‘Anyone But You’ Again Tops U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s rom-com Anyone But You remained atop the weekly U.K. home entertainment sales chart through March 6 — holding off Lionsgate U.K.’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, which rose to No. 2 following its release on disc.

Searchlight Pictures’ Oscar-nominated Victorian comedy Poor Things debuted at No. 3. It stars Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo and is about a young woman on a whirlwind adventure across the world.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka remained in the top five  at No. 4, while the studio’s 2021 release Dune: Part One moved up five spots to No. 5, following the theatrical release of Dune: Part Two. All three films star Timothee Chalamet.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Oppenheimer remained in the top 10 at No. 6.

Sony’s holiday horror feast Thanksgiving entered the top 10 for the first time at No. 7, as it re-entered the chart following its release on disc. It previously peaked at No. 33.

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Finally, Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom dropped two spots to No. 8, while Disney’s Wish remained in the top 10 for a ninth week at No. 9.

Finally, Warner’s Oscar-nominated musical reboot of coming-of-age period drama The Color Purple made its top 10 debut at No. 10 based on digital downloads only.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 6, 2024

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 ANYONE BUT YOU SONY PICTURES
2 5 THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES LIONSGATE
3 NEW POOR THINGS SEARCHLIGHT
4 3 WONKA WARNER
5 10 DUNE (2021) WARNER
6 4 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
7 RETURNED THANKSGIVING SONY PICTURES
8 6 AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM WARNER
9 9 WISH DISNEY
10 NEW THE COLOR PURPLE WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2024

Civil War Epic ‘Glory’ Available as 4K Ultra HD Steelbook June 4 for 35th Anniversary

The 1989 Civil War epic Glory will be released as a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook June 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its 35th anniversary.

The story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, Glory stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Broderick and Elwes are the idealistic young Bostonians who lead the regiment; Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Academy Award-winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.

The film also picked up Oscars for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.

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The 4K disc includes the film restored from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and English Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + 2-channel surround, as well as the theatrical trailer and a visual feature-length commentary. Extras on the Blu-ray Disc include a director’s commentary; deleted scenes with commentary; a virtual Civil War battlefield interactive map; the documentary “The True Story Continues”; “The Voices of Glory” featurette; and “The Making of Glory” featurette.

‘Steel Magnolias’ Debuting on 4K Ultra HD Disc April 23 for 35th Anniversary

The comedic drama Steel Magnolias is debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 23 for its 35th anniversary from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts star as friends and family in the story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M’Lynn Eatenton (Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.

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The release is newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with Dolby Vision and new Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + 2-channel surround. Special features include the “Steel Magnolias” 1990 TV Pilot; a director’s commentary; “In Full Bloom: Remembering Steel Magnolias”;
10 deleted scenes; and the theatrical trailer.

Drama ‘Freud’s Last Session’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Sale

The drama Freud’s Last Session, starring Anthony Hopkins, is available for premium digital rental and sale from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film set in London on Sept. 3, 1939, as the world is on the brink of war, in his final days Sigmund Freud (Hopkins), a recent escapee with his daughter from the Nazi regime, receives a visit from the formidable Oxford Don, author C.S. Lewis (Matthew Goode).

On this day, two of the greatest minds of the 20th century engage in a monumental session over the belief in the future of mankind and the existence of God.

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Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 4

Sony Pictures;
Drama;
$215.99 UHD BD.

This fourth collection of films making their 4K debut inclue 1940’s His Girl Friday, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer, 1984’s Starman, 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love.

All are offered on both 4K and regular Blu-ray Discs in combo packs housed within a larger box of the same style of the previous three volumes, with fold-out slots for the discs and an 80-page hardbound book on the history and impact of the films.

Each film looks good in their 4K pressings with Dolby Vision DHR, and five of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes (His Girl Friday being the holdout). The extras are contained mostly on the regular Blu-rays.

The most intriguing new addition is that Starman comes with its TV sequel, a 22-episode series that ran during the 1986-87 season. The show is presented in HD on two 4K discs, 11 episodes per disc. The series was previously available only as a manufactured-on-demand five-DVD set.

The show itself is a bit of “The Incredible Hulk” meets “The X-Files,” as the alien played by Jeff Bridges in the film returns to Earth 14 years later and assumes the identity of a dead photographer played by Robert Hays of Airplane fame.

He locates the son he conceived at the end of the film, now a teenager (played by Chris Barnes of the “Brady Bunch” movies), and the pair set off on a road trip to locate his missing mother, Jenny (Karen Allen in the film, Erin Gray on the show). Their path leads them across the western United States, pursued by federal agent George Fox (Michael Cavanaugh, taking over the role Richard Jaeckel played in the film). Fox is depicted as sort of a proto-Mulder (his name is certainly appropriate), and one of the running jokes of the show is that Fox’s pursuit of the Starman gains him a reputation for having an interest in cases of a supernatural bent.

All in all, it’s not too bad of a show, as Starman and son find themselves helping out a new stranger each week before moving on to elude the authorities. However, the show’s chronology doesn’t line up with the film, which seemed to take place the same year it was released, 1984. If Starman returns 14 years later, the show would have to take place in 1998. However, the series very clearly takes place starting in 1986 and implicitly states the events of the film occurred in 1972. However, that would have been five years before the launch of the Voyager 2 space probe and its messages from Earth that in the film are what prompted the Starman’s visit to Earth in the first place. This mismatch is made all the more bizarre by the show’s explicit use of footage from the film, particularly when the mothership visits Arizona at the end, to cement home the idea this is a sequel to the actual film, and not a follow-up to some alternate universe version of it. One would think the testimony of all those soldiers having witnessed the alien spaceship might have taken some heat off of Fox for believing in aliens, but I guess the show has to find its dramatic license somewhere.

Still, the image quality of the series is fantastic, and its inclusion really demonstrates the value of 4K Blu-ray as an archival medium.

Sony Pictures Ups Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue 33% to $193 Million

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2023) revenue of $193 million, which was up 33% from revenue of $145 million in the previous-year period.

Top-selling home entertainment releases in the quarter included A Man Called Otto, Gran Turismo, The Equalizer 3, Dumb Money, Insidious: The Red Door and the animated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Theatrical revenue dropped nearly 39% to $65 million from $106 million in the prior-year period. Sony released Affirm Films’ faith-based Journey to Bethlehem ($8 million global box office), Tristar Pictures’ Thanksgiving ($45 million), Columbia Pictures’ Napoleon ($208 million), and the adult comedy Anyone But You ($31 million) in the quarter.

Streaming services revenue, which includes anime platform Crunchyroll, and licensed Sony Pictures movies and TV shows to direct-to-consumer platforms such as Netflix, Peacock, Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+, increased more than 9% to $370 million from revenue of $338 million last year.

In the quarter, Sony Pictures Television delivered season six of “The Crown” on Netflix; season 59 of “Days of Our Lives” on Peacock; the first season of “Everything Now” for Netflix; the fourth season of “For All Mankind” on Apple TV+; premieres of “Gen V” on Prime Video, “Goosebumps” on Disney+, “My Life with the Walter Boys” on Netflix, “The Artful Dodger” on Hulu, and “Obliterated” on Netflix; and the second season of “Wheel of Time” on Prime Video.

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‘Thanksgiving’ Serves Up No. 1 Debut on Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Thanksgiving debuted at No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Feb. 3.

Director Eli Roth’s horror film, which is based upon his fake trailer of the same name from the 2007 film Grindhouse, follows a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer who terrorizes Plymouth, Mass., following a Black Friday riot. The film earned $31.9 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 62% of first-week Thanksgiving sales. It was not released on 4K Ultra HD disc.

No. 2 on both charts was Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls Band Together, which had been No. 1 the previous two weeks. However, it might have remained on top for a third week had more shoppers opted to buy it on its own than part of the “Trolls” three-movie collection, which was No. 10. Trolls Band Together sold 83% as many copies as the top title, while the three-pack sold 19.5%, which means discs containing Trolls Band Together outsold any other title by about 3%.

Dropping to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer, in its 11th week on shelves. However, it remained No. 1 on the dedicated 4K chart for an 11th consecutive week.

Trolls Band Together was No. 9 on the 4K chart.

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Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny remained No. 4 on the overall sales chart but fell to No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Silent Night, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart (as it was released solely as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack). The action-thriller stars Joel Kinnaman as a tormented father who sets out on a mission of vengeance when his son is killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-3-24
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray and 4K Discs for Week Ended 2-3-24
Top HD Formats Disc Share Per Title for Week Ended 2-3-24
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 2-5-24

Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Strange Way of Life’ Available on Digital and DVD Feb. 13

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Strange Way of Life, a short film by director Pedro Almodóvar, on DVD and for digital purchase on Feb. 13.

In the film, after 25 years, Silva (Pedro Pascal) rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Ethan Hawke). A lifetime after their shared stint as hired gunmen, they celebrate their reunion. However, the next morning, it is revealed the trip is not to revel in the memory of their friendship.

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The film earned a more than $1 million at the box office.

Adventure ‘The Book of Clarence’ Headed to Digital Feb. 6

The religious-themed adventure The Book of Clarence will be released for digital rental and sale Feb. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $5.9 million at the global box office.

In the film, streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he’s not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and his apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge.

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Special features include:

  • commentary with Jeymes Samuel and LaKeith Stanfield
  • “Band of Brothers: Meet the Cast”
  • “Song of Songs: An Epic Collaboration”
  • “The Gospel of Jeymes: On the Set with Jeymes Samuel”
  • “Book 4: Making the Film”
  • gag reel

 

Spanish Film ‘Siege’ Available on Digital From Sony

The Spanish film Siege is available on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, for Dani (Natalia de Molina), being Spanish means serving her country as a member of the riot police squad, honoring her flag and enforcing the law. But during an eviction in a troubled area of Madrid, Dani uncovers a corruption ring that will make her fear for her life. Her only help will lies with Nasha, a young woman she just evicted, and her son. She soon realizes that the system she works for is not the solution but may always have been part of the problem.

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