JustWatch: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Top Streamed Movie in September

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick was the top-streamed movie in September, according to monthly data from JustWatch, the Berlin-based guide that tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States. HBO Max’s animated series, “Rick and Morty” was the most-streamed episodic program.

The Tom Cruise-starring sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, Maverick bested Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nope and porn-themed slasher film X, streaming on Prime Video.

Among episodic programming, Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” finished No. 2, besting “The Patient” on Hulu and HBO Max’s “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon.”

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John Hughes Comedy ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Nov. 22

The comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles, written and directed by John Hughes, will land on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Nov. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on Nov. 25, 1987, Planes, Trains and Automobiles celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

Steve Martin and John Candy star in the tale of travel gone awry. In the film, Neal Page (Martin) is an uptight ad exec trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family. When rerouted to Wichita, Neal reluctantly partners with Del Griffith (Candy), an obnoxious yet loveable salesman. Together, they embark on a cross-country adventure filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth.

Newly remastered on 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, Planes, Trains and Automobiles includes a bonus “Lost Luggage” Blu-ray Disc containing more than an hour of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes that were recently discovered in the archives of writer, producer and director Hughes. The newly uncovered footage offers a unique glimpse into the filmmaking and editing process and features funny moments between Martin and Candy. In addition to the newly discovered footage, the bonus Blu-ray Disc also includes Dylan Baker’s original audition for the character of Owen.

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The 4K Ultra HD Disc includes the feature film and the following legacy bonus content: “Getting There Is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles“; the two-part documentary “John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast”; and a tribute to John Candy.

The release also includes access to a digital copy of the film.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tops Digital Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Where the Crawdad Sings climbed to No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 25, but slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week. The film, based on the novel of the same name, is about an abandoned girl who raises herself in the woods.

No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, the megahit sequel to 1986’s Top Gun that has earned more than $1.4 billion at the global box office.

Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru remained No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The fifth entry and second prequel in the “Despicable Me” franchise features the minions helping the younger Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) fulfill his dream of becoming a supervillain.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis, director Bax Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, dropped to No. 3 on that chart.

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No. 4 on both charts was Quiver Films’ Bandit, available on disc exclusively at Redbox until its wide release Dec. 13. The film based on a true tells the story of a charming criminal who assumes a new identity after being released from prison and robs 59 banks and jewelry stores while being hunted by police.

No. 5 on the disc rental chart, and No. 3 on the digital chart, was Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion. The extended cut of the film was No. 6 on the digital chart, where it is tracked separately (though it is included with the disc version as well as the digital sellthrough version at some retailers).

The No. 5 digital title, and No. 6 disc rental, was Universal’s The Black Phone, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke about a kidnapped boy who finds a phone that lets him hear from previous victims.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 25:

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  2. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  3. Elvis — Warner
  4. Bandit — Quiver
  5. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  6. The Black Phone — Universal
  7. Lightyear — Disney
  8. The Reef: Stalked — RLJ
  9. Wrong Place — Vertical
  10. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin — Paramount

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 25:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  3. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  4. Bandit — Quiver
  5. The Black Phone — Universal
  6. Jurassic World Dominion (Extended Cut) — Universal
  7. The Enforcer — Screen Media
  8. Wrong Place — Vertical
  9. X — Lionsgate/A24
  10. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate

 

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‘Scream 2’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 4 From Paramount

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the sequel Scream 2 arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on Oct. 4 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on Dec. 12, 1997, in the United States, Scream 2 has been newly remastered in 4K and will be released both for digital purchase and in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set that includes legacy bonus content, as well as access to a digital copy of the film. The discs will be available in both standard and Steelbook packaging.

In the film, away at college, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) thinks she’s finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her — until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel.

Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) and other Scream survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe or beyond suspicion. 

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The release features legacy bonus content, including audio commentary by director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier; deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Craven, Maddalena and Lussier); outtakes; a featurette; two music videos, Master P’s “Scream” and Kottonmouth Kings’ “Suburban Life”; the theatrical trailer; and TV spots.

‘Scream 2’ Steelbook Packaging

           

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Fourth Consecutive Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick finished its fourth consecutive week atop the U.K. home entertainment sales chart through Sept. 21 based on digital retail sales.

The week’s highest new entry, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion, ranked No. 2 also based on digital downloads only. It’s the third and final installment of the “Jurassic World” movie trilogy and the sixth “Jurassic” film, once again starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum among its ensemble cast.

Set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — itself the first ever No. 1 on the Official Film Chart. Dominion concludes the storyline from the original Jurassic Park series; while dinosaurs now live alongside humans across the world, the characters set off on separate adventures to uncover and expose dangerous conspiracies.

Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era dropped one spot to No. 3, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Batman rebounded two spots to No. 4, and fellow former chart-topper Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore moved to No. 5.

More former No. 1’s followed, with Universal’s musical family favorite Sing 2 (no. 6), Paramount’s original Top Gun (No. 7) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (No. 8) all holding on to a place in the top 10.

