‘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.

Disney Dispatches DVD, Blu-ray Disc Business to Sony Pictures in Licensing Deal

The Walt Disney Co. is carving off a chunk of its home entertainment business to Sony Pictures Entertainment, licensing its films to Sony for the manufacture, distribution and marketing of DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays.

Disney will continue to handle marketing and distribution of its digital home entertainment releases.

The deal includes both new releases and catalog titles, which Sony will sell and distribute through retailers and distributors throughout the North American market. 

The arrangement is similar to the deal Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment have with their joint venture, SDS, which distributes their physical media products while each studio’s home entertainment division retains control over marketing, promotions and publicity.

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A Disney spokesperson confirmed that the studio’s physical home entertainment business is in the process of transitioning to a licensed model via an agreement with Sony Entertainment. The source said Disney regularly evaluates its go-to-market approach as the home entertainment business and the industry at large continue to rapidly evolve alongside consumer behavior, and the agreement with Sony “will allow us to continue to offer our films and TV shows via physical retailers/distributors and serve our consumers in a more efficient manner. 

“This shift is consistent with strategies we’ve implemented company-wide as we’ve also been undergoing these transitions in other markets.” 

(News of the Disney-Sony deal was first reported by The Digital Bits.)

‘Anyone But You’ Available to Buy Digitally Feb. 20

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the romantic comedy Anyone But You for digital purchase starting Feb. 20.

The film has earned $189.3 million at the global box office.

In the edgy comedy, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold — until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

The film features the revitalized hit single “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

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Extras include the “He Said She Said” featurette; “Everyone Down Under”; outtakes and bloopers; deleted scenes; “ASMR Pickup Lines”; and “Aussie Snacks.”

‘Journey to Bethlehem’ Coming to Digital Retailers Dec. 26, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 16

Sony Pictures has announced home release dates for Journey to Bethlehem, a live-action Christmas musical.

The film, which weaves classic Christmas carols with new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus Christ, will be released through digital retailers on Dec. 26 and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Jan. 16.

Special features on the Blu-ray Disc and DVD include the featurettes “Meet Mary and Joseph,” “The Heart of The Journey to Bethlehem,” “Meet Fig,” and “Meet Antipater,” along with three deleted scenes. The disc packages include a digital code for the movie and bonus content redeemable through Movies Anywhere. 

Journey to Bethlehem was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Releasing on Nov. 10 and is currently available for digital rental, at a premium price ($9.99), on all major platforms, including Vudu, Prime Video and Google Play.

The film was directed by Adam Anders in his feature-length directorial debut. Anders also cowrote the film, with Peter Barsocchini. The cast includes Milo Manheim and Fiona Palomo as Joseph and Mary, with Antonio Banderas as King Herod.


Nicolas Cage-Starring Western ‘Butcher’s Crossing’ Gets Digital, Disc Release Dates

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced home release dates for the Nicolas Cage-starring Western Butcher’s Crossing.

The film, which marks the directorial debut of Gabe Polsky and is based on the 1960 novel of the same name by John Edward Williams, will be released digitally Dec. 19, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 26.

Butcher’s Crossing was released theatrically by Saban Films in October, the month after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film stars Cage as Miller, a mysterious frontier buffalo hunter who teams up with Harvard dropout Will Andrews (Fred Hechinger), who left college to seek adventure. Miller tells Andrews about a remote Colorado pass where one of the few remaining massive herds can be found. Andrews ignores warnings about Miller and puts up all his money to fund the expedition.  Their crew must survive an arduous journey where the harsh elements will test everyone’s resolve, leaving their sanity on a knife’s edge.

Comedy ‘Dumb Money’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comedy Dumb Money: The Gamestop Story on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12.

It has been available on digital since Nov. 7.

Based on the Book The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich, the film explores the true story of the people who manipulated the stock market by turning GameStop into the world’s hottest company in 2021. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich — until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. 

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Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film stars Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley and Seth Rogen. It earned $13.9 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, and the featurettes “Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty,” “Diamond Hand Ensemble” and “Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!”

