‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘Old,’ ‘Protégé’ Arrive on Disc Oct. 19, ‘Respect’ Available for Digital Purchase

Oct. 19 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Universal’s Old, Paramount’s Snake Eyes and Lionsgate’s The Protégé, while Universal’s Respect becomes available for digital purchase.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. This is the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A set of all three “G.I. Joe” films also is available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The action thriller The Protégé arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from Martin Campbell, the director of Casino Royale.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the newest DC Universe animated movie, Injustice, on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and via digital sellthrough Oct. 19. Inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us — Year One graphic novel based on it, the film is set in an alternate world gone mad, where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes, leading to an all-out superhero war. Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” provides the voice of Superman, returning to the DC realm after playing Green Arrow on “Smallville.” Anson Mount of “Star Trek: Discovery” voices Batman. The voice cast also includes Janet Varney as Wonder Woman; Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg; Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent; Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman; Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz; Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc; Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn; Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man; Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna; Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul; Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman; Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam; Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen; Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern; Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom; and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier. The film is rated ‘R’ for bloody violence.

Warner Oct. 19 also releases Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with extended versions of all 15 episodes. The series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, who are now married and raising twin teenage sons, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). When Jordan stars exhibiting superpowers like his father, the Kents move back to Smallville, where they uncover a scheme by businessman Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) to transform the population into an army of Kryptonian soldiers. The cast also includes Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Superman series, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto Blu-ray for the first time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19. The set features all 218 episodes along with more than 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 seasons, plus digital copy (U.S. only). The Emmy-winning, 10-season series based on the DC comics character explored the origins of Superman from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang,  Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Laura Vandervoort as Kara, Callum Blue as Zod, Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague and Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome, “Smallville” has also featured guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition includes two DVD discs with more than 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the season DVD sets. They include “The Adventures of Superboy,”  the original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell; “A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey,” an in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this television series; the “A Decade of Comic-Con” featurette; a Paley Festival featurette; “Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone,” an extended version of the original featurette included in the season five set; “Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics,” a feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years; audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; gag reels; and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Shout! Factory releases the ballet movie Coppelia as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 19. The visually opulent fairy tale is based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, putting a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining animation and live-action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia. The film stars ballet superstar/author/and inspirational activist Michaela DePrince, and a cast including one of the world’s most in-demand principal dancers, Daniel Camargo, alongside international dance stars Vito Mazzeo, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov, and Darcey Bussell. This unconventional adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. When everyone in town falls under the spell of the Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia — the “perfect” robot-woman Coppelius has created.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12, and on DVD Oct. 19 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds.

Arriving for digital purchase Oct. 19 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron,  Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9.

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The Western Badland Doves shoots to DVD Oct. 19, including Walmart stores nationwide, from Green Apple Entertainment. In this feminist take on the film genre, when masked men burst into the Silva family’s cabin in the Old West, gunning them all down as they sit at their dinner table, their daughter Regina (Jessica Y. Martin) is the only survivor of the grisly attack. Learning how to handle a gun, Regina hits the trail to seek justice. When she takes a job at a brothel where a prostitute has recently been brutally murdered, she realizes they are seeking the same man, Pete Chalmers. The town is run by Pete’s father, and the local sheriff and town leaders are not only refusing to help but are protecting him. Along with the madam, Victoria (Sandy Penny), and the other ladies of the house, Cora (Michelle Nuquay) and Ekta (Elizabeth Selby), the girls women take revenge.

Kino Lorber Oct. 19 releases the DVD of On Broadway, a newly produced documentary on the legendary Great White Way. As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after the extended COVID-19 shutdown,  an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink, through the early 1980s “Save the Theaters” campaign. This came after New York’s storied live-theater scene had been struck by economic downturns, cultural shifts and the AIDS crisis — as well as the threatened destruction of historic theater buildings by big-money Manhattan developers. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. The documentary includes interviews with such stage and screen icons as Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis and Ian McKellen. They take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

A remake of Slumber Party Massacre arrives digitally Oct. 19. A production of Shout! Studios and Blue Ice Pictures, Slumber Party Massacre is a contemporary, twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Roger Corman and Amy Holden Jones. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a power drill-wielding psychopath disrupts the fun.

