‘House of Gucci’ Available for Digital Purchase Feb. 1, on Disc Feb. 22

MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release House of Gucci for digital purchase Feb. 1, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Feb. 22.

From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder.

The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino.

It earned $50 million at the domestic box office.

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Extras include the featurettes “The Rise of the House of Gucci, a look behind the scenes; “The Lady of the House,” about Lady Gaga’s performance; and “Styling House of Gucci,” about the film’s aesthetics.

‘No Time to Die’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Second Week

MGM’s No Time to Die spent a second-consecutive week 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 Jan. 1.

Distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film from EON Productions and the fifth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007, his final turn in the role. The film earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures’ Marvel Comics-inspired Venom: Let There Be Carnage stayed at No. 2 on both charts for a second week in its in its third week on shelves, while Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller (No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart) was Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, while the No. 4 Blu-ray (No. 9 on the overall disc chart) was Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

The week’s top newcomer was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The French Dispatch, the latest quirky comedy from director Wes Anderson. No. 5 on both charts, the film is an anthology built around a fictional American magazine in a small town in France printing its final issue following the death of its editor (Bill Murray). It earned $16 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 72% of its total unit sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 2 also had No Time to Die at No. 1 for a second week, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage again at No. 2.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel remained the No. 3 rental, while Warner’s Cry Macho remained No. 4, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy climbed three spots to No. 5.

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‘No Time to Die,’ ‘Venom’ Continue to Hold Top Spots on Weekly Redbox Charts

MGM’s No Time to Die remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 2, and stayed No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart during the week as well.

The latest James Bond actioner, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is the fifth and final film to feature Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, stayed No. 2 on the disc rental chart, but maintained the top spot for a third week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel remained No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and rose a spot to No. 5 on the digital chart. The drama from Ridley Scott tells the story of the last sanctioned duel in France in the 14th century.

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The No. 4 disc rental was once again Warner’s Cry Macho, meaning the top four remained the same from the previous week. The film was directed by and stars Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. It was No. 10 on the digital chart.

No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, which was No. 3 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s Copshop, which was No. 10 on the disc rental chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 2:

  1. No Time to Die — Universal/MGM
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  3. The Last Duel — 20th Century
  4. Cry Macho — Warner
  5. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  6. Dangerous — Lionsgate
  7. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  9. Fortress — Lionsgate
  10. Copshop — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 2:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  2. No Time to Die — MGM
  3. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  4. Copshop — Universal
  5. The Last Duel — Disney/20th Century
  6. Old — Universal
  7. Dangerous — Lionsgate
  8. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  9. 13 Minutes — Quiver
  10. Cry Macho — Warner

 

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James Bond Actioner ‘No Time to Die’ Takes No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

MGM’s No Time to Die 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 Dec. 25.

Distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond film from EON Productions and the fifth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007, his final turn in the role. The film earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office and more than $774 million worldwide, where it was the top Hollywood earner before Spider-Man: No Way Home came along.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 74% of total No Time to Die unit sales, with 47% from the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, 27% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, and 26% from the standalone DVD.

The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week on shelves. The Marvel Comics-inspired sequel sold about 66% as many discs during the week as the newly released No Time to Die.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings picked up a spot on the overall disc sales chart, to No. 4, but slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The only other newcomer to crack the top 20 on the overall chart was Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which arrived on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures more than a year after beginning its theatrical run in Japan, and landed at No. 17 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. Based on the popular Japanese “Demon Slayer” manga, Mugen Train was a bit of a theatrical sensation during the pandemic, earning $47.7 million domestically and, by some reports, $503 million worldwide, where it was the top-grossing film of 2020, the first non-Hollywood production to achieve the feat of topping the yearly earnings list.

Another newcomer, Warner’s The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel movie to the popular HBO mobster series “The Sopranos,” was No. 18 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 33 on the overall disc chart. It earned $8.2 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 60% of its first-week unit sales, with 48% from regular Blu-ray and 12% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The No. 3 overall disc seller (No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart) was Warner’s Elf, the 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell that continues to benefit from a holiday-season boost. Similarly, Universal’s 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas was No. 5 overall, while the same studio’s 2018 animated The Grinch was No. 6 (No. 10 Blu-ray).

