Paramount Releasing Margot Robbie Film ‘Dreamland’ Through PVOD Nov. 17

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the romantic drama Dreamland through premium video-on-demand and digital sellthrough Nov. 17. The film, which stars Margot Robbie and Finn Cole, will receive a limited theatrical run in more than 100 venues starting Nov. 13 from Vertical Entertainment.

The stylish drama from Romulus Entertainment, Titan Worldwide Entertainment, LuckyChap Entertainment and Automatik features a love story set in the Great Depression. Cole plays Eugene Evans, who dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber (Robbie, who also serves as one of the film’s producers). Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved.

The cast also includes Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp and Lola Kirke.

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Showtime’s ‘The Comey Rule’ Arriving on MOD DVD Oct. 27

Showtime’s two-part limited series “The Comey Rule” will be released on DVD Oct. 27 by CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD will be manufactured on demand and will available  through Amazon and other online retailers.

Based on former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty, “The Comey Rule” recounts events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, and centers on the turbulent relationship between Comey (Jeff Daniels) and President Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson), whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

The cast also includes Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Jonathan

Banks and Oona Chaplin. “The Comey Rule” was adapted for the screen and directed by Billy Ray.

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Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Due on DVD Nov. 10 From Paramount

The satirical comedy Spontaneous will be available on DVD Nov. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is available now on digital.

The film stars Katherine Langford (“Cursed,” “13 Reasons Why”), Charlie Plummer (“Looking for Alaska,” Words on Bathroom Walls), Yvonne Orji (“Insecure,” Night School), and Hayley Law (“Altered Carbon,” “Riverdale”), with Rob Huebel (“Transparent”) and Piper Perabo (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”).

In the film, when students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally), seniors Mara (Langford) and Dylan (Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Remains Country’s Top-Selling Disc for Second Week

Disney’s perennial Halloween best-seller Hocus Pocus spent a second-consecutive week atop 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. 10.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the top five during October.

Coming in at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Warner’s Beetlejuice. The creepy 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton is another catalog title getting a boost from the Halloween season. Likewise, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas held onto the No. 4 spot, and jumped to No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. And Warner’s It: Chapter One rose a spot to No. 5 on the overall disc chart.

The week’s top new release, at No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart, was Paramount’s Star Trek: Picard — Season One. The sci-fi series, a sequel to “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was initially released on the CBS All Access streaming service in January before making its way to disc Oct. 6.

Another newcomer, RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector, debuted at No. 6 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The latest film from director David Ayer is a gritty drama about a pair of street thugs who collect protection money getting caught in the middle of a turf war.

Coming in at No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (and No. 12 overall) was the newly released anime movie Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna from Shout! Factory.

Universal’s remake of The Secret Garden debuted at No. 7 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of first-week Picard disc sales, compared with 52% for Tax Collector, 49% for Secret Garden, and 95% for Digimon.

A Best Buy-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of Tax Collector accounted for 11% of the title’s total sales. The special 4K edition will be widely available Dec. 15.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 11, the Redbox-exclusive Ava remained No. 1 for a second week. Tax Collector debuted at No. 2, pushing Lionsgate’s The Silencing to No. 3.

Debuting as the No. 4 rental was Universal’s The 2nd, an actioner about an agent protecting the daughter of a Supreme Court justice from kidnappers.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream dropped to No. 5.

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‘Jungleland’ Gets PVOD, Digital Purchase Release Four Days After Theatrical Debut

Vertical Entertainment’s Jungleland will be released on premium VOD and for digital purchase on Nov. 10 by Paramount Home Entertainment.

The home release comes four days after the film, about the bonds of brotherhood, gets a limited theatrical release.

Produced by Romulus Entertainment in association with Scott Free Productions and Big Red Films, Jungleland is directed and co-written by Max Winkler.

The film is about two brothers whose bond is tested as they hustle and scrape toward their slice of the American Dream.  Stanley (Charlie Hunnam, “Sons of Anarchy”) and Lion (Jack O’Connell, Unbroken) are brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing.  When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss, they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler  as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament.  While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches.

Jungleland premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Star Trek: Picard — Season One

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 10/6/20;
Paramount/CBS;
Sci-Fi;
$39.99 DVD, $47.99 Blu-ray;
Not Rated;
Stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadway, Peyton List, Tamlyn Tomita, Jonathan Del Arco, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner.

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” eagerly anticipated this sequel series featuring Patrick Stewart’s return to the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard nearly two decades after the last time we saw him in action.

That would have been the disappointing 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis, which ended with the android Data (Brent Spiner) sacrificing himself to save Picard from a deadly superweapon.

The new series picks up 20 years later, in the year 2399, with Picard settling into retirement at age 94 running his family’s winery in France. However, he remains haunted by Data’s death, as well as the Federation’s abandonment of a mission to ferry Romulan refugees to safety when their planet’s home star exploded 10 years prior (an event alluded to in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 movie).

His ennui is interrupted by a request for help from a young girl (Isa Briones) who turns out to be an android made of flesh and blood, fashioned by remnants of Data’s old programming. She’s being hunted by Romulan agents who consider her the portent of an invasion of artificial life forms that will lead to a galactic apocalypse.

For answers, Picard must find the girl’s twin sister, who happens to be working with a task force studying a ship abandoned by the Federation’s deadly enemy, the Borg, in Romulan space. So he assembles a crew of mercenaries to take him there.

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The creators of the show stress that this is very much not a retread of “TNG.” But that doesn’t rule out the occasional reunion here and there. The best episode of the first season’s batch of 10, for instance, involves Picard seeking temporary sanctuary with his old crewmates Riker and Troi (Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis), who now live on a distant planet with their daughter (Lulu Wilson).