Cohen Media Group Oct. 19 releases on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Corridor of Mirrors, a 1948 British drama that marks the directorial debut of Terence Young, who would later go on to helm Dr. No and Wait Until Dark. The film has been newly restored for its disc release. In Corridor of Mirrors, Eric Portman (A Canterbury Tale) plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Edana Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. Corridor of Mirrors incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. It was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Corridor of Mirrors also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings).

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formants. In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape. Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available for digital purchase and VOD as of Oct. 19 . In the film, with the streets empty, free from activity of humans and machines, it is not just nature that takes advantage of a global lockdown. A notorious serial killer is back from the dead, with more potential victims than ever before. It arrives on DVD Nov. 16

Mothers of the Revolution, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the women behind the Greenham Common Peace Camp, heads to digital Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. On Sept. 5, 1981, a group of women marched from Wales to Berkshire in the U.K. to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp that followed challenged world leaders, altering the course of history and went on to inspire millions as the world’s first and biggest female-only demonstration, preceded only by the suffragettes.

Gravitas Ventures releases director Anthony Catalano’s Last Testament on VOD Oct. 19, with DVD and Blu-ray releases to follow. The indie true crime drama was produced by Catalano and stars Dominick Alesia, Anna Roemer and Rima Sabal. Last Testament explores the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God cult. Born into the infamous cult, Ricky (Dominick Alesia) was subjected to years of abuse while also being groomed to one day lead the cult. He was finally able to escape with his wife Elixcia (Anna Roemer), but he remained haunted by his past. Ricky reaches a breaking point and he vows to take down the cult and its leaders — including his mother — by any means necessary.

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on digital Oct. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

Francis Ford Coppola’s definitive cut of his Vietnam masterpiece Apocalypse Now: Final Cut arrives Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. The Steelbook features all new artwork from artist Ken Taylor and an intro by Coppola.

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

‘F9,’ ‘Black Widow’ Lead September Disc Sales

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga earned top honors on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest “Fast & Furious” sequel was released on disc Sept. 21 and has spent three weeks atop the weekly sales charts, but its first week-and-a-half of sales were enough to top the entire month of September and move the title onto the year’s top 10 to date at No. 5.

Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow, the 24th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was released a week earlier, on Sept. 14, and came in at No. 2 for the month. It landed on the year-to-date top 10 at No. 6.

No. 3 for the month was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of HBO Max’s four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up film Justice League. It was released on disc Sept. 7.

Disney’s Cruella, the 101 Dalmatians prequel about the origins of the villainous Cruella de Vil, debuted on the monthly chart at No. 4 for September, following its Sept. 21 disc release.

September’s No. 5 title was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, released on disc by Universal Pictures Sept. 14.

The previous month’s No. 2 seller, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, stuck around to drop to No. 6 in September. The action-comedy sequel was released on disc Aug. 17.

Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which was the No. 8 August title after being released the last week of the month, rose to No. 7 in September.

Two catalog titles jumped into the September chart due to the prominence of Halloween-themed titles this time of year: Disney’s 1993 spooky family comedy Hocus Pocus at No. 8, and Warner’s 1988 supernatural comedy Beetlejuice at No. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, an Aug. 31 disc release from Universal Pictures.

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On the year-to-date chart, the top four titles remain unchanged, with Universal’s The Croods: A New Age remaining the year’s top-selling title.

Warner’s 1996 basketball comedy Space Jam slipped a spot on the yearly chart to No. 7, while Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter dropped three spots to No. 8, and Universal’s News of the World slid two spots to No. 9.

The September sales of Beetlejuice were enough to push it onto the year’s top 10 at No. 10, a climb of eight spots from August.

Disney’s Soul, Warner’s Tom & Jerry and Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake dropped out of the year-to-date top 10.

