‘Twin Peaks’ Blu-ray Megaset Due Dec. 10

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 10 will release Twin Peaks: From Z to A, a new Blu-ray boxed set Dec. 10 collecting every version of the franchise from creator David Lynch.

The boxed set will include both seasons of the 1990-91 original series on ABC, the 1992 Fire Walk With Me follow-up movie and the 2017 Showtime limited series, plus troves of extras for each. The set will be limited to 25,000 numbered copies worldwide, with international release dates to be announced later.

The packaging will feature an exterior adorned by a wraparound vista of Douglas Fir trees. Once opened, a depiction of the infamous Red Room is revealed with its brown and crème chevron floor and red curtains. Sitting in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper. This acrylic figure comes inside a plastic display holder held in place by magnets. Fans will have the option of leaving the figure in place inside The Red Room environment or removing and displaying it elsewhere. The plastic holder can also serve as an easel to display individual images from The Red Room Gallery, a curated set of 5×5-inch printed cards depicting memorable moments in The Red Room. Each package will also contain an individually numbered collectible certificate.

Among the six hours of new bonus material will be behind-the-scenes vignettes from the limited-series; a rare newly-shot interview of Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee who sit with longtime David Lynch collaborator Kristine McKenna to look back at their body of work on “Twin Peaks” as well as Fire Walk With Me; a newly produced featurette that lets fans go “On the Couch” with Harry and Kimmy as Harry Goaz and Kimmy Robertson share fond “Twin Peaks” memories; a compilation of full-length, and unedited versions of many of The Roadhouse Bar musical performances from the limited series.

A special 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc will be included that features a new ultra-high def transfer overseen by David Lynch of both versions of the 1990 “Twin Peaks” pilot, as well as “Part 8” of the limited series.

Twin Peaks: From Z to A will also include all existing special features from the previous releases of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (including “The Missing Pieces” deleted scenes from the movie) and Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, culminating in more than 20 total hours of new and existing special feature content.

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Oct. 15, CBS and Paramount will release Twin Peaks: The Television Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, collecting for the first time all three seasons (ABC and Showtime) in one package, plus previously released bonus material.

 

Season Two of ‘Yellowstone’ on Disc Nov. 5

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 5.

From writer-director Taylor Sheridan, ”Yellowstone” is a family drama about a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season two, John (Kevin Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes) and the rest of the clan battle constant encroachment from ruthless enemies on all sides.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets include all 10 hour-long episodes from the second season, plus more than three hours of additional content.

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Extras include deleted scenes, a “Behind the Story” featurette for each episode, “Stories From the Bunkhouse” for each episode, and featurettes “Inside Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Costner on Yellowstone: Season 2,” “Working the Yellowstone: Fight Choreography,” “Only Devils Left — Making Yellowstone: Season 2” and “Yellowstone Tintype Photography Behind the Scenes.”

The show has been renewed for a third season on Paramount Network. The season two finale airs Aug. 28.

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Due on Disc Oct. 15

Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 15 will release the Blu-ray and DVD of The Haunting of Hill House, the first season of a Netflix horror anthology series.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets will include all 10 episodes, including three extended director’s cut episodes.

Based on the Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their past.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include exclusive commentary by creator and director Mike Flanagan on four episodes.

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A second season called The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw, is slated to debut on Netflix in 2020.

Affleck’s Indie Drama ‘Light of My Life’ Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Oct. 8

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced DVD and Blu-ray Disc release dates for Light of My Life, a survivalist thriller directed by Casey Affleck that is currently in theaters and also available digitally and on demand.

The movie will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 8. The film takes place a decade after a plague has wiped out nearly all of the world’s female population. A father (Affleck) and daughter (newcomer Anna Pniowsky) live on the outskirts of what’s left of civilization. Disguising his daughter as a boy, the father struggles to protect her from newfound threats as they are driven from their home into dangerous territory.

DEG Announces Board for 2019-20

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on Aug. 9 announced its incoming board of directors at the start of its 23rd year as one of the home entertainment industry’s leading trade associations.

DEG’s voting member companies elected the new board to serve for the 2019-20 fiscal year (Aug. 1 – July 31). New board members include Pedro Gutierrez of Microsoft Corp., Cheryl Goodman of Sony Electronics and Erol Kalafat of Amazon Studios.

Amazon Studios is a new member company represented on the
DEG board for the first time.

The DEG also has added two additional companies to its membership: Row8, a transactional digital movie service that allows viewers to stop a movie they don’t like and choose a new one at no additional charge, and Snap Inc., parent company of social networking app Snapchat.

The Officers of the DEG board were elected to a two-year term in 2018 and will continue to serve through July 2020. Officers include Chair Matt Strauss of Comcast Cable; Vice Chair Sofia Chang of WarnerMedia Distribution (HBO); CFO Bob Buchi of Paramount Home Entertainment; Secretary Jim Wuthrich of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment & Games, and Chair Emeritus Mike Dunn, formerly of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“At a time when our industry is rapidly changing, the board of directors strives to produce deliverables that meet the needs of the industry at this dynamic time, such as DEG’s D2C Alliance, formed at the start of the year,” said Amy Jo Smith, president and CEO of the DEG.

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Paramount Ups Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue 35%

Paramount Home Entertainment Aug. 8 reported third-quarter (June 30) revenue of $161 million on sales of packaged media and digital content, which marked a 35% increase from revenue of $119 million in the previous-year period.

The tally — driven by the retail release of Bumblebee — was 6% more than theatrical revenue of $152 million.

