‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Tops October Disc Sales Chart; ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Still No. 1 for 2022

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder was No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for October 2022, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions.

The “Thor” sequel had been No. 5 in September despite being available just a few days during the month after its Sept. 27 disc release. It topped the weekly sales charts for three weeks, including the first two weeks of October.

The No. 2 October seller was Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train, released on disc Oct. 18. The actioner starring Brad Pitt was the top weekly seller upon its debut.

Another October disc release, Warner’s DC League of Super-Pets, was No. 3 for the month. The animated film based on DC Comics characters was released on disc Oct. 4.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion, which was No. 2 in September, slid to No. 4 in October.

The No. 5 October seller was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, which retailers began offering on disc Oct. 31, a day before its announced Nov. 1 street date. That one day of sales was enough to rank it on the monthly chart, and as it subsequently was the top weekly seller for several weeks it will undoubtedly be the top seller for the entire month of November.

The top seller for the month of September, Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru, dropped to No. 7 in October.

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The titles in the year-to-date top 10 through October were the same as they were at the end of the previous month, led again by Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The one change was that Paramount’s 1986 original Top Gun inched up one spot to No. 9 for the year, pushing Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 4 to No. 10.

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According to NPD, the October 2022 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Bullet Train (Sony Pictures)
  3. DC League of Super-Pets (Warner)
  4. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal)
  5. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  6. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  7. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal)
  8. Elvis (Warner)
  9. Nope (Universal)
  10. Beetlejuice (Warner)


Year-to-Date Top 10 (through October 2022):

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  2. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal)
  3. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
  4. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  5. Sing 2 (Universal)
  6. Encanto (Disney)
  7. The Batman (Warner)
  8. Uncharted (Sony Pictures)
  9. Top Gun (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season Four (Paramount)


‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Tops September Disc Sales Chart

‘Thor’ Tops Overall Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Leads on Blu-ray Chart

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder was No. 1 for a third week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Oct. 15.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe entry was fell to No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, where Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion returned to the top spot.

The sixth “Jurassic” film sold about 79% as many copies as the “Thor” sequel during the week, but 73% of its unit sales were of Blu-ray formats, compared with 56% for Thor: Love and Thunder, which sold 97% as many Blu-ray copies as Jurassic World Dominion during the week.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal’s Beast, a thriller starring Idris Elba a a father protecting his family from a lion that starts hunting them during an African safari. It had 44% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray.

No. 4 on both charts was Warner’s animated DC League of Super-Pets.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween favorite from 1993 that typically climbs back up the charts during October in the lead-up to the holiday.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller was the Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, which was No. 11 on the overall disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 16 had Beast at No. 1. The previous week’s top rental, Screen Media’s horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn, dropped to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were DC League of Super-Pets at No. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing at No. 5.

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Repeats as Top Disc Seller

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder was 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 for the week ended Oct. 8.

The 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the fourth “Thor” solo adventure finds Chris Hemsworth reprising the character, who teams with former flame Jane (Natalie Portman) to battle a malevolent force that threatens the universe’s gods.

The week’s top newcomer, debuting at No. 2 on both charts with about 45% of the unit sales of the top title, was another superhero movie, Warner’s animated DC League of Super-Pets. The film finds Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Ace the hound (Kevin Hart) leading a team of superhero pets to rescue the kidnapped Justice League. The film, which earned $92.8 million at the domestic box office, had 51% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc, with 42% from regular Blu-ray and 9% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

No. 3 on the overall disc chart for the week was Star Trek: Picard — Season Two, the CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment disc release of the latest season of the Paramount+ original series. The season finds Team Picard sent back in the 21st century to prevent a timeline in which Earth becomes a tyrannical galactic empire. It had 52% of its total sales from Blu-ray Disc and was No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller, and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s 1993 Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus, which continues to grab high chart spots during the Halloween season. A sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, debuted on the Disney+ streaming service Sept. 30.

No. 5 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray Disc sellers were a couple of catalog titles pushed back up the charts by new 4K Ultra HD editions.

The No. 3 Blu-ray was 1985’s Fright Night from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (No. 10 overall), newly released as a 4K Steelbook.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was director Sam Raimi’s 1992 “Evil Dead” sequel Army of Darkness, newly released as a 4K Steelbook from Shout! Factory. When combined with previous DVD and Blu-ray versions from Universal, Army of Darkness was No. 11 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 9 had the Screen Media reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn at No. 1, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 2, and DC League of Super-Pets at No. 3. 