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sales list was Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, which was No. 12 on the overall disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 26 also had No Time to Die at No. 1, pushing Venom: Let There Be Carnage to No. 2.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel made its way to the rental charts at No. 3 a week following its disc release, while Warner’s Cry Macho slipped a spot to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Dangerous slid three spots to No. 5.

Many Saints of Newark was the No. 11 rental.

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Top 10 for 2021: The Biggest Home Entertainment News Stories

The year 2021 has been an eventful one across the home entertainment landscape as consumers further embraced streaming, while companies operating in legacy transactional markets adjusted their business strategies to survive.

Here are the top 10 home entertainment news stories of 2020 as chosen by the Media Play News editorial staff.

1. The Rise of AVOD and FAST — Numerous new subscription streaming services began to strain home entertainment budgets, with the average consumer, according to a TiVo study, spending $142.20 monthly on high-speed internet and SVOD — significantly more than the average $100 cable bill. Nearly 60% of respondents in a Trade Desk study said they spend too much money on multiple OTT subscriptions, with more than 66% saying escalating fees were a source of frustration. In a Future Today report, 50.6% of respondents said they opted for AVOD to end paying for SVOD. As streaming fatigue and the hit to their wallet began to set in, consumers increasingly turned to free, ad-supported services (FAST, AVOD) such as Tubi. Tubi in fact rose to one of the top 10 apps downloaded by U.S. consumers in 2021 at No. 6, just behind SVOD services HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+, Peacock and Hulu, in order.

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2. Media Mergers: Two bombshell announcements came in May, both geared toward streaming. The first was AT&T and Discovery’s announcement of a plan to  combine WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros., HBO, Turner and CNN media assets with Discovery’s reality TV-based HGTV, Food Network, Animal Planet, Magnolia, Eurosport and international entertainment businesses to create a new standalone global entertainment company focused on streaming video. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was slated to lead the new company, later dubbed Warner Bros. Discovery, with a management team and operational and creative leadership from both companies. A week later came word that Amazon would acquire MGM Studios for $8.45 billion, which CNBC at the time said marked “its boldest move yet into the entertainment industry and turbocharging its streaming ambitions.” Amazon at the time said it wanted to leverage MGM’s filmmaking history and catalog to boost Amazon Studios. “The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team,” Mike Hopkins, SVP of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling.”

3. Sudden Impact: WarnerMedia made headlines at the end of last year when in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it announced plans to make its theatrical slate through 2021 concurrently available on the HBO Max subscription streaming platform — beginning with Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day 2020. Results were mixed. Under the direction of CEO Jason Kilar, a former chief executive at Hulu, the landmark distribution strategy obliterated the legacy theatrical window. It also caught most of Hollywood off guard, including directors, producers and actors whose compensation agreements revolved around the box office take. Kilar later apologized for the abrupt decision, but doubled down on the strategy, which resulted in $463 million in domestic theatrical revenue through June 30 while growing Max subscriptions and consumer awareness. While the concurrent release strategy appeared to have little negative impact on Warner’s Godzilla vs Kong monster movie release in March, the studio would have to wait until the October release of sci-fi reboot Dune to realize another box office hit. Entering 2022, Kilar’s days seem numbered as Warner Bros. reverts back to a shortened 45-day theatrical window for most movie releases, and corporate parent AT&T awaits regulatory approval for its $43 billion minority stake WarnerMedia asset sale to Discovery.

4. Attack of the ‘+’ Sign: Discovery Jan. 4 launched its own branded SVOD service Discovery+ with little fanfare. Exactly two months later, Paramount Pictures became the latest Hollywood studio seeking to establish a foothold on the SVOD bandwagon with the launch of Paramount+. The erstwhile CBS All Access streaming platform adopted the Paramount Pictures brand to better resonate with consumers worldwide. Paramount+, along with AVOD/FAST platform Pluto TV, embodied corporate parent ViacomCBS’s belated resolve to become all things streaming. Then, in July, WarnerMedia announced plans to launch a branded news subscription streaming video service in early 2022. The name: CNN+.

