Sony Pictures Ups Fiscal Half-Year Home Entertainment Revenue 36%

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 28 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $171 million, which was up 6.8% from revenue of $160 million during the previous-year period. Through six months of the fiscal year (ending March 31, 2021), home entertainment generated $490 million in revenue, which is 36.1% higher than $360 million generated during the same period last year.

Sony has generated strong packaged media and digital sales from Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys For Life, Little Women, Bloodshot, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Flatliners, among others. Indeed, Jumanji and Bad Boys have combined for an estimated $69.5 million in DVD and Blu-ray Disc revenue — the No. 3 and No. 9 best-selling titles in 2020, according to The-Numbers.com.

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As expected, Sony Pictures theatrical revenue nosedived 98.2% to $13 million due to exhibitor shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic, and Sony’s decision to delay all major box office releases until 2021. The studio generated box office revenue of $715 million in the previous-year period.

The studio released just two new movies into movie theaters in the quarter: The Broken Hearts Gallery ($4 million) and The Last Shift, which generated zero revenue.

By comparison, Sony in the previous-year period released Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.13 billion); Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ($356 million), The Angry Birds Movie 2 ($125 million), and Overcomer ($33 million).

Sony Pictures Television revenue grew 24.4% to $529 million from $425 million last year. Ancillary revenue skyrocketed to $145 million from just $6 million last year.

When also factoring in TV productions ($480 million), media networks ($470 million) and intersegment revenue of $4 million, total motion picture revenue totaled $1.81 billion, down about 25% from revenue of $2.42 billion last year.

Disaster Film ‘2012’ Coming to 4K UHD Jan. 19 From Sony

The disaster film 2012 will come out on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the action-adventure movie about the end of the world, starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble.

Bonus features on the 4K disc include Dolby Atmos sound and Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette. Bonus features on Blu-ray include an interactive Mayan calendar; five featurettes on bringing the epic to life; deleted scenes; an alternate ending; “Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision”; feature commentary; and an Adam Lambert music video.

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‘Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder’ Concert Film Available on Digital Dec. 1 From Sony

Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder, the Grammy-nominated 1988 concert, is coming to digital for purchase and rental Dec. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Restored, re-edited and remixed from the original film reels and master tapes, the concert release was filmed at the Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, N.Y.) and features David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright with an innovative mix of lighting and staging, balancing the then-new material and classic Pink Floyd songs.

Tracks include:

  1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5
  2. Signs of Life
  3. Learning to Fly
  4. Sorrow
  5. The Dogs of War
  6. On the Turning Away
  7. One of These Days
  8. Time
  9. On the Run
  10. The Great Gig in the Sky
  11. Wish You Were Here
  12. Us and Them
  13. Money
  14. Comfortably Numb
  15. One Slip
  16. Run Like Hell

 

Bonus tracks include:

  1. Yet Another Movie
  2. Round and Around
  3. A New Machine Part 1
  4. Terminal Frost
  5. A New Machine Part 2

 

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‘Resident Evil’ 4K Release Moved Back to Nov. 17

The live-action video game film franchise “Resident Evil” will come out in a 4K Ultra HD collection Nov. 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

It was originally scheduled for Nov. 3.

The limited-edition gift set marks the first time all six films are on 4K Ultra HD disc with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The films will also be available digitally in 4K with HDR.

The “Resident Evil 4K Ultra HD Collection” includes Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (both the original theatrical version and an extended cut), Resident Evil: ExtinctionResident Evil: AfterlifeResident Evil: Retribution and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as well as hours of bonus content across all six films, including archival featurettes that have been previously unavailable on disc.

Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, the “Resident Evil” franchise stars Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as Alice, a superhuman security expert pitted against the sinister Umbrella Corporation as the world’s population is transformed into flesh-eating creatures by one of its most dangerous biological weapons.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season Five Coming to Disc Nov. 24

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Better Call Saul: Season Five on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 24.

