‘Top Gun’ Movies Ruled 2022 U.K. Home Entertainment Sales, Rentals

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun movie franchise dominated 2022 U.K. home entertainment sales and rentals, according to new data released Jan. 5 by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and the Official Charts Company.

Top Gun: Maverick was the biggest-selling home entertainment title in 2022, with more than 1.2 million sales across DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and digital sellthrough. The original Top Gun (1986) was the most-rented title with nearly half a million digital transactions. 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home (the 2021 global box office champ) finished No. 2 with more than 900,000 sales across DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales, plus a rental performance of more than 450,000 transactional VOD units. 

BASE said more than 50 titles were released on premium VOD and sellthrough.

Meanwhile, subscription VOD continues to resonate with U.K. consumers, who ended 2022 with nearly 50 million subscriptions, up 6.4% from 2021. Disney+ and Netflix introduced lower-cost ad-supported options, while Paramount+ launched in the U.K., and FAST channels like Paramount’s Pluto TV continued to grow. Animated musical Encanto was the best-selling children’s title alongside it’s release on Disney+. 

HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” dominated the TV charts, snatching the No. 1 spot with its home video release at Christmas. Longtime British favorite series, “Doctor Who” also dominated the TV disc chart with three titles in the top 10, including the last series starring Jodie Whittaker in the title role in “Doctor Who: Flux,” and “The Abominable Snowmen,” animated episodes of the lost classic set to the surviving 1967 audio recordings. 

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era underscored the resilience of DVD with more than 190,000 unit sales.  BASE said that more than 680 million DVDs have been sold over the last 10 years. In 2022, more than 40% of packaged-media sales were Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 2021 release Dune the top-selling title for the high-definition format. 

 “U.K. home entertainment has evolved at an electrifying speed to meet the needs of savvy audiences,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said in a statement.

Bales said that with myriad home entertainment distribution choices, the box office still remains the greatest indicator of movie’s retail success.

“So, it was fantastic to see Top Gun: Maverick convert its outstanding cinema performance into the biggest sales of the year, and the original Top Gun prove once again that audiences love nostalgia,” Bales said. 

Official Video Chart 2022 (Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Digital Sellthrough, TVOD)

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  2. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Top Gun (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Uncharted (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Video Chart 2022 (All Digital Retail; Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Digital Sellthrough)

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  4. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. Ghostbusters – Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Video Chart 2022 (All Blu-ray Disc & DVD)

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official DVD Chart 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Elvis (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Blu-ray Disc Chart 2022

  1. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  5. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film Download Chart: Digital Sellthrough 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Sing 2 (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Ghostbusters – Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film Download Chart: Digital Rental 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Uncharted (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film on Video Chart 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Children’s Video Chart 2022

  1. Encanto (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
  2. Sing 2 (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment) 
  5. The Boss Baby 2: Family Business (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Catalog Video Chart 2022 on Disc

  1. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  2. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  4. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. Encanto (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

 

Top-Selling Boxed Sets (Disc and Digital Sellthrough)

  1. Harry Potter: The Complete Collection
  2. Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection
  3. The Hobbit Trilogy
  4. The Godfather Trilogy
  5. Hobbit Trilogy/Lord of the Rings Trilogy

 

© The British Association for Screen Entertainment, The Official Charts

Top Gun: Maverick

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 11/1/22;
Paramount;
Action;
Box Office $716.58 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $37.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of intense action, and some strong language.
Stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Charles Parnell, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer.

Among the many considerable plaudits earned by Top Gun: Maverick during a historic box office run, one of the most remarkable might be the degree to which it retroactively makes its predecessor a better film.

The long-awaited (and pandemic-delayed) sequel to 1986’s Top Gun finds Pete Mitchell, callsign Maverick, the hotshot fighter pilot played by Tom Cruise, older but not much wiser — still flaunting the rules and refusing to evolve beyond his core identity as a naval aviator.

Tucked away from official duty while serving as a test pilot for a new stealth fighter called the Darkstar, Maverick is summoned back to Top Gun with orders to train a group of elite graduates from the famed dogfighting school for a mission to bomb an illegal nuclear facility in an unnamed rogue nation (which is definitely not Iran, wink wink). The mission is said to be nearly impossible to pull off, with the pilots forced to contend not only with GPS jamming and anti-aircraft missiles, but also the threat of new technologically superior fifth-generation enemy fighters. The key to survival will be how could the pilot in the cockpit truly is.

