Edge of Tomorrow

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/5/22;
Warner;
Sci-Fi;
$24.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.
Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson.

There’s always something fun about seeing characters trapped in a time loop, reliving a day over and over but looking at it each time from a slightly different perspective in an attempt to change the outcome. It’s certainly not a new concept for sci-fi or fantasy, with Groundhog Day being the best-known example (though “Star Trek: The Next Generation” had done a time loop episode a year before that movie came out).

Director Doug Limon’s highly entertaining 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow, based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill, put a fresh spin on the formula by making it a war movie, forcing its protagonist (Tom Cruise) to relive a bloody battle until he can unlock the secret to saving humanity from an alien invasion.

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Cruise at the time seemed to be fully entrenched in a Charlton Heston phase, similar to how that legendary actor spent the middle-age portion of his career hammering out a series of science-fiction films. In the decade or so prior, Cruise had appeared in Minority Report and War of the Worlds, and had just come off of Oblivion from director Joseph Kosinski, with whom he would reteam for Top Gun: Maverick.

Thus, it’s quite amusing to watch the progression of Cruise’s character, Maj. William Cage, as he adjusts to his circumstance. In something of a parallel with Cruise’s own career, Cage begins the film as a smooth-talking military PR flunky who gets by on charisma alone, not unlike 1980s Cruise, until a vindictive general forces him into combat. The hapless Cage is quickly killed, but the circumstances of his death cause him to relive the day every time he’s killed. This allows him to hone his combat skills enough to become action hero Tom Cruise.

He finds an ally in Sgt. Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who once experienced the same thing, and used her power to defeat the aliens in battle before it wore off. Turns out, the aliens are the ones resetting the day, adapting each time they lose so they can eliminate humanity’s defenses.

This gives Cage a clear objective. Find the source of the aliens’ ability to manipulate time, and destroy it. This really gives the film the feeling of a video game, with Cage as the player who has to start the level over each time he loses a life.

For his part, Limon says in the bonus featurettes that the film isn’t as much inspired by video games or alien movies as it is his reaction to what he doesn’t like about them, and his desire not to make a boring film that relies on cliché.

The film stretches its concept as far as logic allows, anticipating plot holes or questions the audience might have and then providing the answer. For example, there comes a point when Cage can’t keep Rita alive past a certain point, which only serves to highlight why he still needs her to carry out his mission. Sure enough, the next time through Cage tries it solo (though this leads to a new set of complications).

The editing is crisp, keeping viewers fully informed about what’s going on without the need for repeating events more than required. The visual effects are a nice mix of practical sets and CGI that look great in HD.

The film also subtly reminds viewers of our own cycle of warfare by linking the alien invasion to some of the famous battlefields of the two World Wars (particularly the beaches at Normandy).

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie had worked with Cruise on 2012’s Jack Reacher, and the creative team would align again in 2015 when McQuarrie took over directing duties for the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. He was also one of the co-writers on the Top Gun sequel.

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At the time of its release, the biggest complaint about Edge of Tomorrow seemed to be that the studio saddled it with a sappy title that seemed better suited for a soap opera than a hard-boiled sci-fi actioner (for which the novel’s original title of All You Need Is Kill would have proved sufficiently badass). This might have hampered marketing efforts to built audience awareness, though the film still managed to earned more than $100 million domestically and bring in enough worldwide to double its budget. It enjoyed a second life and became something of a cult hit on home video, where the tag line “Live. Die. Repeat” was given such prominence in the packaging and promotional materials that fans and retailers assumed the studio had re-named it, leading to even more confusion about what the actual name of the film was.

There were rumors of a sequel in development that would have been called Live Die Repeat and Repeat, but the pandemic seems to have delayed production enough that the studio is now pursuing an HBO Max spinoff instead.

The Edge of Tomorrow 4K Ultra HD re-release includes the same bonus materials as earlier releases of the film. The combo pack has no extras on the 4K disc, and the regular Blu-ray is the same as previously released, offering a few inconsequential deleted scenes and about an hour’s worth of behind-the-scenes featurettes that focus mostly on the stunts and special effects.

