Kevin Hart’s ‘Fatherhood’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital June 14

The Kevin Hart comedy Fatherhood will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Hart stars in a heartwarming true story about a widowed dad who copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own.

Directed by Paul Weitz, the film also stars Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan and Paul Reiser.

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Morbius

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 6/14/22;
Sony Pictures;
Horror;
Box Office $73.79 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language.
Stars Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson.

For its latest attempt at an expanded “Spider-Man” cinematic universe that doesn’t seem to have Spider-Man in it, Sony has once again turned to a character that seems more akin to a horror movie villain than the protagonist of a superhero movie. But just because Venom manages to attract an audience doesn’t mean the formula can be applied to just any of Spidey’s historical comic book baddies who became antiheroes after catching on with audiences. And so we are presented with the tale of Morbius the Living Vampire.

The thing about comic books is, that while sometimes a character becomes iconic, more often than not they are pretty goofy, rising to a level barely above cult status if not altogether forgotten. Back in the day, when publishers needed stories to tell about the popular ones, any number of bizarre concepts were introduced into the monthly books, just to see which ones might stick.

Morbius was introduced into “Spider-Man” comics back in the early 1970s as essentially a costumed villain version of Dracula for Spidey to fight.

Interspersing strange characters and fantastical adventures with more-serious fare could hardly be considered unusual for the comic book page. At one point, Marvel Comics actually made Dracula and Godzilla part of its canon when it had the rights to them. Heck, Spider-Man even crossed paths with The Transformers at one point.

The point being, it’s easy enough for a comic book to get away with these things. Translating them credibly into live-action is quite another feat.

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Morbius tells the story of Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), a brilliant scientist with a crippling, unspecified blood disorder. He creates a serum for his affliction by splicing genetic material from bats into human DNA, temporarily curing his condition but giving him an insatiable thirst for human blood, without which his sickness returns. Morbius quells this thirst with a form of artificial blood he created.

In becoming a pseudo vampire, he gains the abilities of echo-location, superspeed and flight.

This basic premise could be the setup to any number of low-budget direct-to-video horror movies. But in those, the mad scientist would transform into the killer, only to be opposed by a love interest or fellow scientist, or maybe even a superhero, in some parable against technology run amok.

This being a Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man, and being called Morbius, the story has to find some way to make Morbius the hero. So, we get the benefactor of his research, a childhood pal named Milo (Matt Smith) with the same disease. He also cures himself with the serum, but gives into his bloodlust, killing innocents to maintain his power. This brings him into conflict with Morbius, who vows to stop him. And yet another comic book movie in which the bad guy is a mirror to the good guy.

There’s no message here, just an attempt to get more characters from the page to the screen in the hopes of future movies. Hence a pair of end-credits sequences that feel tacked on and, ultimately, pointless, given how poorly the film fared at the box office.

In addition, the attempt to ground Morbius’ powers in science rather than the supernatural just raises more questions that would just be answered by the nature of comic books themselves on the page, but are rather glaring in live-action outside the context of the source material. The serum granting bat-like powers is one thing, but why do the characters look like they are dissolving when they move fast? Last I checked, real bats couldn’t teleport. It does make for some funny gags about vampire lore, however.

Ultimately, Morbius is a creature of two genres, catering unsatisfactorily to both of them — too grim for comic book fare, and too beholden to the superhero formula for a vampire story.

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The Blu-ray includes a handful of extras, mostly behind-the-scenes featurettes totaling about 25 minutes. These are pretty typical or this kind of movie, mostly involving the filmmakers discussing the stunts and visual effects. There’s also a two-and-a-half-minute blooper reel, a two-and-a-half-minute look at comic book references in the film, and six minutes of promotional materials, including a three-minute recap of the press tour and a funny 36-second spoof of detergent ads.

‘Uncharted’ Returns Atop Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘The Lost City’ Still No. 1 on Digital Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted returned to No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended June 5.

The video game adaptation returns to the top spot after having been the top disc rental for two weeks before being displaced a week ago. It was down a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The top disc rental the previous week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Batman, dropped to No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks.

Meanwhile, the top title on the Redbox On Demand chart remained Paramount’s The Lost City. The romantic adventure comedy stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe, generating $102 million at the domestic box office.

The comedy Dog remained No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 4 on the digital chart. Dog is distributed through digital channels by MGM and on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The No. 2 digital title was Paramount’s The Contractor, up a spot from the previous week. The actioner stars Chris Pine stars as a discharged special forces soldier who joins a private military force to pay off debts.