The film is essentially what it would feel like if the entirety of the first “Star Wars” movie were focused just on the pilots training for and carrying out the attack on the Death Star.

As to Maverick’s own personal growth, one stumbling block may be that he still blames himself for the death of his best friend, Goose, in the original film. The sequel, thus, provides some measure of a pathway to atonement in the form of Goose’s son, Rooster (Miles Teller), who is among the new generation of pilots vying for a spot in the mission, and who resents Maverick for trying to impede his own career.

In his return to San Diego (even though in real life that’s not where Top Gun is located anymore), Maverick even gets a chance to catch up with old flame Penny (Jennifer Connelly), whose character is mentioned in the original film as a prior dalliance for the young pilot.

Thus, the two films, when taken together, tell the grand arc of Maverick learning where he fits in the world — and either adjusting to the new reality or testing its limits until it kills him.

While it also succeeds on its own merits, the sequel is evocative of the original but not a straight retread. There are scenes and characters that echo what came before, but the screenplay uses such nostalgia to enhance the story, rather than rely on it. In turn, circumstances of the original film take on greater meaning now that we know how they pay off.

That’s because Top Gun: Maverick works on so many levels, from an emotionally exhilarating story of an ersatz family coming together, to an eminently watchable, fist-pumping patriotic thrill ride.

Joseph Kosinski proves to be a deft choice for the director’s chair, bringing his reputation for strong visual dynamics to bear in making the film seem like a tribute to the late Tony Scott, whose work helming the original helped redefine the action genre. Fittingly, Top Gun: Maverick is a throwback to the heyday of action films that didn’t try to be more than they needed to be — entertaining crowds with charismatic movie stars, exciting combat, a love story to raise the stakes, and some chart-topping pop tunes (which in the case of this film should give Lady Gaga a chance at another Oscar).

The aerial photography is breathtaking, with the only potential drawback from a visual standpoint being the use of the F-18 Superhornet as the primary hero fighter. The F-18 has been featured in a lot of movies before, but it looks like a generic assembly line fighter jet and just doesn’t have the sexy big-screen presence of the F-14 Tomcat, which was featured in the original film.

Of course, switching from the F-14 to the F-18 was pretty much mandated by the constraints of reality, as the Tomcat was retired from active service in 2006, replaced by the F-18 as the primary naval fighter (with the F-35 set to take on more prominence going forward). The only country today still flying the F-14 in their fleets is Iran (just like the “fictional” enemy in the film, wink wink).

Cinematically, the film takes the original’s catchphrase of “the need for speed” to the next level, putting the actors in real F-18s to pull legit G-forces that you can see on their faces and practically feel through the screen. With the F-18 coming in both single and dual-pilot configurations, the production could stick the actors in the backseat and film them as if they were flying the single-seat version.

The earnestness of the filmmaking and cinematography gives the film an unmatched level of verisimilitude that makes it effortless to enjoy — despite what seems to be a cottage industry of former fighter pilots popping up on YouTube to analyze the technical inaccuracies of the film.

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The key question of the film is, as an aging pilot, where does Maverick belong? To many film fans, the answer to that question isn’t just that he belongs in the air, but in the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat, which is perhaps the most iconic fighter plane of all time thanks in no small part to being featured in 1980s films such as Top Gun.

Being well aware of this, it’s a good bet the filmmakers will find a way for Maverick to find his way back to the F-14. And when they do, it’s a pure hit of that sweet sugar we all crave.

The filmmakers know exactly what they’re doing, taking full advantage of basic screenwriting lessons of setup and payoff. This is a screenplay that tells you exactly where it’s going, and it’s a ride you want to take.

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The 4K presentation of Top Gun: Maverick is simply stunning, with reference-quality visuals and sound that should really push the boundaries of what home theaters can do. The HD presentation features a shifting aspect ratio, expanding to fill the screen during the aerial scenes to take advantage of the Imax photography used during production.

The film is offered in standalone 4K, Blu-ray and DVD editions — frustratingly, none of the wide releases are combo packs, aside from a code to access a digital copy being included with the 4K and Blu-ray sets. There is a limited-edition Steelbook with both 4K and Blu-ray included. A gift set of both films on both 4K and Blu-ray is due Dec. 6.

Only the Blu-ray editions include bonus materials, which are also accessible through the digital copy at some retailers.

These include several insightful behind-the-scenes featurettes. The eight-minute “Breaking New Ground” delves into the challenges of finding the techniques to make the film as realistic as possible, including creating new cameras for the cockpits; the nine-minute “Cleared for Take Off” invites viewers into the training the actors received to film the aerial sequences; the five-minute “A Love Letter to Aviation” deals with Cruise’s passion for flying and how he piloted his own World War II-era P-51 Mustang plane in the film; and the seven-and-a-half-minute “Forging the Darkstar” looks at the filming of the fictional plane prototype in the opening sequence, for which the the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works development team was brought in to lend an air of authenticity.

Also included are music videos for the songs “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga (the new love theme that in tandem with the original film’s theme serves as the basis for the new film’s musical score), and “I Ain’t Worried” by Onerepublic (the song that accompanies the beach football scene that is this film’s version of the original’s volleyball scene).

Exclusive to the 4K disc (and digitally) is “Masterclass With Tom Cruise,” a terrific 50-minute discussion with Cruise at the Cannes Film Festival about his career.

Among the extras available digitally are a 26-minute promotional video of comedian James Corden going through pilot training with Cruise. There’s also a short video from CinemaCon of Cruise introducing a screening of Top Gun: Maverick while filming an aerial stunt for the upcoming Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, a trailer for which also is included.

Paramount Releasing Both ‘Top Gun’ Movies in a Limited-Edition 4K Blu-ray Disc Steelbook Collection Dec. 6

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Top Gun 2-Movie 4K Steelbook Superfan Collection across retail channels Dec. 6.

Featuring nearly six hours of bonus content, the four-disc collection explores the enduring popularity of the 1986 original movie Top Gun as well as this year’s record-breaking box office sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which has generated more than $1.4 billion in global ticket sales.

The collection includes Steelbooks with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and regular Blu-ray editions of each movie, access to digital copies, plus Top Gun: Maverick dog tags, a leather “Maverick” keyring, magnetic decals, coasters and photos.

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Top Gun bonus content includes commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr., and naval experts.

Supplemental videos include “The Legacy of Top Gun,” “On Your Six — Thirty Years of Top Gun,” “Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun,” multi-angle storyboards with optional commentary by Scott, “Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun,” music videos, and original theatrical promotional material.

Top Gun: Maverick bonus material includes supplemental videos “Cleared for Takeoff,” “Breaking New Ground — Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter to Aviation,” “Forging the Darkstar,” “Masterclass with Tom Cruise — Cannes Film Festival,” and music videos.

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Digital Releases Top Aug. 23 Lineup

Aug. 23 sees the release of Top Gun: Maverick and DC League of Super-Pets through digital retailers, while NCIS: Los Angeles — Season 13 arrives on DVD.

Top Gun: Maverick becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun sees Tom Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is tasked with training a new generation of hotshot fighter pilots, including the son of his late best friend Goose, to carry out an impossible mission attacking a foreign nuclear power plant. The top-grossing film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick has earned $683 million at the domestic box office and more than $1.4 million worldwide. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 1.

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The animated action-adventure DC League of Super-Pets arrives for premium digital ownership and rental on Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on DC Comics characters, the film focuses on Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski), who are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack — Ace the hound (Kevin Hart), PB the potbellied pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) and Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna) — to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.  The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4.

Crunchyroll Aug. 23 releases the anime movie My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The film is based on an original story featuring characters from the Japanese “My Hero Academia” manga series by Kōhei Horikoshi, which tells the story of a group of students at a school to hone superpowers. World Heroes’ Mission, the third film in the franchise, finds the students teaming with professional heroes against a doomsday cult that wants to end humanity. It earned $12.27 million at the domestic box office.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: Los Angeles — The Thirteenth Season on DVD Aug. 23. Golden Globe Award nominee Chris O’Donnell and Emmy Award nominee LL Cool J return to their roles as G. Callen and Sam Hanna. The DVD includes all 21 episodes from the season, plus exclusive special features.

Decal/Bleecker’s romance Mr. Malcolm’s List will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Distribution Solutions. Based on the novel, the film, set in 19th century England, follows a wealthy young lady named Julia who engages in courtship with Mr. Malcolm, a mysterious, wealthy suitor. But she is unaware that he has a list of qualities required of a future wife. Mr. Malcolm’s List stars Feida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ashley Park.

The comedy romance Father of the Bride will be released for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In the remake, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce, but they hold off for the benefit of the family. Billy’s initial opposition to the wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

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Shout! Factory releases a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest Aug. 23 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack under the Shout! Kids banner. The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements. Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest — 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it. The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.

Lionsgate releases the musical romance Dirty Dancing on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital combo pack Aug. 23 for its 35th anniversary. The release will feature new art of star Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Red Dawn, TV’s “Red Oaks”) and Patrick Swayze (Point Break, Ghost, Road House). While spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) in this 1987 feature that has inspired multiple films, a stage version, and reality dance competitions.

Shout! Factory releases Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc for the first time Aug. 23. Co-created by Philip Jackson and Daniel D’or, “Starhunter” was a Canadian science fiction series that ran for two seasons from 2000 to 2004, totaling 44 episodes. Set in the year 2275, when Earth has colonized the entire solar system, the show focused on bounty hunter Dante Montana (Michael Paré) and his crew searching for interplanetary criminals, including the Raiders — an evil cabal that Dante believes kidnapped his beloved son. Elsewhere, covert forces wage a desperate war to unlock the secrets of the mysterious Divinity Cluster, believed to hold powerful knowledge that in the wrong hands would offer the power to dominate the known universe. The cast also included Stephen Marcus, Tanya Allen, Claudette Roche and Clive Robertson. In 2018 the show was re-released as “Starhunter ReduX” with updated visual effects, new footage and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (having originally been cropped for 4:3). Shout! Factory’s 10-disc Blu-ray collection includes the remastered episodes with newly filmed sequences and a new audio edit, plus a slew of bonus materials.

Death Warrant with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Death Wish 3 with Charles Bronson and Lone Wolf McQuade and The Delta Force featuring Chuck Norris are being released on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.

In 1990’s Death Warrant — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Van Damme is officer Louis Burke, a roguish police detective who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitentiary. Posing as a prisoner, Burke encounters brutal inmates, corrupt guards, death and betrayal at every turn. When he unearths the shocking secret behind the penitentiary’s inner workings, Burke must attempt a daring escape that pits him against not only hundreds of murderous inmates but also a deadly enemy from his own past, The Sandman (Patrick Kilpatrick, Class of 1999, Under Siege 2). The film also stars Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood, Modern Girls), Joshua Miller (Near Dark, Teen Witch) and Art LaFleur (Trancers, Cobra). Special features include audio commentary with director Deran Sarafian; an interview with Kilpatrick; an interview with LaFleur; and trailers.

In 1985’s Death Wish 3 — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Charles Bronson (The Mechanic, Stone Killer, Mr. Majestyk, 10 to Midnight) returns as Paul Kersey, an everyday-man turned vigilante after the murders of his wife and daughter. Paul doesn’t seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does, he never backs down. Road-worn and battle-weary, Kersey longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend, he finds him brutally attacked and gasping for breath in a pool of blood. The silent avenger must wage war once more on the city’s punks, thugs and hoodlums, but this time he’s brought a small arsenal of guns, knives and even a bazooka. The supporting cast includes Deborah Raffin (God Told Me To, The Dove, Once Is Not Enough), Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard, Breakheart Pass, Death Hunt, Midnight Man), Martin Balsam (Psycho, All the President’s Men, A Thousand Clowns, Mitchell), Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again, TV’s “Happy Days,” Superman III, Willow), Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys) and Ricco Ross (Aliens). Death Wish 3 was the sixth and final collaboration between Bronson and director Michael Winner (Chato’s Land, Death Wish, Firepower). Special features include an interview with actor Kirk Taylor (The Giggler) and audio commentary with Paul Talbot (author of the “Bronson’s Loose!” books).

In 1983’s Lone Wolf McQuade — featuring a 2020 2K scan from the original interpositive — Chuck Norris is McQuade, a legendary Texas Ranger feared by outlaws and respected by other lawmen. When he uncovers a gun smuggling operation led by an American gangster (David Carradine, P.O.W.: The Escape, TV’s “Kung Fu,” Dune Warriors), McQuade wreaks havoc on all those who come between him and the law. The film co-stars Leon Isaac Kennedy (Too Scared to Scream, Body and Soul), Barbara Carrera (Embryo, Never Say Never Again), L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch, Bulletproof, A Boy and His Dog), Robert Beltran (Eating Raoul, Star Trek Voyager), R.G. Armstrong (Bulletproof, Jocks), William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Savage Weekend) and Sharon Farrell (The Fifth Floor, Sweet 16) and is directed by veteran Steve Carver (The Arena, Bulletproof, Capone). Special features include audio commentary with Carver, actors Beltran and Jones, and producer Yoram Ben-Ami, moderated by C. Courtney Joyner; interviews with stars Kennedy, Jones, Beltran and producer Yoram Ben-Ami; and the theatrical trailer.

