‘Conjuring 3,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Lead New Releases on Disc Aug. 24

The marquee titles arriving at retail Aug. 24 include Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2.

The horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The eighth film in the “Conjuring” shared universe and third in the main “Conjuring” series was directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) and stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. It was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” universe films. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a case of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. It earned $65.6 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 24 releases Peter Rabbit 2 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $40.2 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hong Kong martial arts actioner The Fatal Raid arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Aug. 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Action icon Jade Leung (Black Cat, Enemy Shadow) stars alongside Patrick Tam (All’s Well End’s Well, Ip Man 3, Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy), Min-Chen Lin (Vampire Cleanup Department), Jeana Ho (iGirl), Michael Tong (Man of Tai Chi, God of War) and Kristy Yeung (Good Bye, My Princess, Detective Dee’s Hell Road). In the film, two elite police teams head up a secret operation following a dangerous smuggling ring across the Macau border, but when their presence is discovered, the mission ends in a deadly firefight. Then 20 years later, an escort mission brings the survivors back to the scene of the tragedy — and fosters an unwelcome reunion.

Shout! Factory Aug. 24 releases a Blu-ray Disc collection of all three “Oh, God!” films starring comedian George Burns, who plays God in the trilogy. In 1977’s Oh, God!, he comes to Earth to spread the Good Word, but has a hard time convincing his chosen messenger, mild-mannered Jerry Landers (John Denver), who He really is. Jerry must in turn prove it to his disbelieving family as well as the rest of the world. God returns to Earth in 1980’s Oh, God! Book II, this time spreading His Word through an enchanting little girl named Tracy Richards (Louanne Sirota), who comes up with a slogan to assure all that He still cares. In 1984’s Oh, God! You Devil, Burns also plays the Devil himself. Struggling musician Billy Shelton (Ted Wass) unknowingly sells his soul for a life-changing transformation into a superstar rock idol. But when Billy prays for his old life back, the fight for his soul will be settled in a high-stakes showdown between the Almighty Father and the Prince of Darkness.

Due Aug. 24 is S.W.A.T. — Season 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the season, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the S.W.A.T. team faces challenges like they’ve never experienced before, both personally and professionally. From securing a safe memorial service for a beloved pop star, to saving Guatemalan activists from a hitman, to exposing a white nationalist sympathizer within their own ranks, the team must work against the clock to keep Los Angeles safe. Meanwhile, Hondo’s loyalty is torn between the Black community and his brothers in blue, as he reckons with racial tension in L.A. both past and present. Street explores his boundaries with his mother and his love life, while Chris grieves an unexpected loss and Luca aids the team from afar. Deacon struggles with the public’s changing attitudes toward police officers, Tan celebrates his love for Bonnie and team friction builds when a chance to work abroad gets competitive. Whether busting an elusive sex trafficking ring or helping hostages escape from a seized courthouse, at the end of the day, the team must not only come together but also consider who they are and what they stand for individually. Special features include bloopers and “Special Tactics: Tanker Takedown.”

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The Eloy de la Iglesia horror films The Cannibal Man and No One Heard the Scream, as well as the 1987 classic Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard, arrive on disc Aug. 24 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Overboard will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. The romantic comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in a riches-to-rags love story about a snobby yacht-owning socialite (Hawn) whose accidental amnesia presents the perfect opportunity for a widowed local carpenter (Russell) to convince her she’s his wife and mother to his four out-of-control kids. Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond and Roddy McDowall co-star in the classic from director Garry Marshall (A League of Their Own, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries) and screenwriter Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire), now scanned in 2K for the first time. Extras include an interview with Dixon and the original theatrical trailer.

From subversive Spanish writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia comes the notorious shocker of the ’70s The Cannibal Man on DVD and Blu-ray. In the film, when a slaughterhouse worker accidentally kills a man during a fight, it triggers a desperate descent into madness and mass murder. Also known as The Apartment on the 13th Floor and Week of the Killer, the film is presented in both the International and extended Spanish version newly scanned from the original negatives for the first time. Extras include “Cinema at the Margins,” with Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on Eloy de la Iglesia; “The Sleazy and the Strange,” an interview with Carlos Aguilar; deleted scenes; and the original theatrical trailer.

One year after his international breakthrough with The Cannibal Man, Basque filmmaker de la Iglesia co-wrote and directed the twisted thriller No One Heard the Scream, due on DVD and Blu-ray, his last under Spain’s repressive Franco regime. In the film, when a woman spies her neighbor disposing of his wife’s corpse, she crosses the line from witness to accomplice to something far more depraved. The release features an HD scan from the original negative.