Tom Cruise Remains ‘Top Gun’ at the Box Office as ‘Maverick’ Hauls in $86 Million in Second-Weekend Revenue

Worries about a sophomore weekend slump proved misguided as Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick generated an estimated $86 million in ticket sales across more than 4,700 North American screens.

The $291 million domestic tally now marks Tom Cruise’s biggest North American release, surpassing $243 million for War of the Worlds in 2005. Internationally, Maverick has topped $257 million. More impressively, the sequel saw just a 32% drop from its $160 million opening weekend total — far below other recent blockbusters, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (both 57% declines), and The Batman, which saw a 50% drop in second-weekend ticket sales.

Disney-owne 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie rounded out the podium with $4.5 million in week-two ticket sales, which upped its North American total to $22.2 million.

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Universal Pictures’ animated film The Bad Guys continued its strong box office run, adding $3.3 million in revenue to up its North American tally to $87 million.

The studio’s Downton Abbey: A New Era added $3 million to up its North American total to $34 million, and finish in the top five for the weekend.

Reelgood: Original ‘Top Gun’ Movie Dominated Weekly Streaming Through June 1

Paramount Pictures’ original 1986 movie Top Gun was the most streamed title for the week ended June 1 following the May 27 theatrical release of Top Gun: Maverick, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks first-party data how its 5 million users in the United States interact with movies and TV shows on the platform in real-time.

Disney+’s much-anticipated series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” finished No. 2 in its first week of release. Netflix’s season four debut of “Stranger Things” ranked No. 3, followed by The Lost City on Paramount+ and Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” at No. 4. At No. 8 was HBO Max’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

1. Top Gun (Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video)
2. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+)
3. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
4. The Lost City (Paramount+)
5. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Netflix)
6. “Better Call Saul” (Netflix and AMC+)
7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount+)
8. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (HBO Max)
9. “Night Sky” (Amazon Prime Video)
10. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+)

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Samba TV: Original ‘Top Gun’ Movie Tracked 2 Million Viewers on Paramount+

As Paramount Pictures’ sequel Top Gun: Maverick dominated the box office in its debut weekend, the original 1986 Tom Cruise actioner Top Gun continues appeal to streamers as well.

New data from Samba TV found that 2 million U.S. households watched the original movie on Paramount+ over the seven-day period ended May 30. Samba, which tracks an addressable footprint of 46 million opted-in devices worldwide, said the U.S. audience skewed wealthy (income over $200,000+ +27%) and white (+13%). Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Pittsburgh over-indexed the most (+34%), followed by Portland, Ore., (+25%) and Cleveland (+21%).

Paramount+ added 6.8 million subscribers in the most-recent fiscal period. The hybrid SVOD/AVOD platform (formerly CBS All Access) ended the period with almost 40 million subs — up 140% from 16.5 million in the previous-year period.

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tops $156 Million in Debut, Best Memorial Day Weekend Opening Ever

Show me the money!

The words might be from a different Tom Cruise movie (Jerry Maguire), but the impact is just the same. Paramount Pictures’ oft-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick finally hit the big screen with a smash — generating more than $156 million in projected North American ticket sales across 4,725 screens over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The tally tops the previous Memorial Day weekend record of $153 million set by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007.

For Cruise, the sequel to the 36-year-old original Top Gun marks the actor’s highest-grossing movie debut.

Rounding out the Memorial Day domestic box office: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $21.1 million to bring its domestic total to $375 million, and 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which generated $15 million in its theatrical debut across more than 3,400 screens.

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Paramount’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looks to Crush Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Entering the long Memorial Day weekend should be a box office success for Paramount Pictures’ oft delayed and highly anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, featuring Tom Cruise reprising one of the roles that made him a superstar.

Originally slated for the 2020 summer box office, the movie was shelved as the pandemic decimated the exhibition market. Now, the sequel is expected to help lure back baby boomer and Gen. X moviegoers (especially military families) who might be using the title as a reason to return to theaters. The movie is projected to top $100 million across North American screens from May 27-29, and $125 million when factoring Thursday, May 26 screenings.