While theatrical revenue reflected the strong box office performance of Rocketman ($185 million) and Pet Sematary ($54.7 million), it was significantly offset by performance of A Quiet Place in the prior-year quarter

Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up 6% at $493 million compared to $465 million in the last fiscal year.

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Home entertainment continues to lead Paramount’s theatrical box office year-to-date ($473 million) by more than 4%.

With parent Viacom recently acquiring ad-supported VOD service Pluto TV, Paramount has significantly increased licensing content to the service, in addition to third-party distributors.

License revenue increased nearly 29% to $521 million from $404 million last year driven by monetization of the library and growth in TV production. Through the fiscal year, license revenue has topped $1.05 billion.

Regardless, total studio operating income increased $41 million to $85 million — the 10th consecutive quarterly uptick.

“Paramount’s momentum continues, keeping us on track to deliver full year profitability,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement.

 

‘Galaxy Quest’ Limited Edition Steelbook Available Exclusively at Best Buy Sept. 17

Paramount Home Entertainment Sept. 17 is releasing a limited collector’s edition Blu-ray steelbook of Galaxy Quest for its 20th anniversary exclusively at Best Buy.

The sci-fi send-up about aging TV actors who encounter aliens stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell and Justin Long.

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Special features include:

  • “Galactopedia,” on-screen information about characters, ships, aliens and more;
  • “Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest,” with cast and filmmakers discussing the making of the film;
  • “Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector,” about the cast;
  • “By Grabthar’s Hammer, What Amazing Effects,” which explores the effects by ILM and Stan Winston;
  • “Alien School—Creating the Thermian Race,” about actor Enrico Colantoni’s process of developing the voice and manner of an alien race;
  • “Actors in Space,” which delves into the psyche of the cast;
  • “Sigourney Weaver Raps”;
  • deleted scenes; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

Classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray Oct. 29 From Paramount

Director Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Oct. 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a down-on-his-luck banker who learns to appreciate life after being visited by an angel.

The studio spent more than a year restoring the film, using the original nitrate negative along with two fine grain masters made in the 1940s. Each element was scanned using the latest technology to both preserve the delicate negative and create the best possible digital image, according the studio. Fortunately, 13 of the 14 reels of the original negative survived, but portions had begun to deteriorate so the best image was selected from one of the three original sources on a shot-by-shot basis, according to the studio.

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The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack includes the black-and-white film in 4K UHD, as well as a colorized version on Blu-ray, along with three special features: “Restoring a Beloved Classic,” “Secrets from the Vault” and “It’s A Wonderful Wrap Party.” A two-Disc Blu-ray set will also be available that includes the newly remastered film in black-and-white, along with a colorized version and the three special features.

Season 2 of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Beams to DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 12

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Discovery — Season Two on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 12.

The four-disc set will include all 14 episodes of the second season of the CBS All Access original series, plus more than two hours of bonus material.

The season finds the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Capt. Pike (Anson Mount) of the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission to investigate seven mysterious signals across the galaxy apparently created by the mysterious Red Angel, a being associated with the disappearance of Spock (Ethan Peck), the adopted brother of Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). The cast also includes Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Tig Notaro, Rebecca Romijn and Michelle Yeoh. 

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The Blu-ray and DVD will also include two “Short Treks” episodes related to the season: “Runaway” and “The Brightest Star.”

Other extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and commentaries on the episodes “Brother,” “New Eden,” “Through the Valley of Shadows” and “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.” 

Featurettes offered on the discs include:

  • “Enter the Enterprise” — a look at re-created the iconic “Star Trek” starship;
  • “Putting it Together” — about the creation of the season finale;
  • “The Red Angel” — a behind-the-scenes look at one of the the season’s major plot elements;
  • “Designing Discovery: Season Two” — a look at the locations and spaces created for the second season;
  • “Prop Me Up: Season Two” — propmaster Mario Moreira shows off the show’s props.
  • “Dress for Success: Season Two” — a look at the costume design;
  • “Creature Comforts: Season Two” — producers, craftsmen and actors discuss the design process, the implementation and the performance required to bring characters to life. Includes a discussion with makeup artist James McKinnon;
  • “Creating Space” — showing off the visual effects process;
  • “Star Trek: Discovery — The Voyage of Season Two” — a recap of the season.

 

Internationally, the Blu-ray and DVD sets will be released Nov. 18 in the U.K., Nov. 19 in Italy, Nov. 21 in Germany, Nov. 22 in Spain, Nov. 25 in the Nordics, Nov. 27 in Benelux, Nov. 28 in Denmark and Dec. 4 in France. Japan and Australia release dates are pending.

‘Star Trek’ Picard Collection Blu-ray Coming Oct. 15

With CBS All Access preparing to debut the new series “Star Trek: Picard” in 2020, a new Blu-ray collection will revisit some of the previous adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart.

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 15 will release Star Trek: Picard Movie & TV Collection on Blu-ray with a 16-page exclusive comic book from IDW Publishing.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation”

The six-disc collection includes the movie versions of the two-part “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episodes “The Best of Both Worlds” and “Chain of Command,” plus the four theatrically released films featuring the “TNG” cast: Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis.

The discs will include more than 10 hours of previously released bonus material.

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The comic book, called “Sky’s the Limit,” will feature an original story inspired by the franchise.

The Blu-ray collection will also be released internationally Oct. 21 in the United Kingdom, Oct. 23 in Australia and Nov. 7 in Germany.

The TV episodes include English 7.1 DTS-HD master audio and stereo surround. The films are offered with 5.1 Dolby sound.