New Horror Adaptation of ‘Pet Sematary’ Comes Home on Digital June 25, Disc July 9

The new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary will arrive on digital June 25 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD July 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It made $54.5 million in U.S. theaters.

Based on the King novel, the film follows the Creeds, who relocate from Boston to rural Maine, where they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events.

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The digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases include more than 90 minutes of special features, including deleted and extended scenes, an alternate ending, a look at the main characters, behind-the-scenes footage, and cast interviews. Digital extras vary by retailer.

The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs include access to a digital copy of the film.

‘The Shining’ to Terrify in 4K UHD Oct. 1 From Warner

Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The 4K remastering, done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, is of Kubrick’s original 144 minute version of the film which premiered in the United States May 23, 1980. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Kubrick’s former personal assistant  Leon Vitali worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the mastering process. May 17 the restored 4K version of the film will be screened at The Cannes Film Festival.

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The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel, was directed and produced by Kubrick, who wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. It stars Jack Nicholson in an iconic role as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duval as Wendy Torrance, Scatman Crothers as Dick Halloran, and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance. In the film, Jack Torrance becomes the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy and his son Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

In 2018, The Shining was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”  The film ranked 29th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, and Jack Torrance was named the 25th greatest villain on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list.  Additionally, the quote “Here’s Johnny” from the film was ranked 68th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.

The Shining Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, and a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own The Shining in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Shining will include more than three hours of previously released special features, including:

  • audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Kubrick biographer John Baxter;
  • “Video from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining”;
  • “The Visions of Stanley Kubrick,” a detailed look at one of cinema’s greatest visual storytellers and his unique ability to move audiences through the magic of unforgettable images;
  • “The Making of The Shining,” a cinema verité documentary offering a rare glimpse into the directing style of Kubrick as he interacts with Nicholson, Duvall and others;
  • “Wendy Carlos, Composer,” in which composer Wendy Carlos reflects on working with Kubrick and developing music scores for The Shiningand A Clockwork Orange.

Paramount to Bow 1989’s ‘Pet Sematary’ on 4K UHD in Time for Theatrical Release of Remake

Written for the screen by author Stephen King based on his bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s 1989 horror film Pet Sematary will stalk home entertainment on 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray March 26 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film, which earned more than $57 million to become the highest grossing horror film of the time, according to the studio, is being re-released in time for the debut of the studio’s theatrical remake April 5. The story follows the Creed family who, after their cat is accidentally killed, takes the advice of a friendly neighbor and buries it in a mysterious nearby cemetery. When the cat comes back, it’s only the beginning of an unthinkable evil.

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Pet Sematary will mark its 30th anniversary newly remastered in 4K under the supervision of Lambert with new bonus content, which includes the cast and crew of Paramount’s new adaptation discussing the original film’s impact and the lasting legacy of its story; a new interview with Lambert about her memories making the film, the restoration, and King’s enduring influence; and new photo galleries with behind-the-scenes images, original storyboards and vintage ads.

The 4K Ultra HD disc also features Dolby Vision.  For the 4K restoration, Lambert and Paramount went back to the original film negative to rescan it in order to recapture the original detail.

“The shadows are much softer and the colors are richer…and it looks amazing,” said Lambert in a statement.

In addition to the new bonus material, both the 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray feature access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus material, including commentary by Lambert, a guided tour of the locations led by King along with an exploration of the origins of the novel, an introduction to the cast and characters, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

First Season of ‘Castle Rock’ Available for Digital Download Oct. 15, on Disc Jan. 8

The first season of Hulu original series “Castle Rock” will be available for digital purchase Oct. 15, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The psychological horror series is based on the works of Stephen King and brings together elements from several of his books to follow the story of an attorney (André Holland) who is embroiled in a mystery in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first season consists of 10 episodes.

Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Terry O’Quinn also star. The series is executive produced by King, J.J. Abrams, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Ben Stephenson, Mark Lafferty and Liz Glotzer.

Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode, plus new featurettes “Blood on the Page” and “A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams.”

John Carpenter’s ‘Christine’ Driving to 4K UHD Blu-ray From Sony

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is marking the 35th anniversary of director John Carpenter’s Christine with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Sept. 11. The film will also debut in 4K via participating digital platforms.