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Paramount’s sci-fi actioner Infinite was No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home rose to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 5:

  1. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  2. The Batman — Warner
  3. Dog — Warner
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  5. Infinite — Paramount
  6. Blacklight — Universal
  7. Sing 2 — Universal
  8. Vendetta — Vertical
  9. X — Lionsgate
  10. Moonfall — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 5:

  1. The Lost City — Paramount
  2. The Contractor — Paramount
  3. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  4. Dog — MGM
  5. Infinite — Paramount
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  7. Top Gun — Paramount
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  9. Blacklight — Universal
  10. X — Lionsgate

 

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1776 (50th Anniversary Edition)

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Musical;
$30.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘G.’
Stars William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, John Cullum, Roy Poole, David Ford, Ron Holgate, Ray Middleton, William Hansen, Blythe Danner, Virginia Vestoff, Ralston Hill, William Duell.

With the enormous success of Hamilton the past few years, it would be easy to overlook an earlier stage musical focused on America’s Founding Fathers — 1776, which first hit the Broadway stage in 1969.

The play focused primarily on the efforts of John Adams and Ben Franklin to convince the Second Continental Congress to vote for American independence from Great Britain. A film version was made in 1972 using most of the original Broadway cast, and produced by former Hollywood mogul Jack L. Warner.

Sony Pictures has kept the spirit of 1776 alive the past few years with a couple of home video re-releases, first a Blu-ray with a restored director’s cut in 2015 well timed to take advantage of the hype surrounding Hamilton, and now with a new 50th anniversary 4K edition that offers four different versions of the film.

There are a number of oddities surrounding 1776 dating back to its stage origins, and many of them carry over into the film, not the least of which is how the drafting of the Declaration of Independence is an unconventional choice for a musical in the first place.

One obvious question that comes to mind is why the movie was made in 1972 and not saved to take advantage of the looming bicentennial celebrations of 1976, but that would seem to just come down to timing. The show’s Award-winning Broadway run had closed in 1972, and much of the production team was quickly carried into the film version, including director Peter H. Hunt (not to be confused with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service director Peter R. Hunt, a longtime collaborator on the James Bond films).

Nor does 1776 escape its 1960s roots, displaying a clear iconoclastic attitude borne from the era’s counterculture sensibilities and anti-Vietnam War sentiments. This is not a hagiography of the Founding Fathers, but depicts them as complicated idealogues with a flair for bickering and a penchant for not worrying about getting much done.

In fact, it’s rather amusing to hear their petty squabbles likened to dysfunctions in Congress now — in a commentary from 1992. The more things change, the more they stay the same seems to be the recurring theme here.

What makes 1776 particularly peculiar as a musical is that its best scenes don’t even have songs, but are pretty straightforward dramatizations of the debates about American independence. One stretch forgoes any songs for more than 30 minutes, a record for a stage musical. The songs for the most part aren’t that memorable, so even if the film left them out it would still be left with a decent look at the proceedings of the Continental Congress, setting aside any quibbles over historical accuracy. And it’s rather funny, too.

The performances are quite good, and the film gives a good sense of how difficult it must have been to bring each colony around to the idea of independence, as the American colonies were not unified on the idea of forming a new nation. New Englanders like Adams were fed up with bearing the brunt of unjust laws. Some aristocratic landowners were content with British rule, seeing their burdens as the price for the production of the Empire. And America’s southern colonies wanted the freedom to continue slavery — and the depiction of that debate and the angst over not abolishing it right away forms a major part of 1776.

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There’s plenty of good stuff here not just for fans of American history, but also pop culture history.

William Daniels, who plays Adams, will likely be recognized by younger audiences as Mr. Feeny on “Boy Meets World.” In the 1980s he was better known as one of the stars of “St. Elsewhere,” and the voice of K.I.T.T., the talking car on “Knight Rider.”

John Cullum, who plays the delegate from South Carolina, earned bigger fame as Holling on “Northern Exposure” in the 1990s. James Noble, who would go on to play the governor on “Benson,” plays New Jersey representative and Declaration of Independence signee John Witherspoon, who may or may not be a distant relative of Reese Witherspoon.

Blythe Danner, who plays Thomas Jefferson’s wife, was actually pregnant with Gwyneth Paltrow during filming.

At one point, the film features a random cameo from Arnold the Pig from “Green Acres,” whose special circumstances are noted in every commentary offered on the Blu-ray.