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According to NPD, the September 2021 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Black Widow (Disney)
  3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner)
  4. Cruella (Disney)
  5. The Boss Baby: Family Business (Universal/DreamWorks)
  6. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)
  7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner)
  8. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. Spirit Untamed (Universal/DreamWorks)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through September 2021):

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  5. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  6. Black Widow (Disney)
  7. Space Jam (Warner)
  8. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  9. News of the World (Universal)
  10. Beetlejuice (Warner)

 

‘Luca’ Tops August Disc Sales

‘F9’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week, ‘Space Jam’ Reboot No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga spent a third week as No. 1 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 the week ended Oct. 9.

The latest “Fast & Furious” film focuses on Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting his brother (John Cena) over a device that can take over every computer in the world.

The week’s top newcomer was Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, which came in at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The reboot of the 1996 film Space Jam is a live-action/animation hybrid that pairs LeBron James with Bugs Bunny in a high-stakes basketball game. It earned $70.5 million at the domestic box office.

A two-pack of both “Space Jam” movies was No. 20 on the overall sales chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray version accounted for 58% of its total unit sales, which means 42% of its sales were due to the Walmart-exclusive DVD edition.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow in its fourth week on shelves.

Moving up to No. 4 overall as Halloween approaches was Disney’s 1993 spooky comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s The Forever Purge, slipped to No. 5 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was the 2000 Christian Bale starrer American Psycho, thanks to a new Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook repackaging of Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the film. It was No. 16 overall, with 4K editions of the film accounting for 98% of its total sales.

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The only other new-to-disc recent theatrical release in the top 20 was Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, a sequel to 2019’s Escape Room that earned $25.2 million at the domestic box office. It was No 12 overall, No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sales for Space Jam: A New Legacy broke down as 7% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 42% regular Blu-ray, and 51% DVD. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions had 64% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc; it wasn’t released on 4K disc.

Newly released 4K editions of the first five “Halloween” movies from Shout! Factory helped them climb up the charts as well.

The 1978 original Halloween, with 73% of its weekly sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, was No. 15 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. While Shout! Factory released a 4K edition of the film Oct. 5, it has also been released on 4K disc by Lionsgate several times since 2018, with those editions also still in circulation.

Its 1981 sequel, Halloween II, was No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart, with Halloween III: Season of the Witch at No. 17. The No. 18 Blu-ray was 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, with 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at No. 20.

The 2018 Halloween sequel/reboot from Universal was No. 11 on the overall disc chart (No. 27 on the Blu-ray chart), as fans picked up the DVD in anticipation of the Oct. 15 release of its sequel, Halloween Kills, in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service.

Likewise, MGM’s Blu-ray boxed set of all 24 official James Bond movies was No. 25 on the overall disc chart, and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, in advance of the 25th Bond movie and fifth with Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, arriving in theaters.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 10 also had F9 in the top spot for a third week, with Space Jam: A New Legacy debuting at No. 2 and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 3.

The Forever Purge dropped to No. 4 and Black Widow to No. 5, both down two spots from the previous week.

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‘F9’ Tops Redbox Charts for Third Week

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga remained in the top spots on Redbox’s disc rental and digital charts the week ended Oct. 10.

It’s the third consecutive week at No. 1 for the latest entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise on both the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The No. 2 title on the disc rental chart was the newly released Space Jam: A New Legacy, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A reboot of 1996’s Space Jam, the new version casts LeBron James as the basketball superstar paired with Bugs Bunny in a world-altering basketball game. It earned $70.5 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 2 digital title, and No. 3 on the disc chart, was another newcomer, Sony Picture’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. The sequel to 2019’s Escape Room earned $25.2 million at the domestic box office.

The newcomers pushed Universal’s The Forever Purge to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

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Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney, fell to No. 5 on the disc rental chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The No. 5 digital title remained MGM’s animated The Addams Family 2.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 10:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner
  3. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  4. The Forever Purge — Universal
  5. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  6. Cruella — Disney
  7. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  8. The Survivalist — Quiver
  9. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  10. Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman — Redbox

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 10:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  3. The Forever Purge — Universal
  4. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  5. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  6. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  7. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  8. Venom — Sony Pictures
  9. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  10. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate

 

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‘F9’ Repeats as Disc Sales Champ for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga spent a second week as No. 1 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 the week ended Oct. 2.

