New Disc, Digital Releases for Jan. 19 Include ‘Dreamland,’ ‘Kid Detective,’ ‘Let Him Go’

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dreamland and Wander, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Kid Detective and The Climb, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 19.

Also new in stores are the horror films Toys of Terror from Warner Bros. and The Cleansing Hour from RLJE, the Criterion Collection’s Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story, and Lionsgate’s Miss Juneteenth.

Dreamland, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Paramount, stars Finn Cole as a young man growing up during the Great Depression who dreams of leaving his family’s farm when he discovers a famous bank robber played by Margot Robbie hiding in his barn after getting shot during a heist. Nursing her back to health, he falls in love with her, and the pair make plans to run away together to Mexico, even as his stepfather leads the posse trying to track her down. Read a review of the Blu-ray here.

The dark comedy The Kid Detective is available on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, and stars Adam Brody as a once-celebrated kid detective who, at age 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity, until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse) brings him his first adult case.

The buddy comedy The Climb, also on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony, takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

The thriller Wander arrives on DVD only from Paramount. Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has Toys of Terror slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray, though the retail availability of the Blu-ray is spotty (it’s listed as sold out at some sites, while others, such as Amazon and Target, aren’t listing the Blu-ray at all). In a movie that re-creates the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, a family vacation at a creepy mansion turns awry when the kids find a stash of haunted toys.

RLJE Films’ The Cleansing Hour, which debuted on the Shudder streaming service, arrives on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis in the story of a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But the podcasters’ fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour featuring Dylan and numerous other musicians. The film was originally released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2019, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection.

Miss Juneteenth, which arrives on DVD from Lionsgate after a summer VOD release, follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.

Warner’s DVD release of Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? The Complete First Season offers 26 episodes from the latest animated series featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. The series airs on the Boomerang network.

JSA: Joint Security Area, a thriller from Park Chan-wook released in 2000, follows a Swiss-Korean major as she leads an investigation into a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border that results in two Korean soldiers’ death. The Arrow Video Blu-ray distributed by MVD Entertainment Group features several new featurettes.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, releases Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition digitally and Blu-ray Disc, the first time the cult favorite anime series “Bartender” has been released on Blu-ray in North America. It collects all 11 episodes in a two-disc set, with deluxe packaging that includes nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Bonus content includes clean opening and closing credits, and bumpers. The episodes are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release slated for Feb. 2. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

The documentary 21 Miles is a digital-only release from Virgil Films. The film is the story of a father’s incredible journey to reach his son in England. Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian, arrives in the French shantytown with nothing more than the shirt on his back and 21 miles of sea between him and his 8-year-old boy Marcel.

Catalog movies debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Jan. 19 include two classics from director John Carpenter, 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1988’s They Live, both from Shout! Factory, and the disaster movie 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Fatman

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 1/26/21;
Paramount;
Action;
Box Office $0.28 million;
$19.99 DVD, $22.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, and language.
Stars Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Robert Bockstael, Eric Woolfe, Susanne Sutchy, Deborah Grover.

The idea at the center of Fatman hints at a fun deconstruction of a Christmas movie — a kid upset with his gift hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus. However, the premise turns out to be more intriguing than the execution.

Mel Gibson stars as Chris Cringle, who is presented as the gruff, put-upon chairman of the Christmas workshop whose business is declining every year due to children becoming less enthralled by the magic of the holidays. The workshop gets paid by the U.S. government based on the number of presents delivered, but as Cringle explains, more and more children are being naughty every year, and per the rules of his existence are eligible to receive only coal.

One such child is a spoiled rich kid named Billy (Chance Hurstfield) who tortures his classmates into dropping out of the school science fair so he can win. He is so incensed by receiving a lump of coal that he steals $25,000 from his grandmother to send an assassin played by Walton Goggins to kill Cringle.

In a twist, the killer has his own beef with Santa over crappy childhood Christmases, and has been amassing a collection of toys that seem to have come from the workshop.

Meanwhile, to make ends meet, Cringle takes on another contract with the U.S. government, this time outsourcing the workshop’s elves to make military hardware.

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A modernist take on Santa that is somewhere between Elf and Die Hard by way of No Country for Old Men, the film offers some clever takes on the Santa myth, such as when Cringle returns from his Christmas deliveries and reveals a gunshot wound he has to patch up, the result of an increasingly violent society mistaking his sleigh as hostile. Gibson is certainly a non-traditional Santa, eschewing the jolly red suit for antacid tablets and shots of whiskey to get by in the harsh winters, and using his knowledge of the naughty list to shame men into not cheating on their wives.

