‘Nope’ Seizes Top Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nope 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 Oct. 29.

The latest film from writer-director Jordan Peele focuses on a brother and sister investigating a UFO that terrorizes their horse ranch, and earned $123.3 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 75% of total Nope unit sales during its first week on shelves, with 32% from regular Blu-ray and 43% from 4K Ultra HD disc.

The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train, slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling 79% as many copies as the new top seller.

The No. 3 seller on both charts was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder.

Disney’s 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, a perennial Halloween-season favorite, was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, and No. 18 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on both charts was another new release, Sony Pictures’ The Invitation, a thriller about a woman who uncovers family secrets after she’s invited to visit long-lost relatives. It earned $25.1 million at the domestic box office and saw 56% of its sales come from Blu-ray Disc.

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The No. 4 Blu-ray seller was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion, which was No. 6 on the overall disc chart.

The only other newcomer in the overall top 20 was Warner’s Titans: The Complete Third Season at No. 7 overall and No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart. the latest disc release of the HBO Max superhero series earned 34% of its sales from Blu-ray.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 30 also had Nope at No. 1, pushing Bullet Train to No. 2. The Invitation debuted at No. 3.

Universal’s Beast slipped two spots to No. 4, with Lionsgate’s Fall at No. 5.

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This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Nope’ Reviews; Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the movie that Charlie has been raving about all summer: Top Gun: Maverick. In going over the review by John Latchem the movie is discussed as being a satisfying sequel to the original Top Gun, which came out over 35 years ago in 1986. Maverick pushes the nostalgia buttons for viewers who loved the first movie, but doesn’t lean too heavily on it as some recent franchise reboots have tended to do. Charlie goes on for an extended period about how his expectations for the movie were extremely low going into it and ended up vastly exceeding them. The combination of perfectly executed (albeit simple) plot beats and in-camera shots from jets made the movie well-deserving of Tom Cruise’s largest grossing film of all time.

Continuing the high profile lineup of the episode, the hosts cover another review by Latchem, for Nope, which Charlie has talked about seeing on a previous episode. It was a symbolism-heavy knockout by auteur director Jordan Peele, and while Charlie wasn’t quite as impressed with it as he was with Get Out, after thinking about it for a few weeks since initially seeing it he has concluded it was an excellent movie. On the opposite end of the spectrum, at the box office the No. 1 movie was Black Adam, leading the theatrical take for its second week of release, followed by an assortment of horror movies keeping in spirit with the Halloween season.

‘Nope’ New No. 1 on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nope took over the No. 1 spots on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Oct. 30.

The thriller from writer-director Jordan Peele follows a brother and sister whose horse ranch is stalked by a UFO. It earned $123.3 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top title, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bullet Train, slipped to No. 2 on both the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 3 disc rental, and No. 7 on the digital chart, was Sony Pictures’ The Invitation, a thriller about a young woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) who is invited to visit long-lost newly discovered relatives, but soon uncovers the twisted secrets of her family history.

No. 4 on the disc chart was Universal Pictures’ Beast, which stars Idris Elba as a father who protects his family from a lion attack during an African safari.

The No. 5 disc rental was Lionsgate’s Fall, a thriller about a pair of friends stranded on a remote 2,000-foot tower. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

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The No. 3 digital title was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, down a spot from the previous week.

The No. 5 digital title was Universal’s The Black Phone, the horror film about a kidnapped kid who receives mysterious calls from previous victims.

The only other newcomer to the digital top 10 was, at No. 8, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Barbarian, a horror film about a woman terrorized by a night spent in a rental home.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 30:

  1. Nope — Universal
  2. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  3. The Invitation — Sony Pictures
  4. Beast — Universal
  5. Fall — Lionsgate
  6. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn — Screen Media
  7. DC League of Super-Pets — Warner
  8. Thor: Love and Thunder — Disney/Marvel
  9. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  10. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 30:

  1. Nope — Universal
  2. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  3. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  4. Fall — Lionsgate
  5. The Black Phone — Universal
  6. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn — Screen Media
  7. The Invitation — Sony Pictures
  8. Barbarian — 20th Century
  9. After Ever Happy — Vertical
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures


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Merchandising: Retailers Present ‘Nope’ Exclusives

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Nope Oct. 25, with exclusive editions available at Best Buy and Walmart.