And the musical number “The Lees of Old Virginia” near the beginning of the film takes place around a familiar-looking fountain that would go on to be the centerpiece of the opening credits for “Friends.”

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Then there’s the matter of why there are four different versions of the film. Handed an original cut nearing three hours, Jack Warner edited what became the theatrical version down to two hours and 21 minutes, trimming scenes here and there, deleted the opening credits sequence, excising lines he didn’t thing were patriotic or flattering to the Founders, and removing the lengthy “Cool Considerate Men” number allegedly because President Nixon didn’t like it.

Much of the lost footage was located over the years, and eventually restored into an extended cut for Laserdisc in 1992, though the formerly missing footage was rather rough.

By 2015, however, the footage was mostly repaired and cleaned up, and a fully remastered two-hour-and forty-five-minute director’s cut was released on Blu-ray, alongside an “extended cut” that was two minutes longer. This extended cut has a few reprises that play better on stage than serve the pacing of a movie, so that slightly shorter director’s cut is the definitive version of the film (and probably why it’s the version offered with the digital copy redemption).

In addition to these two versions, the 2015 disc offered two commentaries on the director’s cut: one with director Hunt and writer Peter Stone, and one with Hunt and actors William Daniels and Ken Howard. Of the two, the one with Hunt and Stone is the better one to listen to, as it is more informative about both the production and the actual history of the piece. In the other commentary, the actors don’t have much to say beyond a few interjections, leaving mostly Hunt to discuss the production.

The 2015 disc also had 23 minutes of screen and costume tests, and three short deleted scenes.

The new 50th anniversary edition includes that 2015 disc, as well as a new 4K disc of the director’s and extended cut, looking as vibrant as ever.

A new Blu-ray bonus disc includes the theatrical cut in HD for the first time, and a standard-definition transfer of the extended 30th anniversary Laserdisc version. It’s easy to tell what was reinserted due to the varying quality of the work prints, and overall the degraded condition of this version just makes the restored HD versions look that much better. While it clocks in at 10 minutes longer than the 2015 “extended” version, most of that time is taken up by a lengthy overture and intermission that isn’t included on the later restorations. All in all there are only a couple of scenes in the Laserdisc cut that aren’t found anywhere else.

The three-hour cut does include the 1992 commentary with Hunt moderated by Joe Caporiccio of Pioneer Video, which produced that special edition.

The three commentaries offer a lot of information about the making of not just the movie but also the original stage production. However, Hunt’s presence in all three means there is a lot of repetition in the anecdotes.

Still, this new disc is a treasure trove for fans of the film and a comprehensive look at one of the quirkiest productions of its day.

Doc ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ Available on Digital June 7

Who You Gonna Call?, a documentary on the man who wrote the hit “Ghostbusters” song, will be released on digital June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Filmmaker Fran Strine explores the riveting true story of Ray Parker Jr., the man who wrote and recorded the global smash hit song, which became a universally recognized pop culture classic.

Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access to reveal his never-before-told life story — from overcoming nearly impossible odds growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960s to achieving his dream of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Grammy.

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Who You Gonna Call? pulls back the curtain to reveal Parker’s now little-known yet legendary career, with Clive Davis and other music legends sharing what it was like to collaborate with Parker, both on stage and off. 

 

‘Outlander’ Season Six Available on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6

The sixth season of “Outlander” will be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray set, on Blu-ray and on DVD Sept. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” books, the sixth installment is based on material from the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan reprise their starring roles as Claire and Jamie Fraser, along with Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin as Brianna and Roger MacKenzie and John Bell as young Ian.

The Blu-ray and DVD for the series contain all eight episodes and extras including two all-new “Outlander Untold” scenes following the stories of fan-favorite characters, blooper reels and featurettes. The collector’s edition and Blu-ray set also include deleted scenes, episode commentaries and the “9 Lives: Claire & Jamie’s Shootout” featurette.

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The season sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s epic fight to protect those they love as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in the New World. The series follows the Frasers as they strive to maintain peace and flourish within a colonial society which — as Claire knows all too well — is unwittingly marching toward Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. They must now defend this home — established on land granted to them by the Crown — not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care.

 

Concert Film ‘Billy Joel in Black & White’ Available on Digital From Sony

The concert film Billy Joel in Black & White is available for digital purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In Billy Joel in Black & White, Joel talks to an intimate audience at the Faena Theater in Miami about his musical inspirations, his craft, his family, and being a guy who never set out to be a rock star. Billy also treats the audience to performances from his iconic catalog, such as “Zanzibar,” “Downeaster Alexa,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Piano Man,” along with several classic covers. a

The concert will be available for the first time to audiences worldwide in HD and SD.

