‘Aquaman’ Tops Disc Sales Chart, Though More People Bought ‘Glass’

A retail exclusive had a big impact on the national home video sales rankings the week ended April 20.

Nominally, the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, saw Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman return to the top spot in its fourth week on shelves.

Debuting at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal Pictures’ Glass, the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that serves as a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split. It earned $111 million at the domestic box office.

However, Walmart offered an exclusive triple-feature Blu-ray containing the three films, an option chosen by many consumers to obtain their copy of Glass.

The standalone version of Glass sold 90% as many copies as the No. 1 overall title, and the trilogy sold 14%. Combined, that would mean more people bought Glass during the week than any other movie.

The top reported Blu-ray Disc seller was the newly released anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which earned $30.7 million at the domestic box office. Aquaman was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The standalone Glass sold 79% as many copies as Broly, while the trilogy sold 20%, so the combined tally wouldn’t have been enough to make it the top seller.

No. 4 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, followed at No. 5 by Paramount’s Bumblebee.

Among the week’s other new releases, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Justice League vs. The Fatal Five debuted at No. 12 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s The Kid Who Would Be King debuted at No. 11 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller Replicas bowed at No. 14 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 84% of first-week Broly sales, compared with 61% for Glass, 55% for Kid and 51% for Replicas.

Fatal Five, which was released only on Blu-ray combo pack formats, had 11% of its sales come from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray accounted for 12% of Glass sales and 6% for Kid.

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On Media Play News‘ rental chart for the week ended April 21, Glass debuted at No. 1, while Warner’s The Mule held onto the No. 2 spot.

Sony Pictures’ Holmes & Watson, the previous week’s top rental, fell to No. 3. Replicas debuted at No. 4 and Bumblebee slipped to No. 5.

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‘Dr. Seuss The Grinch’ No Cheapskate for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Retail revenue from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch helped the studio up first-quarter (ended March 31) home entertainment revenue 7.4% to $267 million from $248 million during the previous-year period.

Released Feb. 5, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch has sold more than 1 million combined DVD/Blu-ray discs for $23.6 million in revenue. The title currently ranks the third best-selling disc in 2019, according to The-Numbers.com.

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Overall, filmed entertainment revenue increased 7.4% to $1.8 billion, reflecting higher content licensing, theatrical and home entertainment revenue.

Content licensing revenue increased 11.5%, driven by the timing of when content was made available under licensing agreements. Theatrical revenue increased 5.1%, due to the performance of films in this year’s first quarter, including How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Us, partially offset by the performance of Fifty Shades Freed in the first quarter of 2018.

Adjusted pre-tax earnings increased 78.7% to $364 million in the quarter, reflecting higher revenue as well as lower operating costs.

 

Glass

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/16/19;
Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $111.04 million;
$28.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.
Stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard.

After a career of gimmicky storytelling and a reputation for surprise plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan presents a class in subverting expectations with Glass.

However, the approach employed in connecting two of his most memorable films has left a lot of fans scratching their heads over whether it was worth the wait.

Fans of Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero movie deconstruction Unbreakable had been clamoring for a sequel since it was released, but hopes for one diminished as the years ticked away, particularly as the quality of the writer-director’s output declined in the eyes of critics and audiences alike.

In the midst of a bit of a career renaissance, however, Shyamalan dropped a cameo into 2016’s Split that brought the prospects of that long-awaited sequel back to the forefront.

In particular, with respect to spoiler concerns, an appearance by Bruce Willis in Split as his Unbreakable character teased an eventual confrontation between his strongman hero and the multiple personalities of James McAvoy’s Split psychopath.

And while they do face off in Glass, the bulk of the film involves them being captured and committed to an insane asylum for treatment alongside Unbreakable villain Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Their doctor (Sarah Paulson) hopes to convince them that their abilities are not superhuman at all, but the result of self-delusion and some freaky but explainable physical tricks.

While it’s fun to see the lead trio and some of the supporting cast return to their roles, watching them end up in a group therapy session is not exactly where audiences were expecting this to go. Though with Mr. Glass involved, viewers can rest assured that whatever return to normalcy the doctor has in mind is probably not going to be in the cards, especially with a potential showdown over the fate of a highrise looming.