Based on the Stephen King novel, the film follows the murderous rampage of a sentient Plymouth Fury and its effect on the car’s new teenage owner.

The 4K Blu-ray includes high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio compatible with Dolby TrueHD 7.1.

The combo pack will also include a digital copy and a regular Blu-ray that includes deleted scenes, commentary with Carpenter and star Keith Gordon, and featurettes.

Hulu Unveils Super Bowl Spot for Series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King

Hulu has unveiled its Super Bowl commercial for upcoming original series “Castle Rock” from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. The series premieres this summer exclusively on Hulu.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, “Castle Rock” stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.

The “Castle Rock” Super Bowl spot can be seen here:

Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. “Castle Rock” is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

‘It’ Scares Up No. 1 Debut on Home Video Sales Charts

Three new releases took the top three spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 13, led by Warner’s It, the latest adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel, following the 1990 miniseries that was a big home video hit for the studio.

The film earned more than $327 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at a distant No. 2 and No. 3, also on both charts, were the animated musical fantasy My Little Pony: The Movie, from Lionsgate, and the Universal Pictures actioner The Foreigner, a revenge thriller starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

My Little Pony: The Movie, based on the “Friendship Is Magic” TV series, sold 16.9% as many units as It, while The Foreigner, with a domestic gross of just under $35 million, sold 16.5% as many units.

The prior week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ American Made, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week. American Made stars Tom Cruise as a CIA pilot who becomes a smuggler for Central American drug lords and earned $51.3 million in U.S. theaters.

Rounding out the top five was Warner’s Dunkirk, the war drama that earned more than $188 at the domestic box office. Dunkirk finished second the previous week.

It generated 62% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc and 12% from Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 53% of total unit sales for both My Little Pony and Foreigner.

On Media Play News’ rental chart for the week ended Jan. 14, The Foreigner debuted at No. 1, bumping American Made to No. 2.

Home Again, a Universal Pictures comedy that earned $33 million in U.S. theaters, rose up to No. 3 now that it’s month-long holdback from Redbox is over.

Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were the 20th Century Fox drama The Mountain Between Us at No. 4 and Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 3 at No. 5.

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It: Chapter One


Street 1/9/18;
Box Office $327.48 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for violence/horror, bloody images and for language.
Stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott.

It’s easy to see why director Andy Muschietti’s It was such a huge hit in theaters. In successfully translating the themes present in Stephen King’s source 1986 novel, Muschietti has managed to craft a solid piece of entertainment that works even for viewers who aren’t necessarily interested in looking for the deeper meaning of it all.

The film covers roughly the first half of the book, in which a group of kids in a small town in Maine band together to confront a demonic creature that emerges every 27 years to feed off the fear of the town’s youth. (It: Chapter Two, about the adult versions of the characters fighting the creature, is due in 2019).

The kids, who call themselves the Losers’ Club, are mostly social outcasts who find a common bond in their efforts to save the town from the shapeshifting creature, whose best-known persona is that of Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård). None of the adults in town believe anything they are saying about it.

There are clear metaphors at play about the awkwardness of growing up and overcoming childhood anxieties. But the film also works on a pure nostalgia level, a throwback to youthful adventures such as The Goonies and Stand By Me (also based on a King story). Indeed, some of the scenes of the kids confronting real-life hazards, such as dealing with local bullies or abusive parents, are almost more unsettling than Pennywise’s attempts to devour them (though the Pennywise scenes are certainly up to the task of freaking out viewers looking for a good fright).

The film is also well-timed to take advantage of the huge popularity of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which itself is a throwback to 1980s movies featuring kids embarking on adventures and often encountering aliens or other supernatural threats. The It novel and 1990 miniseries were certainly influential on the development of “Stranger Things,” whose creators, the Duffer Brothers, had pitched their own treatment of an It feature film before doing the TV show. “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard also appears in It as a member of the Losers’ Club.

The Blu-ray features about an hour of bonus materials, including 15 minutes of deleted scenes and three featurettes focused on the making of the film.

The most interesting is a 14-minute interview with Stephen King as he explains his motivations and inspirations for writing the book, and why he thinks the film version gets it right.

There’s also a 15-minute profile of the kids who play the Losers, and a 16-minute look at Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise.