Disc Sales Charts Led by Season 5 of ‘Outlander’

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Outlander: Season Five debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 19.

The popular Starz series stars stars Caitriona Balfe as a World War II nurse who finds herself transported back in time to the 18th century.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus jumped up to No. 2, from No. 18 the previous week. The perennial Halloween-season seller got a bit of a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which comprised 18% of the title’s total unit sales. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Beetlejuice, which topped the charts a few weeks earlier after the release of its own 4K disc, was No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

New release Weathering With You, an anime movie distributed in America by Shout! Factory, debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow, slipped to No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Lionsgate’s new Vestron collector’s edition of David Cronenberg’s 1975 horror movie Shivers. Similarly, Lionsgate’s Vestron Blu-ray of the 1989 comedy Little Monsters was the No. 6 Blu-ray.

Warner’s Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 13 but is available for sale early at Walmart, was No. 14 overall. The Blu-ray version comprised 29% of its Walmart sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 20 had at No. 1 for the third straight week the Universal political comedy Irresistible, which on the disc sales chart has never cracked the top 50.

Lionsgate’s Rogue moved up to No. 2, swapping with Universal’s The King of Staten Island, which dropped to No. 3.

Redbox’s Hard Kill climbed a spot to No. 4, and Warner’s Scoob! moved up to No. 5.

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‘Outlander: Season 5’ Jumps to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The fifth season of the fantasy TV series “Outlander,” distributed by Sony Pictures, was the top title on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 19.

The Blu-ray and DVD edition of the season arrived in stores Sept. 15.

Also new to the list at No. 7 is the anime movie Weathering With You, released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 15 by Shout! Factory.

No. 12 saw the debut of Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sellthrough Sept. 15. Based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, the movie stars Katie Holmes as a widowed mother of three who meets a handyman (Josh Lucas) who inspires her with the power of positive thinking.

The other new release on the list, at No. 15, is Magnolia Pictures’ Alone, a thriller about a recently widowed woman who flees the city only to be kidnapped by a strange man and held captive in his cabin.

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The three seasons of Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone,” which the previous week took the top three spots, dropped to second, third and fourth on the “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. Season three was No. 2, followed by season two then season one.

Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection rounded out the top five.

The Sept. 18 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired viewers to revisit two 2018 films about her: the documentary RBG, from Magnolia, at No. 10, and the biopic On the Basis of Sex, from Universal, at No. 16. In the latter, Felicity Jones plays a younger Ginsberg making a name for herself as a civil rights attorney.

  1. Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  7. Weathering With You (Shout! Factory)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  10. RBG (Magnolia)
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  12. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  13. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  14. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  15. Alone (Magnolia)
  16. On the Basis of Sex (Universal)
  17. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  18. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner)
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner)

 

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. 19.

Shout! Factory Slates Month-Long Streams of Horror Films During October

Shout! Factory TV and Scream Factory have announced “31 Nights of Horror,” featuring a daily selection of macabre films available to stream each evening throughout October.

Starting Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. PT or 10 p.m. ET, fans can tune in for a daily selection of horror movies such as Witchboard, Bad Moon, the cult classic Sleepaway Camp, The Exorcist III, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed: Director’s Cut, and many more. Viewers will also be treated to a double feature every Saturday during the month, as well as a distinctively eerie episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” for every MSTie Monday. There will also be an announcement of a special presentation for Oct. 30.

The livestream can be viewed on Shout Factory TV’s main website, Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps, and on the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDB TV, and STIRR.

The featured films will also be available for viewing on Shout! Factory TV’s main website, Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi TV, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel

The schedule for “31 Nights of Horror” is as follows:

  • Oct. 1: Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Oct. 2: Body Bags
  • Oct. 3: Deadly Double Feature: Mermaid: Lake of the Dead / Night Tide
  • Oct. 4: Cannibal Girls
  • Oct. 5: MSTie Monday: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins
  • Oct. 6: The House That Dripped Blood
  • Oct. 7: Werewolves on Wheels
  • Oct. 8: Shakma
  • Oct. 9: How to Make a Monster
  • Oct. 10: Deadly Double Feature: Witchboard / Witchery
  • Oct. 11: The Beast Must Die
  • Oct. 12: MSTie Monday: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast
  • Oct. 13: Q: The Winged Serpent
  • Oct. 14: Saturday the 14th
  • Oct. 15: Chopping Mall
  • Oct. 16: The Howling III: The Marsupials
  • Oct. 17: Deadly Double Feature: Bad Moon/ The Howling: New Moon Rising
  • Oct. 18: Nightbreed: Director’s Cut
  • Oct. 19: MSTie Monday: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan
  • Oct. 20: Jackals
  • Oct. 21: Itsy Bitsy
  • Oct. 22: Bloodsucking Bastards
  • Oct. 23: The Exorcist III
  • Oct. 24: Deadly Double Feature: Sleepaway Camp / The Final Terror
  • Oct. 25: Horror Hospital
  • Oct. 26: MSTie Monday: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf
  • Oct. 27: Class of 1984
  • Oct. 28: The Monster Club
  • Oct. 29: Asylum
  • Oct. 30: TBD
  • Oct. 31: Deadly Double Feature: Ghosthouse / The Evil

