Paramount Sets DVD-Only Release Date for Helen Hunt Starrer ‘I See You’

Paramount Home Entertainment has set a Jan. 21, 2020, DVD release date for I See You, a suspense thriller starring Helen Hunt.

The film is currently showing in theaters and also is available through digital retailers and on demand.

Written by Devon Graye and directed by Adam Randall, I See You is centered on the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy. Lead investigator Greg Harper (Jon Tenney) struggles to balance the pressure of the investigation and troubles with his wife, Jackie (Hunt). “When a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son in mortal danger, the hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered,” according to a news release.

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I See You was an official selection at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

‘Gemini Man’ Arrives on Digital Dec. 23, Disc Jan. 14 From Paramount

Paramount Home Entertainment will release director Ang Lee’s action-thriller Gemini Man through digital retailers Dec. 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 14.

Will Smith stars as a retired hitman forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative. The cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

The film, which features groundbreaking visual effects, earned $48.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD digital releases present the film in Dolby Vision. In a first for Paramount, the 4K Ultra HD Disc will present the film in 60 frames-per-second for exceptional sharpness and clarity compared with the standard 24FPS. This is the first Dolby Vision high frame rate disc to be released. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Home video extras include an alternate opening, deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Genesis of Gemini Man,” “Facing Your Younger Self,” “The Future Is Now,” “Setting the Action,” “Next Level Detail” and “The Vision of Ang Lee.”

The 4K disc will include an exclusive visual effects scene breakdown presented by WETA in 60FPS, UHD and high dynamic range.

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Outpaces ‘Dora’ to Stay No. 1 on the Home Video Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw held onto the No. 1 spot 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 Nov. 23.

The week’s top newcomer on both charts was Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which sold 81.8% as many copies in its third week as Hobbs & Shaw did in its third. The live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” cartoon earned $60.5 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King slid to No. 3 on both charts in its fifth week on disc.

Another Disney release, Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 4, rose a spot to No. 4 on both charts in its seventh week on disc.

The ‘R’-rated Universal Pictures comedy Good Boys slid to No. 5 on both charts in its second week.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of first-week sales for Dora, which sold 91% as many Blu-ray copies as the top title.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 24 had Dora in the top spot, with Good Boys sliding to No. 2. Hobbs & Shaw was down a spot to No. 3.

Warner’s The Kitchen rose two spots on the rental chart to No. 4, while Sony Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie 2 dropped two slots to land at No. 5 in its second week.

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‘Dora’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Good Boys’ Remains On Demand No. 1

Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Nov. 24. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The live-action adaptation of the “Dora the Explorer” cartoon earned $60.5 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ Good Boys slid to No. 2 on the disc rental chart but remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Dora was No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw slipped to No. 3 on the disc rental chart but stayed at No. 2 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 disc rental was Paramount’s Crawl, which was No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Sony Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie 2 slid to No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 8 on the digital chart.

No. 4 on the disc chart was Warner’s The Kitchen, which was the No. 5 On Demand title.

Lionsgate’s The Peanut Butter Falcon was the No. 4 digital title and No. 9 disc rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 24:

  1. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — Paramount
  2. Good Boys — Universal
  3. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  4. The Kitchen — Warner
  5. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — Sony Pictures
  6. The Lion King — Disney
  7. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — Lionsgate
  8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  9. The Peanut Butter Falcon — Lionsgate
  10. Toy Story 4 — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 24:

  1. Good Boys — Universal
  2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  3. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — Paramount
  4. The Peanut Butter Falcon — Lionsgate
  5. The Kitchen — Warner
  6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — Lionsgate
  7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  8. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — Sony Pictures
  9. The Art of Racing in the Rain — Fox
  10. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures

 

‘Shutter Island’ Heads to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 11 for 10th Anniversary

Martin Scorsese’s atmospheric thriller Shutter Island will arrive for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 10th anniversary.

The 4K Ultra HD release will be available in a limited collector’s edition steelbook.

Based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he navigates what appears to be a routine investigation that quickly turns sinister. The film also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Syndow and Michelle Williams.

Special features include the previously released featurettes “Behind the Shutters” and “Into the Lighthouse” on the Blu-ray.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Paramount;
Family Adventure;
Box Office $60.48 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for action and some impolite humor.
Stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Temuera Morrison, Adriana Barraza, Benicio del Toro, Danny Trejo.

It would be easy to assume that a movie based on Nickelodeon’s long-running animated “Dora the Explorer” TV series might be just another sappy, dumbed-down diversion aimed at kids. But in the hands of director James Bobin, Dora and the Lost City of Gold turns out to be a charming, fun adventure that all ages can enjoy, not just fans of the TV series.

Bobin, who has already demonstrated his deft touch with similar material as director of the two most recent “Muppets” movies, and screenwriters Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson bring a slightly subversive sensibility that honors the concept while poking fun at it at the same time.

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The cartoon, of course, dealt with the adventures of 7-year-old Dora, her monkey sidekick, Boots, and her cousin, Diego, as they talk and sing to the audience to solve puzzles and learn new facts about the world. And the movie jumps right in with a live-action version of the “Dora” theme that sets up the movie as providing more of the same. But it turns out Dora and Diego are just imaginative youngsters who live in the South American jungle with Dora’s parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria), a pair of professors researching ancient civilizations.