The film’s absurdist quality makes it passible as a curio, though its leisurely pacing and sparse action make it seem to drag on a lot longer than its 99 minutes.

Among the Blu-ray extras is a nice commentary track with Mel Gibson, directors Eshom and Ian Nelms, producer Michelle Land, and cinematographer Johnny Derango, that gives a good idea of the flavor the filmmakers were after.

Also included are two storyboard-to-film comparisons of key scenes, running a total of 10 minutes.

Finally, the Blu-ray offers six deleted scenes running 9:12 with optional commentary by the filmmakers.

‘Love and Monsters’ Fights to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Paramount’s Love and Monsters debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart the week ended Jan. 9.

The film, a post-apocalyptic actioner about a man traveling through a world populated by mutant creatures in order to reconnect with his girlfriend, earned $1 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of total Love and Monster sales, with the 4K Ultra HD version comprising 15% of its total.

Warner’s Tenet, which had been the top-selling disc the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 2.

Dropping a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Unviersal’s Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief.

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Rounding out the top five overall discs were Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3 at No. 4, and Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, No. 4 was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection (which was No. 8 overall), followed at No. 5 by Universal’s 1917 (No. 12 overall).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 10 was unchanged from the week before. Honest Thief repeated at No. 1, Universal’s The War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, Love and Monsters was No. 4 and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer was No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 1-9-21
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Dreamland

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 1/19/21;
Paramount;
Drama;
$19.99 DVD, $22.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for some violence, language and sexuality/nudity.
Stars Finn Cole, Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp.

If it weren’t for the involvement of Margot Robbie, Dreamland would seem like a run-of-the-mill direct-to-video gangster drama.

The film focuses on a young man named Eugene (Finn Cole), who lives on his family’s farm during the Great Depression. His stepfather, a local sheriff’s deputy, is caught up in a manhunt Allison Wells (Robbie), the female half of a Bonnie & Clyde-style team on the run after a botched bank robbery.

One night, Eugene discovers an injured Allison hiding in the family’s barn, bleeding out from a gunshot wound. Claiming she’s not as bad as the press makes her out to be, she explains her partner was killed and convinces him to help her heal. In the process he ends up falling in love with her because she’s a rebellious teenager and she’s Margot Robbie.

When Eugene’s little sister, who narrates the story, starts to suspect he’s hiding something in the barn, he and Allison steal the family truck with a plan to escape to Mexico. With his stepfather leading a posse after them, Eugene begins to question Allison’s sincerity as she tries to steer him away from a life of crime.

The Blu-ray is presented with no extras.

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Comedy ‘She’s the Man’ Arriving on Blu-ray March 2 for 15th Anniversary

The Amanda Bynes comedy She’s the Man will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time March 2, from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 15th anniversary.

In addition to Bynes, the cast of She’s the Man includes Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Laura Ramsey (Lords of Dogtown), Robert Hoffman (“90210”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“This Is Us”). In the film, Viola (Bynes), disguised as her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), joins the high school boys’ soccer team and ends up helping them win the big game. She also unexpectedly falls for Duke (Channing Tatum), the star forward.

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The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy and previously released bonus content, including commentary by Bynes, Tatum, Ramsey, Hoffman and Breckenridge, director Andy Fickman and co-writer/producer Ewan “Jack” Leslie; a second commentary with Leslie and producer Lauren Shuler Donner;  “Making The Man”; “The Troupe”;  “Inspired By Shakespeare’s …”; nine deleted scenes with optional commentary by Bynes, Fickman and Leslie; a gag reel; a cast photo album; “Shakespeare, Soccer and Such Trivia Track”; and the  “Let Go” music video by David Lichens.

The film will also be available in the new Girls Rule 3-Movie Blu-ray Collection, which will also arrive March 2 and includes Mean GirlsClueless, and She’s the Man.

‘Yellowstone’ Rides Back to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart After Season 3 Disc Release

The third season of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” jumped back into the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 12, boosted by its Dec. 8 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The season previously topped the chart in June following its premiere on the Paramount Network.

The latest season of the popular series, which stars Kevin Costner as a man in charge of the largest ranch in America, helped raised interest in the previous two seasons as well, as all three dominated the Watched at Home chart during the summer.

The chart, presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data.

