Bullet Train

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 10/18/22;
Sony Pictures;
Action;
Box Office $103.1 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong and bloody violence, pervasive language, and brief sexuality.
Stars Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock.

Director David Leitch’s latest hyperkinetic actioner is an amusing bit of fluff about a thief who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Brad Pitt plays said thief, code name Ladybug, who is tasked with stealing a briefcase full of cash being transported on one of Japan’s famed bullet trains. However, Ladybug is filling in for a criminal colleague who thought the assignment was beneath him, and quickly discovers the train is filled with mercenaries and assassins who take turns trying to kill each other with a wide array of weapons of choice, including a snake.

Caught up in the mayhem, Ladybug quickly realizes he’ll have to overcome more than a streak of bad luck in order to survive the trip.

As with former stuntman Leitch’s other directorial efforts, such as John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, Bullet Train is loaded with colorful characters and even more colorful sets, punctuated by bright bursts of neon.

Based on a 2010 Japanese novel, Bullet Train should prove an entertaining-enough diversion for action fans.

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The primary extra on the Blu-ray is an audio commentary with Leitch, producer (and also Leitch’s wife) Kelly McCormick, and screenwriter Zak Olkewicz. It’s a good commentary about the challenges of filming an intense action movie during COVID, though the biggest insights are provided by the writer when he points out how much the final product either expanded upon or ignored what was actually written in the script.

The commentary is the only extra offered on the 4K disc in the combo pack. The rest of the extras are on the regular Blu-ray Disc, including three minutes of outtakes and bloopers, plus five short behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The six-minute “Mission Accomplished: Making of Bullet Train” details the origins of the film and the production in general; the five-minute “All Aboard the Pain Train: Stunts” is about staging action in a small space; the seven-minute “Trained Professionals: The Cast” delves into the performances, from the all-star cast to several cameos; the four-minute “Catch What You Missed: Easter Eggs,” which highlights some of the pop culture references and influences in the film; and four minutes of stunt pre-vis sequences.

Rounding out the disc is “Bullet Train Goes Off the Rails,” a four-and-a-half-minute montage of promotional spots featuring NBA players made to air during the NBA playoffs.

 

The Lost City

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Comedy;
Box Office $105.34 million;
$27.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $38.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Bowen Yang, Joan Pringle, Brad Pitt.

Deftly blending comedy and action, The Lost City is a charming adventure that coasts on the charisma of its cast.

The story comes across like an update of Romancing the Stone with a bit of The Three Amigos thrown in. Sandra Bullock plays reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage, whose latest novel catches the attention of a billionaire named Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who is searching for the treasure that served as the basis for her book. He kidnaps her and puts her to the task of finding the treasure by deciphering clues from the ruins of an ancient city that he dug up on a remote island.

Her disappearance prompts Alan (Channing Tatum), the dimwitted cover model for her book series, to try to rescue her by hiring a mercenary (Brad Pitt). When the rescue goes awry, Loretta finds herself stuck with Alan running through the jungle hoping to find a way home, while Fairfax continues to pursue her, intent on fining the treasure before a nearby volcano wipes everything out.

The plot takes some unexpected twists and turns as it plays with the tropes of treasure hunt movies. The film looks great as well, with its jungle vistas, volcano backdrop and a snappy color palette centered on Loretta’s shiny purple sequined jumpsuit.

The Blu-ray includes nine minutes of deleted scenes, the bulk of which involve a whole subplot for one of the film’s minor characters.

Also included are nearly 40 minutes of solid behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a five-and-a-half-minute blooper reel.

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‘Lost City,’ ‘Ozark’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

The Lost City led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies while Netflix’s “Ozark” again topped the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended May 15.

An action-adventure starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock, The Lost City hit the Paramount+ streaming service May 10. It follows a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Remaining in the top spot on the streaming originals chart for a second consecutive week, “Ozark” is a crime drama that follows the exploits of a money laundering couple. Part two of season four started streaming on Netflix April 29.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Rising from No. 7 to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s reality competition series “The Circle,” season four of which started streaming May 4 in weekly episodes. The season features a new set of contestants who compete in challenges to earn a cash prize as top influencer.

Remaining at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “Gracie and Frankie.” The series, which debuted a batch of season seven episodes April 29, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two aging women who form an unlikely friendship after their husbands reveal they are in love with each other.

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Landing at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Netflix’s Senior Year, which debuted May 13. The comedy stars Rebel Wilson as a cheerleader who lands in a 20-year coma after a stunt gone wrong. Awakened at 37, she’s ready to live out her high school dream of becoming prom queen.

The Netflix documentary Our Father took the bronze on the streaming movies chart. It chronicles the saga of numerous half siblings secretly fathered by their mothers’ fertility doctor.