After Diego moves away to Los Angeles with his parents, Dora is left to explore on her own, and the movie cuts to 10 years later, with the 16-year-old Dora (Isabela Moner) running through the jungle as if nothing has changed (though, in a bit of meta-humor, she now live-streams her adventures as a means of talking to her audience). As her parents prepare to embark on a search for a lost city, Dora is sent to live with Diego in L.A., much to her chagrin.

Having spent 10 years in the city, Diego is now a more-or-less normal kid trying to survive high school, while Dora continues to be Dora.

The movie mines Dora’s fish-out-of-water adjustments to high school for some good laughs, as she is basically the cartoon character dropped into the real world. The tone brings to mind The Brady Bunch Movie in the way the humor stems from the juxtaposition of the central characters living in their own little world for regular reality to react to.

Things take a turn, however, as Dora, Diego and some of their fellow high schoolers are kidnapped by mercenaries who want to find the same city of gold that Dora’s parents are seeking, putting Dora back in her element and turning the tables on the students who were making fun of her for survivalist skills.

The kids quickly escape into the jungle and set off to find the legendary city and Dora’s parents on their own, pursued by the bad guys, who are aided by Swiper the Fox, lest any of his fans worry he would be left out of the action.

From here the film takes on the vibe of a junior “Indiana Jones” adventure, while also taking some cues from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, in terms of putting the ensemble into unusual situations.

In addition to the opening sequence, the film’s most direct nod to the cartoon version comes in the form of a clever sequence in which the characters are exposed to jungle spores that make them hallucinate an animated world. The making of this playful scene is the subject of a four-minute featurette on the Blu-ray.

The behind-the-scenes material is pretty standard as far as these things go, with plenty of interviews from the cast and filmmakers. The nine-minute “All About Dora” features the talented Moner offering her insights on playing the character as a teenager. “Can You Say Pelicula?” is a four-and-a-half-minute examination of some of the stunts as well as the comedic sensibilities of Eugenio Derbez. A four-minute “Dora’s Jungle House” video offers a lot of details about Dora’s parents’ house that aren’t readily apparent from the movie.

The latter should please fans looking to live in this world a bit more, as will more than 13 minutes of deleted scenes, extended sequences and alternate takes.

The Blu-ray also includes an amusing two-minute blooper reel.

Merchandising: Vudu Promotions Tied to ‘It,’ ‘Dora’

Retailers took a break from offering any exclusive deals for the modest new releases of Nov. 19.

Walmart, however, did offer a couple of bonuses tied to its Vudu streaming service.

For $27.96, fans of Warner’s “It” movies could get the first film on Blu-ray with a digital copy, plus a Vudu code for the digital copy of It: Chapter Two.

And Walmart’s copy of Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold Blu-ray came with a bonus digital copy of Hotel for Dogs, redeemable with the sales receipt.

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Remastered for 35th Anniversary Digital, Blu-ray Releases

Paramount Home Entertainment is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Eddie Murphy’s action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop with a special digital and Blu-ray re-release of the entire trilogy.

All three films, including the 1984 original, 1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II and 1994’s Beverly Hills Cop III, have been remastered and will be released in 4K Ultra HD with HDR for the first time through digital channels Dec. 17.

In the first film, Eddie Murphy stars as streetwise Detroit cop Axel Foley, who tracks down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills. In the sequel, Foley goes deep undercover to investigate a gang of international munitions smugglers. In the third film, he investigates a counterfeit money ring being run out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

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A three-movie collection on standard Blu-ray will be released Jan. 14, 2020, with new bonus features with the first film, including two never-before-seen deleted scenes; four new behind-the-scenes featurettes incorporating vintage 1984 interviews; an isolated audio track of Harold Faltermeyer’s Grammy Award-winning musical score; and “BHC Mixtape ’84,” which allows viewers to go directly to the scenes featuring the hit songs “The Heat Is On,” “Neutron Dance,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” “Do You Really” and “Nasty Girl.”

The new Beverly Hills Cop Blu-ray will also include previously released special features including commentary by director Martin Brest, a location map, the theatrical trailer, and the featurettes “Beverly Hills Cop — The Phenomenon Begins,” “A Glimpse Inside the Casting Process” and “The Music of Beverly Hills Cop”

 

Holiday Film ‘Buttons: A Christmas Tale’ Due on Digital Nov. 19, DVD Dec. 3 From Paramount

The holiday film Buttons: A Christmas Tale will arrive on digital Nov. 19 and DVD Dec. 3 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The cast includes Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer, along with screen legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.  The film is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford.

From creator/director/writer/composer Tim Janis, who has sold millions of albums and worked with a wide array of artists, Buttons: A Christmas Tale follows the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Van Dyke and Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.

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The DVD includes bonus songs, a music video and a photo gallery.

Paramount Releasing ‘Official Secrets’ in November

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the thriller Official Secrets digitally Nov. 5, and on DVD (with digital copy) Nov. 26.

Keira Knightley stars in the true story of British intelligence specialist turned whistleblower Katharine Gun, who in 2003 received a memo with a directive to collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq, and decides to leak the memo to the press, igniting an international firestorm.

The cast also includes Matt Smith as Martin Bright, the journalist who broke the story; Matthew Goode as one of Bright’s colleagues; and Ralph Fiennes and Gun’s lawyer.

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Directed by Gavin Hood, the film earned $1.9 million at the U.S. box office.

The digital copy included with the DVD presents the film in high-definition.