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McAvoy’s character from Split, it turns out, was originally from a draft of Unbreakable, but removed due to plot complications his presence was causing in the screenplay. As a result, the characters from the two films mesh well together and pave the way for a few more surprises Shyamalan has up his sleeve to round out what has come to be known as the “East-Rail 177 Trilogy,” after the train derailment that kicks off the first film.

According to Shyamalan in the Blu-ray bonus materials, the first cut of the film was 3 hours and 20 minutes, meaning that more than an hour was sliced out to achieve the final 2-hour-9-minute run time. About 14 minutes of this material is offered as deleted scenes on the disc, with optional introductions for each by Shyamalan. There’s also an alternate opening sequence that runs a couple of minutes as well.

The bulk of the extras are about 40 minutes of various behind-the-scenes featurettes, covering both the making of this film and the elements that were established in the two previous entries.

“The Collection of Main Characters” runs 8:43 and profiles both the three lead characters and the actors who play them.

“A Conversation With James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan” is a 5:10 segment of the pair interviewing each other.

The 2:54 “Bringing the Team Back Together” looks at the various members of the cast and crew who previously worked with Shyamalan.

The 2:16 “Raven Hill Memorial” chronicles filming at an old asylum, and the 1:56 “Night Vision” delves into bringing the film’s storyboards to life.

Rounding out the list are “David Dunn vs. The Beast” (2:11) “Glass Decoded” (2:52), “Breaking Glass: The Stunts” (1:28), “Connecting the Glass Universe” (2:54), “M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens” (2:46), “The Sound of Glass” (1:50) and “Enhancing the Spectacle” (2:53).

Faith Film ‘Run the Race’ Coming to Disc at Walmart and Digital May 21

The faith-based film Run the Race debuts on Blu-ray and DVD at Walmart as well as on digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand May 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with The WTA Group, Reserve Entertainment and 10th Leper Productions.

The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at all retailers nationwide June 18.

Executive produced by athlete Tim Tebow and his brother Robby Tebow, the family drama follows the journey of two high school athletes and brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an all-state athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach — and his dreams — on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

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The cast includes Tanner Stine (“NCIS,” Indivisible), Kristoffer Polaha (“Condor,” “Get Shorty”), Evan Hofer (“Kickin’ It”), Kelsey Reinhardt (“Transparent”) and Mario Van Peebles (“Superstition,” “Bloodline”) with Mykelti Williamson (FencesForrest Gump) and Frances Fisher (TitanicUnforgiven).

Bonus features include “The Heart of Run the Race,” in which executive producer Tim Tebow and cast talk about why the film is so important, what makes it special, and the bonds of family; a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with writer-producer Jake McEntire and executive producer Robby Tebow; and “The Cast Talks,” in which cast and crew cover a variety of topics, including their characters, the power of forgiveness, mentorship, dating and sports.

‘Captive State’ to Be Unleashed on Disc and Digital June 11

The sci-fi thriller Captive State will land on Blu-ray, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand June 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set a decade after an extraterrestrial force occupied Earth, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, and Chicago police officer William Mulligan (John Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Ashton Sanders), the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan’s ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice, collaborate or fight back.

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Bonus features include “Igniting a War,” in which producer/co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt explains how the cast helped achieve realism against the backdrop of an alien invasion story; “Building the World of Captive State,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss their experiences shooting on location in Chicago; and feature commentary with Wyatt.

Samsung and Universal in Content Pact on Next-Gen HDR10+

Samsung Electronics and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will bring to market titles mastered with HDR10+, according to a Samsung press release.

HDR10+ is an open source-based, next-generation high dynamic range video standard led by Samsung. HDR adds brightness and contrast dynamically for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deeper darks, according to the release.

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Samsung and UPHE will collaborate on a wide selection of new release and catalog fare with HDR10+ technology, according to the release.

“We are delighted to team with Samsung Electronics on HDR10+ to deliver this striking, cutting-edge technology to entertainment consumers, providing them the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled, state-of-the-art movie-watching experiences across an array of Universal physical and digital titles,” said Michael Bonner, EVP, digital distribution, UPHE, in a statement.

