‘Free Guy’ Holds Off Batch of Newcomers to Remain Top Disc Seller for Second Week

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy remained the No. 1 seller 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 Oct. 23.

In maintaining the top spot for a second consecutive week, the video game-themed action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds held off several new releases that landed in the top 10 on both charts, including the second through fourth spots.

The week’s top new release, debuting at No. 2, was Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, which in its first week sold about 80% as many copies as Free Guy did in its second. The third live-action film based on Hasbro’s “G.I. Joe” brand of military action figures looks at the backstory of the ninja warrior Snake Eyes before he becomes a commando for the anti-terrorist Joe team. Snake Eyes was a box office disappointment with just over $28 million at the domestic box office.

No. 3 on both charts was the direct-to-video animated DC Comics superhero film Injustice, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film depicts a rift in the Justice League when Superman seeks authoritarian control over Earth to avenge the death of Lois Lane in an attack by the Joker. It sold about 30% fewer copies than Snake Eyes.

Universal Pictures’ Old debuted at No. 4 on both charts. The latest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan depicts a group of strangers struggling to escape a secluded tropical beach when they discover it is surrounded by radiation that causes them to age rapidly. It earned $48.2 million at the domestic box office.

The fourth newcomer to crack the top 10 was Lionsgate’s The Protégé, an action-thriller starring Maggie Q and Michael Keaton about an assassin who seeks to avenge the death of her mentor. It landed at No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on both charts was Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga in its fifth week on shelves.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 61% of total Snake Eyes unit sales, with 18% from a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition and 43% from the regular Blu-ray. It should be noted that aside from digital copies none of the Snake Eyes options were combo packs, meaning the 4K version had just a 4K disc, while the Blu-ray had just a Blu-ray disc.

Injustice saw 84% of its total sales come from Blu-ray Disc, 24% from 4K and 60% from regular Blu-ray. Of note, 16% of its sales were of a DVD version available only at Walmart.

Old had 56% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc formats (20% 4K and 36% BD), while Protégé had 62% (19% 4K and 43% BD).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 24 had Old debut in the top spot, followed by Snake Eyes at No. 2 and Protégé at No. 3.

Free Guy wasn’t readily available at Redbox kiosks upon its initial disc release.

The previous week’s top rental, Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell, slipped to no. 4, with F9 dropping to No. 5.

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‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘Old,’ ‘Protégé’ Arrive on Disc Oct. 19, ‘Respect’ Available for Digital Purchase

Oct. 19 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Universal’s Old, Paramount’s Snake Eyes and Lionsgate’s The Protégé, while Universal’s Respect becomes available for digital purchase.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. This is the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A set of all three “G.I. Joe” films also is available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The action thriller The Protégé arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from Martin Campbell, the director of Casino Royale.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the newest DC Universe animated movie, Injustice, on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and via digital sellthrough Oct. 19. Inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us — Year One graphic novel based on it, the film is set in an alternate world gone mad, where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes, leading to an all-out superhero war. Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” provides the voice of Superman, returning to the DC realm after playing Green Arrow on “Smallville.” Anson Mount of “Star Trek: Discovery” voices Batman. The voice cast also includes Janet Varney as Wonder Woman; Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg; Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent; Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman; Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz; Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc; Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn; Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man; Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna; Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul; Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman; Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam; Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen; Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern; Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom; and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier. The film is rated ‘R’ for bloody violence.

Warner Oct. 19 also releases Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with extended versions of all 15 episodes. The series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, who are now married and raising twin teenage sons, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). When Jordan stars exhibiting superpowers like his father, the Kents move back to Smallville, where they uncover a scheme by businessman Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) to transform the population into an army of Kryptonian soldiers. The cast also includes Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Superman series, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto Blu-ray for the first time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19. The set features all 218 episodes along with more than 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 seasons, plus digital copy (U.S. only). The Emmy-winning, 10-season series based on the DC comics character explored the origins of Superman from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang,  Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Laura Vandervoort as Kara, Callum Blue as Zod, Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague and Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome, “Smallville” has also featured guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition includes two DVD discs with more than 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the season DVD sets. They include “The Adventures of Superboy,”  the original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell; “A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey,” an in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this television series; the “A Decade of Comic-Con” featurette; a Paley Festival featurette; “Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone,” an extended version of the original featurette included in the season five set; “Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics,” a feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years; audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; gag reels; and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Shout! Factory releases the ballet movie Coppelia as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 19. The visually opulent fairy tale is based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, putting a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining animation and live-action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia. The film stars ballet superstar/author/and inspirational activist Michaela DePrince, and a cast including one of the world’s most in-demand principal dancers, Daniel Camargo, alongside international dance stars Vito Mazzeo, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov, and Darcey Bussell. This unconventional adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. When everyone in town falls under the spell of the Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia — the “perfect” robot-woman Coppelius has created.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12, and on DVD Oct. 19 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds.

Arriving for digital purchase Oct. 19 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron,  Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9.