Horror masters George Romero and Dario Argento direct a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe in the two-disc set Two Evil Eyes, available on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 24 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group. In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel, From Dusk Till Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet. Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps) co-star in this horror duo that also features makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac). Blue Underground scanned Two Evil Eyes in 4K 16-bit from the original camera negative. The release features Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

The 1988 Japanese horror flick Evil Dead Trap comes out on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 24 from MVD Entertainment Group and Unearthed Films. In the slasher, a TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami, who hosts a late night home video program, receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away.

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

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Hopping to Digital July 27, Disc Aug. 24

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers July 27, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden.

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The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Extras include the featurettes “Bunnies, Baddies, and the Big City: The Making of Peter Rabbit 2,” “Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s Wee Little Kitchen,” “Bea’s Crafting Corner: DIY Bunny Bookmarks” and “Bea’s Crafting Corner: Create Your Own Woodland Terrarium.”

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Launches YouTube Channel Aimed at Kids

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) April 7 announced launch of a new YouTube Channel, Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone, with a variety of interactive fun, physical movement, learning, and hands-on activities.

Sony Pictures says its Kids Zone is curated with a wide range of activities that will support families coping with school closures, new work-from-home routines and social distancing.

“A significant portion of Sony Pictures’ workforce is made up of working parents,” said Lexine Wong, senior EVP of worldwide marketing. “The idea of Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone was born from parents on our own team adjusting to working from home and managing home schooling.

“We are proud to offer this resource to help families navigate these new and challenging circumstances, while hopefully having a little fun in the process.”

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Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone will feature content from Sony Pictures Animation as well as SPE’s catalog of live-action programming.  Viewers can enjoy content from movies such as Peter Rabbit,  “The Angry Birds Movie” series, the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise, Center Stage: On Pointe, the “Swan Princess” series and more.

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Launch content includes:

  • Peter Rabbit “Make Your Own McGregor Garden,” with tips for kids on how to grow their own vegetables and other plants as well as related crafts.
  • The Angry Birds 2 “Bird Watching,” taking kids on a virtual trip to the Los Angeles Zoo for an up-close look at eagles, blue birds, toucans and other birds.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 “It’s Party Time,” by Joe Jonas Lyric Video.
  • Center Stage: On Pointe “Dance Tutorial with Chloe,” with dancer and actress Chloe Lukasiak and choreographer Monica Proenca teaching fans “Gwen’s” full audition piece from the film.
  • The Star “There’s No Me Without You” sing-along with Bo and friends.
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village, a “Learn to Draw with Brainy Smurf” tutorial.
  • Zathura “Motion Storybook,” read by author Chris Van Allsburg.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Tops $1 Billion Fiscal-Year 2019 Revenue

Sony Pictures Hone Entertainment April 26 reported fourth-quarter (ended March 31) fiscal-year 2019 revenue of $300 million, up about 3.4% from revenue of $290 million during the previous-year period.

The studio topped $1 billion in revenue for the fiscal year — up 3.1% from revenue of $982 million in fiscal year 2018.

Top retail releases in the fiscal year included Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, The Equalizer 2, Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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 Venom ranks the sixth-bestselling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc title in 2019 with $13.1 million in revenue and 657,000 units sold, according to The-Numbers.com. The Tom Hardy-starrer generated more than $37.6 million in 2018 on 1.7 million discs.

The Equalizer 2 ranks 21st with $4.5 million in revenue and 256,000 units sold. The title, starring Denzel Washington, generated $16.3 million in revenue last year on 855,000 discs sold.

Peter Rabbit generated $18.4 million on 1 million discs sold in 2018. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation sold $37 million worth of discs (2 million).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was only released into retail channels on March 19.

Top 2018 release — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — sold more than $65 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

Current quarter SPHE releases include A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson, Escape Room, Miss Bala and Never Look Away.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Posts Flat Q2 Revenue

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 30 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $159 million, down less than 2% from $162 million during the previous-year period.

Through the year-to-date fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up nearly 9% to $393 million compared to $361 million last year.

Releases in the quarter included The Leisure Seeker, The Good Doctor: Season 1, The Blacklist: Season 5, Superfly andFraggle Rock: The Complete Series. Releases in the previous-year period included Smurfs: The Lost Village, Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Blacklist: Season 4, Rough NightandStarship Troopers: Traitor of Mars.

