‘Paw Patrol,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘The Crown’ Among New Nov. 2 Discs; ‘Candyman,’ ‘Tammy Faye’ Released Digitally

Among the titles released for home viewing Nov. 2, Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Movie, Decal’s Pig and Sony Pictures’ fourth season of “The Crown” arrive on Blu-ray and DVD, while Universal’s Candyman relaunch and Searchlight Pictures’ The Eyes of Tammy Faye become available for digital purchase.

The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is available on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2. In the film, which earned $128 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City.

The Nicolas Cage starrer Pig is available on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. In the film from Decal and Neon, Cage stars as a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness who must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped. The thriller also stars Alex Wolff (Jumanji: The Next Level, Patriots Day, Hereditary), Adam Arkin (“Northern Exposure,” “Chicago Hope,” Halloween H20: 20 Years Later), and is directed by Michael Sarnoski.

Season four of the hit Netflix series “The Crown” is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The  historical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II was produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 4 premiered on Netflix in November 2020 and swept the major categories at the recent Emmy Awards, including Outstanding TV Series — Drama. Season four covers the late 1970s and 1980s, as the Queen and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairy tale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal Family is becoming increasingly divided.

The fantasy drama Nine Days arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Will (Winston Duke) and Kyo (Benedict Wong) spend their days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TVs of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — including Emma (Zazie Beetz) and Kane (Bill Skarsgård) arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Kung Fu: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2. A reimagining of the same-named 1970s series, “Kung Fu” airs on the CW network and stars Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and journeys to an isolated monastery in China. When she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her parents are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky vows to protect her community by bringing these criminals to justice while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor. The show also stars Kheng Hua Tan, Eddie Liu, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Vanessa Kai, Tony Chung, Tzi Ma and Yvonne Chapman.

The horror sequel Candyman is now available through digital retailers. Candyman was released in U.S. theaters last August, more than a year after its originally scheduled release in June 2020. The date was postponed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film wound up grossing more than $61 million in U.S. theaters. Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Kyle Kaminsky. The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later.  A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny. It arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 16.

Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye is available for digital purchase Nov. 2 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16.

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The epic 1921 silent film The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, joins the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray line Nov. 2 for its 100th anniversary from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released at the height of the nation’s appetite for motion pictures, the romantic drama The Sheik became a massive sensation, breaking box office records and earning more than $1 million during its first year of release. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the film was directed by George Melford and stars the legendary Valentino as the title character. The role helped propel Valentino into stardom and sealed his status as a Hollywood heartthrob — and the original “Latin Lover” — at the age of 26. Valentino is Ahmed Ben Hassan, a charming Arabian sheik who becomes infatuated with the adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres). When the sheik abducts Lady Diana, the two clash, but ultimately profess their love for one another. As with all films released in the “Paramount Presents” line, The Sheik is presented with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Read an interview about the restoration of the film here.

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases all six seasons of the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City” plus both feature films based on the show as a Blu-ray Disc collection for the first time on Nov. 2. “Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection” features 96 episodes of the series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one boxed set. It arrives in time for the next chapter “And Just Like That …,” which debuts on HBO Max later this year.

The Original Christmas Specials Collection arrives in a Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, featuring five classic stories produced by Rankin/Bass. The collection includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy featuring stop-motion animation and the animated Frosty the Snowman and Cricket on the Hearth. The productions feature the iconic voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, as well as classic songs.

The 1961 Oscar-lauded war film The Guns of Navarone arrives on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its 60th anniversary. In the film, Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, The Guns of Navarone was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects (1961).

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group Nov. 2 releases Chernobyl 1986 and The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Chernobyl 1986 follows the deadly explosion that year at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then the Soviet Union. Europe is faced with an even greater threat — a possible steam explosion that would eject even more radioactive material into the atmosphere over the entire continent. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses into it. Risking their lives in service to their country, Alexey and his colleagues must navigate the labyrinthine passages of the plant’s underground, facing danger at every turn from the facility’s quickly failing infrastructure. With time running out, and the fate of all of Europe hanging in the balance, this team of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use all their strength and bravery to save their nation from complete devastation.

Capelight Pictures releases the documentary The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2. In Jörg Adolph’s documentary adaptation of Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book, Wohlleben guides viewers through his ideas and understanding of how trees work. Presenting ecological, biological and academic expertise with matter of fact candor, he inspires viewers to really see the forest for the trees. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, Peter discusses, debates and explains the amazing process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders.

The holiday film Piney: The Lonesome Pine is available on digital and DVD from NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment. The animated film follows a 5-year-old Welsh girl named Georgie who gets to grow her very own pine tree, Piney, on her Grandpa Sid’s Christmas tree farm. Four years later, the day finally arrives for Piney to become what he was planted to be. He’s ready to be dressed up in baubles and bows and have bright shining lights from his head to his toes. Excited to take Piney into her home, Georgie discovers that Piney has accidentally been removed from the farm with a shipment of other trees. Georgie’s best friend, Jackster the dog, leads Piney on a journey across the countryside to try to get back home before Christmas Eve, while Georgie and Grandpa Sid frantically search for them. Piney features the voices of Sir Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Two Popes, The Wife) who received a 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz), Jason Anthony (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, “Star Trek: Discovery”), Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey,” “East Is East”), and Parminder Nagra (“The Blacklist,” “ER,” Bend it Like Beckham).

Kino Lorber on Nov. 2 releases four vintage horror classics, two from the 1930s and two from the 1940s, available with a brand-new 2K master on Blu-ray Disc. The two oldest films are 1933’s The Secret of the Blue Room and, from 1935, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The Secret of the Blue Room features a young woman whose 21st birthday celebration is eclipsed when her father reveals the dark details of his estate’s guest room. Hoping to prove their bravery and win Irene’s love, each of her three suitors agrees to spend a night in the room, which sets a new string of mysteries in motion.

A haunting film adaptation of the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows an opium-addicted choirmaster, John Jasper, as he becomes obsessed with a young student named Rosa. His nephew, Edwin Drood, develops a crush on the girl and asks her to marry him. Things grow even more complex when Drood disappears.

Also available on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 2 are The Mad Doctor (1941) and The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946).

The Mad Doctor follows the story of a smooth and sinister physician who woos, weds, and murders several of his wealthy women patients for their fortunes. Kino Lorber also is releasing this film on standard DVD.

The Spider Woman Strikes Back features Gale Sondergaard as the diabolical Zenobia Dollard, a wealthy blind woman shrouded in mystery. When all the preceding caretakers vanish without a trace, Jean (Brenda Joyce) is hired to fill the role — but it is soon discovered that Zenobia has used the blood of her predecessors to create a death serum, and that her own blood is being harvested at night to continue the experiment.

The French family comedy Operation Portugal becomes available for digital purchase and VOD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.

Gravitas Ventures and Kamikaze Dogfight  releases the horror anthology Isolation  on VOD platforms Nov. 2. The film is a feature-length anthology, weaving together nine standalone yet interconnected tales of terror from all corners of the world as people confront their darkest fears in an attempt to survive an increasingly deadly pandemic. The film had its world premiere in London at FrightFest U.K. 2021. Director and producer Nathan Crooker created a fictional world many months into the future that is based around the current global pandemic. All 11 filmmakers used the same unifying framework in creating their stories. The filmmakers were tasked with how to stay creative using only what was available to them at the time. They were not allowed to use Zoom or any other video conferencing services and were only allowed to use the equipment and resources they had with them when they entered into lockdown, including cast and crew, adhering to their respective COVID-19 protocols.

Magnolia Home Entertainment Nov. 2 releases The East, Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu’s compelling story of a soldier coming home from the 1945-1949 Indonesian National Revolution. It is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally.

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

Nickelodeon Live-Streaming ‘Paw Patrol’ Stage Show to Preschoolers, Families

Nickelodeon March 31 announced it would live-stream “Paw Patrol Live! At Home,” an interactive streaming event targeting preschoolers April 24-25.  The virtual extravaganza includes: a 45-minute interactive stage show that puts kids at the center of the action; an opportunity to watch the show in a shared viewing room with friends and family; and an immersive pre-show area with games, videos, printable activities and more.

“As we look forward to a return to normalcy and welcoming families back to our live events, we continue to invest in innovative ways to grow our Nickelodeon Experiences business during these unprecedented times,” Amy Hyland, EVP of Nickelodeon strategy, business development and operations, said in a statement.

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The “Paw Patrol Live! At Home” show, which will be available in English and Spanish, was originally conceived for the stage by VStar Entertainment as “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue.” This reimagined production recreates a communal theater-like experience enhanced by the interactive livestream production.

