Special Offer From Media Play News and Paramount: Digital Codes to Blockbuster ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Paramount Home Entertainment and Media Play News are offering 10 readers free digital codes to the more than $300 million global box office blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog, which is being released digitally today, March 31.

The codes will be given to the first 10 people who 1) like us on Instagram, and 2) go to the Sonic the Hedgehog post on our Instagram account and in the comments answer the question, “How many tails does Sonic’s best friend have?”

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The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the plane.

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing to Digital Early March 31, Debuting on Disc May 19

Sonic the Hedgehog will debut early for digital purchase March 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film, which made $306.8 million at the global box office, will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19.

The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the plane.

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Bonus features on digital, 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray combo pack include commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Schwartz; “Around the World in 80 Seconds,” Sonic’s next adventure; deleted scenes; bloopers; the “Speed Me Up” music video; “For the Love of Sonic,” in which Carrey and the cast discuss what Sonic the Hedgehog means to them; “Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey”; “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic”; and “Sonic On Set,” a set visit with Schwartz.

The 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD disc releases present the film in Dolby Vision with a Dolby Atmos sound.

 

‘Friday the 13th’ 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Coming May 5 From Paramount

A 40th Anniversary Blu-ray steelbook of Friday the 13th will come out May 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally hitting screens May 9, 1980, Friday the 13th spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history, with 11 subsequent movies.

The horror classic follows a group of young counselors preparing for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake, where a boy drowned years earlier.  One by one, the counselors are stalked by a mysterious and violent killer.  The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon.

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The limited-edition Blu-ray steelbook features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. It also includes previously released bonus content including commentary, interviews with cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

 

Comedy ‘Like a Boss’ Due on Digital April 7, Disc April 21

The comedy Like a Boss will come out on digital April 7 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand April 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company until a villainous beauty mogul (Salma Hayek) conspires to steal it. When her devious plan drives the besties apart, Mia and Mel learn that sticking together is the only way to turn the tables and take their company back.

The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter.

Bonus features on Blu-ray combo pack and digital (depending on retailer) include the featurettes “With Coworkers Like These, Who Needs Friends?” and “’Get Some’ with Ron and Greg and deleted scenes.

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The DVD includes the feature film in standard-definition.

Season 11 of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Swimming to DVD March 31

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season will arrive on DVD March 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.

In the season, viewers enter DoodleBob’s alternate dimension, take a trip to Bubble Buddy’s hometown, take a trip to the moon, solve the curious case of the missing clarinet and hear Gary speak for the very first time. Also, they see SpongeBob keep Fred’s leg out of harm’s way, move Bubble Bass out of his mom’s basement, and stop SpongeGar from wreaking havoc all over town. The season includes new characters, such as an imaginary hamster, a sea bunny, the Krusty Krab’s peculiar night crew and Sandy’s nutty nieces.

The 3-DVD set features every episode from Season 11, plus Plankton’s Color Nullifier.

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‘Looking for Alaska’ Traveling to DVD April 21 From Paramount

The limited series Looking for Alaska will debut on DVD April 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Based on author John Green’s (The Fault in Our Stars) award-winning first novel of the same name, the series, which debuted on Hulu in October 2019, is a story of friendship, love and loss.

Looking for Alaska follows Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer) who is searching for a deeper perspective on life and decides to enroll at the boarding school Culver Creek Academy. He finds a loyal group of friends and falls in love with Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth). After an unexpected tragedy, the close group of friends tries to cope with everything they’ve been through and find some answers along the way.

The three-disc DVD set includes all eight episodes, plus more than 40 minutes of bonus content, including 18 never-before-seen deleted scenes and two featurettes that incorporate an exclusive interview with John Green.

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The novel, released in 2005, is a New York Times best seller, a USA Today best seller, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and one of TIME Magazine‘s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time. Green was awarded the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska, which was also named as one of America’s Best Loved Novels in a national survey conducted by PBS’ The Great American Read initiative.