“We have launched a new era of picture-quality technology with HDR10+, providing an amplified vivid viewing experience for consumers” said Hyogun Lee, EVP of the R&D team, visual display business, at Samsung Electronics. “Based on Samsung Electronics’ unique technology and proficiency, we will continue to expand our alliances with premier partners like Universal to provide consumers with the best HDR content possible.”

Samsung Electronics has been collaborating with various companies such as movie studios and OTT operators since the formation of the HDR10+ LLC in August 2017, according to the release. In addition to efforts in Korea, Japan and the United States, Samsung will continue to strengthen the HDR10+ logo and certification program partnership in other territories around the world, according to the release.

Additional details on the HDR10+ certification/logo operating program can be found at www.hdr10plus.org. Logo and technology fees are free.

Dolby also has a dynamic metadata, scene-by-scene, next-gen HDR format, Dolby Vision, requiring a licensing fee.

Universal Bringing ‘Apollo 11’ Documentary to Home Video May 14

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the documentary Apollo 11 on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally May 14.

Directed by Todd Douglas Miller and timed to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the film was crafted from newly discovered 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. Apollo 11 goes behind the scenes of NASA before, during and after the mission, detailing key historical events and moments of camaraderie never before seen by the public.

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The home video release will include the theatrical trailer and the featurette “Apollo 11: Discovering the 65MM,” which takes a look at the process of digitizing the newly discovered footage to create the highest-resolution footage of the mission in existence.

‘Fighting With My Family’ Director’s Cut on Digital April 30, Disc May 14

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release MGM’s Fighting With My Family digitally April 30, and on Blu-ray and DVD May 14.

Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the comedy set in the world of professional wrestling is based on the true story of WWE Superstar Paige (Florence Pugh). Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Page and her brother Zak (Jack Lowden) are invited to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must dig deep to prove she can become a star. The cast includes Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who plays himself and also produced the film.

Fighting With My Family earned $22.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray combo pack will include a director’s cut of the film with new and extended scenes not seen in theaters.

The DVD and Blu-ray will include deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a commentary with Merchant, the featurette “A Family’s Passion: A Making Of” and a “Learning the Moves” featurette about depicting the wrestling scenes in the film.

‘Greta’ Coming to Digital May 14, Disc May 28 From Universal

The psychological thriller Greta will arrive on digital (including Movies Anywhere) May 14 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand May 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film follows a caring young woman who befriends a widow with a dark secret in New York City. It stars Isabelle Huppert (Elle, La Cérémonie) and Chloë Grace Moretz (The Miseducation of Cameron PostNeighbors 2) alongside Maika Monroe (It FollowsIndependence Day: Resurgence).

Bonus features on disc and digital include deleted scenes and the featurette “Greta: Enemies and Friends,” a look at the three main characters.

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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Coming Home

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World digitally April 30, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 21.

The third film in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise features the Vikings and dragons of Berk facing their darkest threat, as the bonds between village chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless are tested when the dragon discovers his soulmate, Light Fury. The voice cast also includes America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harrington, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

The film earned $146.4 million at the domestic box office.

The home video edition will include two DreamWorks Shorts: Bilby, an adventure to protect a helpless bird in the Australian Outback; and Bird Karma, a 2D-animated tale of a long-legged bird’s journey of blissful joy, inescapable greed and the accidental discovery of the consequences when too much is not enough.

Other extras include feature Commentary with writer-director Dean DeBlois, producer Bradford Lewis and head of character animation Simon Otto; an alternate opening and deleted scenes with intros by DeBlois; and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

To promote the home video release, Universal has partnered with Facebook and Messenger to debut two exclusive baby dragon Night Lights to train, as well as an in-store augmented reality experience. Disc packages will include a code that fans can use to unlock Night Light they can hatch, train and send on adventures within the Dragon Pets instant game available on Facebook and Messenger. Additionally, participating retailers around the world will unveil in-store displays that trigger an AR adventure bringing Toothless and Light Fury to flight. Both the in-home and in-store experiences are compatible with iOS and Android devices with the latest version of the Facebook and Messenger apps.