5. Disc Distribution Shuffle: As physical media sales continued to decline, several studios looked for ways to cut costs and boost efficiencies. April marked the official launch of Studio Distribution Services (SDS), a joint venture between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to distribute packaged media in the United States and Canada. The JV, run by former Universal Pictures Home Entertainment president Eddie Cunningham, combines sales, retail marketing and distribution for the two physical home entertainment operations and is responsible for Blu-ray, DVD and 4K UHD distribution for up to 10 years. Both partner studios continue to operate their digital distribution businesses independently and retain content and consumer marketing for both physical and digital. In February, Lionsgate signed a multiyear agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for the distribution of its DVD/Blu-ray Disc releases in the United States and Canada, beginning in July. Lionsgate still has its own sales and marketing teams, but is leveraging SPHE’s supply chain and distribution services.

6. Out of the Box: Redbox aggressively embraced digital distribution — notably ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) and free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) — to piggyback on its legacy kiosk disc rental brand. The move resulted in numerous content license distribution agreements, as well as further development of Redbox-branded content acquisitions, including feature films. With about 40,000 kiosks in operation across the country, Redbox deployed digital video signage on thousands of boxes as a new way to partner with Hollywood studios to promote new-release movies, promote the company’s free streaming service, and provide a platform for third-party media campaigns. The company signed separate distribution agreements with LG Electronics and Sony PlayStation to include its FAST channels on LG Smart TVs, including their LG OLED Smart TVs, as well as the PS5 and PS4 video game consoles. Taking a page from the Amazon Channels playbook, Redbox also began featuring third-party apps on its digital platform. The company inked separate agreements with Roku and Vewd to pre-load the Redbox app on all new Vewd-powered TVs and set-top boxes in the U.S., including Hisense, Funai and Tivo, as well as pay-TV operators such as Evoca. In October, Redbox made its biggest move: Finalizing a business combination with Seaport Global Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, and launching Redbox Entertainment as a publicly traded company.

7. TVOD Consolidation: Fandango in August merged its FandangoNow streaming platform with Vudu, which it had acquired from Walmart in 2020. The combined platforms operate under the Vudu brand, which has established itself as a digital transaction market leader, while the Fandango brand is known for theatrical ticket purchases, movie reviews and showtimes. Vudu is available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households, according to The NPD Group. The service has more than 60 million registered users and serves “millions of consumers daily” across smart-TVs, connected devices, mobile and online. “During a time where consumers have myriad viewing options, we’re proud to deliver a service that presents an unparalleled library of content, many titles that are not available on subscription services, and the flexibility to pay as you go,” said Fandango president Paul Yanover.

8. Free Agent: Sony Pictures Entertainment celebrated its role as the only studio not attached to a big media company with streaming ambitions through a series of deals and a stunning end-of-the-year victory as Spider-Man: No Way Home became the biggest theatrical release of the year. In April, SPE signed a distribution deal with Netflix for exclusive U.S. access to Sony theatrical releases following the box office and home entertainment windows. The agreement, which begins in 2022, replaces Sony’s existing digital deal with Lionsgate-owned Starz. Days later, SPE announced another deal with Disney’s streaming and TV platforms for their Pay 2 window. And in November, Sony Television signed a distribution deal with Redbox that gives the latter streaming access to Resident Evil: Retribution, Underworld: Evolution, We Own the Night and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

9. Home Entertainment Consolidation: Paramount Pictures in February became the latest studio to merge its theatrical and home entertainment marketing teams, a move that saw the exit of 23 home entertainment marketing and distribution personnel, including EVP of marketing Vincent Marcais, longtime publicity head Brenda Ciccone, and Dina Marovich, SVP of worldwide media and interactive marketing. In a Feb. 26 memo obtained by Media Play News, Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, wrote that after an extensive review, “we have concluded that the best path forward for the company is for all home entertainment marketing functions, with the exceptions of brand marketing and customer marketing, to merge into the existing theatrical marketing departments.” The Paramount move followed similar restructurings at Warner Bros. in August 2020, Sony Pictures in October 2020, and Lionsgate in December 2020.

10. Supply Chain Crisis: Toward the end of the year, studios as well as independents were reporting delays in bringing their DVDs and Blu-ray Discs to market due, in part, to the global supply chain crisis. The other factor: limited replication opportunities. Most of the big Hollywood studios use Technicolor to replicate their discs, which is down to a single facility in Mexico. “It’s a huge problem,” said Bill Hunt, who as editor of The Digital Bits website closely monitors disc releases. “Almost every title is getting delayed, and those that aren’t are hard to find on street date.”

