Merchandising: ‘Maleficent’ Is Mistress of Exclusives

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil arrived at retail Jan. 14 with a couple of retailer exclusives.

Target offered the fantasy sequel based on “Sleeping Beauty” as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a filmmaker gallery book for $34.99.

Target’s ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ 4K UHD Blu-ray Gallery booklet

Best Buy had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Steelbook

Best Buy also had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for Disney’s 2016 version of The Jungle Book, which was just released in the UHD format.

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Walmart had an exclusive tied to Paramount’s Gemini Man, offering a bonus Vudu digital movie of xXx: Return of Xander Cage with the Gemini Man Blu-ray ($22.96) or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ($27.96).

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‘A Quiet Place’ Coming in 4K UHD Steelbook Before Sequel’s Theatrical Debut

Director John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place will come out in a Mondo X Steelbook 4K Ultra HD combo pack March 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment — just before the theatrical debut of its sequel March 20.

In the thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.

The Mondo X SteelBook collaboration #038 features exclusive artwork inspired by Matt Ryan Tobin’s atmospheric poster highlighting the film’s iconic red string lights.

The 4K Ultra HD disc features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and Dolby Vision.

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The Blu-ray in the 4K Ultra HD combo pack includes more than 30 minutes of bonus content, including the featurettes “Creating the Quiet”; “The Sound of Darkness,” about the editing; and “A Reason for Silence,” about the visual effects.

Paramount Sets Home Release Dates for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Paramount Home Entertainment in January 2020 will release Terminator: Dark Fate for home viewing.

The sixth film in the “Terminator” franchise will be available through digital retailers on Jan. 14. Two weeks later, on Jan. 28, the film will become available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD, and digital releases come with over an hour of bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes, in-depth featurettes taking fans through the process of reimagining the world after Judgment Day, a look at the climactic final showdown, and a visual effects breakdown.

In addition, the digital release will include access to two more featurettes and previsualization sequences showing how the action was planned out prior to filming.  Select digital platforms also will offer film commentary by director Tim Miller and editor Julian Clarke, as well as an introduction and commentary on the deleted scenes

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The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD digital releases feature Dolby Vision.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs include access to a digital copy of the film.

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Terminator: Dark Fate takes place decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day. A lethal new Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance. In a fight to save mankind, battle-hardened Sarah teams up with an unexpected ally (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an enhanced super soldier to stop the deadliest Terminator yet.

30th Anniversary ‘Hunt for Red October’ Steelbook Set for February Release

Paramount Home Entertainment has set a Feb. 25 home release date for The Hunt For Red October: 30th Anniversary Limited Collectors Edition.

The 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Disc combo comes packaged in a limited-edition Steelbook. The combo pack includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as commentary by director John McTiernan. Also included is a behind-the-scenes featurette, “Beneath the Surface.”

The 1990 techno-thriller, an adaption of Tom Clancy’s 1984 debut novel, stars Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. The Hunt for Red October earned more than $122 million at the domestic box office to become the year’s No. 6 movie — behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at No. 5 and Pretty Woman at No. 4. Home Alone was the year’s No. 1 earner.

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The film follows a Soviet submarine captain, Marko Ramius (Connery), who goes rogue with his country’s cutting-edge ballistic missile submarine known as Red October. The Soviets tell Americans he is planning to launch missiles on the United States, but CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Baldwin) thinks otherwise and tries to prove to the U.S. forces that the Red October isn’t a threat.

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The Hunt for Red October received mostly positive reviews from critics. At the 63rd Academy Awards, the film was honored with an Oscar for Best Sound Editing, along with nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.

 

‘Shutter Island’ Heads to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 11 for 10th Anniversary

Martin Scorsese’s atmospheric thriller Shutter Island will arrive for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 10th anniversary.

The 4K Ultra HD release will be available in a limited collector’s edition steelbook.

Based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he navigates what appears to be a routine investigation that quickly turns sinister. The film also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Syndow and Michelle Williams.

Special features include the previously released featurettes “Behind the Shutters” and “Into the Lighthouse” on the Blu-ray.

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Reports: Netflix Picks Up Rights to New ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Sequel

Netflix has licensed rights to a new Beverly Hills Cop sequel from Paramount, according to reports.

The fourth installment in the series will star Eddie Murphy and be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the reports stated. The first three movies came out in 1984, 1987 and 1994, and all featured Murphy as a freewheeling Detroit cop.

Netflix this month also expanded its deal with another Viacom property, Nickelodeon. It’s a multiyear output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series for kids and families based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as new IP.

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AMC Theatres to Sell AMC Networks Movies on Its Online Platform

AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment.

The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand.

Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased or rented through AMCTheatres.com, the AMC Theatres mobile app, Roku and SmartTVs with more services and devices to be added in the near future.

AMC Theatres and AMC Networks are not related companies.

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“AMC Theatres On Demand is yet another benefit for AMC Stubs members, designed as a low-cost, ancillary service to add convenience and value for the guest, increase loyalty, augment our rich consumer database and generate additional earnings,” the company stated.

Earlier this year, AMC launched its branded transactional VOD platform featuring digital sale and rental access to 2,000 studio titles, including Lionsgate and Paramount feature films.

Separately, AMC said its A-List subscription ticket service has become profitable.

The service — launched as competition to now-shuttered MoviePass — has attracted more than 900,000 subscribers — exceeding initial internal expectations of 500,000 subscribers in the first year of operation. During the first quarter of 2019, AMC implemented a 10% membership price increase in 10 states and a 20% price increase in five states. Based on an average monthly frequency of 2.40 theatrical visits for A-List subs in the Q3, their associated full-price, bring-along guest attendance, food and beverage spend and the price increases in Q1, AMC believes the A-List program was profitable in the third quarter and nine-months ended Sept. 30.

“Our being in the midst of nothing less than a digital transformation in which we are increasingly and continuously engaging with our guests before, during and after their visits to our theaters … is enabling us to be vividly focused on generating additional free cash flow, deleveraging our balance sheet and driving shareholder value,” AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.

Holiday Film ‘Buttons: A Christmas Tale’ Due on Digital Nov. 19, DVD Dec. 3 From Paramount

The holiday film Buttons: A Christmas Tale will arrive on digital Nov. 19 and DVD Dec. 3 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The cast includes Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer, along with screen legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.  The film is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford.

From creator/director/writer/composer Tim Janis, who has sold millions of albums and worked with a wide array of artists, Buttons: A Christmas Tale follows the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Van Dyke and Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.

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The DVD includes bonus songs, a music video and a photo gallery.

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.