Animated ‘Addams Family’ Due Digitally Dec. 24, on Disc Jan. 21

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release MGM’s animated adaptation of The Addams Family through digital retailers Dec. 24, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Jan. 21.

Based on the kooky comic strip characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family puts the eccentric and unconventional family in the spotlight as they move to a bland suburb, where Wednesday Addams’ friendship with the daughter of a local reality show host causes tension between the families.

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The voice cast includes Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Snoop Dogg as It, Bette Midler as Grandma and Allison Janney as Margaux Needler.

The film has earned $96.4 million at the domestic box office.

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Home video extras include deleted and extended scenes; a Christina Aguilera “Haunted Heart” lyric video; a “My Family” lyric video featuring Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg; an “Addams Family Throwback” featurette; a “Welcome to the Family” making-of featurette with character profiles; a “Life of a Scene” featurette that follows the filmmakers bringing a scene to life from storyboards to layouts to animation; and “Charades With Thing,” a look at the stars of the film trying to guess clues in a game of Charades with Thing, who is just a hand.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Outpaces ‘Dora’ to Stay No. 1 on the Home Video Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw held onto the No. 1 spot 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 Nov. 23.

The week’s top newcomer on both charts was Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which sold 81.8% as many copies in its third week as Hobbs & Shaw did in its third. The live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” cartoon earned $60.5 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King slid to No. 3 on both charts in its fifth week on disc.

Another Disney release, Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 4, rose a spot to No. 4 on both charts in its seventh week on disc.

The ‘R’-rated Universal Pictures comedy Good Boys slid to No. 5 on both charts in its second week.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of first-week sales for Dora, which sold 91% as many Blu-ray copies as the top title.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 24 had Dora in the top spot, with Good Boys sliding to No. 2. Hobbs & Shaw was down a spot to No. 3.

Warner’s The Kitchen rose two spots on the rental chart to No. 4, while Sony Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie 2 dropped two slots to land at No. 5 in its second week.

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Hustlers

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 12/10/19;
Universal;
Drama;
Box Office $104.88 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.
Stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Lizzo, Frank Whaley.

On the surface, Hustlers would seem to be little more than the simple tale of strippers ripping off their clients. But it’s actually a deeper story of friendship, empowerment and disenfranchised women striking back to get their cut of the system.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film was inspired by the New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores: The Ex-Strippers Who Stole From (Mostly) Rich Men and Gave to, Well, Themselves,” which detailed a scheme to bring wealthy clientele into the club and intoxicate them to the point where they would run up huge credit card bills while passed out, with the ladies taking a generous cut.

Seeing Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s names pop up as producers (their production company owned the film rights to the article) might lend to an assumption that this is a comedy, although it turns out to be much more of a character drama.

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Constance Wu stars as Dorothy, a newcomer to the exotic dancing business who is taken under the wing of Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) in the early 2000s. The film does a good job showcasing the less glamorous nature of exotic dancing as a profession for women who are just trying to raise families and get by just like everyone else. Technically regarded as independent contractors, they have to pay the clubs for the opportunity to work there. But Ramona has been around long enough to have learned all the tricks to make the job both fun and profitable. In 2007 Dorothy made more than most high-profile surgeons, she brags to a reporter (Julia Stiles) in a flash-forward meant as a nod to the story’s origins as a magazine article.

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The other half of the equation is the clientele, mostly sleazy Wall Street types who love to flash their money around for a good time.

But with Wall Street hit hard by the 2008 recession, the strip clubs end up taking a hit, just as an unexpected pregnancy forces Dorothy to exit the business. After a few years trying to get by with limited job prospects, she returns to the club to find that most of the new dancers are Russian prostitutes she won’t degrade herself enough to compete with.

Enter Ramona, who decides it’s time for the girls to get their piece of the Wall Street action. She and her team of girls head into the city to “market” the club, which usually just involves picking up a lonely guy at a fancy bar and getting him drunk enough to come back with him, so they can get a cut of whatever he spends.

To up the ante, they start drugging their potential clients and stealing their credit cards, getting all the necessary PIN codes and personal information they need from the half-conscious dupes, who usually head home too embarrassed to report anything was stolen.

According to Scafaria in a solo commentary track on the Blu-ray, the film was shot at a real strip club, whose actual owner and some of the real girls who worked there appeared in the film, which lends a healthy verisimilitude to the proceedings.

Scafaria’s energetic and informative commentary turns out to be the Blu-ray’s only extra feature. In it, she also relates the themes she wanted the film to explore and expresses how fortunate she was to have landed most of her first choices for the casting and song rights.

That she apologizes for the film’s depictions of smoking and people wearing fur coats is just a sign of the times we live in now, I guess.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Maintains Spot Atop Home Video Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw held onto the No. 1 spot 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 Nov. 16.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King remained No. 2 on both charts in its fourth week on disc.

The 12th and final season of “The Big Bang Theory,” released on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top new theatrical-to-disc was Universal Pictures Good Boys, at No. 4 on both charts. The raunchy ‘R’-rated comedy featuring the misadventures of three pre-teen friends preparing for their first kissing party earned $83 million at the domestic box office.

Another newcomer, Sony Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie 2, debuted at No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The animated sequel earned $41.7 million from U.S. theaters.

Disney’s Toy Story 4 was No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

It was a good week for TV content in the top 10 disc sellers, as Paramount’s Star Trek: Discovery — Season Two debuted at No. 8 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of Good Boys first-week sales. The Blu-ray share was 32% for “Big Bang,” 61% for Angry Birds 2 and 61% for “Discovery.”

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 17 also had Good Boys in the top spot, with Hobbs & Shaw sliding to No. 2.