For the week, season one was No. 4, and season two was No. 14; a week earlier they were No. 14 and No. 17, respectively. Season three, the week before its disc release, was No. 16.

Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 17 reported it has sold more than 1 million combined copies of the three seasons of “Yellowstone” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Yellowstone: Season 3 was also No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales its first week on shelves.

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The remainder of the Watched at Home chart was populated mostly by holiday catalog titles getting a boost in the lead-up to Christmas.

No. 2 was Universal’s animated The Grinch, No. 3 was Warner’s Elf, and rounding out the top five was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The previous week’s most-watched title, Warner’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, dropped to No. 7.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. Elf (Warner)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Home Alone (20th Century)
  10. Fatman (Paramount)
  11. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  12. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  13. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  16. The Phenomenon (1091)
  17. Selena (Warner)
  18. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  19. Love Actually (Universal)
  20. Buddy Games (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 12.

Paramount Marks 1 Million DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit Sales for ‘Yellowstone’

Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 17 reported it has sold more than 1 million combined copies of the three seasons of “Yellowstone” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Yellowstone: Season 3 was the top seller on the NPD VideoScan domestic chart of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales the week ended Dec. 12, its first week in stores after its Dec. 8 disc release. A new DVD gift set of all three seasons, which sold out at Amazon, landed at No. 12 on the domestic disc sales chart.

The DVD and Blu-ray of the first season from 2018 has sold more than 500,000 units to date, according to the studio. It was No. 38 for the week. The second season from 2019 was No. 51.

“Yellowstone,” which has been renewed for a fourth season, stars Kevin Costner and deals with the conflicts of running the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The third-season finale of the Paramount Network series was the top cable telecast of 2020 with 10.7 million viewers.

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‘Yellowstone’ Season Three Tops Disc Sales Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Yellowstone: Season 3 debuted at No. 1 the week ended Dec. 12 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales in the United States. It was No. 6 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

A DVD gift set of all three seasons of the Paramount Network series landed at No. 12 on the domestic disc sales chart. Season one was No. 38 and season two was No. 51.

With the success of the latest season and the gift set, which sold out at Amazon, Paramount announced that the show’s three seasons have cumulatively sold 1 million copies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller the week ended Dec. 12 was Disney’s live-action Mulan, which was No. 6 on the overall disc chart.

Otherwise, holiday titles continued to dominate disc sales. The previous week’s top seller, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, from Warner, dropped to No. 2 overall and remained No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Elf was No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while Universal’s animated The Grinch was No. 4 overall and the No. 2 Blu-ray. Rounding out the overall top five was Warner’s The Polar Express, which was the No. 10 Blu-ray.

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Paramount’s Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a new edit of The Godfather Part III from director Francis Ford Coppola available only on Blu-ray, debuted at No. 3 on the high-def disc chart. It was No. 17 overall.

A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of 1990’s Total Recall helped push the Lionsgate-distributed sci-fi actioner back onto the charts at No. 23 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 13 saw Paramount’s Fatman take over the No. 1 spot. The film, which stars Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa fighting for his life against an assassin hired by a kid who’s mad about his Christmas presents, was made available for disc rental at Redbox a month before its wide DVD and Blu-ray release.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained No. 2, with Mulan falling to No. 3 after spending three of the previous four weeks in the top spot.

Paramount’s Buddy Games was No. 4, with Disney-owned 20th Century’s The New Mutants at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 12-12-20
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‘Wander’ Traveling to DVD Jan. 19 From Paramount

The thriller Wander will come out on DVD Jan. 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is available now on digital and on demand.

Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.

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Classic ‘Love Story’ Coming to Blu-ray in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line Feb. 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the classic Love Story on Blu-ray as part of its “Paramount Presents” line for the film’s 50th anniversary Feb. 9.

Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, the 1970 romance captures the highs and lows of young love in a film based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel. Love Story was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning more than $100 million at the domestic box office. In 2002, the AFI placed it at No. 9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw both received Oscar nominations for their starring roles as Harvard students Oliver (O’Neal) and Jenny (MacGraw), who come from opposite backgrounds, but share a chemistry they cannot deny — and a love they can’t ignore. Despite Oliver’s wealthy father threatening to disown him, the young couple marries and begins to build their new life together. But fate has other plans, and soon Oliver and Jenny face a crisis only the strongest of loves can endure.

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The limited-edition Blu-ray includes the newly restored film; a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin; previously released content, including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, “Love Story: A Classic Remembered” and the theatrical trailer; and digital copy access. Packaging includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.