‘The First Omen’ Gets Digital, Physical and Streaming Release Dates

The horror prequel The First Omen, from the Disney-owned (and rebranded) 20th Century Studios, will make its home-viewing debut May 28 when it becomes available for sale through digital retailers.

Two days later, on May 30, the film — a prequel to the original The Omen, directed by Richard Donner and one of the top-grossing films of 1976 — will begin streaming on Hulu.

A DVD and Blu-ray Disc release will follow on July 30.

The First Omen is set in 1971 and stars Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones”) as American nun-to-be Margaret, who travels to Rome to take the veil. There, she uncovers a sinister conspiracy to bring about the birth of the Antichrist, Damien.

To promote the release, all five earlier “Omen” films are now streaming on Hulu.

The First Omen  was directed by Arkasha Stevenson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Smith and Keith Thomas (Firestarter). The cast also includes Tawfeek Barhom (Mary Magdalene), Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Ralph Ineson (The Northman), Maria Caballero and Bill Nighy (Living). The screenplay is based on a story by Ben Jacoby.

Bonus features on the physical and digital editions include three featurettes:

  • “The Mystery of Margaret” — Director Stevenson and stars Free, Nighy and Caballero dive into the character of Margaret, her relationships with other characters, and how she’s manipulated while trying to solve the film’s horrifying mystery.
  • “The Director’s Vision” — Stevenson talks about her love of horror films, the opportunity to expand on The Omen legacy, and crafting The First Omen entirely through a female lens. She also describes shooting in Rome.
  • “Signs of The First Omen” Stevenson and some of the film’s artists reveal some of the symbolism within the set designs and the costumes. 

 

Warner Bowing ‘Superman Web3 Movie Experience’ Multimedia NFT

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in partnership with content blockchain company Eluvio, has announced the DC superhero film “Superman Web3 Movie Experience,” the next installment of the WB Movieverse available for preview at https://web3.wb.com and opening for purchase on June 9. 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” is a multimedia NFT for fans to own and to engage with the 1978 Richard Donner film. Through dynamic menu options based on iconic locations from the film, owners can watch the film in 4K UHD on desktop, mobile, tablet or TV, access special features, view image galleries and artist renderings by notable DC artists, discover digital easter eggs, as well as sell the experience in a community marketplace. 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will be offered  in standard and premium editions:

  • The standard edition ($30 for one week from 8 a.m. ET on June 9 to 7:59 a.m. ET on June 16) includes an interactive location-based navigation menu, Superman: The Movie Theatrical Version, previously released special features and an image gallery featuring stills and behind the scenes galleries.
  • The premium edition ($100 for 24 hours from 8 a.m. ET on June 9 to 7:59 a.m. ET on June 10) includes three different variations available for purchase separately, Truth, Justice, and Hope, each featuring an illustration of Christopher Reeves’ Superman from one of three DC artists — Ivan Reiss, Ben Oliver, or Bill Sienkiewicz. Each variation includes an interactive and explorable location-based navigation menu and three versions of the feature film — Superman: The Movie Theatrical Version; Superman: The Movie Expanded Director’s Cut; and Superman: The Movie Extended TV Edition — along with previously-released special features, and image galleries featuring costume and detail images from the Warner Bros. Archive and stills and behind the scenes galleries.

 

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will include a free voucher code for a “DC3 Super Power Pack: Series Superman” from the DC NFT Marketplace, offering three randomly selected Superman comics with rarities from Common to Legendary. These packs are time-gated, open edition drops, limited to one per account. There will be new themed packs launching every few weeks.

Early access to all editions of the Superman Web3 Movie Experience will be available to DC Bat Cowl NFT holders at 8 a.m. ET on June 8, to DC3 holders at 11 a.m. ET on June 8, and to “The Lord of the Rings Web3 Movie Experience” holders at 2 p.m. ET on June 8.

The release of “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” follows the 2022 Web3 entertainment offering The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) Web3 Movie Experience.”

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“For fans of this beloved and iconic film, Superman: The Movie is being released as an exclusive Web3 film and immersive digital collectible for the first time,” Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder of Eluvio, said in a statement. “As part of the WB Movieverse, consumers can easily watch, collect and sell their film Web3 Movie Experiences on the blockchain, in the Movieverse marketplace. For Warner Bros., and the broader industry, Eluvio is honored to back this novel digital sellthrough experience for 4K films and premium video assets — all streamed from and backed by secure blockchain access and ownership on the Eluvio Content Fabric.”

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” will be available for purchase by credit card or crypto currency. 

To participate in this novel experience, fans can create a secure, easy-to-use media wallet that acts as a digital vault and enables consumers to stream and purchase content via credit cards or crypto wallets.

The “Superman Web3 Movie Experience” is powered by Eluvio. The Eluvio Content Blockchain provides a Web3 platform built for content. It enables Web3 native media experiences, allowing publishers and fans to directly enjoy and monetize shows, films, concerts, digital albums, digital collectibles, interactive and metaverse experiences, and more. Content creators, and their communities, benefit from a significantly more carbon-efficient and high-performance alternative to traditional platforms for content streaming, distribution, and storage, including 4K streaming, ticketing, NFT minting, and trading of premium content. Notably, in this experience, the core digital assets along with derivative NFTs are all on the blockchain, not just the token (NFT) itself. Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment and fans enjoy blockchain-backed access control and content rights enforcement, scalable attestation of ownership, smart contracts that enable distributed royalties, and content experiences that can even evolve over time, according to the release.

Kino Lorber Sets Blu-ray Date for Rat Pack Alums Double Feature

Kino Lorber on July 19 will release the British comedy Salt and Pepper along with its sequel, One More Time, on Blu-ray Disc, as part of its Studio Classics line.

The films, directed by Richard Donner and released theatrically in 1968 and 1970, respectively, star Rat Pack alums Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford as Salt and Pepper, the owners of an ultra-cool London nightclub.

In Salt and Pepper, a sexy spy turns up dead in their club. The pair is recruited by the British Secret Service to help solve the crime. But when they discover a plot to overthrow the government — and no one will believe them — they’re forced to go it alone.

In One More Time, Davis and Lawford reprise their roles as nightclub-owners-turned-detectives, this time under the direction of comic genius Jerry Lewis. When his rich twin brother turns up dead, Pepper secretly assumes his identity — only to discover that his twin brother was murdered. This revelation plunges the pair into a wild caper filled with double-crosses and a diabolical crew of diamond smugglers with an evil plot to put them both on ice. The sequel features cameos by horror greats Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as Dr. Frankenstein.

1978 ‘Superman’ Movie Flying to 4K UHD Blu-ray Nov. 6

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing 1978’s Superman: The Movie on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Nov. 6.

The combo pack, which also includes a standard Blu-ray and digital copy, marks the 40th anniversary of the film and the 80th anniversary of the Superman character.

Directed by Richard Donner, the film stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Marlon Brando as Jor-El. John Williams composed the film’s iconic theme and musical score.

The film depicts how Jor-El sent his infant son away from the dying planet of Krypton to become a protector of Earth, where his alien physiology gives him great superpowers.

Superman was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Film Editing, and Best Sound and Best Music (Original Score). It also received a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects.  Superman was inducted in to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2017.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Superman will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

The UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray will include a previously released commentary with producers Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind. The regular Blu-ray will also include legacy bonus material such as a 1978 making-of featurette, “Superman and the Mole-Men” and cartoons.