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended May 15:

  1. “Ozark” — Netflix
  2. “The Circle” (U.S.) — Netflix
  3. “Grace and Frankie” — Netflix
  4. “The Wilds” — Prime Video
  5. “The Flight Attendant” — HBO Max
  6. “Candy” — Hulu (Series Premiere)
  7. “Halo” — Paramount+
  8. “Moon Knight” — Disney+
  9. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” — Paramount+
  10. “Outer Range” — Prime Video

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers May 13 – 15:

  1. The Lost City — Paramount+
  2. Senior Year — Netflix
  3. Our Father — Netflix
  4. Star Wars — Disney+
  5. Firestarter — Peacock
  6. The Batman — HBO Max
  7. Old — HBO Max
  8. Death on the Nile — HBO Max/Hulu
  9. Eternals — Disney+
  10. Turning Red — Disney+

‘The Lost City’ Takes Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

The Sandra Bullock starrer The Lost City topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended May 15.

Newly available for digital purchase May 10, the action-adventure, co-starring Channing Tatum, follows a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Debuting at No. 2 was DreamWorks Animation’s animated caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for premium digital purchase and rental. Distributed by Universal, it follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Debuting at No. 3 was Focus Features’ The Northman, an action epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Falling from the top spot to No. 4 was Sony Pictures’ Uncharted, available for digital purchase and rental. The action adventure follows street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland), who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunger Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 was Universal Pictures’ Michael Bay action thriller Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the film follows a veteran desperate for money who turns to his adoptive brother, a career criminal, who plans a heist.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 15, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Lost City
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. The Northman
  4. Uncharted
  5. Ambulance
  6. Dog
  7. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  8. Moonfall
  9. The Batman
  10. Sing 2

Paramount Streeting ‘The Lost City’ on Digital Platforms May 10, Packaged Media July 26

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the romantic comedy The Lost City for purchase on digital platforms May 10, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, and DVD July 26.

The movie generated $163 million at the global box office, including $94.4 million across North American screens.

When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever.

The home entertainment releases include more than 50 minutes of bonus content, including bloopers, deleted scenes not seen in theaters, and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes showcasing exotic filming locations, how the action setpieces were filmed, and the story behind Bullock’s infamous purple jumpsuit, among other highlights.

Other bonus material includes “Charcuterie” — A breakdown of Bullock’s big kidnapping scene and what it’s like to come under attack from a giant charcuterie board. “The Villains of The Lost City” showcases Abigail Fairfax and his henchmen. “Building The Lost City” highlights building the movie’s island world.

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‘The Lost City’ Tops ‘The Batman’ at Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ romantic adventure The Lost City took in an estimated $31 million across more than 4,200 North American screens to unseat Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman from atop the domestic box office. The dark actioner, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, earned another $20 million and has sold more than $332 million tickets in North America ($675 million globally) since its March 4 release.

For “Lost City,” the Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum action comedy performed as expected, due in part to good screen chemistry between the stars, Tatum’s concurrent theatrical success, Dog ($2.1 million), and Bullock’s appeal among female moviegoers. It was also her first big screen appearance since 2018. The actress’ previous two movies — Bird Box and The Unforgivable — screened exclusively on Netflix to record viewership on the streaming platform.

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Rounding out the weekend podium was newcomer RRR, an Indian war drama set in the 1920’s. The indie film generated an impressive $9.5 million across 1,200 screens. That was enough to best Sony Pictures’ Uncharted with $5 million, Crunchyroll’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie with $4.6 million, A24’s horror film X with $2.2 million and Sony’s enduring revenue generator Spider-Man: No Way Home with $2 million.

Overall, the domestic box office weekend finished up more than 2% with $82 million in revenue compared with $80 million in the previous-weekend period.

With $800.6 million, No Way Home becomes just the third film to cross $800 million at the domestic box office, following 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. It’s global cume now stands at $1.89 billion.

Paramount’s ‘The Lost City’ Looks to Knock Off ‘The Batman’ at Weekend Box Office

Sandra Bullock has been a box office draw most of her career, including setting Netflix viewership records for her past two original movies on the streaming platform: Bird Box in 2018, and The Unforgivable last year.

Now the actress returns to the big screen with The Lost City, Paramount Pictures’ romantic adventure co-starring Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe, with a cameo by Brad Pitt. Industry scuttlebutt suggests the movie will generate an estimated $30 million across more than 4,200 North American screens March 25-27 — which should be enough to unseat March box office champion The Batman with around $21 million in projected ticket sales across less than 4,000 screens. The Lost City reportedly tracked about $2.5 million in Thursday screenings.

The Robert Pattinson/Zoë Kravitz/Colin Farrell/Paul Dano co-starrer is looking to top $330 million in North American ticket sales; $630 million worldwide.

For Paramount, “Lost City” aims to continue the studio’s 2022 track record of successful releases, which included No. 1 box debuts for Scream in January and Jackass Forever in February.

