Emily Blunt Romance ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Available on DVD and Digital Feb. 2

The Emily Blunt romance Wild Mountain Thyme will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), the film follows headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Blunt), who has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

Stung by his father Tony Reilly’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic romantic tale.

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‘Honest Thief’ Tops Redbox Charts for Third Week

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart for a third consecutive week, and returned to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand Chart the week ended Jan. 17.

The week’s top newcomer was Paramount’s Spell, at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Spell, which earned $500K at the domestic box office, stars Omari Hardwick as a man who survives a plane crash only to discover the couple caring for him has sinister motives.

Another newcomer, 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man, debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart. The horror film deals with a former cop in a Midwestern town coming out of retirement to investigate a series of disappearing teenagers attributed to a local legend.

New to the On Demand chart are Universal’s News of the World, a Western starring Tom Hanks, at No. 9, and STX Entertainment’s Horizon Line, a thriller about a couple trapped on a plane heading into a storm after their pilot has a heart attack, at No. 10.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

On the On Demand chart, War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, and Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. Spell — Paramount
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  5. Tenet — Warner
  6. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. Jungleland — Paramount
  9. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  10. Unhinged — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Spell — Paramount
  5. Unhinged — Solstice
  6. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  7. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  8. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Horizon Line — STX

 

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Horror-Comedy ‘Freaky’ Coming to Digital Jan. 26, Disc Feb. 9

The Vince Vaughn horror-comedy Freaky will come out on digital Jan. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from Blumhouse (Happy Death Day, “The Purge” franchise), a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vaughn, Wedding CrashersCouples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted, and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. With some help from her friends — Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) — and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate), Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.

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The “Killer Switch Edition” bonus content includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with co-writer/director Christopher Landon.

Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

New Disc, Digital Releases for Jan. 19 Include ‘Dreamland,’ ‘Kid Detective,’ ‘Let Him Go’

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dreamland and Wander, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Kid Detective and The Climb, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 19.

Also new in stores are the horror films Toys of Terror from Warner Bros. and The Cleansing Hour from RLJE, the Criterion Collection’s Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story, and Lionsgate’s Miss Juneteenth.

Dreamland, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Paramount, stars Finn Cole as a young man growing up during the Great Depression who dreams of leaving his family’s farm when he discovers a famous bank robber played by Margot Robbie hiding in his barn after getting shot during a heist. Nursing her back to health, he falls in love with her, and the pair make plans to run away together to Mexico, even as his stepfather leads the posse trying to track her down. Read a review of the Blu-ray here.

The dark comedy The Kid Detective is available on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, and stars Adam Brody as a once-celebrated kid detective who, at age 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity, until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse) brings him his first adult case.

The buddy comedy The Climb, also on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony, takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

The thriller Wander arrives on DVD only from Paramount. Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has Toys of Terror slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray, though the retail availability of the Blu-ray is spotty (it’s listed as sold out at some sites, while others, such as Amazon and Target, aren’t listing the Blu-ray at all). In a movie that re-creates the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, a family vacation at a creepy mansion turns awry when the kids find a stash of haunted toys.

RLJE Films’ The Cleansing Hour, which debuted on the Shudder streaming service, arrives on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis in the story of a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But the podcasters’ fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour featuring Dylan and numerous other musicians. The film was originally released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2019, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection.

Miss Juneteenth, which arrives on DVD from Lionsgate after a summer VOD release, follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.

Warner’s DVD release of Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? The Complete First Season offers 26 episodes from the latest animated series featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. The series airs on the Boomerang network.

JSA: Joint Security Area, a thriller from Park Chan-wook released in 2000, follows a Swiss-Korean major as she leads an investigation into a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border that results in two Korean soldiers’ death. The Arrow Video Blu-ray distributed by MVD Entertainment Group features several new featurettes.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, releases Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition digitally and Blu-ray Disc, the first time the cult favorite anime series “Bartender” has been released on Blu-ray in North America. It collects all 11 episodes in a two-disc set, with deluxe packaging that includes nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Bonus content includes clean opening and closing credits, and bumpers. The episodes are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release slated for Feb. 2. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

The documentary 21 Miles is a digital-only release from Virgil Films. The film is the story of a father’s incredible journey to reach his son in England. Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian, arrives in the French shantytown with nothing more than the shirt on his back and 21 miles of sea between him and his 8-year-old boy Marcel.

Catalog movies debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Jan. 19 include two classics from director John Carpenter, 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1988’s They Live, both from Shout! Factory, and the disaster movie 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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

‘Let Him Go’ Available for Digital Purchase Jan. 19, Disc Feb. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 2.

Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, Let Him Go earned $9.36 million at the domestic box office. The cast also includes Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart and Will Brittain.

Extras include the featurettes “The Making of Let Him Go,” “The Blackledges: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane” and “Lighting the Way: Thomas Bezucha.”

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‘Honest Thief’ Swipes No. 1 Spot on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Jan. 3.

The film, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The previous week’s top title, Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa, slid to No. 2 on both charts.

On Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet slipped to No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Love and Monsters at No. 4, and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer at No. 5.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, at No. 3, followed by Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4, and Love and Monsters at No. 5.

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

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. The Informer — Vertical
  6. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  7. Fatman — Paramount
  8. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. The Call — Cinedigm

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 3:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  4. Unhinged — Solstice
  5. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  9. Buddy Games — Paramount
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

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‘Come Play’ Due on Digital Jan. 12, Disc Jan. 26

The thriller Come Play will come out on digital Jan. 12 and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 26 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the supernatural thriller exploring the connection between technology and isolation, a young boy who struggles to connect with others turns to his cell phone and tablet for companionship, befriending a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

The film stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr. and Azhy Robertson with a creature created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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‘War With Grandpa’ Conquers Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Dec. 27.

The family comedy, which stars Robert De Niro as a widower who moves in with his daughter, only to have his grandson start a prank war with him for being given the youngster’s room to live in, earned $18.4 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet, slipped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Similarly, the previous week’s top Redbox On Demand title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 4 on the digital chart, but landed at No. 3 on the disc chart with it being available early at Redbox kiosks prior to it being widely available on disc Jan. 5.

No. 4 on the disc chart, and No. 6 on the digital chart, was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Paramount’s Fatman.

The top five Redbox On Demand list also included a pair of holiday titles: Universal’s animated The Grinch at No. 3, and Warner’s Elf at No. 5.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Other newcomers to the disc chart included No. 6 The Craft: Legacy, produced by Blumhouse and distributed by Sony Pictures; No. 7 Alone, a thriller from Magnolia about a woman escaping a kidnapper (not to be confused with another movie of the same name from Lionsgate about a zombie attack); and No. 8 Jiu Jitsu, a Paramount actioner starring Nicolas Cage.

The Craft: Legacy also hit No. 9 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. Tenet — Warner
  3. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  4. The Informer — Vertical
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  7. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  8. Jiu Jitsu — Paramount
  9. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  10. Mulan (2020) — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  3. The Grinch — Universal
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. The Informer — Vertical
  7. Greenland — STX
  8. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Warner

 

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The War With Grandpa

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Comedy;
Box Office $18.39 million;
$22.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for rude humor, language, and some thematic elements.
Stars Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Laura Marano, Poppy Gagnon, Cheech Marin, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War With Grandpa is an odd little comedy that seems more mean-spirited than it turns out to be.

Robert De Niro stars as Ed, who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman) after an accident. When he’s given the room of his grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), this upsets the young lad. And since he’s just learning about the U.S. Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence in school, he sends a note to grandpa declaring war unless his room is returned.

Grandpa has a few chuckles with his pals over the note, but doesn’t take it too seriously, prompting Peter to escalate things to a full-on prank war.

Ed, understanding his grandson’s frustration but egged on by his friends, pulls Peter aside and they work out a series of rules for when and where they can prank each other — the most important one is not letting Peter’s parents or other siblings find out about it — so it never gets beyond harmless fun.

That is, until Peter’s younger sister has a Christmas-themed birthday party that gives the filmmakers all sorts of excuses for mayhem.

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 The War With Grandpa is filled with occasional laughs and should serve as a nice diversion for families looking to pass the time. In addition to the pretty standard back-and-forth prank format, the film also heavily relies on a “Family Guy”-style flashback structure — in which a character brings up something that happened, prompting the film to cut to a scene of the humorous incident occurring.

There’s also some clever stuff about the generational technology gap, as grandpa can’t figure out how phones and automated checkout machines work, while the Jenny the youngest granddaughter keeps asking if Ed wants to watch a movie on the tablet she’s always toting around.

The Blu-ray presentation doesn’t include any extras.

‘Tenet’ Leads Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Croods’ Sequel No. 1 On Demand

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 20.

Director Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending film, which deals with a secret agent’s attempts to stop enemies from the future triggering World War III, earned $57.9 million at the domestic box office.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, landed at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The sequel to 2013’s The Croods is newly arrived on premium VOD after earning $27.4 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s Fatman, dropped to No. 2.

No. 3 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer, about a reformed criminal working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish Mob. The disc release is exclusive to Redbox for the time being.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4 and Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5.

The disc chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

On the digital chart, Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 2. Unhinged was No. 3.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Newcomers on the top 10 disc chart include, at No. 6, Relativity’s Come Away, which reimagines the title characters of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as siblings trying to help their parents overcome the death of their eldest son.

No. 7 was Paramount’s Echo Boomers, about five college graduates who decide to steal from Chicago’s richest and give to themselves.

No. 8 was Universal’s Infidel, the story of a Christian American journalist put on trial in Iran for espionage.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. Tenet — Warner
  2. Fatman — Paramount
  3. The Informer — Vertical
  4. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  5. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  6. Come Away — Relativity
  7. Echo Boomers — Paramount
  8. Infidel — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. Buddy Games — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  3. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  4. Greenland — STX
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. Elf — Warner
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Krampus — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. The Polar Express — Warner

 

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