Merchandising: Amazon Celebrating ‘Bourne’ Anniversary

Amazon is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Universal Pictures’ The Bourne Identity with an exclusive gadgets-laden gift set of all five “Bourne” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

In addition to the movies, the set, listed at $129.99, includes a full-size backpack, two dog tags, a compass keychain, a monocular and a certificate of authenticity.

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Among other exclusives for the week of Nov. 15, Best Buy is offering an exclusive Steelbook edition of Lionsgate’s Reservoir Dogs 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $21.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’ 4K Steelbook

Target is listing the newly released Blu-ray of the horror prequel Pearl, also from Lionsgate, at $22.99, but discounted the title in its debut week to $14.99. Shoppers could save an additional 15% by using the Target Circle app, brining the price down to $12.74. (Using a Target Redcard to pay would bring the price down another 5%, to $12.10.)

Walmart stores have set up DVD sale displays for Black Friday. The discs are adorned with a color-coded “Promo” sticker to indicate their price, ranging from $3.96 to $12.96.



Nov. 15 Finds ‘Smile,’ ‘Halloween Ends’ New on Digital, ‘Pearl,’ ‘Three-Thousand Years of Longing’ on Disc

Titles such as Smile and Halloween Ends become available through digital retailers Nov. 15, while others such as Pearl and Three-Thousand Years of Longing arrive on DVD and Blu-ray.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile for digital purchase starting Nov. 15. The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan. The film has earned more than $102 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13.

Halloween Ends, said to be the final entry in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, arrives for digital purchase Nov. 15 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block and Jason Blum, the film finds Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis) facing off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive. Halloween Ends earned $64 million at the domestic box office and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 27.

Lionsgate releases the horror movie Pearl on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. From director Ti West, Pearl serves as a prequel to X, the film released earlier this year about an elderly couple that attacks members of a porn crew shooting a movie at their farm. Pearl was shot in secret in conjunction with X and serves as an origin story for the title character. Mia Goth, who co-wrote Pearl with West, reprises her role as Pearl, who was one of the elderly farmers from X, detailing how she developed a taste for murder growing up on her family’s isolated farm in the early 20th century while dreaming of a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies. The cast also includes David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland and Emma Jenkins-Purro.

The fantasy romantic drama Three-Thousand Years of Longing, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing, will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award winning director George Miller (Happy Feet, the “Mad Max” franchise, The Witches of Eastwick) from a screenplay by Miller and Augusta Gore, the film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. In the film, Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic — a creature of reason. While in Istanbul, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. At first, she doubts that he is real, and she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. But the Djinn pleads his case, and eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

Screen Media releases the horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. In the relaunch of the “Jeepers Creepers” franchise, Chase and Laine head to the Horror Hound festival, where Laine begins to experience unexplained premonitions and disturbing visions associated with the town’s past, and in particular, local legend The Creeper. As the festival gets underway and the blood-soaked entertainment builds to a frenzy, Laine believes that something unearthly has been summoned and that for the first time in 23 years, The Creeper is back. The film was directed by Timo Vourensola, written by Sean-Michael Argo and Jake Seal, and stars Sydney Craven, Imran Adams, Ocean Navarro, Matt Barkley, Alexander Halsall, Jodie McMullen, Georgia Goodman and Jarreau Benjamin. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn earned about $2 million at the domestic box office from special Fathom Events screenings before becoming available through digital retailers Oct. 4. A disc rental of the film has been available exclusively through Redbox.

Moonage Daydream, Neon and Decal Releasing’s documentary on global superstar David Bowie, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of the late Bowie, one of the most influential artists of our time. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this cinematic odyssey explores the creative, musical and spiritual journey of Bowie.  Written and directed by Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck, 30 for 30), the documentary on the global superstar highlights footage and performances spanning Bowie’s 54-year career, including “The Jean Genie,” “Aladdin Sane,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” “Young Americans,” “Changes” and many more. The film is the first and only documentary done on Bowie in conjunction with the Bowie Estate, giving viewers a more intimate look into the man who captivated fans across the globe.

CBS, Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Halo: Season One 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. Paramount is releasing the 4K Ultra HD version in both standard packaging and as a limited-edition Steelbook.

The family drama Gigi & Nate arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. Directed by Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey, The Hole), Gigi & Nate is inspired by actual events. In the film, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new animated holiday movie Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land through digital retailers Nov. 15. With magic in the air, Jerry the mouse and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life. To keep their new friend Larry the Snow Mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom the cat and the devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. The voice cast includes Kevin Michael Richardson as Larry, Kath Soucie as Tuffy, Laraine Newman as Mrs. LePage, Stephen Stanton as Doctor Doubleyay and Lightning, Rick Zieff as Meathead and the narrator, Carlos Alazraqui as Floyd, Kimberly Brooks as Snow Cop and Little Girl, Joey D’Auria as Butch, and Regi Davis as Snow Mayor. It arrives on DVD Dec. 29.

