Oct. 25 Releases Include ‘Nope’ on Disc, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ on Digital

Oct. 25 sees DVD and Blu-ray releases of Nope and The Invitation, while Don’t Worry Darling and Barbarian become available through digital retailers.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases filmmaker Jordan Peele’s latest thriller, Nope, on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray  Oct. 25. Written by, produced by and directed by Peele, Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya as a Hollywood animal wrangler, who along with his sister (Keke Palmer) start observing unexplained phenomena on their vast Southern California ranch. With the help of a neighbor and former child star turned family theme park ringmaster (Steven Yeun), they attempt to capture the mystery on camera, but chasing the spectacle could bring terrifying consequences. The result is a complex social thriller that unpacks the seeds of violence, risk and opportunism that are inseparable from the romanticized history of the American West and show business. The cast also includes Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea. The film earned $123.28 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the  thriller The Invitation on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 25. The Invitation stars Nathalie Emmanuel as a young woman who, after the death of her mother, her only known relative, takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin. Invited by her newly discovered family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she is at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. The film earned $25 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut six more classic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 on Oct. 25. The collection includes It Happened One Night; From Here to Eternity; To Sir, With Love; The Last Picture Show; Annie; and As Good as It Gets. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes. The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited-edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film in the set via six new essays from renowned writers — including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer-director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic As Good as It Gets. The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, from a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity

The psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling will be available for premium digital ownership and rental Oct. 25 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Olivia Wilde from a screenplay by Katie Silberman, is based on a story by Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke and Silberman and stars Florence Pugh (Oscar-nominated for Little Women), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Wilde (upcoming Babylon), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), KiKi Layne (The Old Guard) and Chris Pine (All the Old Knives). The film also stars Nick Kroll (How It Ends), Sydney Chandler (TV’s “Pistol”), Kate Berlant (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood), Asif Ali (TV’s “WandaVision”), Douglas Smith (TV’s “Big Little Lies”), Timothy Simons (TV’s “Veep”) and Ari’el Stachel (upcoming Respect the Jux). In Don’t Worry Darling, Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950s societal optimism espoused by Victory CEO Frank (Pine) — equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach — anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives — including Frank’s partner Shelley (Gemma Chan) — get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All it asks in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Oct. 25 releases 20th Century Studios’ and New Regency’s horror film Barbarian through digital retailers. The film, from writer-director Zach Cregger and noted horror producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, and It), is about a young woman who, upon arriving in Detroit for a job interview, books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest. Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård and Justin Long. 

The historical action film Medieval will be released on digital Oct. 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Academy Award Winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules) star in the epic inspired by the true story of daring mercenary leader Jan Žižka, one of greatest warriors in history. After the death of its emperor, the Holy Roman Empire plummets into chaos while corrupt kings battle for control of the empty throne. To battle the tyranny and greed of those clawing for power, Jan must lead a rebel army in this sweeping saga of war and betrayal. The film also stars Sophie Lowe, Til Schweiger and Matthew Goode. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 6.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Showtime’s Ray Donovan: The Complete Series on DVD Oct. 25. Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for L.A.’s top power players. The series stars Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear. The drama unfolds when his father, played by Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core. The 29-disc collection includes all 82 episodes from the 2013-20 series, plus the 2022 follow-up movie.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring We Baby Bears: The Magical Box to DVD Oct. 25. The release includes 20 episodes from the first season. The original Cartoon Network animated series “We Baby Bears” follows siblings Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear on whimsical adventures in their magical box in search of a place they can call home. Along the way, they meet new friends, learn a few lessons and discover that “home” can mean wherever they are, as long as they’re together.  The series stars Connor Andrade (“Amphibia,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines”) as Grizz, Amari McCoy (“Puppy Dog Pals,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Panda, and Max Mitchell (“Lego City Adventures,” “T.O.T.S.”) as Ice Bear. A spinoff of the Cartoon Network series “We Bare Bears,” “We Baby Bears” launched earlier this year across 114 markets in 37 languages and is a top performing series across Cartoon Network and HBO Max, generating 122 million global views on YouTube, according to Warner. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, “We Baby Bears” is executive produced by Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez and Calvin Wong. We Baby Bears: The Magical Box is also available to own on digital and is streaming on HBO Max.