‘The Persian Version’ Due on Digital Dec. 5 and on DVD Dec. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Persian Version, a story of the Iranian-American experience from writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz, digitally Dec. 5 and on DVD Dec. 12.

In the Sony Pictures Classics film, a young woman in Brooklyn, Leila (Layla Mohammadi), strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while challenging the labels society projects upon her. When her boisterous family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila keeps her “real” life separate from her family life. But when her secret is revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother, Shireen. Punctuated by a bright color palette, comedic relief and dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended into a heartfelt story about family, belonging and the undeniable influence of pop music.

The film won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Nielsen: Jennifer Lawrence Comedy ‘No Hard Feelings’ Topped Weekly Household TV Streaming Through Oct. 29

Netflix’s licensed Sony Pictures adult comedy No Hard Feelings, starring Jennifer Lawrence, generated 1.1 billion viewing minutes topping all content streamed across U.S. household televisions for the week ended Oct. 29, according to new data from Nielsen. The movie’s viewing age was equally distributed across 18-64-year-old demos, and 30% of viewers were Hispanic or African American.

For the first time since late June, former USA Network legal drama “Suits” dropped below the billion-minute threshold, accruing 997 million viewing minutes this week. This marks 18 weeks with more than a billion viewing minutes (“The Office” holds the record at 30 weeks), and a record total of 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot (“Ozark” is second at 11 weeks).

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s video game inspired horror flick Five Nights at Freddy’s released in theaters and on Peacock (Oct. 27). The title drove 740 million viewing minutes leading up to Halloween and took No. 8 overall. By comparison, the opening three-day weekend of Halloween Ends on Peacock (which was also Peacock’s debut in Nielsen’s streaming charts in October 2022) generated 717 million viewing minutes. Five Nights resonated with the hard-to-reach 12-17 year old crowd, which drove 15% of its total viewing (the highest concentration of any title that week).

Disney+ original series “Loki” stayed in the half-billion range after releasing the second season’s fourth episode (the 10th episode in the series catalog), and gained one spot in the Originals rankings to take the No. 4 Original – even with a slight drop in viewing compared with the last interval.

Catalog episodes of “Friends” on the Max platform, saw an uptick in viewership and totaled 583 million viewing minutes in the wake of actor Matthew Perry’s death on Oct. 28. The last time series had a higher weekly viewing total was in the Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 interval, when it topped 626 million viewing minutes.

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Sony Pictures Sets Dec. 5 Digital Release Date for Horror Comedy ‘There’s Something in the Barn’

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Dec. 5 will release the horror comedy There’s Something in the Barn for digital rental and purchase.

In the film, Bill (Martin Starr) moves his American wife Carol (Amrita Acharia) and children Nora (Zoe Winter-Hansen) and Lucas (Townes Bunner) to Norway, where he’s inherited a family estate. While Bill dreams of turning the adjourning barn into a bed and breakfast, his family struggles to adapt to Scandinavian life. Lucas discovers a mischievous barn elf from ancient folklore living in the barn, with a set of rules the family must follow. When Bill dismisses Lucas’s warnings and fails to follow sacred holiday traditions, the elf plots to get rid of the American intruders at any cost.

Indonesian Crime Drama ‘The Raid: Redemption’ to Make 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Debut Jan. 16

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the Jan. 16, 2024, debut of The Raid: Redemption on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The 2011 Indonesian crime drama, from Sony Pictures Classics, will also be available as a limited-edition Steelbook.

The film is set in the heart of Jakarta’s slums, in an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission.

The Raid: Redemption is presented on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a completely new color grade under director Gareth Evans’s supervision. This new edition of the film is presented by XYZ Films and Merantau Films. The disc also includes both the original Indonesian score and the international score by Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese.

The unrated version of the feature is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director Evans, with Indonesia/Bahasa Atmos as well as Indonesia/Bahasa and English 5.1 audio.

The release also includes the film on regular Blu-ray Disc, with 5.1 Indonesian and English audio. Bonus content includes a commentary with director Evans, behind-the-scenes video blogs, a featurette on the musical score, a conversation with Evans and Shinoda, and more.