Sony Romantic Comedy ‘Holly Slept Over’ Due on Digital and Redbox March 3

The romantic comedy Holly Slept Over will debut on digital and exclusive DVD rental at Redbox March 3 from Sony Picture Home Entertainment.

In the film, when Audra (Britt Lower, TV’s “Man Seeking Woman”) confesses to her husband (Josh Lawson, Bombshell) that she once had sex with Holly (Nathalie Emmanuel, TV’s “Game of Thrones), her college roommate, their lives take an unexpected turn. Holly’s surprise visit and undeniable charm enliven both Noel and Audra, sparking new insight into their relationship. A door opens for the three of them to experience something they never could have anticipated.

The film also stars Ron Livingston (Office Space).

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‘The Grudge’ Arrives on Digital March 10, Disc March 24 From Sony

Horror film The Grudge will come out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD March 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Producer Sam Raimi brings the untold chapter of this horror classic in which a curse born in Japan is simultaneously unleashed in the United States. Those who encounter it are consumed by its fury and meet a violent fate.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho and Betty Gilpin, with horror movie legend Lin Shaye (Insidious, Ouija) and Jacki Weaver.

The film made $44 million at the global box office.

Special features include:

  • “The Cast of the Cursed” featurette, an inside look at the evil that lurks behind the doors at 44 Reyburn Dr., as key creatives and cast members explore The Grudge characters and discuss their experience working with writer-director Nicolas Pesce;
  • “Designing Death” featurette, exploring the character make-up design process and the film’s visual look involved in creating the myriad of ghosts;
  • “Easter Egg Haunt” featurette, in which Pesce brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film, which are homages to the previous works in the Ju-On franchise; and
  • extended scenes and an alternative ending.

 

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Oscar-Lauded ‘Little Women’ Coming Home on Digital March 10, Disc April 7

Director Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation Little Women is coming out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film picked up an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Florence Pugh. The film is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers.

Gerwig’s modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott masterpiece stars Ronan, Emma Watson, Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. The film draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

Little Women earned $177.2 million at the global box office.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include more than 45 minutes of bonus features, exploring how writer-director Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic and took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Alcott lived and wrote Little Women.

Sony Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue Slips

Sometimes, even Spider-Man can’t do it all.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 4 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue of $255 million, down from revenue of $320 million during the previous-year period.

Through the first nine months of the fiscal year, revenue from sales and rental of movies and TV shows sits at $615 million — down almost 14% from $713 million during the previous-year period.

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The studio’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ranked among the Top 10 packaged-media releases in 2019. Yet, despite the Oct. 1, 2019, release date for Spider-Man: Far From Home, it wasn’t enough to drive revenue growth in the quarter.

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Shoots to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Zombieland: Double Tap 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 Jan. 25.

The sequel to 2009’s post-apocalyptic comedy Zombieland earned $73.1 million at the domestic box office, about the same as the original.

The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, dropped to No. 2 on the overall sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Joker slipped to No. 3 overall but stayed at No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Another newcomer, MGM’s animated The Addams Family remake, distributed by Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 4 on both charts.

Paramount’s Gemini Man was No. 5 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The newly released comedy Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the seventh installment of Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse of connected films, was No. 6 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sony’s police drama Black and Blue debuted as the No. 8 overall seller and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 68% of Zombieland: Double Tap unit sales, with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack comprising 14% of its overall total.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot had the week’s biggest share of its total from Blu-ray, at 86%.

For Addams Family, Blu-ray accounted for 53%, and 50% for Black and Blue.

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Zombieland: Double Tap was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 26. The previous week’s top rental, Gemini Man, slipped to No. 2.

Addams Family entered the rental chart at No. 3, while Joker slipped to No. 4 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was No. 5.

Other newcomers on the rental chart included Black and Blue at No. 6, Universal’s horror entry Countdown at No. 7, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot at No. 15, and Paramount’s I See You at No. 18.

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Sony Links With Nextdoor on ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Promotion

To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks in his Academy Award-nominated role as Fred Rogers, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has joined with Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub, to launch a sweepstakes promotion “aimed at elevating simple acts of kindness in neighborhoods across the country,” according to the studio.

Members on Nextdoor can share the story of a neighbor who has gone above and beyond to cultivate kindness in his or her neighborhood at us.nextdoor.com/beautifulday. Those who submit a story will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a free local screening of the film. Ten additional Nextdoor members will be selected at random to win the film on Blu-ray and a copy of Penguin Books’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers.

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Neighbors will be able to enter the sweepstakes from Jan. 29 through Feb. 14. The promotion will culminate on National Random Acts of Kindness Day Feb. 17, when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Nextdoor will be sharing select entries via the film’s and Nextdoor’s social channels (@Nextdoor).

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“Neighbors everywhere continue to show us that the simple acts of gathering together, sharing a smile, and showing each other kindness can have profound effects on our lives,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with Sony and help promote A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as we continue to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, available on digital Feb. 4 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18, is based on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers (Hanks), he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from the star of the children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Consumers can create a free Nextdoor account at nextdoor.com to connect with your neighbors and enter for a chance to win at us.nextdoor.com/beautifulday. Sweepstakes terms and conditions are at the Nextdoor Help Center.