The top rental the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing, slipped to No. 4, followed by Univeral’s Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 5.

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart Following Disc Release

Disney/Marvel Studios’ superhero actioner Thor: Love and Thunder topped the Official Film Chart in the U.K. for the very first time the week ended Oct. 12 following its release on disc.

The sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, and again starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the 29th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moved from the No. 4 spot to No. 1 after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Thor’s disc sales success helped the title finish 6,500 unit sales ahead of the week’s No. 2 — and highest new entry of the week — Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s action-comedy Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry.

Previous week’s chart-topper Jurassic World Dominion (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) dropped to No. 3, finishing ahead of the studio’s Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 4. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis biopic moved to No. 5.

Sony’s Where the Crawdads Sing, featuring Daisy Edgar-Jones in a murder-mystery thriller based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens, finished No. 6 in its chart debut.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s former chart topper Top Gun: Maverick finished No. 7, followed by Studiocanal’s The Railway Children Return (No. 8), Universal’s horror movie The Black Phone (No. 9) and Downton Abbey: A New Era (No. 10).

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Oct. 12, 2022 

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Easily Debuts Atop Blu-ray and DVD Sales Charts

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder had no trouble taking the top spot 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 for the week ended Oct. 1.

The film debuted at No. 1 with 66% of its total unit sales coming from Blu-ray Disc formats (35% regular Blu-ray, 31% 4K combo packs). The 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the fourth “Thor” solo adventure finds Chris Hemsworth reprising the character, who teams with former flame Jane (Natalie Portman) to battle a malevolent force that threatens the universe’s gods. It earned $343.2 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 for the week on both charts was another newcomer, director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters from Universal Pictures, which sold 28% as many copies as the top seller. The film, released concurrently on disc, digitally and on Netflix, is a prequel to the classic TV series, depicting how Herman and Lily met.

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The top seller the previous two weeks, Warner’s Elvis, slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were a pair of Universal releases. The animated Minions: The Rise of Gru slipped to No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while.Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 2 had Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing at No. 1 for a second week, with Minions: The Rise of Gru remaining at No. 2.

Elvis dropped a slot to No. 4.

Rounding out the top five were two discs available early through Redbox: Quiver’s Bandit at No. 3, and Vertical’s Emily the Criminal at No. 5.

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Merchandising: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Exclusives Arrive

Disney released Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder on Blu-ray Sept. 27, and with it came a couple of retailer-exclusive editions.

The fourth solo “Thor” movie and 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon was widely released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray and DVD. The film features Thor (Chris Hemsworth) teaming with former flame Jane (Natalie Portman), who gains her own Thor powers, to battle Gorr (Christian Bale), a dark soul who vows to rid the universe of its deities.

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Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, for $34.99.

Walmart had the 4K combo pack with unique box art and a pack-in enamel pin of Thor’s hammer logo, for $34.96.

Walmart’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ 4K Blu-ray with enamel pin

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Bright Victory,’ ‘Thor’ Reviews; Netflix’s ‘Tudum’ Moment; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley dive into the remastered 1950s classic Bright Victory, followed by the newest MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder. Unsurprisingly, the hosts have more to say about Thor than a 70-year-old war movie, although Scott Marks’ review of Bright Victory does present some stark differences in cultural norms and script writing relative to modern movies. As for Thor, in spite of John Latchem highlighting the elements that make it a bright, fun movie, Charlie isn’t sold on it because he’s sick of the overbearing lightheartedness of many recent Marvel movies.

At the box office, in spite of (or, perhaps, partly because of) its pre-release controversy, Don’t Worry Darling took the No. 1 spot this past weekend. More interestingly, a theatrical re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home (with a few minutes of deleted scenes spliced back in) appeared in the top 5, and even more astonishingly, Avatar made its return to theaters ahead of its anticipated sequel’s release in December. Both hosts puzzle over the paradox of Avatar having such a tremendous cultural impact when it was initially released in 2009 and soon after vanished from mainstream consciousness. 

On the streaming front, Netflix has announced 120 (!) new and continuing movies and shows. Charles and Charlie are looking forward to a few of the offerings, but with that many announcements, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

New Releases for Sept. 27 Include ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ ‘The Munsters’ on Disc, ‘Bullet Train’ on Digital

The week of Sept. 27 finds the Blu-ray and DVD debuts for Thor: Love and Thunder and Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, while Bullet Train becomes available through digital retailers.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27. The film from director Taika Waititi is the fourth solo “Thor” movie and the 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. The movie generated more than $760 million at the global box office, including $343 million in North America. Read a review here.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases director Rob Zombie’s The Munsters on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 27. Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the direct-to-video arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the film is based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, and provides an origin story of the monster family. The comedy focuses on the courtship between Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), a 150-year-old lovelorn vampire, and Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), a seven-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. However, her father The Count (Daniel Roebuck) has other plans for her future, and they don’t involve her bumbling new beau. The cast also includes Richard Brake, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Catherine Schell, Cassandra Peterson and Tomas Boykin, with special appearances from original “Munsters” cast members Butch Patrick and Pat Priest. Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary with Zombie, and the hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette “The Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane.”

Lionsgate releases the action film Bullet Proof on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. In the film directed by James C. Clayton, Vinnie Jones (Snatch) plays Temple, a sadistic mob boss. After stealing millions in cash from Temple’s drug-dealing hideout, the thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car — Temple’s pregnant wife Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash — and his unborn son — Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the thief.

Season one of the drama series “Mayor of Kingstown” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Jeremy Renner and hailing from “Yellowstone” co-creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the series follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. In addition to Renner, the first season stars Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Sept. 27 release The House of the Lost on the Cape, an anime feature based on the award-winning Japanese novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack as well as a digital download. Directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect), The House of the Lost on the Cape follows 17-year-old runaway Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice. They have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little. Available for the first time in North America, the film will include bonus features such as a special Q&A with director Shinya Kawatsura at the Annecy Festival, and Yui and Kiwa’s secret recipes. The House of the Lost on the Cape won Best Animation Film at the 76th annual Mainichi Film Awards and was an Official Selection in feature film competition at the prestigious 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The documentary Cinematographer will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment. A look at the art of filmmaking, the documentary include stories and clips from the making of some of the greatest films of the 1970s and 1980s. The film focuses on several men who made a huge impact on a craft that’s vital to the making of any film. Featuring actors Donald M. Morgan, Jack Green and Owen Roizman, the film is directed by Dan Asma.

The sports documentary The Jackie Stiles Story will be released on DVD Sept. 27 from Virgil Films. The documentary chronicles the career of Jackie Stiles, the greatest basketball player you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the story of a 5-foot-eight-inch girl from a small Kansas town, population 600, who became a basketball legend in the Midwest. Against all odds, Jackie became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, a record she held for 16 years. This feat was accomplished through hard work and unwavering determination. Her coaches and teammates agree that Jackie’s work ethic will probably never be matched.

The Spanish queer giallo comedy Cut! will be released on DVD and digital Sept. 27 from Ariztical Entertainment. In the feature, Marcos, a rather unsuccessful film director, is immersed in the shooting of his new film, when a series of terrible murders starts to happen in Barcelona, and all of them seem to be traced back to him. Vampirized by cinema, and despite being hated for his films, Marcos needs to keep making them in order to live. The film stars La Prohibida, Marc Ferrer, Marga Sarda, Maria Sola, Saya Solana, Alvaro Lucas Estada, Gregorio Sanz, Paco Serrano and Samantha Hudson.

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The actioner Bullet Train will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives — on the world’s fastest train. The thrill-ride through modern-day Japan comes from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2. The film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio and Sandra Bullock. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18

The thriller Fall arrives on digital Sept. 27 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament), the height-induced nightmare follows two best friends as they ascend a 2,000 foot tower and end up stranded. In the film, for best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey, Shazam, Annabelle: Creation) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner, Marvel’s “Runaways,” Project Almanac, Halloween), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this thriller from the producers of 47 Meters Down. The film co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Rampage, “The Walking Dead”). It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18.

The supernatural drama romance The In Between will be released on digital Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Joey King (The Kissing Booth) stars in this film based on the heartbreaking novel. Tessa is a teenage girl with a love for old movies and film photography but doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Skylar (Kyle Allen, West Side Story) is a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. Despite their differences, their chance encounter at a matinee showing of a classic French film opens her heart. But tragedy strikes all too soon, and a car accident takes Skylar’s life. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon finds signs that Skylar might be attempting to reconnect with her — from an afterworld known as “the in between.” With the help of her best friend and a newfound open mind, Tessa attempts to make contact and prove that love never dies. Directed by Arie Posin, the film also stars Kim Dickens, John Ortiz Celeste O’Connor, April Parker and Donna Biscoe.

The supernatural sci-fi thriller Control will be available via on demand and for digital purchase starting Sept. 27 from Saban Films. Directed by James Mark, the film stars Sara Mitich, George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. In the film, a mother locked inside a stark room is tasked by an unknown voice to complete increasingly difficult challenges if she wants to save her daughter’s life. As the frequency and intensity of the tasks threaten to overwhelm her, she must piece together half-remembered chapters of her life before imprisonment if she wants to secure her freedom, rescue her child, and escape a waking nightmare.

The horror film Haunted Trail will be released through digital retailers Sept. 27 from Level 33 Entertainment. In the film, directed by Robin Givens and Raven Magwood, a group of college friends visit a local haunted trail. After many screams and a few nervous laughs, an actual killer approaches the group. Scared out of their minds, the friends run through the trail, trying their best to get to the end without being killed. After much of the group is slaughtered, the remaining friends make a horrific discovery about who the killer really is. The film stars comedians Desi Banks and Reggie Couz, along with Marquise C. Brown, Brook Sill, Magwood, Matt William Knowles, Anna Perdun and Grace Perdun.

Two epic 1950s science-fiction thrillers, The War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, arrive as a Paramount Presents double feature on Sept. 27. The release marks the 4K Ultra HD disc debut for The War of the Worlds and the first Blu-ray Disc appearance of When Worlds Collide. The 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. The Technicolor classic has been fully remastered in 4K Ultra HD. The disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film, the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds narrated by Orson Welles, and other bonus content, including audio commentaries by film director Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren; documentaries on the making of the film and H.G. Wells; and the original theatrical trailer. When Worlds Collide (1951) was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Special Effects. Like The War of the Worlds, it was produced by George Pal, a Hungarian-American animator, director and producer who was a leading figure in sci-fi filmmaking. Also making its Blu-ray Disc debut, the Paramount Presents edition of When Worlds Collide includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the original theatrical trailer.

The 1988 MGM drama The Chocolate War will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection. Based on Robert Cormier’s controversial novel — once the most widely banned book in America — this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy’s school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Weird Science) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (John Glover, Scrooged). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Wallace Langham credited as Wally Ward, Ford v. Ferrari) — the sadistic mastermind of the school’s resident gang — to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem. The Chocolate War — featuring a 1980s soundtrack with music by Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and Yaz — also stars Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket) Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) Jenny Wright (St. Elmo’s Fire) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases I Know What You Did Last Summer on 4K Ultra HD Sept. 27 for its 25th anniversary. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe and Johnny Galecki in this horror tale of teenage suspense. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the four friends’ deadly secret resurfaces as they’re stalked by a hook-handed figure. The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio plus original 5.1. Bonus features on the 4K disc include six deleted scenes plus an alternate ending, “My Own Summer: An Interview with Director Jim Gillespie,” and “He Knows What You Did: An Interview with Muse Watson.” The Blu-ray Disc includes the feature presented in HD and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio. Bonus features on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary, the director’s short film “Joyride” with optional commentary, the “Now I Know What You Did Last Summer” featurette, the music video “Hush” performed by Kula Shaker, and the theatrical trailer.

The 1932 Joan Crawford drama Rain, celebrating its 90th anniversary, will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 27 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. The release features a new 4K restoration produced from the original, uncut 94-minute version. Rain — a classic that caused controversy when first released — portrays W. Somerset Maugham’s powerful story of Sadie Thompson and is perhaps the most celebrated version. It vividly captures the lives of several very different human beings, thrown together on Pago Pago during a fierce monsoon. Crawford is the cynical prostitute, and Walter Huston is the minister who tries to reform her. Special features include a commentary track by Mick LaSalle, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and noted film historian; a commentary track by Richard Barrios, writer, historian and commentator; a liner note booklet written by Marc Wannamaker, writer and film historian; the  original theatrical trailer; a poster and photo gallery; a period appropriate Betty Boop cartoon and newsreel; and the alternate 76-minute “cut version” of the 1938 Atlantic Reissue for comparison.