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New Releases on Disc, Digital May 31: ‘The Boys,’ ‘The Devil You Know,’ ‘Father Stu’

New Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases May 31 include The Devil You Know and the first two seasons of “The Boys,” while Father Stu becomes available for digital purchase.

Seasons one and two of the series “The Boys” head to DVD and Blu-ray Disc May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “The Boys” is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes — as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods — abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. In season one, the titular “Boys” embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven” and their formidable Vought backing. In season two, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in season one. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the superheroes. Meanwhile, Vought, the hero management company, cashes in on the panic over supervillains; and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander. Extras include blooper reels, deleted and extended scenes, and “Butcher: A Short Film.” The series is an Amazon Prime Video original, with the third season premiering June 3. 

Lionsgate May 31 releases crime drama The Devil You Know on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Once-incarcerated Marcus Cowans (Omar Epps) is trying to turn over a new leaf with the support of his loving family. Upon discovering that one of his brothers (Will Catlett) may have been involved in a horrific crime, Marcus grapples with the limits of brotherhood and loyalty. He and his family, increasingly weary of the justice system’s failings, end up in the crosshairs of a seasoned but jaded detective (Michael Ealy).

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts May 31 release the acclaimed animated adventure film Poupelle of Chimney Town as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the film was directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC. Poupelle of Chimney Town is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. The English-language voice cast includes Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos), Antonio Raul Corbo, Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, “King of the Hill”), Misty Lee and Hasan Minhaj. The Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray + DVD combo pack will include two versions of the film — English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles — a variety of bonus content, and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino. An official selection of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and numerous other renowned festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town has been recognized with several honors and movie awards nominations, including a Japan Academy Film Prize for Excellent Animation of the Year, a Cristal Award nomination from Annecy for Best Feature, an ANNIE awards nomination for Best Music — Feature, and a Satoshi Kon Award nomination from Fantasia for Best Animated Feature.

The horror-thriller Row 19 will debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally May 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the foreign film, when several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood. Row 19 stars Svetlana Ivanova (Cosmoball), Marta Timofeeva (Abigail, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest), Wolfgang Cerni (T-34), Ekaterina Vilkova (Dark Planet, Black Lightning, Hipsters), Anatoliy Kot (House Arrest, Lektor, Battle for Sevastopol) and Victoria Korlyakova (Power, Better Than Us).

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD May 31. The season is also available on Blu-ray Disc through the Warner Archive Collection.  The hit Netflix series “Lucifer” revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the DC Universe’s version of the devil, who leaves hell for Los Angeles, where he runs the Lux nightclub and consults for the Los Angeles Police Department. The first three seasons were broadcast on Fox, and after being canceled, the series was picked up by Netflix for another three-season run. In the first half of the fifth season, Lucifer’s twin brother Michael secretly takes the devil’s place on earth while he’s back in hell. Eventually, Lucifer must face the mess his brother made with his life. He’ll also finally confront his feelings for Chloe. In the second half of the season, God makes his grand appearance. Lucifer can’t wait to send dear old dad back where he came from. Unfortunately for Lucifer, God isn’t going anywhere, and wants to get into every aspect of Lucifer’s life. In addition to Ellis, the series stars Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris. Based on the characters from DC created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, “Lucifer” was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. 

The Mark Wahlberg drama Father Stu will be released through digital retailers May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, after surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way — and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devasting health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 14.

Mutiny Pictures’ thriller Drive All Night will be released for digital sellthrough May 31 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, sees his night take an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. The film stars Yutaka Takeuchi (“Marvel’s The Defenders,” Letters from Iwo Jima), Lexy Hammonds (Escape Room) and Sarah Dumont (“The League,” “9-1-1”), and is written and directed by Peter Hsieh in his directorial debut. 

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The family adventure Jurassic Tale will be released on digital and on demand May 31 from Lionsgate. In the film, while spending summer break at their father’s house, Emma and Brian find a huge egg in a cave nearby. It hatches to reveal a baby T. Rex, who they name Caesar. But their discovery is tracked by the sinister Kraven, a dealer in rare animals who steals the poor, hungry creature. Together with their reunited parents, Emma and Brian must sneak into Kraven’s lab and rescue Caesar before he’s sold to an overseas buyer.

