Shout! Factory Preps 30th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD Combo of ‘FernGully’

In the latest instance of an independent film distributor licensing movies from the major studios for disc release, Shout! Factory is prepping a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest for Aug. 23 release in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack.

The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements and will be issued under the Shout! Kids banner in a two-disc set.

Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. 

FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it.

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The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.

FernGully is based on the series of books by Australian author Diana Young. The filmmakers used what was then brand-new special effects technology for penetrating layers of backgrounds, and to generate the beginning stages of drawings which were then completed by hand. Some 150,000 cels were created for FernGully, a total of 38 miles of artwork if they were laid end-to-end. Although many steps were computer assisted, every shot was primarily painted and animated by hand.

The key creative team spent time in the Australian rainforest and drew inspiration from the multi-hued colors of the forest and exotic wildlife.

Robin Williams ‘Popeye’ Movie Coming to Blu-ray Dec. 1

Paramount Home Entertainment will release 1980’s Popeye for the first time on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 1.

The live-action musical version of the famed comic strip sailor was directed by Robert Altman and stars Robin Williams as Popeye and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl.

The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film along with nearly 30 minutes of new bonus material, including excerpts from one of Williams’ final interviews, an interview with director Altman, as well as a newly conducted interview with his son, Stephen Altman.

Extras include:

  • “Return to Sweethaven: A Look Back with Robin and the Altmans”
  • “The Popeye Company Players”
  • Popeye’s Premiere”
  • “The Sailor Man Medleys”
  • Theatrical Trailer


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‘42’ Joins ‘Black Panther’ on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Viewers Remember Chadwick Boseman

A second movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Warner’s 42, debuted in the top 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 5, joining the Disney-distributed Black Panther, which joined the chart the prior week.

Chadwick died of cancer at the age of 43 on Aug. 28. In 42, he portrays baseball great Jackie Robinson; in Black Panther, he plays a Marvel superhero. Coincidentally, Major League Baseball Aug. 28 celebrated Jackie Robinson day, with all players wearing No. 42, which no doubt added exposure to that particular Boseman film.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, saw 42 debut at No. 9. Black Panther, which had been No. 9 a week earlier, rose to No. 6.

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Robin’s Wish, a Vertical Entertainment documentary about the life and death of late comic actor Robin Williams, bowed at No. 16 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Two films newly released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Lionsgate’s action thriller Rogue, with Megan Fox as a battle-hardened mercenary, and the political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, also appear on the chart for the first time.

Rogue (No. 12) finds Samantha O’Hara (Fox) leading a team of soldiers-for-hire on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in rural Africa.  They wind up stranded and have to battle not only brutal rebels but also a horde of enraged lions.

Irresistible (No. 19) was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. The film, from Focus Features, was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

Both Rogue and Irresistable were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 1.

Also new to chart is Warner Bros.’ Beetlejuice (No. 18), spurred by the film’s Sept. 1 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The top five remain unchanged from the prior week. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, with RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector remaining at No. 4 and Universal’s The King of Staten Island again at No. 5.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  5. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  6. Black Panther (Disney)
  7. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  12. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  13. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  14. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (MGM)
  15. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  16. Robin’s Wish (Vertical Entertainment)
  17. 1917 (Universal)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. Irresistible (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 5.

‘Robin Williams: Comic Genius’ Coming to DVD Oct. 1 From Time Life

Time Life Oct. 1 celebrates Robin Williams’ 40-year career with Robin Williams: Comic Genius on DVD.

The collection includes stand-up and television performances across three collections: a five-disc collector’s set (available exclusively at Walmart), a 22-disc set featuring 50-plus hours, and a single disc featuring Williams’ first HBO stand-up special. All DVD releases also feature newly produced featurettes and exclusive interviews.

The five-disc collection features all five lHBO specials: Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1983), An Evening at the Met (1986), Live on Broadway (2002) and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009). Also included is rare archival footage of his early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and press interviews, the People’s Choice Awards honoring Williams and E! press room footage, featurettes and exclusive new interviews with Lewis Black and Williams’ manager David Steinberg.

The 22-disc set features the HBO specials, as well as more than 50 hours of entertainment, including never-before-released shows, Williams’ full MGM Grand Garden Arena stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour in 2012; his best talk show and late-night TV appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Graham Norton Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and more; 11 episodes of “Mork & Mindy,” including the two-part pilot; James Lipton’s Emmy Award-nominated 90-minute interview with Williams on “Inside the Actors Studio”; plus deleted scenes, a comprehensive collection of his USO shows around the world and the critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. The set also features hours of bonus features including newly produced featurettes The Early YearsSan Francisco: Where It All BeganComic Genius, and TV’s Best Guest; rare archival footage of his early stand-up; raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and press interviews; brand new interviews and intros with Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Pam Dawber, Martin Short, and David Steinberg; as well as Robin Williams: Uncensored, a collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare archival photos, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Robin’s personal tour notes and more.

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The DVD single features 1978’s Off the Wall. Also included in the release are The Second Annual HBO Young Comedians Show, Robin’s appearance on “The Dick Cavett Show” and “The Great American Laugh-Off,” an exclusive interview with David Steinberg, and the featurette Robin Williams: The Early Years.

Time Life Bows ‘Robin Williams: Comic Genius’ DVD Collection

Time Life, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Robin Williams Trust, is celebrating the career of the late Robin Williams with the DVD collection “Robin Williams: Comic Genius,” featuring 22 DVDs and 50-plus hours of content.

Available now at, the collection of Williams’ comedy highlights arrives in the wake of HBO’s acclaimed documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind and Dave Itzkoff’s biography Robin, a New York Times best-seller.

Celebrating the actor’s memorable 40-year career, from his turn as loveable alien Mork and his HBO stand-up specials to his numerous appearances on late night, the 22-disc collection includes:

  • All five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time, including Off the Wall(1978), An Evening with Robin Williams(1983), An Evening at the MET (1986), Live on Broadway (2002) and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009);
  • Never-before-released concert specials, including Williams’ full MGM Grand Garden stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour, as well as a conversation on stage between Williams and comedian David Steinberg;
  • Talk show and late night TV appearances on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” ‘The Graham Norton Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and other shows;
  • Never-before-seen clips, including early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and a toast to Richard Pryor by Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire;
  • New interviews with close friends and family including Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Eric Idle, David Steinberg, Lewis Black and Zak Williams;
  • 11 episodes of “Mork & Mindy,” including the two-part pilot;
  • James Lipton’s Emmy Award-nominated, 90-minute interview with Williams on “Inside the Actors Studio,” plus deleted scenes;
  • A comprehensive collection of Williams’ USO shows around the world;
  • Original and newly created bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, local highlights from tour stops and promos as well as the featurettes The Early YearsSan Francisco: Where It All StartedComic Genius and TV’s Best Guest;
  • The 2018 HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind;
  • “Robin Williams: Uncensored,” a 24-page memory book featuring archival photos from award-winning photographer Arthur Grace, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Williams’ personal tour notes and more.

Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ Coming to 4K UHD Oct. 9 From Sony

Hook, Steven Spielberg’s update on the tale of Peter Pan, debuts on 4K Ultra HD and digital in 4K with high dynamic range Oct. 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Starring Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee and Maggie Smith as Wendy, Hook was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1991. The story follows an adult Peter Pan as he returns to Neverland to reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook, who has kidnaped his children.

Hook has been restored in 4K from the original camera negative, with approval on the 4K HDR master from director Steven Spielberg, according to the studio. It also features Dolby Atmos audio.

Bonus features include 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes.