‘Men in Black: International’ Reaches Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Men in Black: International 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. 7.

The fourth “Men in Black” film, the first with new castmembers Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, earned $79.8 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on the overall sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the top seller the previous week.

The No. 2 Blu-ray, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s Avengers: Endgame.

No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray cart was Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2.

No. 5 on both charts was Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman.

The only other new release in the top 10 was Universal’s Ma, a suspense thriller starring Octavia Spencer that was No. 7 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 93% of first-week Men in Black: International sales, with 16% of total sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 8, Men in Black: International was No. 1, with Ma at No. 2.

Secret Life of Pets 2 slid to No. 3, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the previous week’s top rental, was No. 4. Universal’s The Hustle rounded out the top five.

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Sony, Paramount to Offer Imax Content in the Home

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, among others, in a deal with Rakuten TV, FandangoNow, and Imax, is set to offer Imax content on select smart televisions in the United States, Europe and China.

Imax and DTS have launched a license program enabling third-party consumer electronics manufacturers to offer digitally remastered 4K HDR content with DTS audio in the home.

“We are thrilled to support our collaborators to bring ‘The Imax Experience’ into the home with this new and exciting format,” Pete Wood, SVP/Digital Sales, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering movies Venom, Spider-Man Homecoming, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Spider-Man: Far From Home — the latter including 45 minutes of Imax expanded content.

Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Bumblebee will be the studio’s first addition to the expanding collection of Imax Enhanced titles for streaming platforms, followed by Crawl, Pet Sematary (2019), and Rocketman, all of which will include Imax signature sound.

Imax content on Bravia TVs will be offered through the Rakuten TV streaming service this month in U.K., Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

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Bravia models with Imax Enhanced certification are the Master Series ZG9 8K HDR Full Array LED and AG9 4K HDR OLED sets, as well as the XG95 Series 4K HDR Full Array LED TV.

“Today’s announcement continues our efforts to usher in a new level of quality in home entertainment by pairing digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content with breath-taking images and immersive sound as the filmmakers intended for the home,” said Francisco Navarro-Sertich, SVP/Strategy at Imax Corp.

Separately, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also will release a series of new titles on Imax Enhanced physical 4K Ultra HD disc, beginning with The Angry Birds Movie 2.

This is in addition to Imax Entertainment’s release of Space Station on Imax Enhanced UHD Blu-ray in July, which is available for purchase through Amazon and other major retailers.

 

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Comes Home on Digital Sept. 17, Disc Oct. 1 Including 4K

Spider-Man: Far From Home will fly to digital Sept. 17 and 4K Ultra HD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Oct. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $386.1 million in domestic theaters.

Tom Holland returns as the web-slinger Peter Parker in the next chapter after Spider-Man: Homecoming. He joins his best friends Ned, M.J. and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent — but all is not as it seems.

The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan and Zendaya as M.J.

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Special features include a new original short, alternate and extended scenes, gag reels, and Easter Eggs. Additional special features include “Teachers’ Travel Tips,” with Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell on how to traverse the European continent, as well as interviews with the cast and crew focused on stunts and location in “The Jump Off” and “Far, FAR, From Home.” Viewers can explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Stepping Up” and get a closer look at the chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland in “It Takes Two.” Viewers can also dive into the “The Ginter-Riva Effect,” “Thank You, Mrs. Parker” and “Now You See Me” featurettes for more character focused details.

The 4K Ultra HD also features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

Brightburn

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Horror;
Box Office $17.3 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $38.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for horror violence/bloody images, and language.
Stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Emmie Hunter, Gregory Alan Williams, Annie Humphrey.

The common description of Brightburn paints the film as something of a dark superhero tale, a speculation about what would have happened had Superman turned out to be evil.

Such a summary is a bit of an oversimplification, both in terms of what the movie is trying to achieve and in the implication of what Superman is.

For the most part, though, the film is an effective thriller with a killer hook — what if Superman was the slasher in his own horror film?