The film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, deals with a Hollywood horse wrangler and his sister trying to obtain evidence of a UFO flying around their ranch.

Best Buy had the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the film in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Walmart offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with exclusive box art for $27.96.

Walmart’s ‘Nope’ 4K box art

Target didn’t tout any exclusives for Nope, and some locations didn’t even seem to be in much of a rush to have the title on shelves at all. A check of three Target stores in Orange County, Calif. Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon showed none of them had any of the Oct. 25 new releases on display. A clerk at one store said they were understaffed and updating the display wasn’t the priority. However, customers were free to track down a clerk to retrieve a copy of one of the new titles from the back if they wanted one and couldn’t find it.

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Oct. 25 Releases Include ‘Nope’ on Disc, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ on Digital

Oct. 25 sees DVD and Blu-ray releases of Nope and The Invitation, while Don’t Worry Darling and Barbarian become available through digital retailers.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases filmmaker Jordan Peele’s latest thriller, Nope, on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  Oct. 25. Written by, produced by and directed by Peele, Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya as a Hollywood animal wrangler, who along with his sister (Keke Palmer) start observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch. With the help of a neighbor and former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Steven Yeun), they attempt to capture the mystery on camera, but chasing the spectacle could bring terrifying consequences. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West and show business. The cast also includes Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea. The film earned $123.28 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the  thriller The Invitation on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 25. The Invitation stars Nathalie Emmanuel as a young woman who, after the death of her mother, her only known relative, takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin. Invited by her newly discovered family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she is at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. The film earned $25 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut six more classic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 on Oct. 25. The collection includes It Happened One Night; From Here to Eternity; To Sir, With Love; The Last Picture Show; Annie; and As Good as It Gets. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes. The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited-edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film in the set via six new essays from renowned writers — including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer-director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic As Good as It Gets. The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, from a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity

The psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling will be available for premium digital ownership and rental Oct. 25 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Olivia Wilde from a screenplay by Katie Silberman, is based on a story by Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke and Silberman and stars Florence Pugh (Oscar-nominated for Little Women), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Wilde (upcoming Babylon), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), KiKi Layne (The Old Guard) and Chris Pine (All the Old Knives). The film also stars Nick Kroll (How It Ends), Sydney Chandler (TV’s “Pistol”), Kate Berlant (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood), Asif Ali (TV’s “WandaVision”), Douglas Smith (TV’s “Big Little Lies”), Timothy Simons (TV’s “Veep”) and Ari’el Stachel (upcoming Respect the Jux). In Don’t Worry Darling, Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950s societal optimism espoused by Victory CEO Frank (Pine) — equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach — anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives — including Frank’s partner Shelley (Gemma Chan) — get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All it asks in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Oct. 25 releases 20th Century Studios’ and New Regency’s horror film Barbarian through digital retailers. The film, from writer-director Zach Cregger and noted horror producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, and It), is about a young woman who, upon arriving in Detroit for a job interview, books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest. Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård and Justin Long. 

The historical action film Medieval will be released on digital Oct. 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Academy Award Winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules) star in the epic inspired by the true story of daring mercenary leader Jan Žižka, one of greatest warriors in history. After the death of its emperor, the Holy Roman Empire plummets into chaos while corrupt kings battle for control of the empty throne. To battle the tyranny and greed of those clawing for power, Jan must lead a rebel army in this sweeping saga of war and betrayal. The film also stars Sophie Lowe, Til Schweiger and Matthew Goode. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 6.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Showtime’s Ray Donovan: The Complete Series on DVD Oct. 25. Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for L.A.’s top power players. The series stars Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear. The drama unfolds when his father, played by Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core. The 29-disc collection includes all 82 episodes from the 2013-20 series, plus the 2022 follow-up movie.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring We Baby Bears: The Magical Box to DVD Oct. 25. The release includes 20 episodes from the first season. The original Cartoon Network animated series “We Baby Bears” follows siblings Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear on whimsical adventures in their magical box in search of a place they can call home. Along the way, they meet new friends, learn a few lessons and discover that “home” can mean wherever they are, as long as they’re together.  The series stars Connor Andrade (“Amphibia,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Grizz, Amari McCoy (“Puppy Dog Pals,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Panda, and Max Mitchell (“Lego City Adventures,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Ice Bear. A spinoff of the Cartoon Network series “We Bare Bears,” “We Baby Bears” launched earlier this year across 114 markets in 37 languages and is a top performing series across Cartoon Network and HBO Max, generating 122 million global views on YouTube, according to Warner. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, “We Baby Bears” is executive produced by Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez and Calvin Wong. We Baby Bears: The Magical Box is also available to own on digital and is streaming on HBO Max.