No Tom Cruise movie has ever opened above $100 million at the domestic box office. While Paramount is betting the farm, opening the movie at a record 4,725 North American screens, it is reportedly projecting a four-day opening box office of $93 million. The film generated $19.3 million in Thursday previews. 

Supporting the lofty ticket sale projections are Cruise’s appeal with older female audiences, strong critical reviews (97% Rotten Tomatoes) and the actor’s promise to include more spectacular aerials — many flown by Cruise himself, an accomplished pilot.

On the opposite end of the weekend box office, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ new release, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, is projected to generate $12 million to $15 million across about 3,400 screens.

36-Year-Old ‘Top Gun’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend theatrical release of oft-delayed sequel Top Gun: Maverick, the 1986 original Top Gun bumped up to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart through May 25 as consumers reconnect with the franchise. In the process, the Tom Cruise-starring Paramount Home Entertainment original becomes the oldest movie to ever rank atop the Official Film Chart.

Leading with 70% of its sales coming from digital downloads, the movie’s success reflects the U.K.’s enduring love of the franchise. The sequel received strong applause at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The growing wealth and breadth of content available on digital formats afford classic films such as Top Gun to enjoy a resurgence with new generations decades after their initial release.

Meanwhile, the previous week’s chart-topper, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted, moved down to the No. 2 spot, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Sing 2 dropped to No. 3, and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home fell to No. 4.

This week’s highest new entry came from EIV comedy-drama Dog, starring Channing Tatum and directed by Tatum and Reid Carolin — both of whom make their directorial debuts with the film. In the film an army ranger (Tatum) must transport the beloved military working dog of a fellow soldier to his funeral, which becomes the road-trip of a lifetime.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Dune finished at No. 6, while The Matrix Resurrections dropped to No. 7, and Universal’s biographical drama Belfast finished at No. 8. Disney animated musical Encanto rebounded to No. 9, and J-Lo and Owen Wilson round off the top 10 with Marry Me.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 25, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 5 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
2 1 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
3 2 SING 2 UNIVERSAL PICTURES
4 3 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
5 NEW DOG EIV
6 4 DUNE (2021) WARNER
7 6 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
8 7 BELFAST UNIVERSAL
9 10 ENCANTO DISNEY
10 9 MARRY ME UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Again Dominates North American Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ theatrical hit, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, remained unchallenged for a third weekend, generating an estimated $31.6 million in North American ticket sales through May 22. The sequel starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role saw its domestic tally top $342 million and $803 million globally.

The global tally now exceeds the theatrical results for MGM Studios’ James Bond actioner No Time to Die ($774 million) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC superhero The Batman ($768 million).

The ongoing strong box office results were enough to thwart Focus Features’ family period sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, which generated a reported $16 million across more than 3,800 North American screens. The domestic opening was only about 50% of the 2019 Downton Abbey movie, but still topped $51 million worldwide.

In a media interview, Lisa Bunnell, president of domestic distribution at Focus Features, said the sequel could help bring back the older female moviegoer.

“The only way you are going to get older audience[s] to theaters is to offer them films they want to see,” Bunnell told Variety.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ box office reign is expected to end over the coming Memorial Day weekend when oft-delayed Tom Cruise action sequel Top Gun: Maverick hits big screens worldwide.

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Tom Cruise Action Thriller ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Headed to 4K July 5

The 2014 Tom Cruise action thriller Edge of Tomorrow will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital July 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Co-starring Emily Blunt and directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), the film takes place as an alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside Rita Vrataski (Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them a step closer to defeating the enemy.  ​

The film also stars Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love”), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

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Special features include “Operation Downfall — Adrenaline Cut,” “Storming the Beach,” “Weapons of the Future,” “Creatures Not of This World,” “On the Edge With Doug Liman” and deleted scenes.

Vudu Offering Deal for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Theatrical Tickets

Vudu is hosting a special movie ticket offer toward seeing Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen.

Vudu customers can receive a $5 promo code towards a Fandango movie ticket for Top Gun: Maverick with the purchase of participating titles on Vudu. Titles include previous Tom Cruise classics, such as the original Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The deal runs through May 30.

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