‘Cats & Dogs 3’, ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Top New Digital Releases; ‘Roman Holiday’ Makes Blu-ray Disc Debut

The family film Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, from Warner Bros., and Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream top the slate of new digital releases available for purchase Sept. 15, while a flurry of independent films arrive on disc the same day.

Also out Sept. 15: the classic 1953 film Roman Holiday, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray Disc as part of Paramount Home Entertainment’s new Paramount Presents line. The film was subjected to an extensive 4K restoration by the studio, which showed off some of the results at an online press event July 15.

In the film, Audrey Hepburn stars as a European princess who escapes her secluded lifestyle and spends an adventure in Rome with an American journalist played by Gregory Peck. “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like Roman Holiday,” said famed critic and film historian Leonard Maltin. “It’s an irresistible movie.”

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Also new in stores, Best Buy has an exclusive Steelbook of the camp comedy classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, from 20th Century Fox. The studio, now owned by The Walt Disney Co., is also offering consumers the chance to buy a new 4K Ultra HD edition of the holiday classic Home Alone to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Paws Unite! is the second sequel to 2001’s Cats & Dogs, a spy action-comedy film starring Jeff Goldblum that grossed more than $200 million in global ticket sales. Unlike the two other films, Paws Unite! is a straight-to-home release, except in the UK, where it opens theatrically on Oct. 9. In the U.S., the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 13.

The Secret: Dare to Dream is new drama based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The film stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and was directed by Andy Tennant, from a screenplay by he wrote with Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks.

New independent films arriving in stores Sept. 15 on DVD and Blu-ray include Mill Creek Entertainment’s No Safe Spaces and Shout! Factory’s Weathering With You.

No Safe Spaces finds comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager taking the audience on a journey to expose threats to free speech taking place on university campuses, in social media, and at the workplace.

Weathering With You is a new anime film from director Makoto Shinkai. It follows a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future). He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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

Shout! Factory Releasing ‘They Live’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release director John Carpenter’s They Live on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 8.

The 1988 sci-fi allegory will be available as a two-disc They Live: Collector’s Edition combo pack with the 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray. This marks the first time the film will be available in 4K in North America.

The film stars Rowdy Roddy Piper as Nada, a drifter in Los Angeles who comes across a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see a hidden society of aliens living among humans and systematically taking over Earth by luring society into submission.

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The 4K combo pack will include a new 7.1 Dolby Atmos audio mix, Dolby Vision HDR, and all the previous bonus features from Scream Factory’s 2012 Blu-ray of the film:

  • Commentary with Carpenter and Piper;
  • “Independent Thoughts” — an interview with Carpenter;
  • “Man vs. Aliens” — An interview with actor Keith David;
  • “Woman of Mystery” — An interview with actress Meg Foster;
  • “Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds of They Live” — A look at the visual style, stunts and music with director of photography Gary B. Kibbe, stunt coordinator Jeff Imada, and co-composer Alan Howarth;
  • Vintage “The Making of They Live” featurette;
  • Footage from commercials created for the film;
  • Original theatrical trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • still gallery.

 

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The ShoutFactory.com store also features five exclusive offers tied to the They Live 4K release.

Fans who order the 4K disc (priced at $34.98) directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive an 18×24-inch rolled poster reproduction of the film’s original one-sheet, while supplies last.

ShoutFactory.com also has an exclusive limited-edition NECA 8-inch clothed action figure of Keith David’s “Frank,” who joins Nada in the fight against the aliens. Limited to a run of 4,000 units, the figure will be housed in retro box packaging featuring original theatrical art, and  comes with two accessory machine guns, a purple shirt, khaki pants, and a pair of the special sunglasses. The figure is meant as a companion to NECA’s Nada action figure due in November 2020.

The Frank figure can be purchased on its own for $39.99.

A bundle of the 4K disc, poster and the Frank figure is available for $74.99.

