedy Bullet Train continues its modest run, while Top Gun: Maverick is still hanging around near the top of the chart. Charlie comments on how this reminds him of when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King remained in theaters for several months and broke a Guinness World Record for “fastest movie to make $1 billion,” which took 11 weeks. The biggest movies these days can crack that number in less than two weeks.  The weekly Media Play News podcast wraps up with a quick recap of the popular debut of “Game of Thrones” spin-off, “House of the Dragon,” the latest streaming sensation to draw audiences like a magnet to their TVs for an extended binge-watch session.

This Week’s Podcast: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2,’ ‘Light & Magic’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report; Streaming Deals, Mergers, and Layoffs

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the John Latchem-penned reviews of the quirky live action/animated Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and docuseries “Light & Magic,” about the studio that pioneered effects for Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and many other influential Hollywood films. Charles remembers back to being pleasantly surprised with the first Sonic when it released in early 2020 as one of the last movies he saw in theaters before coronavirus shut everything down, and thinks that the sequel surpassed it in just about every way. Charlie, having only played the video games the property is based on, tries to keep up.
 
The hosts also cover the continuing summer box office slump, with Bullet Train remaining No. 1 movie of the past weekend despite barely cracking $13 million. Top Gun: Maverick rose back up to No. 2, bringing its domestic total to $673 million and approaching $1.38 billion worldwide. Finally, the latest news in the streaming space has Walmart bundling Paramount+ with its Walmart+ service as an incentive and HBO/HBO Max experiencing layoffs as its merger with Discovery+ continues.
 

This Week’s Podcast: ‘The Offer,’ ‘The Northman’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report; ‘Back to the Future’ VHS Auction

In this week’s episode of the Media Play News Podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover two of John Latchem’s reviews. The first is for the Paramount+ docudrama The Offer, chronicling the behind-the-scenes production of The Godfather. The second is for the historical drama The Northman, mentioned on past podcast episodes and now expanded on even further.
 
Following this week’s reviews are the box office stats for Disney’s Lightyear as well as Jurassic World: Dominion and Top GunLightyear had a difficult opening weekend, but the other two films continue to shine with strong audience turnout. The hosts debate the effect direct-to-streaming movies have had for the past couple of years on audience habits.
 
The episode wraps up with an interesting story on a VHS copy of Back to the Future selling for tens of thousands of dollars at auction, and similar cases where old pieces of media have sold for eye-watering prices.