The superpowered alien central to Brightburn is not Superman, of course, but a close enough stand-in given the circumstances involved. A childless couple wishes for a baby only to have one fall out of the sky in a spaceship. They adopt the child and raise him as their own, only for him to discover that he possesses wondrous powers.

After living a relatively normal childhood, Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) quickly develops the powers of super strength, flight, superspeed and heat vision. Unlike Superman, he can also emit EM pulses to interfere with electronics.

Brandon’s alien nature has begun to assert itself, and his instincts tell him he was sent to Earth to take it over.

So he slowly embarks on his campaign of terror, first tormenting a young classmate he has a crush on. As the locals begin to shun him for his oddness, he grows more willing to kill in order to conceal his true nature. Even his adoptive father (David Denman) begins to distrust him, though his mother (Elizabeth Banks) refuses to give up on him.

The key difference with Superman, of course, is that Clark Kent was never driven by a preordained alien instinct for dominance. He was simply raised as a child with superpowers, and developed the moral lessons imparted upon him by his adoptive parents into his desire to pursue truth, justice and the American way.

But that’s neither here nor there as far as Brightburn is concerned. Produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and written by his brother and cousin, the film relishes its chance to demonstrate how terrifying the prospect of a superpowered child can be once he realizes he is subject to no mortal constraints. Brightburn is creepy, disturbing appropriately gory in the best traditions of practical horror effects (with a modern assist from CGI).

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The idea at the heart of Brandon’s sudden turn toward bloodlust gives rise to the five-minute “Nature vs. Nurture” featurette included with the Blu-ray, which explores the film’s family dynamic and suggests the film is something of a parable for parenting a difficult child.

The sentiment is echoed by director David Yarovesky in a short “social vignette” and the film’s commentary track, in which he recalls his own troubled upbringing and calls the film a tribute of sorts to his mother for putting up with him.

Yarovesky shares the commentary with his wife, Autumn, who serves as the costume designer, and cinematographer Michael Dallatorre. Their lighthearted and often crude discussion comes across like a group of friends making fun of each other and reminiscing on their shared experiences in relating the story of the making of the film. There are some pretty good insights offered for fans interested in knowing more about the film, as well as a fair share of poop jokes.

The five-minute “Hero-Horror!” featurette takes a look at how the film puts a dark twist on the telling of the usual superhero origin story. It’s mostly a standard-issue behind-the-scenes video of the cast and filmmakers discussing the movie, but it doesn’t go much deeper into really analyzing the influences on the film from among the greater pantheon of superhero mythology.

Rounding out the Blu-ray are the aforementioned social vignettes. Labled “Quick Burns Social Vignettes,” they consist of three videos running a total of two–and-a-half minutes. One video features Elizabeth Banks plugging the movie’s virtues, another offers James Gunn singing the praises of director Yarovesky, and the third is the interview with Yarovesky in which he discusses how his background influenced his vision for the film.

Sony Bringing Sailing Doc ‘Maiden’ Home Oct. 1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the sailing documentary Maiden on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Oct. 1.

The film chronicles the efforts of 26-year-old Tracy Edwards to form an all-female crew to race in the Whitbread Around the World Race in 1989.

When Edwards wanted to participate in what was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on Earth, no team would take her. So she formed her own crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from her male competitors and press.

Extras include “An Evening With Maiden,” a Q&A with director Alex Holmes and Edwards; and the featurette “Women Making Waves.”

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Sony Releasing Original ‘Hellboy’ Film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 15

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 2004’s Hellboy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Oct. 15.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film adapts the Mike Mgnola Dark Horse comic book about a demon rescued by the Nazis and raised to become a defender against the forces of darkness. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy alongside a cast that includes Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt.

The Hellboy 4K disc includes both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film, each newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with exclusive Dolby Atmos audio, along with the original theatrical 5.1 audio. The 4K disc also includes a new introduction by del Toro; the new “To Hell and Back” retrospective, featuring a new interview with del Toro; three audio commentaries featuring del Toro, Mignola and the cast; the documentary “The Seeds of Creation”; and theatrical trailers.