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The Western Badland Doves shoots to DVD Oct. 19, including Walmart stores nationwide, from Green Apple Entertainment. In this feminist take on the film genre, when masked men burst into the Silva family’s cabin in the Old West, gunning them all down as they sit at their dinner table, their daughter Regina (Jessica Y. Martin) is the only survivor of the grisly attack. Learning how to handle a gun, Regina hits the trail to seek justice. When she takes a job at a brothel where a prostitute has recently been brutally murdered, she realizes they are seeking the same man, Pete Chalmers. The town is run by Pete’s father, and the local sheriff and town leaders are not only refusing to help but are protecting him. Along with the madam, Victoria (Sandy Penny), and the other ladies of the house, Cora (Michelle Nuquay) and Ekta (Elizabeth Selby), the girls women take revenge.

Kino Lorber Oct. 19 releases the DVD of On Broadway, a newly produced documentary on the legendary Great White Way. As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after the extended COVID-19 shutdown,  an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink, through the early 1980s “Save the Theaters” campaign. This came after New York’s storied live-theater scene had been struck by economic downturns, cultural shifts and the AIDS crisis — as well as the threatened destruction of historic theater buildings by big-money Manhattan developers. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. The documentary includes interviews with such stage and screen icons as Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis and Ian McKellen. They take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

A remake of Slumber Party Massacre arrives digitally Oct. 19. A production of Shout! Studios and Blue Ice Pictures, Slumber Party Massacre is a contemporary, twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Roger Corman and Amy Holden Jones. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a power drill-wielding psychopath disrupts the fun.

Cohen Media Group Oct. 19 releases on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Corridor of Mirrors, a 1948 British drama that marks the directorial debut of Terence Young, who would later go on to helm Dr. No and Wait Until Dark. The film has been newly restored for its disc release. In Corridor of Mirrors, Eric Portman (A Canterbury Tale) plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Edana Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. Corridor of Mirrors incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. It was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Corridor of Mirrors also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings).

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formants. In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape. Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available for digital purchase and VOD as of Oct. 19 . In the film, with the streets empty, free from activity of humans and machines, it is not just nature that takes advantage of a global lockdown. A notorious serial killer is back from the dead, with more potential victims than ever before. It arrives on DVD Nov. 16

Mothers of the Revolution, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the women behind the Greenham Common Peace Camp, heads to digital Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. On Sept. 5, 1981, a group of women marched from Wales to Berkshire in the U.K. to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp that followed challenged world leaders, altering the course of history and went on to inspire millions as the world’s first and biggest female-only demonstration, preceded only by the suffragettes.

Gravitas Ventures releases director Anthony Catalano’s Last Testament on VOD Oct. 19, with DVD and Blu-ray releases to follow. The indie true crime drama was produced by Catalano and stars Dominick Alesia, Anna Roemer and Rima Sabal. Last Testament explores the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God cult. Born into the infamous cult, Ricky (Dominick Alesia) was subjected to years of abuse while also being groomed to one day lead the cult. He was finally able to escape with his wife Elixcia (Anna Roemer), but he remained haunted by his past. Ricky reaches a breaking point and he vows to take down the cult and its leaders — including his mother — by any means necessary.

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on digital Oct. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

Francis Ford Coppola’s definitive cut of his Vietnam masterpiece Apocalypse Now: Final Cut arrives Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. The Steelbook features all new artwork from artist Ken Taylor and an intro by Coppola.

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

‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,’ ‘Snake Eyes’ Top Disc and Digital Releases Aug. 17

Aug. 17 sees Lionsgate release Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K disc, while Paramount releases Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins for premium digital purchase and PVOD.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard, arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Aug. 17 from Lionsgate. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. The world’s most lethal odd couple — bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) and hit man Darius Kincaid (Jackson) — are back. Still unlicensed, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by the volatile spouses, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Banderas). It earned $38 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Magnet Label Aug. 17 releases the Danish thriller Riders of Justice on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally. Riders of Justice follows recently-deployed soldier Markus (Mads Mikkelsen), who is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But, when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.

RLJE Films, a division of AMC Networks, releases The Water Man on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 17. The film stars Lonnie Chavis as Gunenr, who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them. The cast also includes Alfred Molina and Maria Bello. The film marks the directorial debut of Oyelowo and is based on a script by first-time screenwriter Emma Needell.

Sony Pictures Aug. 17 releases Blu-ray, DVD and digital editions of The Truffle Hunters. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, The Truffle Hunters is a documentary about a group of aging men, in their 70s and 80s, hunting in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle,  which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their expertly trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community.

Shout! Studios Aug. 17 releases Fast Vengeance, an action thriller written and directed by Pearry Reginald Teo (The Assent, Ghosthunters), on major digital platforms, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Fast Vengeance follows the story of Shen, who upon hearing of his brother’s death returns to his stomping grounds to find the men responsible and take justice into his own hands. He learns that a biker named Cobra and his gang, The Midnight Squad, were the ones responsible, but to get anywhere close to them, he must enter the dark, turbulent realm of underground motorcycle racing. Enlisting the aid of a drag racing champion-turned-mechanic, Shen must compete in the high-stakes races where he will have only one chance to confront Cobra. The film stars hip-hop legend DMX (Belly, Romeo Must Die), alongside D.Y. Sao, Natalie Burn, Bai Ling, and Jeff Fahey.