The latest “Fast & Furious” film focuses on Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting his brother (John Cena) over a device that can take over every computer in the world.

The No. 2 title on both charts for a second week was Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow, which in its third week sold about 40% as many copies as F9 in its second.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Universal’s The Forever Purge. The fifth film in the “Purge” franchise earned $44.5 million at the domestic box office. The film had 13% of its unit sales come from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, but just 39% from regular Blu-ray, for a total Blu-ray share of 52%.

The No. 3 Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 4 overall, in its second week was Disney’s Cruella.

Rounding out the top five overall sales chart was Disney’s 1993 spooky comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller, and No. 7 overall, was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

No. 6 on both charts was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures.

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F9 also repeated as No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 3, with Forever Purge debuting at No. 2.

Black Widow was No. 3, Boss Baby: Family Business was No. 4, and Cruella was No. 5, each down one spot from the previous week.

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‘F9’ Repeats as Weekly Redbox Chart-Topper

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga remained in the top spots on Redbox’s disc rental and digital charts the week ended Oct. 3.

It’s the second consecutive week at No. 1 for the latest entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise on both the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The No. 2 title on both charts was a newcomer, The Forever Purge, also from Universal. The fifth “Purge” movie earned $44.5 million at the domestic box office.

That pushed Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney, to No. 3 on the disc rental chart.

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The No. 3 digital title was Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The actioner was released digitally Aug. 17.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business was No. 4 on both charts.

Disney’s Cruella slipped a spot to No. 5 on the disc chart.

The No. 5 digital title was MGM’s The Addams Family 2. The animated sequel was released via VOD Oct. 1.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy entered the Redbox On Demand chart at No. 7 after its digital sellthrough release Sept. 28.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 3:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. The Forever Purge — Universal
  3. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  4. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. Cruella — Disney
  6. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  7. Wrath of Man — Warner
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  9. The Survivalist — Quiver
  10. Peter Rabbit 2 — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 3:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. The Forever Purge — Universal
  3. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  4. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  6. Venom — Sony Pictures
  7. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  8. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  9. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  10. Wrath of Man — MGM

 

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‘Stillwater’ Available for Digital Purchase Oct. 12, on Disc Oct. 26

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Stillwater for digital purchase Oct. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26.

Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.

The film earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

Bonus materials include the featurettes “An Alchemy of Viewpoints,” about the portrayal of the characters; “An American in Marseilles: The Locations of Stillwater”; and “With Curiosity & Compassion: Director Tom McCarthy.”

The Forever Purge

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Horror;
Box Office $44.54 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong/bloody violence, and language throughout.
Stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Josh Lucas, Will Patton.

The fifth entry in the “Purge” franchise, The Forever Purge is the kind of horror movie that results when filmmakers who don’t seem to understand economics want to shove in a message about economics.

But that’s pretty par for the course for this franchise, which depicts a dystopian future in which a fascist American government makes all crime legal for one night a year in order for the population to cleanse itself of aggression.

The Forever Purge picks up following the events of 2016’s The Purge: Election Year, a politically naïve film about a challenger to the system running for president. By the end of it, she wins and the Purge is ostensibly outlawed. So, as the beginning of this film explains, eight years later the country votes the fascists back into power and they reinstate the Purge, which off the bat is a pretty clunky way to continue the storyline of the franchise.

That’s because the plot of The Forever Purge doesn’t take place during Purge night as the other films do, but in the aftermath of a Purge, as an underground movement of disgruntled citizens decides the Purge should be permanent. So it could just as easily stemmed from the attempt to ban the Purge from the last film. But that’s not the approach employed by screenwriter (and series creator) James DeMonaco.