Accessible immediately following ticket purchase, parents can log onto the “Race Ready Room,” a fully immersive area that features digital games, printable activity sheets, an e-shop, a Pup Pup Boogie dance-along video; a series of ‘how to’ videos to help families navigate the pre-show area and interactive show elements and more.

A fully customizable AR avatar responds to viewers’ participation via motion and sound capture, while a virtual, customizable screen overlay version of Ryder’s communication device allows guests to click on the badge of one of the members of the Paw Patrol and have their virtual pad display in the core colors of that pup. Their selected character will also speak directly to them during select moments in the show.

Purchase options include a single ticket, which allows access on one device; as well as a group ticket which includes a single ticket and three additional access codes that can be shared with friends and family, allowing guests to experience the show in a shared viewing room and communicate through a “watch together” video chat. Guests can also choose from three show times — 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET, and 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. Additionally, beginning April 26, families who purchased a single or group access ticket will be able to log on and re-watch the show through May 2.

‘Gone With the Wind’ Discs Top Amazon’s Best-Seller List, Fetch Big Prices

In the wake of HBO Max pulling the film from its streaming service, Gone With the Wind has become the hottest title of the home video aftermarket.

By midday Friday, June 12, Gone With the Wind discs occupied the top four spots of Amazon’s list of best-sellers in the movies and TV category, as well as the No. 12 spot.

All of the copies are not offered directly from Amazon, but from third-party sellers using Amazon’s Marketplace service. Indeed, used and new DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film have been popping up on eBay in the $60 to $70 range, particularly a special Walmart re-release of the 70th anniversary edition in a new slipcover (which had an in-store price of $5 for the DVD and $7.50 for the Blu-ray). Used VHS copies of the film can be had for around five to 10 bucks.

The 1939 film made headlines this week when it was removed from HBO Max amid global anti-racism protests, after 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley criticized the film for romanticizing the pro-slave Confederacy and suggested temporarily removing it. HBO Max announced the film would return at some point accompanied by disclaimers and programming to put the film in its proper historical context.

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On Amazon, the No. 1 and No. 4 seller both appear to be the same 70th anniversary DVD released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2009. One copy is listed from $133.99, the other from $82.95. The same edition is listed at $7.99 on Best Buy’s website but is sold out.

The version at No. 2 appears to be a U.K./Irish import of a 2014 75th anniversary Blu-ray starting at $35.99, while No. 3 is the U.S.-released four-disc 75th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack starting at $34.99, the most-recent anniversary edition released by Warner.

No. 12 is the 2009 Blu-ray, with several listings asking for around just over $100 with shipping included.

The film is also listed as sold out at the Barnes & Noble and Walmart websites. A search for the film at Target.com doesn’t bring up any results.

June 11, Mill Creek Entertainment’s movieSpree digital movie platform sent out a promotional email touting the availability on the service of the 1994 miniseries Scarlett, an adaptation of the novel that serves as a sequel to Gone With the Wind. Mill Creek’s movieSpree is selling the digital edition of the miniseries for $6.99. Scarlett was first released on DVD by Artisan in 2001, while Mill Creek has been selling it on DVD since 2017.

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Interestingly, the controversy over Gone With the Wind may have boosted other similarly themed programming. The No. 16 Amazon seller on Friday was Warner’s 2011 DVD boxed set of North and South, a collection of miniseries from 1985, 1986 and 1994 about friends who find themselves on the opposite sides of the U.S. Civil War.

Amazon’s No. 30 seller was a DVD bundle of the first three seasons of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” also from Warner. The 1978-85 series has been labeled as racially problematic in recent years because the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger featured on the show is called the General Lee and sports a Confederate battle flag on its roof. TV Land dropped reruns of the series from its schedule in 2015 owing to the show’s use of the flag. (The 2005 film version of Dukes of Hazzard spoofed the potential awkwardness of displaying the banner in a racially diverse state such as Georgia, where the show is set.)

Several DVD collections of Nickelodeon’s animated series “Paw Patrol” also appear on the Amazon best-seller list. The show, which depicts a group of rescue dogs as representing different emergency services, has reportedly been targeted by “Defund the Police” activists for being too pro-police. The most-recent DVD compilation was released June 2.

Amazon Movies & TV rankings from June 12, 2020