Scream Factory will also have an exclusive 7-inch bubble gum pink vinyl record via Sacred Bones, limited to a run of 2,500 units and featuring music from They Live composed by Carpenter. The ‘A’-side includes the 2017 version of the main title and the ‘B’-side contains a never-before-released recording of “Wake Up” recorded by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies in 2019.

The 4K disc with the poster and vinyl is available for $58.99.

Finally, a deluxe bundle of the 4K disc with the poster, Frank figure and vinyl is offered for $94.99.

Shout! Factory, Anime Limited Announce Deal to Bring ‘Bartender’ to Blu-ray, Digital Home Entertainment Platforms

Shout! Factory and U.K. animation distributor Anime Limited Sept. 4 announced a new North American distribution partnership for the popular anime series “Bartender.”

Based on the best-selling Japanese manga books by Araki Joh, “Bartender” was adapted into an anime series in 2006 and a live-action Japanese television drama in 2011. The anthology series was directed by Masaki Watanabe, written by Yasushiro Imagawa, and produced by Palm Studios.

This multiyear distribution deal provides Shout! Factory with distribution rights to “Bartender,” including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the United States and Canada.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, plans to bring the anime series to the home entertainment marketplace in early 2021, with a special 15th anniversary multi-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc set, and a digital launch across major entertainment platforms.

“We’ve been enjoying our ongoing collaboration and couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity with Anime Limited,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “This truly unique and highly entertaining anime series is a very exciting addition to our anime library. We look forward to bringing the ‘Bartender’  collector’s edition to fans and collectors in North America.”

“Bartender” is centered on a bartending prodigy named Ryū Sasakura (voiced by Takahiro Mizushima) known for his spectacular cocktails. He opens his own bar, the Eden Hall, in downtown Tokyo, which soon becomes a gathering spot for customers who share their troubles and seek advice from the young bartender as they indulge in his “Glass of Gods” — the right drink for whichever situation they happen to find themselves in.

 

Shout! Factory Bringing William Shatner’s ‘Captains Collection’ to Blu-ray

Shout! Factory Oct. 20 will release The Captains Collection, bringing together for the first time on Blu-ray four documentaries by William Shatner that take fans behind the scenes of the “Star Trek” franchise. The documentaries will also be available for digital purchase.

The documentaries, which were previously released on DVD, include 2011’s The Captains, 2012’s Get a Life!, 2013’s The Captains Close Up, and 2014’s Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Trek’s Next Generation.

In The Captains, Shatner, who famously starred as Capt. James T. Kirk on the original “Star Trek,” interviews five other performers who played the headlining captains on various “Star Trek” shows and movies up to that point: Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Avery Brooks of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Kate Mulgrew of “Star Trek: Voyager,” Scott Bakula of “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and Chris Pine, who plays a younger alternate reality Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek movie and its sequels.

The Captains Close Up is a five-episode miniseries featuring expanded interviews from The Captains.

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In Get a Life!, Shatner explores “Star Trek” fandom and his own influence on it. The title is based on a famous “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which Shatner jokingly implores the crowd at a “Star Trek” convention to stop bothering him with mundane questions about the series and “get a life.”

Chaos on the Bridge recounts the story of making “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” featuring interviews with several of its creators and producers.

The Captains Collection will be widely as a standard four-disc set. Extras include trailers, additional stories, “The Making of the Captains” featurette, and a “Ponder The Mystery” music video.

The ShoutFactory.com store is also offering an exclusive special-edition version with a fifth disc containing the 2009 documentary William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet for the first time on home video.

William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet chronicles a ballet called “Common People” that was set to the music of a 2004 album called Has Been by William Shatner and Ben Folds. “Common People” was one of the songs on the album and is a cover of a song from the 1995 Different Class album by the band Pulp.

The Shout! Exclusive bonus disc also offers an additional hour-and-a-half of interviews, including bonus episode “Still Kicking: A Conversation Between William Shatner and Christopher Plummer.” Extended interviews from The Captains include Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman from the original series. The disc also includes extended interviews from Chaos on the Bridge, including former CBS president Les Moonves.

The special-edition Blu-ray is limited to a run of 2,000 copies.

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The ShoutFactory.com store also has an exclusive bundle, limited to 1,000 units, pairing the special-edition Blu-ray with the Has Been album on vinyl — a  variant featuring a green, yellow and black splatter design.

‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Headed for Pluto TV

Shout! Factory TV on Sept. 1 announced the launch of “The Carol Burnett Show” channel on Pluto TV, a free ad-supported television streaming service.

The 24/7 linear channel presents episodes from all 11 seasons and can be viewed on Channel 516 in Pluto TV’s newly-launched Classic TV section, available on all leading digital streaming devices and services, as well as major smart TVs and gaming consoles.