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Kino Lorber Oct. 25 releases Private Desert, a Brazilian drama directed by Aly Muritiba that was selected as the Brazilian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, on all major digital platforms as well as Blu-ray Disc. In Portuguese with English subtitles, the film stars Pedro Fasanaro as Sara, a gender-fluid blue-collar worker who lives as a man by day while caring for her religious grandmother in Sobradinho, a small town in the northeast of Brazil. Daniel (Antonio Saboia), who teaches in a police academy in southern metropolis Curitiba, has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident that’s all over the news. The only thing holding him together is his online romance with Sara, whom he has never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town, but no one recognizes her until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever. 

Toronto-based Red Water Entertainment on Oct. 25 releases Stefano Lodovichi’s The Guest Room (La Stanza) through digital retailers. The Italian psychological thriller will be available on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, iNDemand and DISH. The Guest Room (La Stanza) is the latest feature from Lodovichi, following his debut Aquadro and follow up Deep in the Wood. The Guest Room stars Guido Caprino, Camilla Filippi, and Edoardo Pesce as an unlikely trio on the precipice of chaos in an isolated house. Lodovichi directed and developed the story, which was turned into a screenplay by Francesco Agostini and Filippo Gili. Andrea Occhipinti produced. The Guest Room (La Stanza) had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and went on to make its UK premiere at Grimmfest before screening in Poland at Splat! FilmFest Horror Film Festival.

The horror classic The Bat (1959) will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 25 from Cinedigm’s The Film Detective. Helmed by prolific writer/director Crane Wilbur (He Walked by NightCrime Wave), The Bat is set in a down­trodden country estate that becomes the site of a horrific murder as a predator with steel claws rips his victims to shreds. Vincent Price (House of WaxThe Last Man on Earth) stars alongside Agnes Moorehead (“Bewitched,” Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte), Gavin Gordon (Murder by Invitation) and Darla Hood of the “Our Gang” comedies in her final film role. Presented at 1.85:1, the print is restored from original 35mm archival elements. The release is presented in partnership with Retro Entertainment.

Blue Underground will reissue the erotic classic Quiet Days in Clichy in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray combo pack as well as a DVD special edition on Oct. 25. The discs will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. The film, released in 1970, is an adaptation of Henry Miller’s semi-autobiographical novella by controversial Danish artist Jens Jørgen Thorsen. The film captures the youthful spirit and liberated sexuality Miller experienced in his Bohemian days as an expat in Paris, portraying an American writer, Joey, and his French pal Carl sharing an apartment in the Parisian district of Clichy. While both men are broke and starving, it is no deterrent to their pursuit of desire for sexual adventures. Filmed in the French new-wave style of Godard and amplified by an original soundtrack by Woodstock favorite “Country Joe” McDonald, Quiet Days in Clichy was already a hit in Europe when it made its way to the United States, where it was quickly seized by authorities,who claimed it to be nothing more than obscene, pornographic filth. After protracted litigation against the government by its U.S. distributor, the film was eventually cleared, but mysteriously became lost. Blue Underground has resurrected the film in a brand-new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its recently discovered uncut and uncensored original 35mm fine-grain negative. 

The horror films Satan’s Little Helper (2004) and The Kindred (1987) are available on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and Synapse Films.

In Satan’s Little Helper, 9-year-old Douglas Whooly (Alexander Brickel, Palindromes) is obsessed with the handheld video game Satan’s Little Helper, and annoyed that the attention of his big sister Jenna (Katheryn Winnick, TV’s “Vikings” and “Big Sky”) is being distracted by her new boyfriend Alex (Stephen Graham). These two concerns collide on Halloween, when Douglas witnesses a serial killer in a devil mask (Joshua Annex) posing his victims like outdoor All Hallow’s Eve displays. Not comprehending how real the carnage is, Douglas becomes this Satan’s little helper — and that’s very bad news for Alex, for his mom Merrill (Amanda Plummer, Pulp Fiction, Netflix’s “Ratched”), and ultimately for their entire town. Satan’s Little Helper, written and directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn), combines grisly killings with savage humor and satirizes the way video games can seize hold of young minds. Bonus features include audio commentary from director Jeff Lieberman; a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette; “The Devil and the Details: Making Satan’s Little Helper“; “Mister Satan’s Neighborhood,” a tour of the filming locations with Lieberman; and the promotional trailer.