The underdog mixed martial arts story Notorious Nick becomes available Aug. 17 on DVD and for digital purchase from Lionsgate. Cody Christian (TV’s “All American” and “Teen Wolf”) stars in the underdog tale based on a true story. In the film, even though he was born with a partial left arm, Nick Newell (Christian) dreams of being a fighter. After wrestling in high school, Nick becomes a fierce competitor when his best friend Abi introduces him to mixed martial arts. Suddenly, a tragedy provides Nick with an unexpected opportunity.

The Jim Henson fantasy Labyrinth debuts on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 17 for its 35th anniversary from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 1986 film follows a 16-year-old girl (Jennifer Connelly) who is given 13 hours to solve a dangerous and wonderful labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King (the late David Bowie). The release will feature Dolby Vision and an hour of new and archival special features. The limited-edition collectible set also includes a 28-page Digibook — featuring artwork, photography and early script pages — styled to resemble Sarah’s book of The Labyrinth from the film.

Warner Aug. 17 is re-releasing the 2001 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally in a new 20th anniversary edition with with “Magical Movie Mode,” a new way to experience the film that lets fans discover filmmaking secrets, spell incantations, creatures, magical artifacts, trivia, and more while watching the movie. “Magical Movie Mode” includes commentary from director Chris Columbus offering candid insight and amusing anecdotes from the production of the first film, deleted scenes, quizzes testing knowledge of a vast array of topics from the film, graphics, and audio during select scenes in the film.

Lionsgate releases the 1989 horror-comedy Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat on Blu-ray Disc through its Vestron Video collector’s series Aug. 17. Seeking atonement for centuries of human carnage, Count Mardulak (David Carradine) has instructed Purgatory’s vampire residents to slather on SPF 100 sunblock, pursue daytime activities and drink only synthetic blood. But some vampires don’t agree with Mardulak — they want real blood, even if it means a vampire civil war. The cast also includes Bruce Campbell, Maxwell Caulfield, Morgan Brittany, Jim Metzler, John Ireland, Deborah Foreman and M. Emmet Walsh.

Two Chinese films, the family friendly Little Q and the comic drama Midnight Diner, arrive on Blu-ray Aug. 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, the human-canine friendship film Little Q stars Simon Yam (Ip Man) as a recently blinded chef who forms a bond with his seeing eye dog. Midnight Diner, based on the manga series “Shin’ya Shokudo” by Yaro Abe and previously adapted into  TV series in Japan, Korea and China, is set in a little restaurant in Shanghai, and stars Tony Leung Ka-Fai, who makes his directorial debut and plays the leading role of a man who makes a set of special food for each guest who visits the restaurant and listens everyone’s story.

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Paramount Home Entertainment releases the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins for premium digital purchase and on premium video-on-demand Aug. 17. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. Snake Eyes, which earned $27.5 million at the domestic box office, will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19

The DreamWorks Animation family film Spirit Untamed becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy. The film features the voices of Isabela Merced, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, Eiza González, Julianne Moore and Jake Gyllenhaal. It earned $17.6 million at the domestic box office and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31.

The comedy Big House arrives on digital and on demand Aug. 17 from Gravitas Ventures. The film follows Claire and Ali, for whom monogamy doesn’t run strong in paternal bloodline. They find healthy ways of dealing with the desire for more than one partner. Ali and her boyfriend Art invite Jas, a woman they met on an open relationships app, to join them for a threesome. But they also find not-so-healthy ways. Claire is cheating on her fiancé Zach with her coworker. When all six of these people find themselves stuck in the same house for what was supposed to be a beach weekend, the result is a dramatic farce.

The documentary Far Out West: Inside California’s Kerista Commune is now available via VOD and digital sellthrough from Virgil Films. In the early 1970s, 25 free spirits found each other in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and formed the Kerista Commune. For two decades, they lived as one family, loving freely, raising children together, and making millions selling Apple computers. But if the alternative society they built was fantastically alluring, it was also fragile, and a quarter century after they voted to dissolve their commune, the former members are still debating what their experiment can teach us about human nature, and whether their utopia was actually a cult in disguise.

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

G.I. Joe Movie ‘Snake Eyes’ Available Digitally Aug. 17, on Disc Oct. 19

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins for premium digital purchase and on premium video-on-demand Aug. 17, followed by Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19.

Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett.

This is the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Snake Eyes earned $27.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The 4K version of Snake Eyes will include Dolby Vision, while both the 4K and Blu-ray discs include Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K and Blu-ray combo packs also include access to a digital copy of the film.

Extras include deleted scenes and several featurettes:

  • “Morning Light: A Weapon With Stories to Tell” — a short film that reveals secrets about Snake Eyes’ legendary sward;
  • “Enter Snake Eyes” — A look at the making of the film;
  • “A Deadly Ensemble” — a look at the cast;
  • “Arashikage” — an examination of the elite ninja warrior world of the film.


Also available will be Steelbook edition of the 4K combo pack, and a three-movie set of Snake Eyes, Rise of Cobra and Retaliation.

Vudu is offering an extended seven-minute action scene from Snake Eyes as a free preview.