‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ Top Slate of New Digital, Disc Releases Available March 16

Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman, Songbird and Don’t Tell a Soul top the slate of new releases available for home viewing March 16.

Wonder Woman 1984, which was supposed to be one of last summer’s big theatrical tentpoles, instead became the poster child for the multi-platform release strategy triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The superhero film, starring Gal Gadot, was famously released to theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on Christmas Day, followed by a  48-hour premium VOD rental window last month.

Now, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the film through normal digital retail channels on March 16, two weeks ahead of its debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.

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Promising Young Woman becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand March 16, after an initial release for digital purchase. The Universal Pictures film, nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event. Wickedly smart and tantalizingly cunning, she’s now living a secret double life by night — and is eager to avenge the wrongs of the past.

Also making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on March 16 is another Universal Pictures film, Songbird, a sci-fi thriller directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark) and starring K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore.

In the film, a devastating pandemic ravages the world and the United States is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment or worse.

Don’t Tell a Soul, from Lionsgate, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 16. Already available on demand and through digital retailers, the dramatic thriller stars Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Dylan and Mena Suvari. While stealing money to help their sick mother (Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Whitehead and Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

Other new March releases of note include the werewolf horror film I Am Lisa, from Mill Creek, available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD; Shout! Factory Steelbook Blu-ray editions of Japanese anime classics Whisper of the Heart (1995) and The Cat Returns (2002); and Warner Archive Blu-ray Discs of Damn Yankees; Driving Miss Daisy; What’s Up, Doc; and Crossfire.

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

‘Come Play’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, While ‘Songbird’ Leads On Demand Chart

Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Come Play debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 31. The film, about a young boy whose reliance on his cell phone and tablet for companionship unleashes a sinister creature, earned about $10 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top rental, Well Go USA’s Synchronic, slipped to No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Rounding out the top five discs were Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief at No. 3,  Paramount’s Wander at No. 4, and Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 5.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had STX Entertainment’s Songbird take over the top spot. The controversial thriller, which examines a future world where the pandemic is in full effect in 2024 after the coronvirus continues to mutate, has been circulating through VOD for a few months.

No. 2 was War With Grandpa, followed by Honest Thief at No. 3. Universal’s The Croods: A New Age, from DreamWorks Animation, was No. 4, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 31:

  1. Come Play — Universal
  2. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. Wander — Paramount
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Born a Champion — Lionsgate
  7. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  8. Tenet — Warner
  9. Spell — Paramount
  10. Love and Monsters — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 31:

  1. Songbird — STX
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  5. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  6. Tenet — Warner
  7. Unhinged — Solstice
  8. Wander — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate

 

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