Academy Award-winning screen legends Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night, Duck, You Sucker) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes) star in The Kindred, a tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong. Hunter is Dr. Amanda Hollins, a molecular scientist who calls on her son John (David Allen Brooks) to eliminate all evidence of her genetic experiments — most specifically her “Anthony Journals.” Dr. Philip Lloyd (Steiger), an acquaintance of Hollins who is familiar with her experiments, wants to continue her studies no matter the cost. John heads to his isolated childhood home with a group of friends to uncover his mother’s research and destroy it all. There’s something else in the house, however, something watching and waiting — a tentacled creature born from the desire to alter human evolution. A 1980s “creature feature” utilizing all practical special effects, The Kindred also stars Amanda Pays (TV’s “The Flash,” “Leviathan”) and Talia Balsam (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Homeland”). The release features a new 4K high-definition remaster of the unrated version of the film and a new 5.1 English stereo surround remix (original 2.0 mono theatrical mix also included). Bonus features include audio commentary with directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton; the new 52 minute documentary “Inhuman Experiments — The Making of The Kindred“; a compilation of creature effects artist Michael McCracken Jr.’s never-before-seen on-set footage (18 minutes); a still gallery and original storyboards; the original theatrical trailer; an original video promotional trailer; and TV spots.

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

Peacock Streaming Universal Pictures’ Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Nope’ Beginning Nov. 18

NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock Oct. 20 announced that Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Nope, will begin streaming exclusively on the platform beginning Nov. 18. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out), the movie generated almost $171 million at the global box office, including $123.2 million in North America.

The release follows NBCUniversal’s ongoing strategy releasing movies across multiple distribution channels depending on box office potential and results. Movies generating less than $50 million at the box office will head to home entertainment retail (i.e., premium VOD) in as little as 17 days after theatrical release.

Peacock will also stream a look at the making of Nope with a new documentary, featuring interviews from cast and crew and in-depth behind-the-scenes footage.

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The movie is the latest addition to Peacock’s growing library of movies, including Beast, Jurassic World Dominion, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Vengeance, Brian and Charles, The Black Phone, The Bad Guys, Downton Abbey: A New Era and The Northman.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, speaking at a recent fiscal confab, said expedited access to Universal theatrical releases on Peacock has helped up paid subscribers to 15 million. The platform is available for free to Xfinity pay-TV subscribers.

Universal’s recent Halloween Ends theatrical release was concurrently available on Peacock. The movie topped the weekend box office, generating more than $41 million in ticket sales.

Sept. 20 Sees ‘Nope’ Arrive for Digital Purchase, While New Disc Releases Include ‘Batman: The Long Halloween,’ ‘Outlander: Season 6’

Sept. 20 new releases include Nope becoming available for digital purchase, while Batman: The Long Halloween — Deluxe Edition and Outlander: Season Six arrive on disc.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases filmmaker Jordan Peele’s latest thriller, Nope, for digital purchase starting Sept. 20. The film has been available for premium VOD rental since late August. Written by, produced by and directed by Peele, Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya as a Hollywood animal wrangler, who along with his sister (Keke Palmer) start observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch. With the help of a neighbor and former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Steven Yeun), they attempt to capture the mystery on camera, but chasing the spectacle could bring terrifying consequences. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West and show business. The film earned $122.8 million at the domestic box office and arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Oct. 25.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batman: The Long Halloween — Deluxe Edition Sept. 20 as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, a standalone Blu-ray and for digital sellthrough. The deluxe edition combines both parts of “Long Halloween” previously released separately on Blu-ray into a single two-hour 48-minute film that makes its 4K debut. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the 1990s DC Comics storyline written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by the late Tim Sale, Long Halloween begins as atrocious serial killings on holidays in Gotham City send Batman into action — confronting both organized crime and a unified front of classic DC supervillains — while attempting to stop the mysterious murderer. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Commissioner Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man and the Penguin, Troy Baker as The Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon and Carla Vitti, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Alyssa Diaz as Renee Montoya, and Alastair Duncan as Alfred. The deluxe edition includes the new featurette “Batman: The Long Halloween — Evolution of Evil,” a comprehensive look at Long Halloween with Loeb and the filmmakers.