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Kino Lorber Oct. 25 releases Private Desert, a Brazilian drama directed by Aly Muritiba that was selected as the Brazilian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, on all major digital platforms as well as Blu-ray Disc. In Portuguese with English subtitles, the film stars Pedro Fasanaro as Sara, a gender-fluid blue-collar worker who lives as a man by day while caring for her religious grandmother in Sobradinho, a small town in the northeast of Brazil. Daniel (Antonio Saboia), who teaches in a police academy in southern metropolis Curitiba, has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident that’s all over the news. The only thing holding him together is his online romance with Sara, whom he has never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town, but no one recognizes her until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever. 

Toronto-based Red Water Entertainment on Oct. 25 releases Stefano Lodovichi’s The Guest Room (La Stanza) through digital retailers. The Italian psychological thriller will be available on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, iNDemand and DISH. The Guest Room (La Stanza) is the latest feature from Lodovichi, following his debut Aquadro and follow up Deep in the Wood. The Guest Room stars Guido Caprino, Camilla Filippi, and Edoardo Pesce as an unlikely trio on the precipice of chaos in an isolated house. Lodovichi directed and developed the story, which was turned into a screenplay by Francesco Agostini and Filippo Gili. Andrea Occhipinti produced. The Guest Room (La Stanza) had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and went on to make its UK premiere at Grimmfest before screening in Poland at Splat! FilmFest Horror Film Festival.

The horror classic The Bat (1959) will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 25 from Cinedigm’s The Film Detective. Helmed by prolific writer/director Crane Wilbur (He Walked by NightCrime Wave), The Bat is set in a down­trodden country estate that becomes the site of a horrific murder as a predator with steel claws rips his victims to shreds. Vincent Price (House of WaxThe Last Man on Earth) stars alongside Agnes Moorehead (“Bewitched,” Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte), Gavin Gordon (Murder by Invitation) and Darla Hood of the “Our Gang” comedies in her final film role. Presented at 1.85:1, the print is restored from original 35mm archival elements. The release is presented in partnership with Retro Entertainment.

Blue Underground will reissue the erotic classic Quiet Days in Clichy in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray combo pack as well as a DVD special edition on Oct. 25. The discs will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. The film, released in 1970, is an adaptation of Henry Miller’s semi-autobiographical novella by controversial Danish artist Jens Jørgen Thorsen. The film captures the youthful spirit and liberated sexuality Miller experienced in his Bohemian days as an expat in Paris, portraying an American writer, Joey, and his French pal Carl sharing an apartment in the Parisian district of Clichy. While both men are broke and starving, it is no deterrent to their pursuit of desire for sexual adventures. Filmed in the French new-wave style of Godard and amplified by an original soundtrack by Woodstock favorite “Country Joe” McDonald, Quiet Days in Clichy was already a hit in Europe when it made its way to the United States, where it was quickly seized by authorities,who claimed it to be nothing more than obscene, pornographic filth. After protracted litigation against the government by its U.S. distributor, the film was eventually cleared, but mysteriously became lost. Blue Underground has resurrected the film in a brand-new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its recently discovered uncut and uncensored original 35mm fine-grain negative. 

The horror films Satan’s Little Helper (2004) and The Kindred (1987) are available on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and Synapse Films.

In Satan’s Little Helper, 9-year-old Douglas Whooly (Alexander Brickel, Palindromes) is obsessed with the handheld video game Satan’s Little Helper, and annoyed that the attention of his big sister Jenna (Katheryn Winnick, TV’s “Vikings” and “Big Sky”) is being distracted by her new boyfriend Alex (Stephen Graham). These two concerns collide on Halloween, when Douglas witnesses a serial killer in a devil mask (Joshua Annex) posing his victims like outdoor All Hallow’s Eve displays. Not comprehending how real the carnage is, Douglas becomes this Satan’s little helper — and that’s very bad news for Alex, for his mom Merrill (Amanda Plummer, Pulp Fiction, Netflix’s “Ratched”), and ultimately for their entire town. Satan’s Little Helper, written and directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn), combines grisly killings with savage humor and satirizes the way video games can seize hold of young minds. Bonus features include audio commentary from director Jeff Lieberman; a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette; “The Devil and the Details: Making Satan’s Little Helper“; “Mister Satan’s Neighborhood,” a tour of the filming locations with Lieberman; and the promotional trailer.