So the film begins with a pair of migrants fleeing the Mexican cartels and settling as laborers in Texas. One of them ends up working for a rancher (Josh Lucas) who is depicted as slightly racist. After Purge night comes and goes, the Purger movement rises up, killing anyone they perceive as un-American, or who they just don’t like. One of them is a white ranch-hand whose dissatisfaction with his lot in life leads him to equate being paid a salary and a bonus to slave labor for some reason, so he tries to take over the ranch, leading to a bloody confrontation that ends with the rancher family and the migrants heading south to seek refuge in Mexico, evading racist purge groups along the way.

The attempts at social commentary by trying to put a twist on current political issues seems clever on the surface, but the allegory doesn’t hold up to actual real-world scrutiny. It’s ultimately just an excuse for some relatively effective sequences of action violence anyway. But the premise is wearing real thin at this point.

The Blu-ray offers a few skimpy extras, with an eight-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a two-minute featurette about the Purger costumes, the film’s trailer, a mundane minute-and-a-half deleted scene, and storyboards for an expanded opening sequence.

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‘F9’ Drives to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga easily topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 25.

The 10th film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and the ninth entry in the primary storyline earned $173 million at the domestic box office.A Walmart-exclusive DVD collection of the nine main films charted at No. 18 overall.

The previous week’s top title, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, slipped to No. 2 on both charts its second week, selling about 40% as many copies during the week as the debuting F9.

Making its debut at No. 3 on both charts was another Disney title, Cruella, the origin story of the 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone in the title role. It earned more than $86 million at the domestic box office and sold about one-third as many copies as F9. A two-pack of Cruella with the 1961 animated version of 101 Dalmatians was No. 23 on the overall disc sales chart.

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Rounding out the top five overall disc sellers were Universal’s DreamWorks Animation sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business down a spot to No. 4, and Warner’s superhero team-up Zack Snyder’s Justice League down three spots to No. 5. Their order was reversed on the Blu-ray chart, with ZSJL at No. 4 and Boss Baby 2 at No. 5.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 crime drama A Clockwork Orange climbed back onto the charts at No. 11 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart thanks to a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which accounted for 99.5% of the title’s sales for the week.

Similarly, Disney’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray reissue of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero deconstruction Unbreakable was No. 21 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart, with 98% of its sales for the week being of the new 4K edition.

The 4K version of F9 accounted for 16% of total unit sales of the standalone movie version, with 43% coming from the regular Blu-ray and 41% from the DVD. Cruella also had 16% of its tally come from 4K, but 59% from regular Blu-ray and 25% from DVD.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 26 also had F9 in the top spot and Black Widow at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Boss Baby: Family Business, slipped to No. 3, with Cruella debuting at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard dropping two spots to No. 5.

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‘F9’ Drifts to Top of Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga took over the top spots on Redbox’s disc rental and digital charts the week ended Sept. 26.

The latest entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise was No. 10 the previous week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions. It debuted at No. 1 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, after arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21. The actioner earned $173 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 2 disc rental for a second week remained Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney. The superhero actioner has earned more than $183.5 million domestically.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business slipped two spots to No. 3 on the disc rental chart, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

Another newcomer, Disney’s Cruella, debuted at No. 4 on the disc rental chart. The film, an origin story for the 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone in the title role, earned $86 million at the domestic box office.

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Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, dropped to No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart, and slipped to No. 2 on the digital chart after five weeks in the top spot there.

The No. 3 On Demand title, and No. 7 on the disc chart, was Warner’s horror sequel The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

The No. 4 Redbox On Demand title remained Universal Pictures’ Candyman relaunch, followed at No. 5 by the Warner/MGM actioner Wrath of Man, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  3. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  4. Cruella — Disney
  5. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  6. Peter Rabbit 2 — Sony Pictures
  7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  8. Wrath of Man — Warner
  9. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  10. The Girl Who Got Away — Quiver

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  2. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  4. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  5. Wrath of Man — MGM
  6. Joe Bell — Vertical
  7. The Girl Who Got Away — Quiver
  8. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  9. Peter Rabbit 2 — Sony Pictures
  10. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures

 

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