The sixth season of “Outlander” will be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray set, on Blu-ray and on DVD Sept. 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” books, the sixth installment is based on material from the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan reprise their starring roles as Claire and Jamie Fraser, along with Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin as Brianna and Roger MacKenzie and John Bell as young Ian. The Blu-ray and DVD for the series contain all eight episodes and extras including two all-new “Outlander Untold” scenes following the stories of fan-favorite characters, blooper reels and featurettes. The collector’s edition and Blu-ray set also include deleted scenes, episode commentaries and the “9 Lives: Claire & Jamie’s Shootout” featurette. The season sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s epic fight to protect those they love as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in the New World. The series follows the Frasers as they strive to maintain peace and flourish within a colonial society which — as Claire knows all too well — is unwittingly marching toward Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. They must now defend this home — established on land granted to them by the Crown — not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release The Equalizer: Season Two on DVD Sept. 20. The reimagining of the 1985-89 TV series “The Equalizer” stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer — an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Robyn’s clandestine work remains a secret from her smart and observant daughter, Delilah, and her aunt Vi, who lives with Robyn to help her balance life as a working mother. Joining Robyn as champions of justice are Melody “Mel” Bayani, an edgy bar owner and a colleague from Robyn’s past; Harry Keshegian, a paranoid and brilliant white-hat hacker; and shrewd NYPD detective Marcus Dante, who once sought to uncover the identity of the vigilante known as The Equalizer, but now respects the need for Robyn’s type of justice even as he often questions her methods. In the second season, Robyn takes on an unexpected client, leading to a shocking discovery and the highest level of U.S. intelligence.

The crime thriller Wrong Place, starring Bruce Willis, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 20 from Vertical Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the film, Frank, a former police chief, is hunted down by a meth kingpin seeking to silence him before he can deliver eyewitness testimony against his family. Ultimately, the kingpin finds himself up against more than he thought when he threatens to harm Frank’s daughter. In addition to Willis (Die Hard, Armageddon), the film stars Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Series,” Bombshell), Texas Battle (Final Destination 3, Coach Carter) and Michael Sirow (Survive the Game, Fortress), and is directed by Mike Burns.

A two-part docuseries exploring the life of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, arrives Sept. 20 on DVD from Lionsgate. The film is directed by Malcolm Venville (And We Go Green, Portrait of a Dancer: Sarah Lamb) and written by presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who also doubles as executive producer alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The historical documentary explores the life of one of history’s most fascinating figures — a cowboy, soldier, statesman, conservationist, adventurer, reformer, author and U.S. president. Featuring more than five hours of expert interviews, archival material and live-action sequences, the two-part documentary charts Roosevelt’s journey from his sickly childhood to being a champion for the working man to becoming, at age 42, the youngest president of the United States, whose legacy and impact on progressive political policies reverberate today.

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The 1982 horror classic Poltergeist will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital  Sept. 20 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, the film stars JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight and Heather O’Rourke. In the film, suburbanites Steve (Nelson) and Diane (Williams) suddenly experience paranormal activity in their home. What starts off as minor excitement quickly turns into nasty ghostly encounters. The disappearance of their daughter Carol Anne (O’Rourke) forces the Freelings to bring in parapsychologists and a professional exorcist. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include “They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Pt. 1 — Science of the Spirits”; “They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Pt. 2 — Communing with the Dead”; “The Making of Poltergeist”; and the trailer.

The 1987 classic The Lost Boys will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Sept. 20 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, the comedic horror film follows Michael (Patric) and Sam Emerson (Haim), who after their parent’s divorce move with their mother to their grandfather’s house in a California town nicknamed “The Murder Capital of the World.” Soon after arriving, Michael gets involved with a hell-raising motorcycle gang of vampires with a charismatic leader (Sutherland).  When Sam becomes involved with the Frog Brothers (Feldman and Jamison Newlander), who confess to being undercover Vampire hunters, he realizes it’s up to them to save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang. The cast also includes Jami Gertz, Edward Herrmann, Barnard Hughes, Dianne Wiest, Jamison Newlander and Alex Winter. The 4K disc includes commentary with Schumacher. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include his commentary, several featurettes, the trailer, the Lou Gramm “Lost in the Shadows” music video, and “The Lost Scenes.”

