Lionsgate+ Expands European SVOD Access Through Samsung Smart-TV Deal

Six years after the Starz premium channel became available on Samsung smart-televisions in Europe, Starz Jan. 31 is making the newly rebranded Lionsgate+ (formerly Starzplay) streaming platform available on Samsung’s Tizen-powered OS platform TVs in select European countries.

Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 for $4.4 billion.

Samsung TV owners will be able to subscribe to Lionsgate+ directly on their screens, unlocking access to programs including “Gaslit,” “Power,” “The Great,” “Outlander,” “The Serpent Queen,” “Party Down” and Spanish-language “Senorita 89,” among others.

“We are continuing to build on Lionsgate+’s presence across Latin America, the U.K. and Ireland and offer consumers a range of touch points in market,” Darren Nielson, EVP of international networks for Starz, said in a statement. “Samsung’s global reach and premium devices make them an ideal partner for us as we grow in these regions.”

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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.

Disc Sales Charts Led by Season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Outlander: Season Five 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 Sept. 19.

The popular Starz series stars stars Caitriona Balfe as a World War II nurse who finds herself transported back in time to the 18th century.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus jumped up to No. 2, from No. 18 the previous week. The perennial Halloween-season seller got a bit of a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which comprised 18% of the title’s total unit sales. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Beetlejuice, which topped the charts a few weeks earlier after the release of its own 4K disc, was No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

New release Weathering With You, an anime movie distributed in America by Shout! Factory, debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow, slipped to No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Lionsgate’s new Vestron collector’s edition of David Cronenberg’s 1975 horror movie Shivers. Similarly, Lionsgate’s Vestron Blu-ray of the 1989 comedy Little Monsters was the No. 6 Blu-ray.

Warner’s Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 13 but is available for sale early at Walmart, was No. 14 overall. The Blu-ray version comprised 29% of its Walmart sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 20 had at No. 1 for the third straight week the Universal political comedy Irresistible, which on the disc sales chart has never cracked the top 50.

Lionsgate’s Rogue moved up to No. 2, swapping with Universal’s The King of Staten Island, which dropped to No. 3.

Redbox’s Hard Kill climbed a spot to No. 4, and Warner’s Scoob! moved up to No. 5.

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‘Outlander: Season 5’ Jumps to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The fifth season of the fantasy TV series “Outlander,” distributed by Sony Pictures, was the top title on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 19.

The Blu-ray and DVD edition of the season arrived in stores Sept. 15.

Also new to the list at No. 7 is the anime movie Weathering With You, released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 15 by Shout! Factory.

No. 12 saw the debut of Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sellthrough Sept. 15. Based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, the movie stars Katie Holmes as a widowed mother of three who meets a handyman (Josh Lucas) who inspires her with the power of positive thinking.

The other new release on the list, at No. 15, is Magnolia Pictures’ Alone, a thriller about a recently widowed woman who flees the city only to be kidnapped by a strange man and held captive in his cabin.

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The three seasons of Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone,” which the previous week took the top three spots, dropped to second, third and fourth on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Season three was No. 2, followed by season two then season one.

Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection rounded out the top five.

The Sept. 18 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired viewers to revisit two 2018 films about her: the documentary RBG, from Magnolia, at No. 10, and the biopic On the Basis of Sex, from Universal, at No. 16. In the latter, Felicity Jones plays a younger Ginsberg making a name for herself as a civil rights attorney.

  1. Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  7. Weathering With You (Shout! Factory)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  10. RBG (Magnolia)
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  12. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  13. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  14. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  15. Alone (Magnolia)
  16. On the Basis of Sex (Universal)
  17. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  18. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner)
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 19.

‘Outlander’ Season Five on Disc Sept. 15

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Outlander: Season Five on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 15. The season will be available for digital purchase Sept. 14.