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The complete trilogy of the fantasy/sci-fi drama series “A Discovery of Witches” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 15 from RLJE Films. The series originally aired on the AMC streaming platforms Sundance Now and Shudder and aired linearly on the AMC Network from 2018 to 2022. “A Discovery of Witches” is based on the “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The series stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who”), Trevor Eve (“The Politician’s Wife”), Lindsay Duncan (“Sherlock”), Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Gregg Chillingirian (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Aiysha Hart (“Line of Duty”) and Edward Bluemel (“Killing Eve”). A Discovery of Witches The Complete Trilogy will include all 25 episodes from the three seasons on six discs, more than 80 minutes of bonus features, and a collectible bookmark. The romantic thriller uncovers a secret underworld of vampires, witches and demons hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage, but when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, Ashmole 782, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery — and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Across three seasons, Diana and Matthewʼs love for each other and their quest to solve the mystery of the book throws their world into dangerous turmoil.

Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic Blue Hawaii has been newly restored for its release on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time Nov. 15 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Technicolor musical is available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 fully restored from the original 35mm camera negative.  The first of three films that Elvis shot in Hawaii, Blue Hawaii celebrated the new exotic state and features the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which was certified platinum. For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K/16bit, however the opening title sequence was very grainy because it originally used duped film. That sequence was completely rebuilt using the original film elements from the Paramount library. Brand new text overlays were created for the opening sequence. The “Paramount Presents” release includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and on Blu-ray, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.  The Blu-ray additionally includes the original theatrical trailer and the following new bonus content, commentary by historian James L. Neibaur and the Blue Hawaii photo scrapbook, which contains high-res images from the Paramount archives, including behind-the-scenes shots. A review can be found here.

The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute, an animated twist on the original Nutcracker story, will be available via on demand and digital sellthrough Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. In the holiday tale, one winter’s night, Marie makes a wish that shrinks her down to pint-sized and brings her toys to life — including a brave nutcracker named George. Marie and her toys follow George through a portal into the Land of Flowers, which has been taken over by a rat queen. With time running out, they must solve puzzles to find the Magic Flute, break the curse, and free the citizens of this enchanted land.

The Korean epic war drama Hansan: Rising Dragon sails onto digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Writer/director Kim Han-min creates a prequel to his breakout hit The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the most-watched film in Korean cinema history — with this film based on the historical Battle of Hansando. The film stars Park Hae-il (Decision to Leave, War of the Arrows), Byun Yo-Han (The Book of Fish) and Ahn Sung-ki (The Divine Fury, The Hunt).​ In the film set in 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.

Level 33 Entertainment will release the feature-length documentary Facing Monsters on digital and VOD Nov. 15. Brought to life by Academy Award-nominated director Bentley Dean (Contact, Tanna), the documentary digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian “slab wave” surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than just a surfing story, it’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep southern ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before. It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as viewers explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

The documentary Anne Murray: Full Circle will be released via digital sellthrough and VOD Nov. 15 from Virgil Films. The film takes audiences on a personal and emotional journey showcasing in-depth interviews with Murray exploring her evolution as a ground-breaking, trailblazing female Canadian artist from the ‘60s and ‘70s to a global superstar, selling more than 55 million albums in pop, country, and adult contemporary music over a 40-year career. The film is Murray’s personal story in her own words. The documentary showcases an original, in-depth interview with her, sharing anecdotes, memories, and observations from her 40-plus years in the music business starting with her breakout song “Snowbird” in 1970 reaching No. 1 in the United States and her first Gold Record. Her commitment to simultaneously raising a family and giving her all on tour took an emotional toll, but it also inspired her to push for change. Featuring interviews with Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, manager Bruce Allen, former manager Shep Gordon and others, the film explores not only the creative and business challenges of an international career, but also Murray’s lasting impact. It arrives on DVD Dec. 1.

NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions will release season two of Cyber Group Studios’ animated “Gigantosaurus” on DVD Nov. 15. Gigantosaurus Season 2: We’re in This Together! features 90 minutes and eight episodes. In season two, four little dino heroes — Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu — are as brave and inseparable as ever and are off on new adventures in Cretacia. Whether running, flying or singing, the four friends explore brand-new corners of their land and make cool discoveries as they seek to learn the secrets of their new and mysterious friend Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur of all the dinos in Cretacia. Through great adventures and belly laughs alike, Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu overcome all sorts of fears and obstacles. The animated series features the voices of Dylan Schombing (“Pup Academy,” “Watchman”), Nahanni Mitchell (“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dragon Prince”), Nicholas Holmes (“Batwoman,” “Arrow”) and Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim, The Cabin in the Woods). 

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

Horror Prequel ‘Pearl’ Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15

Lionsgate will release the horror movie Pearl on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15.

From director Ti West, Pearl serves as a prequel to X, the film released earlier this year about an elderly couple that attacks members of a porn crew shooting a movie at their farm. Pearl was shot in secret in conjunction with X and serves as an origin story for the title character.

Mia Goth, who co-wrote Pearl with West, reprises her role as Pearl, who was one of the elderly farmers from X, detailing how she developed a taste for murder growing up on her family’s isolated farm in the early 20th century while dreaming of a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies.

The cast also includes David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland and Emma Jenkins-Purro.

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DVD and Blu-ray extras include the theatrical and teaser trailers, and the featurettes “Time After Time” and “Coming Out of Her Shell: The Creation of Pearl.”

In addition, Walmart will offer the Pearl Blu-ray with exclusive box art.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Paravision Dreams’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcasts, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley turn back time to the 1950s and cover Scott Marks’ reviews for Sangaree, Those Redheads From Seattle, and Jivaro. What’s interesting about these films is they were shot in 3D, which was a brief craze in the so-called “Atomic Age” some 50 years before it popped up again a decade or so ago. Those Redheads From Seattle, as it turns out, has a claim to fame as the first 3D musical. Also covered is John Latchem’s review of the latest season of “Cobrai Kai” on Netflix, yet another fun excursion to a universe where karate street fights are a fun, everyday occurrence.

At the box office, The Woman King exceeded its projected opening, yet overall the close of the summer continues to be devoid of any blockbusters. Pearl and See How They Run debuted to just over $3 million each. It will be interesting to see what happens when the theatrical release of bigger movies picks up again.

‘The Woman King’ Exceeds Expectations, Tops Domestic Box Office

(This story was updated Monday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m. PT.)

The historical drama The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, led a trio of smaller new releases to top the domestic box office the weekend ending Sept. 18 with an estimated opening of $19 million.

That’s significantly higher than the $12 million in ticket sales Sony Pictures, which co-financed the $50 million production with eOne, had expected. Other, independent tracking services had higher hopes of at least $15 million.

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Davis portrays General Nanisca, who leads an all-female unit of warriors, known as the Agojie, that protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The film also stars Lashana Lynch and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), among others.

Helmed by Gina Prince-Blythewood, The Woman King reportedly cost $50 million to produce. The film received an A+ CinemaScore rating and has been highly praised by critics.

The weekend’s other two new films, A24’s horror prequel Pearl and the Disney/Searchlight mystery comedy See How They Run, finished in third and fourth place, with respective weekend box office grosses of $3.12 million and $3.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

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See How They Run stars Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, and others. Directed by Tom George and written by Mark Chappell, the film is set in the 1950s and revolves around a Hollywood film director who travels to London to adapt a popular stage play into a movie, only to wind up murdered.

Pearl, a prequel to X, is the origin story of the murderous Pearl. The film was directed by Ti West and co-written by West and Mia Goth, who also portrays the title character. Other cast members include David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, and Matthew Sunderland.

The weekend’s No. 2 movie was holdover Barbarian, from 20th Century Studios/Disney, a horror movie that took in an estimated $6.3 million. Written and directed by Zach Cregger, the film follows a young woman who rents a house that unbeknownst to her has a horrific past — and a deadly present. Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long.

Rounding out the top five was Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train, which took in another $2.5 million to brings its total gross, after seven weeks in theaters, to $96.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The action comedy stars Brad Pitt as an assassin who has to fight off fellow killers while on a high-speed Japanese train.

Sony Pictures’ ‘The Woman King’ Hopes to Jumpstart Fall Box Office

Following weeks of lackluster box office revenue returns, the North American theatrical market gets a trio of smaller new releases the weekend ending Sept. 18.

The slate is led by Sony Pictures’ historical actioner The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, whose character, General Nanisca, spearheads an all-female unit of warriors that protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The film also stars Lashana Lynch and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), among others.

Sony Pictures, which co-financed the $50 million production with eOne, is reportedly estimating around $12 million in ticket sales across more than 3,700 screens, in addition to Imax and related premium large-format theaters.

With other industry estimates upwards of $21 million, The Woman King should top the competition, which includes new releases Pearl ($4.5 million) from A24 about an axe-wielding teen motivated by her mother’s murder, and Disney/Searchlight Pictures’ mystery comedy See How They Run ($2.5 million), co-starring Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan and Ruth Wilson, among others.

Box office returnees include Sony’s Brad Pitt action-comedy Bullet Train ($2.4 million), Paramount Pictures’ unstoppable Top Gun: Maverick ($2.2 million), and Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets with $2 million in projected ticket sales.

Maverick, which is available across digital retail channels and will be released on packaged media Nov. 1, will debut on the Paramount+ streaming platform in December. The movie is approaching $710 million in total North American box office revenue.