In fact, the show is filled with references to the “TNG” era of “Star Trek” in the 1990s, and the Borg subplot provides a nice excuse to bring in Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), the former Borg from “Star Trek: Voyager.”

Less fortunate are characters who were just guest stars on previous “Trek” shows, as this new series has a nasty habit of having them gruesomely murdered to move the story along.

In addition to the gore, longtime fans might also be surprised by the frequent use of foul language, with Starfleet admirals dropping “F” bombs to a degree never seen on a “Star Trek” show. Remember when “Star Trek” was a family show?

The A.I. storyline ends up going off the rails by the end of the season, which turns out to be a convoluted excuse for eliminating a hanging plot point from “TNG” that didn’t even need to be addressed.

The kinds of fans that “Star Trek” usually attracts will likely fine the show ends up inadvertently raising two questions for every one it thinks it’s answering. The nostalgia is fun for a while, but a few clever references will hardly compensate for other aspects of the franchise the show glaringly ignores. (For specific deviations from established Trek lore, check out the Major Grin YouTube channel.)

The show isn’t covering much new ground in its treatment of androids and A.I., as many of the ideas relating to the nature of artificial existence were previously and better explored in Blade Runner and “Battlestar Galactica.”

In fact, given how the season ends, it almost feels as if the producers were trying to set up a “Star Trek” version of “Firefly.”

Still, the cast is great, and the season manages to squeeze some poignant moments from the legacy characters that fans won’t want to miss.

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The Blu-ray edition of the series offers a nice suite of extras to differentiate it from its streaming presentation on CBS All Access.

Every episode includes a brief behind-the-scenes featurette that runs three to seven minutes. A few episodes also include deleted scenes, though most of these are pretty inconsequential.

The first of three discs includes the “Children of Mars” short that serves as something of a prologue to the series. The disc also includes a 10-minute “Make It So” featurette about the creation of the show.

In addition, the first episode includes a quarantine-recorded picture-in-picture Zoom commentary with producers Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer and Hanelle M. Culpepper (who also directed the episode).

The third disc includes more making-of featurettes, including the 12-and-a-half-minute “Aliens Alive: The xBs,” about putting the actors into Borg makeup, with a particular focus on Jeri Ryan’s return to her famous role.

“Picard Props” is a 13-minute featurette about the creation of various knick-knacks and weapons used on the show.

“Set Me Up” is a 14-and-a-half-minute featurette about the production design of some of the starship interiors and Picard’s home, showing off a lot of great details.

“The Motley Crew” is a 19-minute featurette about the cast, including some of Briones’ audition footage.

Finally, there’s an eight-minute gag reel, which is pretty great if only for the amount of playful bickering we get to see between longtime friends Stewart and Frakes, who directed a number of the episodes.

Thriller ‘Spell’ Coming to PVOD and Digital Oct. 30

The horror thriller Spell will be released on PVOD and digital Oct. 30, in time for Halloween, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will also be released in select theaters.

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star.

In the film, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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Paramount Releasing ‘Top Gun’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Dec. 1

The 1980s Tom Cruise pop culture classic Top Gun will be released in a limited-edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack Dec. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The release includes an exploration of the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, including John Hamm, Miles Teller and Glen Powell. It also includes a retrospective segment from 2016 looking back at 30 years of Top Gun. Additional previously released bonus content includes commentary by Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. and naval experts; “Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun”; a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; and music videos.

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The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.  Cruise is the talented pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best of the best. The film also stars Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The film’s soundtrack include’s Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.”

The mass-market 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Top Gun was released in May to coincide with the planned June theatrical release of sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel’s theatrical re-release was subsequently changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, first to December, then to July 2021.

‘Collateral’ Traveling to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 8

Director Michael Mann’s thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination* for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

Collateral was released theatrically in 2004 and racked up a domestic gross of $101 million, with a worldwide take of nearly $217 million.

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The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following previously released bonus content: commentary by director Michael Mann;  “City of Night: The Making of Collateral”;  “Special Delivery”; a deleted Scene with commentary; “Shooting on Location: Annie’s Office”; “Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse”; and “Visual FX: MTA Train.”

Season 3 of ‘Yellowstone’ on Disc Dec. 8

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Yellowstone: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 8 (order date Oct. 27).

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.  In the third season, the Dutton family is threatened by new foes and lucrative business deals, forcing John (Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Jamie (Wes Bentley) to utilize unexpected alliances and risky measures to safeguard their legacy. New cast members for the third season include Josh Holloway (“Lost”). The also includes Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham. New cast members for the third season include Josh Holloway (“Lost”).

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The third-season finale of was “Yellowstone” the most-watched cable telecast of the year, and the top cable telecast since the “Game of Thrones” finale in May 2019. The three seasons of the series are consistently among the top titles in the weekly Watched at Home chart of digital and DVD/Blu-ray transactions compiled by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The show has been renewed for a fourth season on Paramount Network.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets of the third season offer all 10 hourlong episodes, plus more than four hours of extras, including a never-before-seen featurette detailing the making of the season with inside looks from Costner and Sheridan; an exploration of the series with director Stephen Kay; and an interview with special effects supervisor Garry Elmendorf about his team’s work on the show.

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A limited-edition DVD gift set of the first three seasons will also be available Dec. 8, featuring 12 discs, collectible packaging, and a set of four themed drink coasters.

Fans can also purchase “Yellowstone” merchandise inspired by the Dutton Ranch and iconic western landscape. T-shirts are now available on Walmart.com and in select Walmart stores, and at amazon.com/paramountnetwork.