‘No Time to Die,’ ‘Venom’ Lead Redbox Charts

MGM’s No Time to Die debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 26, and climbed to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart as well.

The latest James Bond actioner, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is the fifth and final film to feature Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, slipped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, but maintained the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel landed at No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and slid a spot to No. 6 on the digital chart. The drama from Ridley Scott tells the story of the last sanctioned duel in France in the 14th century. It was released on disc Dec. 14 but didn’t make its way to Redbox kiosks until a week later.

Down a spot from the previous week, to No. 4, was Warner’s Cry Macho, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. 

No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart was Lionsgate’s Dangerous, a thriller with Scott Eastwood as an ex-con who violates his parole to investigate how his brother died. The cast also includes Mel Gibson, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand and Tyrese Gibson.

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The Redbox On Demand chart saw Universal’s 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas slide to No. 3, and the same studio’s 2018 animated The Grinch was No. 4, each down a spot from the previous week.

Another movie getting a boost just before Christmas was Warner’s Elf, up three spots to No. 5 on the digital chart.

New to the digital chart, at No. 10, was True to the Game 3, a thriller from Premiere Digital Services that continues the crime trilogy.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 26:

  1. No Time to Die — Universal/MGM
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  3. The Last Duel — 20th Century
  4. Cry Macho — Warner
  5. Dangerous — Lionsgate
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  7. Fortress — Lionsgate
  8. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  9. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  10. Copshop — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 26:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  2. No Time to Die — MGM
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Universal
  4. The Grinch — Universal
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. The Last Duel — Disney/20th Century
  7. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  8. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  9. Copshop — Universal
  10. True to the Game 3 — Premiere

 

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James Bond Actioner ‘No Time to Die’ Tops Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

MGM/United Artists Releasing’s latest James Bond actioner, No Time to Die, easily topped the Official Film Chart in its first retail week through Dec. 28 in the United Kingdom.

Actor Daniel Craig’s reported last go-around as Agent 007 ranks among the top-grossing theatrical releases in 2021 with more than $774 million at the global box office. The title easily topped other new retail releases that included Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Ron’s Gone Wrong at No. 16 and Searchlight Pictures’ The French Dispatch at No. 20, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Respect at No. 26.

Meanwhile, veteran Christmas-themed titles The Grinch (Universal), Elf (Warner Bros.), The Polar Express (Warner), the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) and Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures) all factored in the weekly Top 10.

Other chart toppers included Warner’s The Suicide Squad at No. 6, Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie at No. 7, Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at No. 9, and Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga at No. 10.

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Rank Previous Week Movie Peak
Position
Weeks on Chart
1 New
NO TIME TO DIE
 
MGM
1 1  
2
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
 
UNIVERSAL
2 25
 
3
ELF
 
WARNER
1 28
 
4
THE GRINCH (ANIMATED)
 
UNIVERSAL
1 35
 
5
THE POLAR EXPRESS
 
WARNER
4 24
 
6 6
THE SUICIDE SQUAD
 
WARNER
1 8
 
7
PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE
 
PARAMOUNT
1 8
 
8
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
 
SONY PICTURES
8 7
 
9 10 
SHANG-CHIAND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
 
DISNEY/MARVEL
1 6
 
10 11 
F9: THE FAST SAGA
 
UNIVERSAL
1 12

 

Merchandising: Retailers Break Out ‘No Time to Die’ Exclusives

The arrival of MGM’s No Time to Die on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 21 saw exclusive editions offered at each of the big three major retail chains.

The fifth and final film featuring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond, and the 25th Bond film from EON Productions, features Agent 007 confronting a disfigured poisons expert named Safin who has stolen a biological weapon of mass destruction. Disc configurations from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment included a DVD set with a bonus disc; a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with bonus features on a third Blu-ray; and a 4K Ultra HD combo pack with a 4K disc containing the movie and bonus material, and a regular Blu-ray of the film without bonus material (the bonus disc from the Blu-ray combo pack isn’t included in the 4K set).

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook treatment of the film, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack offered in the collectible casing for $34.99.

Walmart’s exclusive was the Blu-ray/DVD set packed with a keychain of Safin’s mask for $29.96.