Angry Birds 2 debuted as the No. 3 rental, with Lionsgate’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged at No. 4, and Lion King at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 11-16-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-18-19

‘Countdown’ Due on Digital Jan. 7, Disc Jan. 21 From Universal

The horror thriller Countdown hits digital Jan. 7 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Jan. 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

What if your phone could tell you when you’re going to die? Would you want to know? In Countdown, a killer new app claims to do just that. The film follows a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail, “You”), who downloads an app that purports to predict exactly when a person is going to die. With only three days left to live and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

The film also stars Jordan Calloway (“ER”), Talitha Bateman (Love, Simon), Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”), P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Peter Facinelli (“The Twilight Saga” franchise).

The film made $24.5 million at the domestic box office.

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‘Good Boys’ Takes Over Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ Good Boys debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Nov. 17.

The comedy earned $83 million at the domestic box office.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

Sony Pictures’ The Angry Birds Movie 2 debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

Lionsgate’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was No. 4 on the rental chart and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Disney’s The Lion King remake dropped to the No. 5 spot on the disc chart.

The No. 4 On Demand title was Lionsgate’s The Peanut Butter Falcon, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

No. 5 on the On Demand chart was Warner’s The Kitchen, which was the No. 6 rental.

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

  1. Good Boys — Universal
  2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  3. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — Sony Pictures
  4. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — Lionsgate
  5. The Lion King — Disney
  6. The Kitchen — Warner
  7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  8. The Peanut Butter Falcon — Lionsgate
  9. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  10. The Art of Racing in the Rain — Fox

 

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

  1. Good Boys — Universal
  2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  3. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — Lionsgate
  4. The Peanut Butter Falcon — Lionsgate
  5. The Kitchen — Warner
  6. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — Sony Pictures
  7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  8. The Art of Racing in the Rain — Fox
  9. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  10. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate

 

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Debuts Atop Home Video Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw debuted at 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 Nov. 9.

The action film earned $173.8 million at the domestic box office. The ninth film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise is a spinoff featuring the characters of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham teaming up against a bio-engineered supervillain played by Idris Elba.

Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King slipped to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks in the top spot.

Another Disney film, Pixar’s Toy Story 4, was No. 3 on both charts.

Coming in at No. 4 on both charts was another newcomer, the horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, from Lionsgate. It earned $69 million in U.S. theaters.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Yellowstone: Season 2, from Paramount. The show stars Kevin Costner as a rancher. It was the No. 14 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Other new releases in the top 20 include Fox’s The Art of Racing in the Rain at No. 7 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray list), Warner’s The Kitchen at No. 9 (No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart), and BBC Studios’ disc of the Amazon miniseries Good Omens at No. 16 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 57% of Hobbs & Shaw first-week sales, with 12% of the overall tally attributed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. For Scary Stories, Blu-ray comprised 59% of unit sales, with 17% from UHD Blu-ray.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 10 also had Hobbs & Shaw in the top spot, with Lion King sliding to No. 2.

Scary Stories debuted as the No. 3 rental, with The Kitchen at No. 4, and Toy Story 4 at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 11-9-19
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Drives to Top of Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Nov. 10.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The “Fast & Furious” spinoff film earned $173.8 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s The Lion King remake dropped to the No. 2 spot on the disc chart.

The No. 3 disc rental was Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which was No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The No. 4 disc rental was Warner’s The Kitchen, a crime drama that earned $12.2 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s Toy Story 4 dropped to No. 5 on the disc chart.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain, from 20th Century Fox, took No. 3 on the On Demand chart and was the No. 6 disc rental.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home slid to No. 4 on the digital chart.

Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 was No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

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

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  2. The Lion King — Disney
  3. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  4. The Kitchen — Warner
  5. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  6. The Art of Racing in the Rain — Fox
  7. Running With the Devil — Redbox
  8. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  9. Stuber — Fox
  10. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 10:

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Lionsgate
  3. The Art of Racing in the Rain — Fox
  4. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  6. Stuber — Fox
  7. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  8. Crawl — Paramount
  9. The Hustle — MGM
  10. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures

 

Animated ‘Abominable’ Stomping to Digital Dec. 3, Disc Dec. 17 Including 4K

The DreamWorks Animation film Abominable is coming out on digital Dec. 3 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

With the biggest opening for an original animated film this year, according to Universal, Abominable features the voice talents of Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Tenzing Norgay Trainor (“Liv and Maddie”), Albert Tsai (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) and Michelle Wong (“Scandal”).

The film made $166.6 million at the worldwide box office.

In the story, teenage Yi (Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in China. She and her friends Jin (Trainor) and Peng (Tsai) name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. The trio of friends has to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Paulson) to help Everest get home.

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Bonus content includes two original shorts, deleted scenes, and family activities.

Merchandising: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Revs Up at Retail

The big title attracting retail promotional attention Nov. 5 was Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Steelbook

Target had a $27.99 Blu-ray combo pack with a limited-edition gallery book.

Target’s ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Blu-ray with gallery book

At Walmart, the Blu-ray combo pack was included in a $29.96 gift set that was packed with a Hobbs customs T-shirt.

Walmart’s ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Blu-ray with shirt

Among other titles, Best Buy had exclusive Steelbook editions of Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for $29.99, and Steelbooks of Universal’s Schindler’s List 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for $17.99, and the 1960 Spartacus Blu-ray for $11.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘Schindler’s List’ Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘Spartacus’ Steelbook

Target had an exclusive DVD of DreamWorks’ Trolls: Happy Place Collection DVD for $17.99.

Target’s ‘Trolls: Happy Place Collection’ DVD

Walmart offered a free Vudu digital copy of Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 2 with purchase of the show on DVD for $19.96. Also, Paramount’s Crawl came with a bonus digital movie of The Ruins.