The horror film Sator and the Hungarian cult film Liza The Fox Fairy are headed to Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In Sator, secluded in a desolate forest, home to little more than the decaying remnants of the past, a broken family is further torn apart by a mysterious death. Adam (Gabriel Nicholson), guided by a pervasive sense of dread, hunts for answers only to learn that they are not alone; an insidious presence by the name of Sator has been observing his family, subtly influencing all of them for years in an attempt to claim them. Shot in the Santa Cruz mountains and drawing from a grandmother’s real life belief in a protective spirit that spoke to her, Sator quietly unspools a story of isolation and dread that fits firmly into the recent wave of unsettling arthouse horror. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and director’s commentary.

In Liza the Fox Fairy, Liza is a lonely nurse whose only company is the ghost of a long-dead Japanese pop-star. Out of jealousy, he turns her into a Fox Fairy and now everyone that is attracted to Liza dies a horrible death. In order to finally find true love, Liza must overcome the curse and defeat the jealousy of her suave, supernatural suitor. Although the film was released in 2015 and played the U.S. festival circuit, Liza has been unavailable on Blu-ray worldwide until now. Special features include behind-the-scenes interviews, storyboards, a music video, a trailer and an audio essay by Kat Ellinger.

Three collections of classic films — the William Castle Adventures Collection, the Samuel Fuller Collection and the Hammer Films 12-Movie Collection — are being released on DVD Sept. 27 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

The William Castle Adventures Collection includes four 1950s titles from director William Castle: Serpent of the Nile (1953), about the romance of Antony and Cleopatra; Charge of the Lancers (1954), set during the Crimean war and starring Paulette Goddard; The Iron Glove (1954), a story about the English throne starring Robert Stack; and The Saracen Blade (1954), set in 15th century Italy and starring Ricardo Montalban.

The Samuel Fuller Collection includes Power of the Press (1943), about the murder of a newspaper publisher during World War II (written by Fuller); Scandal Sheet (1952), about a murderous newspaper editor (based on a novel by Fuller); The Crimson Kimono (1959), about two detectives seeking a stripper’s killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles (written and directed by Fuller); and Underworld U.S.A. (1961), about a teenager who vows revenge against the mobsters that murdered his father (written and directed by Fuller).

The Hammer 12-Film Collection includes a dozen classic horror films: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), The Gorgon (1964), The Snorkel (1958), Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960), The Old Dark House (1963), Scream of Fear (1961), Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961), Die! Die! My Darling (1965), The Stranglers of Bombay (1960), The Terror of the Tongs (1961) and The Pirates of Blood River (1962).

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

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Due on Digital Sept. 8, Disc Sept. 27

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will hit digital retail channels on Sept. 8, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. The movie, co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, will also stream on Disney+ Sept. 8.

The movie generated more than $738 million at the global box office, including $333 million in North America.

Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit), from a screenplay by Waititi & Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder was produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum.

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Bonus Features

  • Gag reel includes fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew
  • Audio commentary by director/writer Taika Waititi.



  • “Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor” traces Hemsworth and Portman’s journeys to becoming Thor and The Mighty Thor, respectively. The costars speak about the preparation behind embodying their legendary roles and describe how they combine their unstoppable forces.
  • “Shaping a Villain” introduces Love and Thunder’s primary antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher (Bale). Shining a light on the man who brings the character to life, this piece highlights his recruitment and process. Then fellow cast and crew reveal personal anecdotes.
  • “Another Classic Taika Adventure” looks back on Taika Waititi’s journey taking over the Thor franchise and reinventing the God of Thunder. Revisit the moment Taika was announced as the new custodian of Thor and follow Taika through the production of Thor: Love and Thunder.


Deleted Scenes

  • Looking for Zeus — Thor, Valkyrie and Korg run into a few characters while seeking an audience with Zeus.
  • Wasting Time — Star-Lord and Mantis convince Thor to help their cause.
  • A Safe Vacation — A nonchalant Thor chats with a panicked Star-Lord and Mantis in the middle of chaos. An explosion thrusts Korg into the scene.
  • Fighting For You — Zeus gifts Thor a special tool after overhearing a heartfelt conversation.