For its 50th anniversary, the musical 1776 will be released on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment May 31. The release includes a limited-edition sleeve with theatrical poster art and includes both the 165-minute director’s cut and the 167-minute extended cut, both presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio. 1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production. The story centers on the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776. A new bonus disc also includes the original theatrical cut and the three-hour laserdisc cut.

Kino Lorber May 31 releases The Wobblies, a documentary that chronicles how the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or “The Wobblies,” took to organizing unskilled labor throughout the early 1900s and boosted the fledgling movement among workers to form unions. The Wobblies will be available on DVD at a suggested retail price of $19.95. The 1979 documentary tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, wheat fields, forests, mines, and on the docks as they organize and demand better wages, healthcare, overtime pay, and safer working conditions. Directors Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer weave history, archival film footage, interviews with former workers that are now in their 80s and 90s, cartoons, original art, and classic Wobbly songs. This documentary was recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The 16mm film restoration was made possible by a grant from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, and is presented in a 4K restoration at the Museum of Modern Art.

The 2005 comedy Kinky Boots arrives for the first time on Blu-ray May 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), as well as performances by Joel Edgerton (The Green Knight), Sarah-Jane Potts (The Chameleon), and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), the film was inspired by the real-life story of a family-owned shoe factory in England and ultimately inspired a Broadway musical that earned six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Actor and Best Musical. In the film, for generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price (Edgerton) turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a drag performer (Ejiofor) whose creative style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory.

May 30 saw the arrival of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore for premium digital ownership VOD and streaming on HBO Max. In the film, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 28.

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

‘Uncharted’ Remains No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted remained No. 1 for a second week 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 May 21.

The film, an adaptation of the popular video game series of the same name, stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as treasure hunters seeking the lost gold of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition. It earned $147.8 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on both charts was another Sony Pictures-distributed title, the Marvel Studios co-production Spider-Man: No Way Home, in its sixth week on shelves.

MGM’s Dog, distributed on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film stars Channing Tatum as an Army Ranger tasked with transporting a military dog to its commander’s funeral.

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Three newcomers landed in the top 10 in their debut week.

No. 4 on both charts was Paramount’s sci-fi actioner Infinite. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. Originally premiering as a Paramount+ streaming original, Infinite follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity in a race against time in the fight between good and evil.

The no. 5 overall disc seller, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was GKIDS’ Shout! Factory-distributed Belle, the critically hailed anime film from Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda. A heartfelt story of growing up in the era of social media, Belle earned $4 million at the domestic box office.

No. 9 on the overall chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart was MGM’s Oscar-nominated Licorice Pizza, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From multi-Oscar nominated director, writer, producer and cinematographer Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Phantom Thread), the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie. It’s the story of Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine (Hoffman) growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. Licorice Pizza earned $17.3 million at the domestic box office.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended May 22 had Uncharted at No. 1 and Dog at No. 2 for a second week.

Infinite debuted as the No. 3 rental. Spider-Man: No Way Home dropped to No. 3 and the Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight slid to No. 5.

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‘Uncharted’ Maintains Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted for a second week was No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended May 22.

The adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of treasure hunters seeking hidden gold from the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. It earned $147.7 million at the domestic box office.

The comedy Dog remained No. 2 on both the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions. The film stars Channing Tatum as an Army Ranger transporting a fallen commander’s dog to the funeral. Dog is distributed through digital channels by MGM and on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Paramount’s sci-fi actioner Infinite debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. The film follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity in a race against time in the fight between good and evil. It was No. 5 on the digital chart.

The No. 3 Redbox On Demand title was the new-to-digital-sellthrough Morbius from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Marvel Comics characters, the film stars Jared Leto as a doctor whose attempts to cure his disease give him vampire-like powers. It earned $73.25 million at the domestic box office.

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Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home slipped a spot to No. 4 on both charts.

The No. 5 disc rental was Universal Pictures’ Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight. It was No. 10 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 22:

  1. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  2. Dog — Warner
  3. Infinite — Paramount
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  5. Blacklight — Universal
  6. Vendetta — Vertical
  7. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  8. Sing 2 — Universal
  9. Panama — Paramount
  10. Black Site — Redbox

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 22:

  1. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  2. Dog — MGM
  3. Morbius — Sony Pictures
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  5. Infinite — Paramount
  6. Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home — Sony Pictures
  7. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  8. The Bad Guys — Universal
  9. Vendetta — Vertical
  10. Blacklight — Universal

 

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