Paramount Releasing ‘Official Secrets’ in November

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the thriller Official Secrets digitally Nov. 5, and on DVD (with digital copy) Nov. 26.

Keira Knightley stars in the true story of British intelligence specialist turned whistleblower Katharine Gun, who in 2003 received a memo with a directive to collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq, and decides to leak the memo to the press, igniting an international firestorm.

The cast also includes Matt Smith as Martin Bright, the journalist who broke the story; Matthew Goode as one of Bright’s colleagues; and Ralph Fiennes and Gun’s lawyer.

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Directed by Gavin Hood, the film earned $1.9 million at the U.S. box office.

The digital copy included with the DVD presents the film in high-definition.

Paramount Promotes Robert Oram to SVP, Domestic Physical Sales and Distribution

Robert Oram has been promoted to SVP of domestic physical sales and distribution for Paramount Home Entertainment.

In this role, Oram will oversee the sales and distribution of the studio’s film and television properties across all domestic physical retailers.  He will report to Craig White, EVP, worldwide sales and distribution for Paramount Home Entertainment.

“Rob’s appointment is a reflection of his exemplary effort and proven track record of success,” said White in a statement. “He has worked closely with our customers to build sustainable performance while also being an advocate for innovation and we look forward to his continuing contributions in his expanded role.”

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Oram most recently served as VP of sales for Paramount Home Entertainment, managing the studio’s $200 million-plus business with the Walmart North America Group, which includes Walmart U.S., Walmart Canada and Walmart eCommerce.  His previous experience includes seven years at Universal Studios Home Entertainment, where he was a senior account executive working with Walmart.  He also held positions with multimedia retailer Hastings Entertainment.

‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Travels to Digital Nov. 5, Disc Nov. 19 From Paramount

The family film Dora and the Lost City of Gold debuts on digital Nov. 5 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Nov. 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her biggest challenge yet — high school. When her parents mysteriously disappear while searching for the Lost City of Gold, Dora must swing into action and lead a group of ill-equipped high schoolers on a wild quest to save them.

The film, based on the kids’ series “Dora the Explorer,” also stars Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, and Danny Trejo.

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Extras on the digital and Blu-ray releases include bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, a look at Isabela Moner’s transformation into Dora, and a tour of Dora’s Jungle House.

‘Catch-22’ Miniseries on DVD Nov. 19

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Hulu miniseries Catch-22 on DVD Nov. 19.

Based on the novel by Joseph Heller, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a U.S. air squadron in Italy during World War II. Yossarian (Christopher Abbott) is a bombardier whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive.” The real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn.

The cast also includes George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie and Giancarlo Giannini. The limited series is executive produced by Clooney, Heslov and Richard Brown.

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The two-DVD set includes all six episodes from the limited series, plus more than 60 minutes of exclusive bonus content, including a three-part behind-the-scenes featurette titled “The Cogs of War,” 13 deleted scenes and outtakes from every episode.

Paramount Appoints David Elliott SVP of Physical International Sales and Distribution

David Elliott has been appointed SVP of physical international sales and distribution for Paramount Home Entertainment.

Elliott will replace Charlie McAuley, who is retiring after 13 years with the company.  In this role, Elliott will oversee the physical sales and distribution of the studio’s film and television properties internationally, providing leadership and direction to the international sales teams and developing strategies to maximize revenue.

He will report to Craig White, EVP of worldwide sales and distribution.

“David’s rich and diverse experience in the world’s leading and fast developing markets uniquely positions him to navigate and take advantage of the exciting opportunities our industry offers,” White said in a statement. “I am excited to have David at Paramount and look forward to his contributions.”

Elliott joins Paramount from 20th Century Fox where he served as SVP/managing director emerging markets — APAC, LATAM, EMEA, leading home entertainment content distribution for digital and physical products across all emerging markets and licensee businesses. He previously served as SVP, market development, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Northern Europe, SVP/head of international operations, and VP/head of international finance and accounting for Fox.

McAuley joined Paramount in 2006 as managing director, home entertainment U.K. and Ireland. In 2015 McAuley was promoted to SVP, responsible for international physical sales and managing distribution partnerships and licensing. McAuley has served as vice chairman and later chairman of the British Video Association (BVA) (now BASE). He previously worked at CIC International, Woolworths U.K. and Blockbuster International.

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“Charlie has been a highly successful business leader, as well as a formidable competitor and esteemed colleague and friend to many in the industry in Europe and beyond,” said White in a statement. “He has provided expert stewardship for Paramount’s fabled film library and delivered critical successes throughout his tenure. Charlie’s legacy and impact on the industry and his colleagues is exemplary. He will be sorely missed and we wish him well in his retirement.”

‘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 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; and 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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