Disney+ Day (Sept. 8) to Offer ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Streaming Debut, Among Other Content Exclusives

Disney Aug. 22 announced that it would offer multiple content premieres from its Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, National Geographic and The Simpsons brands, in addition to theme park exclusives on its annual Disney+ Day happening Sept. 8. The event is designed to bring attention to the media giant’s branded subscription streaming service, including pending ad-supported subscription tier.

This year, Disney+ Day will lead into D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by Visa in Anaheim, Calif., that runs from Sept. 9 to 11.

New titles debuting on the platform include Marvel Studios’ box office hit Thor: Love and Thunder, bonus feature “Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder,” behind-the-scenes feature “Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return,” “Remembering,” “Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances,” “Tierra Incógnita,” the Frozen and Frozen 2 Sing-Alongs, and “Welcome to the Club,” a new short from “The Simpsons.”

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products will join in the Disney+ Day marketing event with perks for subscribers, including early entry to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, celebratory photo opportunities, entertainment, culinary delights, and more. Additionally, Disney+ Day special screenings will return to select AMC Theatres from Sept. 8-19.

In addition to the previously announced movie Pinocchio, a new episode of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” “Cars on the Road,” “Growing Up” and “Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory,” will debut on the SVOD.

Thor: Love and Thunder, which generated more than $737 million at the global box office, joins 15 other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies now streaming in Imax Enhanced on Disney+. With Imax Enhanced, Disney says its streaming subscribers can experience the distributor’s expanded aspect ratio at home, which provides up to 26% more picture for an immersive viewing experience. (No additional cost or device required. Content availability varies by region.)

“Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return”

With never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, colorful personal stories and meaningful moments, “Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return” showcases the making of Lucasfilm’s original limited series for Disney+, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” an epic story that begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” This insightful documentary from Lucasfilm and Supper Club explores the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi and  Anakin Skywalker to the screen — and  Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to their respective classic roles. Director Deborah Chow, cast and crew reflect on their journey to tell a new story with iconic Star Wars characters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, while introducing new heroes and villains into the saga along the way. Complete with visits to the creature shop, props department and more, “Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return” features the side of filmmaking that makes Star Wars so unique — the respect and passion for the generation-spanning legacy and the beloved characters.

Frozen and Frozen 2 Sing-Alongs

Disney+ will release new Sing-Along versions of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Frozen 2. As subscribers watch the Sing-Along version of these films, they will be able to fully immerse themselves in the music with on-screen lyrics.


Where do ideas come from? And where do they go when they’re forgotten? These central questions are brought to life in Remembering, an original short film by Emmy Winning director Elijah Allan-Blitz. The story follows a writer (played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson) who loses a very important idea when her phone rings. Personified as golden light, this lost idea is found by the writer’s inner child, who takes us on a journey through The World of Imagination. It is easy to lose touch with this world, but each of us can be inspired by it — if we just remember. With a first of its kind companion Augmented Reality app, where the AR experience is triggered by the film’s moving image, select Disney+ subs in the U.S. can interact with the story by scanning the TV to extend The World of Imagination, into their living room.

“Welcome to the Club” (a new short from The Simpsons)

Heart set on becoming a princess, Lisa Simpson is surprised to learn being bad might be more fun.

“Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances”

“Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances” is a look back on the 20 most memorable dances of thirty seasons of Dancing with the Stars’ chosen by the Pro-Dancers. Hosted by Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, and Brandon Armstrong, we’ll see them countdown to their most notable performance — highlighting everything from the best Mirrorball-winning performances over the years, to opening numbers, Emmy-winning dances, and celebrity mishaps. It all leads up to season 31 premiering live only on Disney+. The show is produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions.

“Tierra Incógnita” (Original Series Produced in Latin America)

“Tierra Incógnita” follows Eric Dalaras (Pedro Maurizi), a teenager who discovers a hair-raising world while searching for the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of his parents eight years before. Raised by his maternal grandparents along with his sister Uma (Mora Fisz), Eric decides to run away from home and go back to his childhood town, Cabo Qwert, to find answers where his parents were last seen: the Tierra Incógnita horror theme park. Together with his friends, his sister and his aunt, Eric must overcome his fears in order to find answers and solve the mystery in a dark and unfamiliar world.

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Previously announced Disney+ titles include:


Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action retelling of the tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the wood-carver who builds and treats Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his own son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his “conscience”; Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John; Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco is Sofia the Seagull, a new character, and Luke Evans is The Coachman.