The fifth season of “Outlander” sees a continuation of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. The Frasers strive to flourish within a society which is unwittingly marching toward Revolution, and Jamie must now defend the home they have built together at Fraser’s Ridge while Claire seeks to put her own skills and medical expertise to use in keeping her family together and safe from harm. Meanwhile Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) struggle to find their respective places in this world and chase away the shadow cast upon their lives by Stephen Bonnet (Edward Speleers) as they raise their son in this brave new world.

The Starz series, executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Jim Kohlberg and Andy Harries, is based on the international best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies at select retailers will include four all-new “Outlander Untold” scenes following the stories of fan-favorite characters; a blooper reel; a “Flowers of the Forest” lyric video; a glimpse of life at home with the Frasers’ cat, Adso; and two featurettes, “Strength in Action: The Women of Outlander” and “Through Fire & Hell: The Finale.”

The Blu-ray will have additional features including 16 deleted scenes, writer and producer commentaries, and two new behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Heart of the Frasers,” highlighting Jamie and Claire’s relationship as well as their family bond, and “Expanding the World: Sets & Costumes.”

A special deluxe collector’s edition Blu-ray set also will be available and will include a CD of the season five soundtrack, a 28-page digibook and an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s upcoming ninth “Outlander” novel, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, plus premium packaging.

‘Dragon’ Again Tops Disc Sales Charts

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the No. 1 title 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 June 1.

The animated film, which is distributed by Universal Pictures, was the top title on both charts for a second consecutive week.

The only newcomer to debut in the top 20 was Sony Pictures’ Outlander: Season Four, which was No. 2 on both charts. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 42% of sales of the latest release from the popular Starz fantasy series.

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No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart was Unviersal’s The Upside.

Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part landed at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on both charts was Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 2, The top four remained the same from the previous week: Upside at No. 1, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at No. 2, Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic at No. 3, and Cold Pursuit at No. 4.

The Lionsgate comedy Drunk Parents debuted as the No. 5 rental.

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‘Outlander: Season 3’ Coming to Disc, Digital in April

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set an April 10 release date for “Outlander: Season Three,” which is being released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital. A limited collector’s edition also will be available.

Based on Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” series about a British World War II nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time to Scotland in 1743, “Outlander: Season Three” finds nurse Claire (Caitriona Balfe in a Golden Globe-nominated role) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) attempting to build a life apart from one another. But fate has other plans, as the two find their way back to each other and set sail for new lands.

“Outlander” is a hit Starz series that also stars Tobias Menzies (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Lotte Verbeek (TV’s “The Borgias”), Sophie Skelton (TV’s “Ren”), and Richard Rankin (TV’s “Thirteen”). The “Outlander” TV series is developed by executive producer Ronald D. Moore (TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”) and is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company, and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

“Outlander: Season Three” contains all 13 episodes in a five-disc limited collector’s edition, Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets, along with 27 deleted and extended scenes with introductions by Moore, a gag reel and two featurettes. In “A Traveling Show Takes Sail,” the cast and crew describe what it was like moving the production from Scotland to South Africa and the challenges shooting aboard the Artemis ship; and Verbeek and other cast and crew discuss Geillis Duncan’s return this season in “The Transformation of Geillis Duncan.”

Exclusive content on the Blu-ray Disc and limited collector’s edition versions includes an additional scene with Lord John Grey & Lady Isobel Dunsany from the episode “Of Lost Things,” the original chemistry test between Caitriona and Sam with an introduction by Moore, the “Outlander” podcasts for each episode with commentary from Moore and others, and four additional featurettes. “Claire & Jamie: Together Again” discusses what it was like for Caitriona and Sam to work separately for half of the season and what it was like reuniting their characters after 20 years had passed, while “Jamie’s Revolution” and “Claire: Through Time” have Caitriona and Sam discussing their characters’ journeys this season. “Saying Goodbye to Frank & Jonathan Randall” is a final farewell to Tobias Menzies and both of his integral characters, Frank and Black Jack Randall. In addition, the limited collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc will feature special packaging, including 28 pages of behind-the-scenes photographs.