Warner’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy collection moved up one spot to No. 9, and finally, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home rebounded four spots at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 21, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
2 NEW JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION UNIVERSAL
3 2 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
4 6 THE BATMAN WARNER
5 3 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
6 8 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
7 5 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
8 9 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT
9 10 THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY WARNER
10 14 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2022

Horror Prequel ‘Orphan: First Kill’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Orphan: First Kill on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18. The film, currently available for digital purchase, VOD and streaming on Paramount+, is a prequel to the 2009 horror film Orphan, about a serial killer named posing as a child.

First Kill features Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her role as Leena Klammer, the killer from the original film. After escaping from an Estonian psychiatric facility, she travels to America by impersonating Esther Albright, the missing daughter of a wealthy family. However, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.

The cast also includes Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles.

The film earned $5.4 million at the domestic box office.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 4 Warps to Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 6

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 6. A limited-edition Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging also will be available.

The set includes all 13 episodes from the “Star Trek” spinoff that originally streamed exclusively on Paramount+. In the season, the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery investigates an alien threat from outside the galaxy.

The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala and Blu del Barrio.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four’ Steelbook

Extras exclusive to the disc releases include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a commentary on the finale episode, “Coming Home.” The set also includes four bonus featurettes:

  • “’Star Trek: Discovery’ — The Voyage of Season 4” — a look behind the scenes with the writers and producers;
  • “Being Michael Burnham: The Captain’s Log” — Actress Sonequa Martin-Green shares intimate videos taken throughout the season;
  • “Creating Space” — a look at the use of an AR wall to create immersive visual effects;
  • “The Toll It Took” — The production team discusses how they adjusted to filming the season during the COVID pandemic.

 

‘Paranormal Activity’ Complete Set Headed to Blu-ray Oct. 11

For the first time in one complete set, all seven “Paranormal Activity” movies come together in Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection on Blu-ray Oct. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The limited-edition, collector’s set includes the latest chapter on Blu-ray for the first time, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, which debuted exclusively on Paramount+.

The collection also features the 90-plus minute documentary Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity, which chronicles the complete story of “Paranormal Activity” from indie sensation to blockbuster franchise. Featuring interviews with cast and crew, newly revealed footage from the films, and insight from fans, it’s an exploration of the movies that reimagined the “found footage” genre for a whole new generation of viewers.

The collection includes nine Blu-ray discs, including the out-of-print 3D Blu-ray of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, digital codes for each film, and an exclusive “home security sticker” — all housed in deluxe packaging containing reversible artwork for each title.

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The set includes:

  • Paranormal Activity Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical and unrated version with alternate ending
  • Paranormal Activity 2 Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical and unrated version
  • Paranormal Activity 3 Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical and unrated version;
  • Paranormal Activity 4 Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical and unrated version;
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical and unrated version;
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical, unrated and unrated version with alternate ending;
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 3D Blu-ray, which includes the theatrical 3D version;
  • Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Blu-ray, which includes more than 20 minutes of deleted scenes and an alternate ending; and
  • Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity Blu-ray.

Romance ‘The In Between’ Due on Digital Sept. 27 From Paramount

The supernatural drama romance The In Between will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Joey King (The Kissing Booth) stars in this film based on the heartbreaking novel. Tessa is a teenage girl with a love for old movies and film photography but doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Skylar (Kyle Allen, West Side Story) is a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. Despite their differences, their chance encounter at a matinee showing of a classic French film opens her heart. But tragedy strikes all too soon, and a car accident takes Skylar’s life. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon finds signs that Skylar might be attempting to reconnect with her — from an afterworld known as “the in between.” With the help of her best friend and a newfound open mind, Tessa attempts to make contact and prove that love never dies.

Directed by Arie Posin, the film also stars Kim Dickens, John Ortiz Celeste O’Connor, April Parker and Donna Biscoe.

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First Season of ‘Halo’ Series Hitting Retail in November

CBS, Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Halo: Season One for digital purchase Nov. 7, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 15.

The big-budget sci-fi series, which was produced by Showtime for the Paramount+ streaming service, is a live-action adaptation of the popular “Halo” video game franchise.

After years of human civil war and growing political unrest, mankind’s very future is threatened when its outermost colonies intrude upon the sacred worlds of an alien threat known as the Covenant. As this fanatical alliance destroys world after human world, only one soldier slows their advance — a cybernetically enhanced “Spartan” supersoldier, the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). As the mystery of the Covenant’s true ambitions are revealed, the Master Chief must find a way to save humanity from the alien threat while also coming to terms with the secrets of his own enigmatic past.

In addition to Schreiber, the show also stars Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey, the creator of the Spartan super soldiers, and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. The cast also includes Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy and Danny Sapani.

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The five-disc DVD, Blu-ray and 4K collections include all nine episodes and more than five hours of behind-the-scenes extras, including 75 minutes of exclusive content that takes viewers deeper into the world of “Halo.”

Paramount is releasing the 4K Ultra HD version in both standard packaging and as a limited-edition Steelbook. Both configurations and the regular Blu-ray will include collectible art cards of Kwan Ha, Dr. Halsey, Soren, Master Chief, Vannak, Riz and Kai.