Additionally, fans looking to stream content on demand can stream episodes on Pluto TV and Shout! Factory TV.

Many of the episodes included in the linear streaming release have been rarely seen since the show’s original broadcast more than 40 years ago. The comedy legend worked with Shout! Factory to find the long-lost masters of these episodes for their on-demand streaming debut on Shout! Factory TV.

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Content ranges from season one’s first “Carol & Sis” sketches, with a teenage Vicki Lawrence playing a character based on Carol Burnett’s real-life sister, and “As The Stomach Turns,” a soap opera parody which ran for all 11 seasons, to the evolution of Tim Conway’s “Oldest Man” character, which he introduced in Season two and performed nearly 20 times over the course of the series.

“I am so thrilled about the launch of the new ‘Carol Burnett Show’ channel on Pluto TV,” said Carol Burnett in a press release. “When the show started in the 1960s, there were only three or four channels to watch and now there are hundreds on Pluto TV alone. I can’t wait for new fans to discover the show and see how the comedy holds up today.”

Shout! Factory Sets Digital Home Release Dates for Five Films

Shout! Factory has provided an updated list of home release dates for its fall 2020 slate of home video releases. All titles will be available through digital retailers and on VOD, unless otherwise noted. The five-movie slate begins rolling out on Sept. 22 with the following releases:

  • Jay Sebring … Cutting To The Truth — a documentary feature by Anthony DiMaria following the artist, designer, and entrepreneur Jay Sebring’s meteoric rise as a cultural icon and his untimely murder at the hands of the Manson family. The documentary serves as an illuminating portrait of Sebring, who is credited with creating the billion-dollar men’s hair and fashion industry and defining iconic Hollywood styles for men. The documentary will be available On Demand and digitally.
  • Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story — Based on the best-selling book by Mollie Gregory, Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story introduces viewers to the female stunt performers who drive the action behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies, from the first black-and-white “flickers” to today’s high-tech mega epics. The documentary will be available through AppleTV, Amazon, Vudu, GooglePlay, Hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and Charter.

 

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Coming on Sept. 25 is the following release:

  • Misbehaviour — A comedic drama telling the story of the Women’s Liberation Movement and its leaders’ overnight rise to fame after they disrupted the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London. Claiming that beauty competitions demean women, they achieved their goal when the winner was announced: instead of the Swedish favorite the winner was Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. The film will be available for viewing in select theaters and on Video on Demand.

Coming Oct. 2 are the following releases:

  • Let’s Scare Julie — Written and directed by Jud Cremata, this horror film follows a group of teen girls who set out to scare their reclusive neighbor, but the prank quickly turns to terror when some of them don’t return. Filmed in real time on a single camera in one uninterrupted, continuous take, the tension in the film rapidly escalates as the girls start to realize the life-altering consequences of their prank. The film will be premiering through digital retailers and VOD.
  • The Rising Hawk — Set in a 13th Century Mongolian Empire, The Rising Hawk follows the story of Zakhar Berkut (Robert Patrick) and his wife Rada (Alison Doody) as they lead a group of highlanders in the Carpathian Mountains. Unfortunately, their tranquil existence is soon threatened by Burunda Khan (Tsegmid Tserenbold), a powerful Mongolian general who leads his massive armies west in search of new lands to conquer. The film will be available digitally and on VOD.

Shout! Factory to Stream ‘The Aquabats! Super Show!’

Shout! Factory along with U.S. rock group The Aquabats! have announced a distribution alliance to bring the musical comedy television series “The Aquabats! Super Show!” to streaming platforms in North America.

The multiyear alliance provides Shout! Factory TV with SVOD, AVOD and linear streaming digital rights in the U.S. and Canada to all episodes of “The Aquabats! Super Show!,” including the unaired pilot episode and specials. Shout! Factory plans a timely rollout of the show and will release additional news and activities in the forthcoming months.

Created by Christian Jacobs, Scott Schultz, and Jason deVilliers, “The Aquabats! Super Show!” premiered in 2012 on the Hub Network and aired for two seasons. Based on the superhero mythology of The Aquabats!, a real comedy rock band which series co-creator and lead singer Jacobs formed in 1994, “The Aquabats! Super Show!” follows the comic adventures of a fictionalized version of the band, a musical group of amateur superheroes, as they haphazardly defend the world from a variety of villains and monsters.

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Styled similarly to the campy aesthetics of 1960s and 1970s children’s television and Japanese tokusatsu, “The Aquabats! Super Show!” utilizes various mediums of visual styles and special effects, mixing live-action storylines with cartoon shorts, parody advertisements and musical interludes.

Throughout its run, the show received eight multiple daytime Emmy nominations and one win.