Paramount Releasing ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies on 4K UHD Blu-ray

Paramount Home Media Distribution is re-releasing all five “Mission: Impossible” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 26 in anticipation of the July 27 theatrical release of the sixth film, Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The first two films will be available as two-disc UHD/Blu-ray combo packs, while Mission: Impossible 3, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation will be released as three-disc UHD/Blu-ray combo packs. All will include high dynamic range, a digital copy and previously released bonus content.

Church of Scientology Launching TV Service

The Church of Scientology March 12 is launching a branded television network that will be streamed on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in addition to being broadcast on DirecTV.

The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

The church’s online TV platform is slated to bow at 8pm ET, 5pm Pacific from its two-year-old Scientology Media Productions in Los Angeles.

Created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, the Church of Scientology has generated controversy over years, in addition to several high-profile members, including John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kristie Alley, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Prepon, Juliette Lewis and Jenna Elfman, among others.

Critics contend the church is a cult, described in a 1991 Time cover story as a “hugely profitable global racket” that subjects members to psychological and even physical abuse. The religion has failed to achieve legal status in Germany due in part to ongoing political and social reservations.

Actress Leah Remini famously broke from the church after 30 years in 2013, writing a book about her experiences, and more recently appearing on the A&E show, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

The church has characterized the show as the musings of a “bitter ex-Scientologist,” alleging that “bitterness and anger” now dominate Remini’s life.

“[Remini] needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again,” reads a statement the ScientologyNews website.

In promoting its online TV platform, the church says, “It’s time for us to tell our story.”

‘American Made’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Universal Pictures’ American Made debuted at No. 1 on 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 the week ended Jan. 6.

The film, which stars Tom Cruise as a pilot working for the CIA who becomes a smuggler for Central American drug lords, earned $51.3 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s Dunkirk, the top seller the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its third week on shelves.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal’s Despicable Me 3 at No. 3, Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle at No. 4, and Warner’s The Lego Ninjago Movie at No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 61% of total unit sales for American Made, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributing 12% of the total.

American Made also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 7.

Despicable Me 3 and Fox’s The Mountain Between Us came off holdbacks at Redbox rental kiosks to move up to No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, while Dunkirk and Kingsman: The Golden Circle dropped to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

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