In 1986’s The Delta Force — featuring a 2020 2K restoration from the original interpositive — when a U.S. passenger plane is seized by a vicious hijacker (Robert Forster, Medium Cool, Peacemaker, Jackie Brown) and taken to Beirut, the president calls in the Delta Force — a crack team of commandos led by Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin, Point Blank, Prime Cut, Academy Award winner for Cat Ballou, in his last film) and Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade). Against all odds, the men blast into the compound and — taking no prisoners — rescue the hostages. The film co-stars George Kennedy (the “Airport” series, Deathship, Academy Award winner for Cool Hand Luke), Robert Vaughn (Man From Uncle, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt), Bo Svenson (“Walking Tall” series, Choke Canyon, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker), Steve James (POW The Escape, the “American Ninja” series), Martin Balsam (Death Wish 3, Psycho, Academy Award winner for A Thousand Clowns), Joey Bishop (Johnny Cool), Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” Body Parts) and Shelley Winters (Bloody Mama, Tentacles, A Patch of Blue, Academy Award nominee for The Poseidon Adventure). Special features include interviews with Forster, Alain Jakubowicz and James Bruner and the theatrical trailer.

The Western Get Mean and the erotic film Love Camp 7 are being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Get Mean (1975), when an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Special features include audio commentary with producer/star Tony Anthony, co-writer/star Lloyd Battista, and executive producer Ronald J. Schneider; “The Story of the Stranger,” an interview with Anthony; “Looking for Richard,” an interview with Battista; “Beating a Dead Horse,” an interview with Schneider; “Tony & I,” an interview with director Ferdinando Baldi; deleted scenes; the theatrical trailer; the French trailer; radio spots; and a poster and still gallery.

In Love Camp 7 (1969), during the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a depraved Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to unspeakable indignities and horrifying humiliations at the hands of their sadistic captors. Launching the notorious “Nazisploitation” craze of the 1970s, the film comes from writer/producer/star Bob Cresse (The Scavengers), producer Dave Friedman (Blood Feast), and director/cinematographer Lee Frost (The Black Gestapo). One of the 72 U.K. video nasties — banned in Britain to this day — the film is presented in the original uncensored version in a 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative. Special features include “Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction”; the theatrical trailer; and a poster and still gallery.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the home entertainment distributor’s classic film restoration and streaming company, releases The Tarzan Vault Collection, featuring Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), and The New Adventures of Tarzan II (the complete version of the 1935 film serial) on special-edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 23.

The documentary Lucy Has Worms arrives on VOD Aug. 23 from Virgil Films. Lucy Has Worms is the story of Lucy Lau Bigham’s relentless commitment and vision to help women in a rural Kenyan community one silk worm at a time. Over a three-year period, documentary filmmaker Gage Johnston and her collaborating partner Mark Weinstein filmed and edited more than 100 hours of footage to tell Lucy’s story about dedicating her life to revitalizing her community by training women in silk rearing, spinning and weaving to build a textile industry.

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

Paramount Pictures Top-Grossing Theatrical Studio Halfway Through 2022

Paramount Pictures ended the halfway point of 2022 as the top-grossing movie producer.

Thanks to the enduring box office appeal of Tom Cruise’s fighter jet sequel Top Gun: Maverick and video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Paramount is the lone domestic studio to break $1 billion in revenue via eight theatrical releases through July 1. Maverick has topped $564 million at North American screens, and $1 billion globally, with Sonic 2 adding $191 million domestically.

Disney (Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, 20th Century Studios, Lucasfilm and Searchlight Pictures) is in second with $636.5 million, followed by Warner Bros. Pictures at $544 million.

Universal Pictures’ half-year tally was driven by Jurassic World: Dominion ($335.3 million) and The Bad Guys ($100 million), with Sony Pictures’ revenue largely driven by 2021 holdover Spider-Man: No Way Home, Uncharted and Father Stu.

Universal looks to make run for the pole position following the strong debut of Minions: The Rise of Gru, which tracked more than $108 million through July 3.

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Original ‘Top Gun’ Earns Third Week as U.K.’s No. 1 Selling Movie

It’s a third week at No. 1 for Paramount Home Entertainment’s 1986 original Top Gun as the title soared on the Official Film Chart the week ended June 15 following a close race against Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman.

