‘The Outpost,’ ‘Deathstroke’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Despite the lack of theatrical titles, the home entertainment marketplace is once again getting a fresh batch of new releases on both the physical media side and the digital side.

Topping the slate of new disc releases available Aug. 18 is Screen Media’s The Outpost, a war drama directed by Rod Lurie that is based on the book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh during the War in Afghanistan. The film, which stars Orlando Bloom, was scheduled to premiere at the 2020 South by Southwest Film Festival, but in the wake of the festival’s cancellation it was released via VOD, and in a handful of open theaters, on July 3. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and may also be purchased or rented through digital retailers.

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Also new, to Blu-ray Disc, is Warner Bros.’ Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons: The Movie, a 2020 direct-to-video animated superhero film compiling the CW Seed series “Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons” produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The film has been available through digital retailers since Aug. 4.

Two other new releases worthy of note, Military Wives and Emperor, come from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and are available on DVD and digital only.

Military Wives is a 2019 British dramedy starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. It was directed by Peter Cattaneo, from a screenplay by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.

Emperor, directed by Mark Amir, is based on the life story of Shields Green, an escaped slave who travels north and has chance encounters with Frederick Douglass and John Brown.

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

Lionsgate U.K.’s ‘Military Wives’ Sings to No. 1 on The Official Film Chart

Lionsgate U.K.’s Military Wives moved to the top spot on Britain’s weekly Official Film Chart through July 15 following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The British comedy-drama, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng, is distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in the United States. It streets on disc Aug. 18.

The movie tells the story of a group of women whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan, who form a choir and find themselves the center of a media phenomenon; along the way their unique friendships helping to overcome their fears for their loved ones.

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Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog returned to the podium in the second spot, just ahead of perennial chart topper Frozen II (Disney), with Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey in fourth, Disney’s Dolittle in fifth, and th previous week’s No. 1 The Invisible Man (Universal) in sixth.

eOne’s 1917 dropped to seventh while Academy Award-winning Joker (Warner) starring Joaquin Phoenix moved up eight spots in eighth — its highest placing since April.

Finally, Dark Waters (Universal) drifted down two spots in ninth, and Disney/Pixar’s Onward remained for a 10th consecutive week in the top 10.

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