“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (New episodes streaming Thursdays)

In Marvel Studios’ “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany)—an attorney specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases—must navigate the complicated life of a single, 30-something who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk. The nine-episode comedy series welcomes a host of MCU vets, including Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination, and Benedict Wong as Wong, as well as Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Directed by Kat Coiro (Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9) and Anu Valia (Episodes 5, 6, 7) with Jessica Gao as head writer. Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kar Coiro and Jessica Gao.

“Cars on the Road”

The series follows Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) as they head east from Radiator Springs on a cross-country road trip to meet up with Mater’s sister. Along the way, every stop is its own adventure, with outrageous roadside attractions and colorful new characters. “Cars on the Road” is produced by Marc Sondheimer. The series’ episodes are directed by Steve Purcell (Eps 1, 2, 8), Bobby Podesta (Eps 5, 6, 9) and Brian Fee (Eps 3, 4, 7). Composer Jake Monaco created the score for all nine episodes.

“Growing Up”

Created by Brie Larson and Culture.House, “Growing Up” is an innovative hybrid docu-series that explores the challenges, triumphs, and complexities of adolescence through ten compelling coming of age stories. From Disney Branded Television, the series uses narrative, experimental, and documentary filmmaking to follow one casted individual, ages 18-22, as they tell their story. They represent a wide range of lived experiences, giving audiences emotionally powerful narratives that offer an engaging look at teenage-hood and the diverse social, familial, and internal obstacles young people face on their path to self-discovery and acceptance. Each 30-minute episode features one young person, or “hero,” and their experience growing up. Each episode is anchored by a deeply personal interview that allows our heroes to walk us through their childhood and teenage years. Alongside these interviews, creative cinematic reenactments help bring their major inflection points to life.

“Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory”

The face of a new generation of aspirational adventurers and natural history filmmakers, 29-year-old National Geographic Explorer Bertie Gregory takes viewers on epic and nail-biting journeys that push into the most spectacular and secretive corners of our wild world. Armed with leading-edge film technology, the Disney+ original series “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory,” from National Geographic, breaks the mold of the traditional natural history program by telling extraordinary, real-life animal stories and taking viewers with him for every beat of the action. For weeks at a time, the charismatic BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer immerses himself into the animals’ lives to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet. This season, we will see Bertie braving the icy worlds of Antarctica in search of the biggest gathering of whales ever filmed and coming face-to-face with specialist buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia. In this multipart adventure series, he will take audiences on an ambitious odyssey across the globe, showcasing the natural world at a time when it faces its greatest challenges.

Theme Park Specials:

In celebration of Disney+ Day, guests at Disney theme parks will discover new ways to “plus” up their experience with special offerings and fan-favorite fun. On September 8, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California will usher in the festivities with Disney+-inspired character meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and more. Disney+ subscribers and their party with theme park tickets and reservations are once again invited to enter the theme parks at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort 30 minutes before regular park open on September 8. Subscribers will also enjoy complimentary Disney PhotoPass digital download(s) at select locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Disneyland Resort theme parks that day.

Fans are invited to join the celebrations digitally by stepping up their selfie game with Disney PhotoPass Lenses for Disney+ Day. These new limited-time lenses will be available to those celebrating in the parks or at home in the U.S. through Snapchat and the My Disney Experience app.

Disneyland Paris will delight guests with new surprises including special entertainment, dedicated photo opportunities and a blue-themed dessert on Sept. 8. For more fanfare, Disney+ subscribers and their party with theme park tickets and reservations are invited for the first time to enter Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris at 9 a.m. (30 minutes before regular park opening) only on Sept. 8, 2022. Hong Kong Disneyland will celebrate with guests visiting the park on Sept. 10.

During the Aug. 29-Sept. 5 Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise, Members aboard the Disney Wonder will be treated to special gifts from Disney+ and nine exclusive shows and experiences supporting current and upcoming Disney+ programming.

Around the world, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing will also be celebrating Disney+ Day. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details on how to join in on the fun.

AMC Theatres Disney+ Day Screenings

Select AMC Theatres will celebrate Disney+ Day with screenings of movies including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Disney and Pixar’s Cars and Newsies. Tickets are $5 per screening and are available to everyone. Attendees will receive a free Disney+ poster (while supplies last), and a special concessions offer will be available for Disney+ subs. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 1.

Additional special subscriber perks will be announced in the lead-up to Sept. 8.