Tatum also continues to have a sleeper hit at the box office with Dog, with the United Artists Releasing’s family-friendly movie expected to add $2.8 million in ticket sales, pushing its North American box office near $60 million.

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Netflix: Sci-Fi Dark Comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’ Tops Weekly Streaming Chart

Netflix’s new original sci-fi dark comedy Don’t Look Up topped the streamer’s weekly top 10 chart (through Dec. 26) with 111 million hours viewed across 94 countries. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, the movie showcases two low-level astronomers embarking on a global media tour to warn people about a planet-killing comet hurtling toward earth.

The movie dwarfed the previous week’s chart topper, The Unforgivable, starring Sandra Bullock, which tracked more than 26 million hours in its third week of release. The drama, with 186.9 million hours after three weeks, marks Bullock’s second movie after Bird Box (282 million hours) to rank among Netflix’s top 10 most popular English-language films within its first 28 days of release.

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Other Netflix charting titles included: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (26.5 million hours), Back to the Outback (24.7 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming (20 million), The Christmas Chronicles (12.9 million), Red Notice (12.1 million), A California Christmas: City Lights (11.6 million), The Christmas Chronicles Part Two (10.9 million) and A Boy Called Christmas (9.1 million).

‘The Unforgivable’ Sandra Bullock Again Rules Netflix Weekly Streaming

Actress Sandra Bullock and Netflix make good chemistry. Bullock’s post-incarceration drama, The Unforgivable, dominated Netflix’s global streaming for a second week with 74.4 million hours viewed through Dec. 19. The movie easily topped Back to the Outback and A California Christmas: City Lights with 38.9 million hours and 22.8 million hours, respectively.

The Unforgivable ranked in the Top 10 in 94 countries, while Back to the Outback ranked in 92 countries and California Christmas rated in 73 countries. Longtime chart polesitter Red Notice remains ranked in the Top 10 in 76 countries.

Indeed, the actioner starring Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson, remains Netflix’s all-time top-performing movie after 28 days with 364 million hours — besting the previous chart topper, Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic horror film, Bird Box, with 282 million hours after 28 days.

Rounding out Netflix’s Top 10 streamed movies after 28 days of release was Extraction with 231.3 million hours viewed; The Irishman with 214.5 million; The Kissing Booth 2 (209.2 million); Six Underground (205.4 million); Spencer Confidential (197.3 million); Enola Holmes (189.9 million); Army of the Dead (186.5 million); and The Old Guard (185.7 million).

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Other top-streaming movies in Netflix territories include catalog releases Spider-Man: Homecoming (9.3 million hours) in 49 countries; John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (8.7 million hours) in 20 countries; The Christmas Chronicles (8.4 million) in 14 countries; The Christmas Chronicles 2 (7.8 million); and A Boy Called Christmas with 7.2 million hours in 22 countries.

Among TV shows, season two of “The Witcher” dominates streaming with 142.4 million hours streamed for the Dec. 13-19 period. The tally is almost three times the 49 million hours streamed for season one.

 

Netflix: Sandra Bullock Drama ‘The Unforgivable’ Dominates Weekly Streaming

Sandra Bullock has returned to Netflix with a splash. The actress, whose last original movie with the streamer, Bird Box, was watched by 45 million subscriber households in its first seven days, saw her latest movie, The Unforgivable, dominate Netflix streaming in its first week as well.

Despite middling reviews, director Nora Fingscheidt’s drama-thriller debuted at No. 1 globally through Dec. 12, with subscribers streaming 85.86 million hours with Bullock, who stars as a woman recently released from prison who soon finds society refuses to forgive her past.

Fingscheidt joins a group of female directors and showrunners taking over the Top 10, including Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Halle Berry (Bruised), Mary Lambert (A Castle For Christmas), Clare Knight (Back to the Outback), Maria Torres (Anonymously Yours), Mar Targarona (Two), Molly Smith Metzler (Maid) and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (“The Witcher”).

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Sci-fi reboot “Lost in Space” generated 35.82 million hours as the top-viewed English-language show of the week.

Thai suspense drama The Whole Truth was the No. 1 non-English film with 10.54 million hours viewed. And after consecutive weeks on the lists, French comedy Spoiled Brats and season two of telenovela “The Queen of Flow” are now the ninth most-popular non-English movie and non-English TV show.

Netflix’s newest animated movie, Back to the Outback, tracked 16.17 million hours. Also landing in the Top 10 were other family favorites such as season four of “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, David and the ElvesThe Christmas Chronicles, The Claus Family and A Boy Called Christmas.

Netflix said recently released seasons of “Lost in Space” and “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) continue to reign at No. 1 on the English and non-English TV show lists, respectively. The two series also ranked in the top 10 in 61 and 54 countries respectively.

Meanwhile, South Korean dystopian game show “Squid Game” remains the most-watched Netflix program in 2021 with more than 1.65 billion hours streamed in the show’s first 28 days of release.