Kino Lorber will release the critically hailed documentary The Automat on DVD Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $19.95. A look back at the iconic self-serve Horn & Hardart restaurant chain that served affordable food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century, the film features interviews with Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elliott Gould, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Howard Schultz and others. Shot in color and black and white, The Automat was directed by Lisa Hurwitz. The film has won multiple film festival honors, among them the Jury Prize as Best Feature Documentary at the Annapolis Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best International Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Miami Jewish Film Festival. Founded by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in 1888, Horn & Hardart revolutionized the nation’s restaurant scene with technology that captured the public’s imagination. Customers put nickels into slots and little windows opened to reveal the customer’s pick, be it a slice of pie, macaroni and cheese, or a Salisbury steak. The chain welcomed those who had been ignored, including immigrants, the working class, Blacks, and women, all of whom were often not welcome in restaurants. The DVD release from Kino Lorber includes a new audio introduction by Brooks, an extended interview with Brooks, and an audio commentary from director Hurwitz.

Crunchyroll has announced the Sept. 20 release of the Dragon Ball Super: The Complete Series limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook boxed set. In the series, after defeating Majin Buu, life is peaceful once again. However, new threats begin to loom one after another. From Beerus, the God of Destruction, to the resurrection of Frieza, foes from across time and space step up to face Goku and his friends.

The quirky, interfaith, romantic dramedy Simchas and Sorrows will be released via VOD or digital purchase Sept. 20 from Gravitas Ventures. From NYC filmmaker Genevieve Adams, the independent film is about a secular, free-spirited artist and former Catholic school girl, Agnes, who must come to terms with religion in order to marry the love of her life, Levi. Shocked by a surprise pregnancy, the earnest Agnes agrees to begin converting to Judaism, in an effort to be accepted by Levi’s more conservative Jewish family. Learning to join the tribe and follow the herd proves no easy task for someone who has spent her whole life questioning, and then breaking, the rules. As Agnes and Levi study with the progressive, courageous Rabbi Cohen, they discover all is not what it appears to be on the surface. As family secrets come to light, Agnes and Levi are forced to grapple with life’s big questions. The film explores an evolving, modern Judaism, orthodoxies and hypocrisy, sibling rivalry, modern love, mental illness, artistic inheritance, and antisemitism.

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

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 Podcast: ‘Dual,’ ‘South Park’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the sleeper sci-fi film Dual, starring Karen Gillan and Aaron Paul. Gillan plays two parts simultaneously, the protagonist of the movie and the clone of said protagonist. It’s an interesting premise that didn’t get much attention when it was originally released. Following up is a review of both parts of South Park: The Streaming Wars, which touches (or beats the viewer over the head with) the absurdity of studios creating content for multiple streaming platforms. In typical South Park fashion, it’s done in hilarious and creative ways. (Both reviews are written by John Latchem.)
Lastly, in the weekend box office numbers, Jordan Peele’s third film, Nope, debuted in the No. 1 spot, the first film to unseat Thor: Love and Thunder as the weekend’s top grossing feature
Keep an eye on the podcast feed for our upcoming special report from 2022’s Comic-Con!

Universal Pictures’ ‘Nope’ Follows Script With $44 Million Opening Box Office Weekend

Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Nope, from director Jordan Peele, lived up to expectations, generating an estimated $44 million across more than 3,700 North American screens through July 24.

The movie about Hollywood brother/sister stunt performers (played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who are menaced by a UFO, among other challenges, marks Peele’s third No. 1 theatrical opening following his breakout hit Get Out in 2017 (also starring Kaluuya) and 2019’s Us.

With that success come rising production budgets and tougher profit margins for the Universal. Get Out and Us had reported production budgets of $4.5 million and $20 million, respectively, while Nope had a production budget of $68 million.

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Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder added $22.1 million in the No. 2 spot to send the superhero movie’s global revenue past $600 million mark after three weeks of release. Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru generated another $17.7 million in ticket sales in No. 3 to bring its global haul past $640 million after four weeks.

Rounding out the top five were Sony 3000 Pictures’ drama Where the Crawdads Sing with $10.3 million, to bring its 10-day theatrical tally past $38 million. Finally, Paramount Pictures’ unwavering Top Gun: Maverick saw its North American ticket sales top $635 million and $1.28 billion globally.