 

Thriller ‘The Night Clerk’ Due on DVD April 7

The thriller The Night Clerk will come out on DVD April 7 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital and on demand.

Tye Sheridan stars as hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, who is a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigation closes in, Bart makes a personal connection with a beautiful guest named Andrea (Ana De Armas), but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.

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The film also stars Helen Hunt as Ethel Bromley and John Leguizamo as Detective Espada.

Paramount Home Entertainment Revenue Tops Theatrical as Movie Biz Returns to Profitability

Thank goodness for the sales and rentals of movies and TV shows.

ViacomCBS Feb. 20 reported that Paramount Home Entertainment generated revenue of $623 million in 2019, which was up almost 1% from revenue of $617 million in 2018. That was an increase of nearly 14% from theatrical revenue of $547 million.

Paramount’s top-selling packaged-media release in 2019 was Bumblebee, which was No. 14 overall according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

Box office sales dropped 26.5% from $744 million, which when combined with home entertainment, licensing and other revenue pushed total revenue to $2.99 billion — an increase of 1.1% from $2.95 billion in 2018.

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Fourth-quarter revenue was impacted by current year slate performance and the number and mix of film titles compared with the prior year.

Indeed, Viacom chose to focus on the 2020 film slate, which includes Sonic the Hedgehog ($116 million in worldwide box office in its opening weekend), holding the record for the best debut of a film based on a video game.

Pending releases include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, A Quiet Place Part II and Top Gun: Maverick coming in the fiscal second quarter.

Home entertainment revenue in the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) dropped 13% to $155 million from $178 million.

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Content licensing revenue rose 5%, reflecting higher revenues from licensing library and original production to third parties.

At the bottom line, Paramount Pictures generated an $80 million operating profit — a turnaround from an operating loss of $33 million in 2018.

Underscoring consumer migration toward streaming video and digital transactions, domestic streaming and digital video business — which includes subscription revenue and digital video advertising — generated approximately $1.6 billion in revenue.

 

Paramount Releasing ‘Braveheart,’ ‘Gladiator’ 4K Steelbooks

Paramount Home Entertainment will re-release Best Picture Oscar winners Braveheart and Gladiator as Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs May 5.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 1995’s Braveheart stars Mel Gibson, who also directed, as William Wallace, who rallies Scotland to fight for liberation from English rule. The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released commentary by Mel Gibson on both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentations, along with more than two hours of previously released bonus content, including interactive timelines, a making-of documentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

Director Ridley Scott’s 2000 film Gladiator celebrates its 20th anniversary. It stars Russell Crowe as a Roman general who is betrayed by a corrupt prince (Joaquin Phoenix) and comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.  The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and both theatrical and extended versions of the feature on 4K Ultra HD, along with two separate commentaries.  The two Blu-ray Discs included in the set boast over four hours of previously released bonus content, including commentaries on both versions of the film, a comprehensive documentary about the making of the movie, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.

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‘Playing With Fire’ Lights Up on Redbox Charts

The Paramount comedy Playing With Fire took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Feb. 9.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate dropped to No. 2 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart and No. 3 on the On Demand charts after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

Warner’s Doctor Sleep debuted at No. 3 on the rental chart and No. 2 on the digital chart.

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Warner’s Joker was the No. 4 disc rental and No. 6 on the On Demand charts.

Paramount’s Gemini Man slipped to No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 8 on the digital chart.

Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite, from Universal Pictures, jumped back to No. 4 on the digital chart .

Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap was the No. 5 On Demand title and No. 6 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 9:

  1. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  2. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount
  3. Doctor Sleep — Warner
  4. Joker — Warner
  5. Gemini Man — Paramount
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  7. Harriet — Universal
  8. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — Disney
  9. The Addams Family (2019) — Universal
  10. Last Christmas — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 9:

  1. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  2. Doctor Sleep — Warner
  3. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount
  4. Parasite — Universal
  5. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  6. Joker — Warner
  7. Harriet — Universal
  8. Gemini Man — Paramount
  9. Black and Blue — Sony Pictures
  10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures

 

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