In the fifth season of the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) begins practicing law under the name Saul Goodman, while Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) begins to question both the direction of her career and her relationship with Jimmy. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) aids Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in his war on the cartel, putting Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) in a compromising position with the relentless Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton).

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Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include cast and crew commentaries on all 10 episodes, a gag reel, Mesa Verde Bank and Trust TV spots, Kim’s ethics training videos, and a “Crystal Balls” featurette. The Blu-ray also offers deleted scenes, looks at “The Ambush” and “The Cannon Roll” from the episode “Bagman,” and the featurettes “Tell Me Again,” “The Effects for This!” and “The Good, The Bags and The Ugly.”

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Arriving Dec. 1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing the Ang Lee action-adventure fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a limited-edition Steelbook Dec. 1.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

It follows two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy — and the inescapable, enduring power of love.

Set against 19th century China’s breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is directed by two-time Best Director Oscar winner Lee (Brokeback Mountain, 2005; Life of Pi, 2012) and features martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

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The limited edition Steelbook includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The film was originally released on 4K Ultra HD in 2016.

Bonus materials include:

  • Sx deleted scenes: presented in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range;
  • in-depth retrospective interviews, in which director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres discuss the making of the groundbreaking film;
  • an introduction to the Film and the deleted scenes by Lee;
  • “A Love Before Time” Music Video in English and Mandarin;
  • “The Making of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”;
  • commentary with Lee and Schamus;
  • commentary with cinematographer Peter Pau;
  • “A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh”;
  • a photo gallery; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

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.

‘Léon: The Professional’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 1

The thriller Léon: The Professional will come out on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook Dec. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello star in the action thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. Calling himself a “cleaner,” the mysterious Léon (Reno) is New York’s top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Léon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family’s sole survivor — 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman). But Mathilda doesn’t just want protection; she wants revenge. Training her in the deadly tricks of his trade, Léon helps her track the psychotic agent who murdered her family.

The limited edition Steelbook features the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray and both the theatrical and extended versions.

Bonus materials include “Cast and Crew Look Back”; “Jean Reno: The Road to Léon”; “Natalie Portman: Starting Young”; and the original theatrical trailer.

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‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse’ Available for Digital Purchase Oct. 27, Rental Nov. 10 From Sony

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse, a film documenting a series of performances from the band of all-stars led by Pink Floyd’s drummer, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD Digital on Oct. 27, and available for digital rental Nov. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse is a live recording taken from the band’s sold-out shows at the London venue in May 2019. The film revives both the hits from Pink Floyd’s earliest live shows, as well as songs never performed live by Floyd.

Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken, known as Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, came together with the simple idea of playing early Pink Floyd — the songs pre-Dark Side of the Moon — that had not been given a live outing in decades. What started with a simple suggestion from Mason, “Why don’t we get a rehearsal room and play some things and see how we feel about it,” turned into the artist’s first live performances since 2005’s Live 8.

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Recorded almost a year to the day from the band’s first live show together, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse features songs from the garage band attack of “Arnold Layne” and “Vegetable Man” to the psychedelic journeying of “Interstellar Overdrive” and the mellow, spacey Floyd of “Atom Heart Mother” and “Green is the Colour.”

Tracks include:

  • “Beginnings”
  • “Interstellar Overdrive”
  • “Astronomy Domine”
  • “Lucifer Sam”
  • “Fearless”
  • “Obscured by Clouds”
  • “When You’re In”
  • “Remember a Day”
  • “Arnold Layne”
  • “Vegetable Man”
  • “If”
  • “Atom Heart Mother”
  • “The Nile Song”
  • “Green is the Colour”
  • “Let There Be More Light”
  • “Childhood’s End”
  • “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”
  • “See Emily Play”
  • “Bike”
  • “One of These Days”
  • “A Saucerful of Secrets’
  • “Point Me at the Sky”