With just 500 unit sales separating the two titles, Tom Cruise’s chart topping reign could be ending with the release this week of The Batman on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Disc.

Other highlights in this week’s top 10 include a three-place rebound for Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections (No. 4) while two former chart toppers re-entered the top 10. James Bond’s latest adventure No Time to Die soared 10 spots to No. 8, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom thrashed up eight spots to No. 9 following the release of Jurassic World: Dominion in theaters.

Rounding off the countdown at No. 10 was Ryan Gosling’s modern cult classic Drive; originally released in 2011, the neo-noir action drama entered the Official Film Chart for the first time following its release on 4K UHD, including a new limited-edition boxset.

Outside the top 10, two more “Jurassic” franchise favorites are on the rise. The original Jurassic Park (1993) jumped eight spots to No. 11, while Jurassic World (2015) moved up 13 spots to No. 14.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 15, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
2 2 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 3 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
7 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
4 4 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
5 5 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
8 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER
18 18 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL/MGM
17 17 JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM UNIVERSAL
NEW NEW DRIVE SECOND SIGHT

© Official Charts Company 2022

Reelgood: 36-Year-Old ‘Top Gun’ Movie Again Tops ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ ‘Stranger Things’ in Weekly Streaming

Paramount Pictures’ 1986 movie Top Gun was the most streamed title for a second time the week ended June 8, and has been on the weekly top 10 chart for the past five weeks, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks first-party data about how 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 second week of release. Netflix’s season four debut of “Stranger Things” again ranked No. 3, followed by season three of “The Boys” on Amazon Prime Video, and The Northman streaming on Peacock Premium. Hulu series “The Orville” ranked No. 8, HBO Max movie Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was No. 9, and the Prime Video movie Emergency was No. 10.

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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 Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
  5. The Northman (Peacock)
  6. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Netflix)
  7. The Lost City (Paramount+)
  8. “The Orville” (Hulu)
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (HBO Max)
  10. Emergency (Amazon Prime Video)

‘The Batman’ Remains No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Batman remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended June 4.

The latest reboot of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader from director Matt Reeves, which finds Batman confronting the Riddler after several Gotham City officials are murdered, earned $369 million at the domestic box office. 

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Paramount’s 1986 action classic Top Gun, getting a home viewing boost as audiences flock to theaters see its new sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game adaptation Uncharted slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc chart, but remained No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Sony Pictures’ Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Spider-Man: No Way Home slipped to No. 4 on both charts in its eighth week on shelves.

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 rose five spots to No. 5 on the overall sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller (No. 8 on the overall chart) was the 1987 crime drama The Untouchables, which was re-released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc May 31 by Paramount. The 4K disc accounted for 98.8% of all unit sales for The Untouchables during the week.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended June 5 had Uncharted return to No. 1, pushing The Batman to No. 2.

Warner/MGM’s Dog held onto the No. 3 spot, followed by Spider-Man: No Way Home at No. 4, and Paramount’s sci-fi actioner Infinite at No. 5.

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‘Top Gun’ Reclaims No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Paramount Pictures’ 1986 aerial actioner Top Gun reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Official Film Chart the week ended June 8, holding off the previous week’s No. 1, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman, which dropped to No. 2.

Featuring Tom Cruise in the prequel to current box office juggernaut Top Gun: Maverick, the original movie returned atop the U.K. sales chart due to sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray and digital downloads.

Universal Pictures’ Sing 2 (No. 3), Sony Pictures’ Uncharted (No. 4) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (No. 5) held their places from last week, finishing ahead of this week’s highest new entry Lancaster (Altitude), which tells the story of the WW2 bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members, archive material and aerial footage.

Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections (No. 7) and Dune (No. 8) finished ahead of Paramount’s Clifford: The Big Red Dog (No. 9), which climbed three spots to finish ahead of Disney’s Encanto (No. 10).

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 8, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 2 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
2 1 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 3 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
4 4 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
5 5 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
6 NEW LANCASTER ALTITUDE
7 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
8 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER
9 12 CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
10 6 ENCANTO DISNEY

© Official Charts Company 2022

JustWatch: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Again Top Weekly Streaming

Paramount Pictures’ original 1986 movie Top Gun was the most-streamed feature film through June 5, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming choices across 54 countries. New Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was the most-streamed series.

Rounding out the podium across movies and TV shows was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and The Northman. TV shows included “Better Call Saul” and “Stranger Things.”

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