Academy Award-winning screen legends Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night, Duck, You Sucker) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes) star in The Kindred, a tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong. Hunter is Dr. Amanda Hollins, a molecular scientist who calls on her son John (David Allen Brooks) to eliminate all evidence of her genetic experiments — most specifically her “Anthony Journals.” Dr. Philip Lloyd (Steiger), an acquaintance of Hollins who is familiar with her experiments, wants to continue her studies no matter the cost. John heads to his isolated childhood home with a group of friends to uncover his mother’s research and destroy it all. There’s something else in the house, however, something watching and waiting — a tentacled creature born from the desire to alter human evolution. A 1980s “creature feature” utilizing all practical special effects, The Kindred also stars Amanda Pays (TV’s “The Flash,” “Leviathan”) and Talia Balsam (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Homeland”). The release features a new 4K high-definition remaster of the unrated version of the film and a new 5.1 English stereo surround remix (original 2.0 mono theatrical mix also included). Bonus features include audio commentary with directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton; the new 52 minute documentary “Inhuman Experiments — The Making of The Kindred“; a compilation of creature effects artist Michael McCracken Jr.’s never-before-seen on-set footage (18 minutes); a still gallery and original storyboards; the original theatrical trailer; an original video promotional trailer; and TV spots.

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

Sony Pictures Issues ‘Invitation’ on Digital Oct. 18, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 25

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the theatrical thriller The Invitation through digital retailers on Oct. 18, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD a week later, on Oct. 25.

The film opened on the big screen in late August and went on to earn a domestic gross of $25 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

The Invitation stars Nathalie Emmanuel as a young woman who, after the death of her mother, her only known relative, takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin.

Invited by her newly discovered family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she is at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.

All three home versions of The Invitation include various special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, with the Blu-ray Disc and digital versions also including deleted and extended scenes, outtakes and bloopers.

Box Office Sputters Again as ‘The Invitation’ Eyes $7 Million Opening Weekend

Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ period horror movie The Invitation fell short of expectations with a meager $7 million weekend opening as the late-summer theatrical slump continues.

The film wasn’t projected to overwhelm the weekend box office, but it was expected to approach $9 million in opening ticket sales. Instead, the film about a young, orphaned woman (“Game of Thrones” alum Nathalie Emmanuel) who discovers she has a long-lost cousin, among other twisted family secrets, is projected to only sell about $7 million worth of tickets through Aug. 28 — making it the lowest opening-weekend box office topper since the pandemic.

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The tally ends August’s unsparingly dismal box office run that lags behind the same period in 2021 and is less than 50% of the comparable month’s revenue in 2019.

The Invitation was one of three new weekend releases that failed to generate much moviegoer interest. While the film has a reported $10 million production budget and should be able to become profitable down the stretch, the same cannot be said for MGM Studios/United Releasing’s $60 million action drama Three Thousand Years of Longing, which generated just $2.87 million in revenue across more than 2,400 North American screens.

Starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, and directed by Mad Max helmer George Miller, the movie generated strong reviews but apparently little moviegoer interest. It has a steep climb to break even and could turn out to be the year’s biggest theatrical flop.

The other new release, Bleeker Street’s hostage drama Breaking, is expected to see $1 million in revenue across less than 1,000 screens.

Meanwhile, box office returnees Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train ($5.6 million), Universal Pictures’ Beast ($4.9 million), Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick ($4.7 million), and Sony Pictures/Crunchyroll’s previous-weekend box office winner Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero ($4.4 million), rounded out the slow weekend.

Notably, Top Gun: Maverick continues to impress. The Tom Cruise actioner continues to lure moviegoers despite being available in the home across digital retail channels (at a premium price).

With more than $691 million in domestic ticket sales, Maverick is encroaching upon Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther as the No. 5 all-time grossing North American release.

Will Weekend Moviegoers RSVP Sony’s ‘The Invitation’?

As the sluggish August box office enters its final weekend, the smaller-budget period horror film The Invitation, from Sony Pictures/Screen Gems, appears poised to grab the No. 1 spot across North American screens through Aug. 28. That’s because Hollywood hasn’t released a major blockbuster title all month with the exception of Sony’s action-comedy Bullet Train ($71.8 million), starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Michael Shannon, among others.

The Invitation finds orphaned Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) discovering she has a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she’s at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.

The movie is projected to generate a modest $9 million at the box office, which apparently should be enough to hold off the second weekend of The Beast ($6.4 million in estimated ticket sales), starring Idris Elba, as well as Bullet Train ($5.7 million), Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick ($5.5 million), Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets ($5 million), Sony/Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero $4.8 million), Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder ($3.4 million) and Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru ($3.3 million).

The Invitation generated a reported $775,000 in special Thursday night screenings.

Top Gun: Maverick is currently available for purchase ($19.99) across digital retail channels.

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