Top-selling SPHE discs in 2018 remain Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $56.7 million in revenue via more than 2.5 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Discs units sold; Peter Rabbit($17.4 million) through 932,000 discs, and Spider-Man: Homecoming($8.2 million, 630,000), according to The-Numbers.com.

Overall, Sony Pictures posted operating income of $23.5 million on revenue of $241 million. That compared to operating income of $7.7 million on $244 million during the previous-year period.

Theatrical revenue declined due to year-over-year comparisons with Spider-Man: Homecomingin the previous-year quarter.

The studio is projecting operating income of $50 million on revenue of $1 billion for the fiscal year, ending March 31, 2019. That’s up from $44 million and $990 million in revenue during the previous (July) projection.

Sony generated $41.1 million in operating incomes on $1.01 billion in revenue in fiscal-year 2017.



‘Peter Rabbit’ Hops to Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended May 5.

The family comedy, an animated/live-action hybrid based on the classic Beatrix Potter books, earned $114.8 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s military drama 12 Strong, which earned $45.5 million at the U.S. box office, debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling 56% as many units as Peter Rabbit.

The hit musical The Greatest Showman, from 20th Century Fox, slipped a spot to No. 3 on both charts in its fourth week on disc.

Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the previous week’s top seller, dropped to No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi held onto the No. 5 spot overall and slipped to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s Winchester, a horror film that earned $25.1 million domestically, debuted at No. 6 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 54% of total Peter Rabbit sales, 51% for 12 Strong and 43% for Winchester.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 6, 12 Strong debuted at No. 1.

Death Cure rose to No. 2 after its studio-imposed week-long delay at Redbox rental kiosks.

Universal’s Den of Thieves, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3, followed by Peter Rabbit at No. 4 and Winchester at No. 5.

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Gardening With ‘Peter Rabbit’

To celebrate Earth Day and the April 20 digital home entertainment release of Peter Rabbit, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment partnered with Slow Food USA and schools in New York City and Los Angeles to launch school and community gardens.

In New York City April 20, DIY Network gardening expert and host Sara Bendrick led efforts to plant East Harlem elementary school P.S. 108’s inaugural school garden. The program kicked off with a “Peter Rabbit Earth Day” assembly for 140 kids that featured a lesson on how to recycle milk cartons and plastic bottles for indoor gardening activities, and a screening of bonus content from the home entertainment edition including the Flopsy-Turvy mini-movie and the “Shake Your Cotton-Tail Dance Along”. The Peter Rabbit costume character and Sara Bendrick then visited classrooms teaching kids how to plant a starter carrot garden with seeds, soil, and recycled milk cartons. April 21, Bendrick and Peter Rabbit returned to P.S. 108 to help build the garden beds for their first-ever school garden. The day featured activities for kids, families, and volunteers from the Nature Conservancy, transforming their asphalt playground into a colorful school garden. To close out the day, Sara Bendrick and Peter Rabbit led the first planting activity in the new garden beds, showing the kids and volunteers how to plant lettuce seeds.

In Los Angeles April 21, Peter Rabbit and The Garden School Foundation teamed to teach kids about gardening during Fiesta de la Huerta (Garden Party) at the 24th Street Elementary School. More than 100 kids were in attendance alongside influential parenting bloggers with their families who shared videos and photos on their social channels highlighting the morning full of fun. Activities included a Peter Rabbit costume character, green screen photo op, screening of the exclusive Peter Rabbit mini-movie, carrot seed planting demonstration and much more. Additional partners CAVA, Thrive Market and SeaSnacks provided lunch and educational activities for all in attendance.

Peter Rabbit arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 1.

‘Peter Rabbit’ Hopping to Home Video

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Peter Rabbit digitally April 20 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 1. The physical versions also include digital copies of the film.

The film, based on the stories by Beatrix Potter, sees Peter feuding with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) for the affections of the animal lover (Rose Byrne) who lives next door.

The voice cast includes James Corden as Peter, Margot Robbie as Flopsy, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy, and Daisy Ridley as Cotton-tail. Peter Rabbit has earned $112 million at the domestic box office

Exclusive to the Blu-ray and digital releases of Peter Rabbit will be the short Flopsy Turvy, a new adventure featuring Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, narrated by Robbie.

The DVD, Blu-ray and digital versions will include the behind-the-scenes featurette “Mischief in the Making” and a “Shake Your Cotton-tail” dance-along to the film’s theme song — “I Promise You” sung by Corden.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the film presented in high dynamic range with Dolby Atmos sound.