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Takes Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Jan. 26.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The previous week’s top title, Paramount’s Gemini Man, slipped to No. 2 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

Another newcomer, MGM’s animated The Addams Family, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures, was No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Warner’s Joker was No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

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Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, was No. 5 on the disc chart.

Sony Pictures’ new police drama Black and Blue entered the chat at No. 4 on digital chart and No. 6 on the disc.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 26:

  1. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  2. Gemini Man — Paramount
  3. The Addams Family (2019) — Universal
  4. Joker — Warner
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — Disney
  6. Black and Blue — Sony Pictures
  7. Countdown — Universal
  8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  9. Hustlers — Universal
  10. Jexi — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 26:

  1. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  2. Joker — Warner
  3. Gemini Man — Paramount
  4. Black and Blue — Sony Pictures
  5. The Addams Family (2019) — MGM
  6. Hustlers — STX
  7. Countdown — STX
  8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  9. Jexi — Lionsgate
  10. Rambo: Last Blood — Lionsgate

 

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Coming to Digital Feb. 4, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 18

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the venerable Fred Rogers, will debut on digital Feb. 4, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hanks, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role, portrays children’s television icon Mister Rogers of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in this film based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

The film also stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood made $60.9 million at the global box office, all but about $300,000 of it in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

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Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD include more than 15 minutes of additional scenes, a blooper reel, an all-new featurette starring Daniel Tiger, filmmaker commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Coming to Digital Feb. 18, Disc — Including 4K — March 10

The rebooted Charlie’s Angels will come out on digital Feb. 18 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $68 million at the global box office.

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm for the next generation of Charlie’s Angels, Kristen Stewart (Sabina), Naomi Scott (Elena), and Ella Balinska (Jane). The Angels are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose investigative agency has expanded internationally. Under the guidance of Bosley (Banks), the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized.

Bonus materials include a gag reel, five deleted scenes, and four making-of featurettes.

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Zombieland: Double Tap

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 1/21/20;
Sony Pictures;
Comedy;
Box Office $73.09 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content.
Stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch.

The original Zombieland in 2009 was such a delightful surprise that most fans considered a sequel to be an inevitability. Yet the years without one started to pile up, save for a pilot episode in 2013 of a TV adaptation for Amazon Prime Video that wasn’t picked up.

Ruben Fleischer, director of both the original film and this 10-years-later follow up, recalls in his commentary that plans for the sequel stalled because the creative team wasn’t satisfied with the script, so it was put on hold. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick at least tried to resurrect the concept on Amazon, albeit with a new cast, before moving on to pen the “Deadpool” movies. Fleischer himself went on to direct Venom.

Eventually, though, they found a concept that works, and here we are with the hilarious Double Tap, dropping back in on the post-apocalypse to see how the core quartet of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have adjusted to a decade of life fighting zombies.

Pretty well, it turns out. They’ve taken up residence in the abandoned White House, while Columbus and Wichita have graduated to a full-fledged romantic relationship. That leaves the now grown-up Little Rock a bit restless to find a boyfriend of her own, so she hits the road with a pacifist musician named Berkeley (Avan Jogia), who promises to take her to a walled off commune where weapons are banned and the residents hide out from the zombie hordes by getting stoned in a village atop a skyrise.

So the rest of the group sets off to find her, joined by Madison (Zoey Deutch), a ditzy blonde they find living at the mall.

The zombies have also evolved into different sub-groups, some smarter than others, some harder to kill than others, which ups the danger factor of their road trip.

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The joy of the “Zombieland” movies is that they fully embrace the blood, gore and dystopian flavor of the genre, while at the same time spoofing the hell out of it. This time around, the movie even engages in a bit of self-parody, such as when Columbus and Tallahassee encounter another duo (Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch) whose personalities are eerily similar.

The casting of Middleditch as a doppelganger for Eisenberg is but one example of the film’s meta-humor, owing to Eisenberg’s performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and Middleditch as the tech startup CEO on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” The similarity in their characters is so pronounced that Fleischer even calls Eisenberg “Tom” at one point in his commentary. Oops.

There are quite a few running gags at play in Double Tap, from an expansion of the survival rules introduced in the first film, to the elaborate “Zombie Kill of the Week” cutaways, to the search for the ideal post-apocalyptic vehicle, to reflections of the past 10 years from the point of view of a society frozen in 2009. And the filmmakers have filled the screen with enough clever background details that it may take several viewings to fully appreciate.

At its core, though, as with the first film, Zombieland: Double Tap is anchored by the winning chemistry of its cast and the audience’s eagerness to spend more time with them.

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The Blu-ray is loaded with some great bonus materials, starting with the aforementioned director’s commentary, which offers some good behind-the-scenes information.

The making of the film is also the focus of five featurettes totaling nearly 35 minutes, covering the creation of the film’s memorable vehicles and sets, to the new cast members, and a look at making the fantastic mid-credits sequence that calls back to a memorable cameo from the first film.

Another two-minute video gives viewers a director’s-eye view of one of the film’s notable fight scenes.

Fans should be especially thrilled by the nearly 13 minutes of deleted scenes on the disc, which offer some great character moments that didn’t quite work for the film’s pacing but offer some interest tidbits on their own, particularly when it comes to the Columbus/Wichita relationship.

Rounding out the extras are an amusing five-minute blooper reel and a 30-second PSA using the film’s premise to encourage viewers to prepare their own emergency survival kits.