A regular Blu-ray disc included in the combo pack will include a remastered theatrical version of the film, deleted scenes with optional commentary, makeup and lighting tests with commentary, VFX How To’s, “A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics” with Scott McCloud, “Right Hand of Doom” set visits and factoids, Q&A Archive: Comic-Con 2002, Mike Mignola pre-production art, animatics, board-a-matics, multi-angle storyboard comparisons, TV spots, photo galleries and more.

The combo pack will also include a digital copy.

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Drama ‘The Parting Glass’ Coming to Digital Sept. 10 From Sony

The family drama The Parting Glass will come out on digital Sept. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In his feature film directorial debut, Stephen Moyer helms an emotional drama about an estranged family coming back together when the youngest sibling, Colleen (Anna Paquin), mysteriously dies. Left to sort through her belongings, Colleen’s father (Ed Asner), three siblings (Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon and Denis O’Hare), and ex-husband (Rhys Ifans) revisit their memories and make peace together.

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Inspired by autobiographical events, Denis O’Hare makes his feature screenplay debut.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Q1 Revenue Declines

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment July 30 reported first-quarter (ended June 30) revenue of $200 million, which was down about 15% from revenue of $234 million during the previous-year period.

The studio cited higher revenue in its Funimation animation unit.

Regardless, home entertainment topped theatrical revenue at $164 million, which was a 73% improvement over $95 million generated at the box office a year ago.

Sony Pictures Television again led the motion picture segment, generating $315 million in revenue, up 18% from $267 million last year.

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Total motion pictures revenue topped $738 million, which was 18% above the $624 million generated during the previous-year period.

The studio attributed the gain in part to global box office revenue from Men in Black: International and initial sales of Spider-Man: Far from Home — the latter recently topping $1 billion in global ticket sales.

The latest web crawler superhero release, coupled with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Angry Birds Movie 2, are expected to drive box office and home entertainment through the rest of the fiscal year.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse generated $375 million in box office tickets worldwide, including $190 million domestically. It was released into retail channels March 19.

‘Men In Black: International’ Due Digitally Aug. 20, on Disc Sept. 3

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the sci-fi comedy Men in Black: International through digital retailers Aug. 20, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 3.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in the fourth “Men in Black” film as the newest agents to take on an apocalyptic alien threat to Earth.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, the cast also includes Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.

The film earned $78.6 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions will include a gag reel and several featurettes: “In Case You’ve Been Neuralyzed: MIB Recap,” a look back at the previous films; “New Recruits, Classic Suits,” a profile of the new cast; “Let’s Do This! Inside the Action & Stunts”; “Look Right Here: Gadgets, Weapons & Rides”; “Expanding the Universe of MIB”; “Frank & Pawny’s Peanut Gallery,” in which two supporting characters share their thoughts on key scenes; “Les Twins Leave It on the Floor,” about how dance sensations Les Twins devised their alien moves; and “The MIB Meet the NBA.”

Exclusive extras with the Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray combo pack include deleted scenes; an “Alien-cestry.com” game to let viewers trace their alien ancestry; and a neuralyzer infomercial called “Neuralyzer: Like It Never Even Happened.”

 

Sony Re-releasing ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Movies on Blu-ray

Sony Pictures will release new Blu-ray editions of 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle Oct. 22. Both films will include a preview of the Charlie’s Angels reboot film due in theaters Nov. 15.

The films, based on the 1976-81 “Charlie’s Angels” TV series, star Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as a crime-fighting trio who are masters of disguise, espionage and martial arts.

The first Charlie’s Angels film will be released as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for the first time. The 4K disc will include the film’s trailer and an extended clip from the 2019 film. The regular Blu-ray in the combo pack will include archival extras: commentary with director McG and cinematographer Russell Carpenter, six featurettes, bloopers, deleted scenes and music videos. The combo pack will also include a digital copy.

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle arrives on standard Blu-ray for the first time and will include a digital copy, the preview of the 2019 film, and archival extras including telestrator commentary with McG, a writer’s commentary, an Angel-Vision trivia track, a music video, theatrical trailer, a “Full Throttle Jukebox,” and several making-of featurettes.