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Target had a No Time to Die Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a booklet of photos from the film and behind-the-scenes information for $26.99. The configuration involved the three-disc Blu-ray set packed with the booklet in a slipcover with new box art. Promotional photos of the set caused some confusion as it depicted only two discs being included — a DVD and a Blu-ray, which would have meant no bonus features. However, it does include the Blu-ray bonus disc.

Separately, Target was running a pre-Christmas sale offering many recent Blu-ray Disc releases for $15, and was selling select video games for up to 50% off.

 

 

‘No Time to Die’ Tops List of Dec. 21 Home Video Releases

The James Bond movie No Time to Die makes its way to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 21, as does the “Sopranos” prequel The Many Saints of Newark.

MGM’s No Time to Die arrives on disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The 25th installment of EON Productions’ James Bond film series stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final performance as Agent 007. The story involves British superspy Bond being pulled out of retirement by an old CIA buddy for a mission to track down a scientist responsible for a new bioweapon. The cast includes Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Christoph Waltz.

Best Buy will release the 4K edition of No Time to Die in Steelbook packaging, while Target will release the Blu-ray with a making-of booklet, and Walmart will release the Blu-ray with a keychain.

The Many Saints of Newark arrives on disc 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 thriller Hell Hath No Fury will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Inspired by true stories of courageous acts by women during World War II, the film stars actress, singer/songwriter and model Nina Bergman (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game, Assassin XThe Wayshower) as a French national branded a traitor by her countrymen. She is rescued by American soldiers on one condition: to survive, she must lead them to a cache of gold hunted by the Nazis, the French resistance and the Americans alike.

Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21 from Universal Pictures more than a year after the beginning of its theatrical run in Japan. Based on the popular Japanese “Demon Slayer” manga, Mugen Train was a bit of a theatrical sensation during the pandemic, earning $47.7 million domestically and, according to some reports, $503 million worldwide, where it was the top-grossing film of 2020, the first non-Hollywood production to achieve the feat of topping the yearly earnings list.

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, releases The Vampire Lovers: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21. The 1970 cult classic, adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, stars Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Peter Cushing in the tale of a diabolical female vampire that ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in 18th century Europe as revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. The Blu-ray boasts a new 4K scan from the original camera negative and several newly produced and legacy bonus materials.

The Film Detective, a division of indie distributor Cinedigm, Dec. 21 releases Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets of The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection, featuring four newly restored films about the legendary detective and a slew of bonus materials. Films in the Vault include The Fatal Hour (1931); The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935); Silver Blaze (1937), starring Arthur Wontner; and A Study in Scarlet (1933), starring Reginald Owen. Special features a host of newly restored Sherlockian shorts, including Slick Sleuths (1926), Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900), A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), Sure Luck Holmes (1928), Cousins of Sherlocko (1913), The Copper Beeches (1912) and “The Case of the Blind Man’s Bluff (1954), a Sherlock Holmes bonus TV-episode starring Ronald Howard. Other extras include Elementary Cinema: The First Cinematic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an original documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle, a radio broadcast re-creation from Redfield Arts Audio; and exclusive introductions with filmmaker and film history icon Samuel M. Sherman. Each of the four discs includes its own audio commentary from esteemed film experts and enthusiasts, including author Jennifer Churchill; author and film historian Jason A. Ney; writers/producers Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan; and authors/screenwriters, Peter Atkins and David Breckman. Also included are original film posters replicated as postcards, and booklet inserts with original essays from author Don Stradley and author/screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.

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The Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Antlers will be released digitally Dec. 21 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film explores the myth of the dreaded “wendigo” as a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 4.

The 60th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Encanto, arrives on Disney+ and digital starting Dec. 24. With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary Madrigal, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD of the film arrive Feb. 8.

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

‘Addams Family 2’ Heads to DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 18

MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Addams Family 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 18. The film is already available for digital purchase.

The animated sequel finds the spooky family squeezing into an RV for a cross-country road trip.

The film features the voices of Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. The voice cast also includes Wallace Shawn, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Bill Hader.

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The Addams Family 2 earned $56.5 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include a “We’re Altogether Addams” featurette about the voice cast; a “Courage to Be Kooky” featurette, about why it’s OK to be different; and “The Addams Family Road Trip Checklist,” a how-to vignette that demonstrates everything for a successful road trip with the family.