Cohen Releasing ‘My Son’ on Home Video Sept. 17

Cohen Media Group will release the thriller My Son on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Sept. 17.

Starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent, the French-language film focuses on the father of a kidnapped boy doing whatever it takes to find his son.

My Son marks the third collaboration between Canet and director Christian Carion, who kept his star almost completely in the dark about the movie’s plot. The film was shot in sequence over six days, and Canet, onscreen for virtually every minute, was experiencing events, struggling with his emotions, and discovering clues in real time, just as his character was.

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Blu-ray and DVD extras include a making-of featurette and a look behind the scenes with Carion and Canet.

Cohen releases are distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Shout! Factory to Give ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ the Steelbook Treatment

Shout! Factory has set a Nov. 12 home release date for a special steelbook Blu-ray disc edition of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,  a mockumentary from The Lonely Island about a pop phenomenon named Conner4Real (portrayed by Andy Samberg) who suddenly finds his popularity plummet.

The film was released theatrically in June 2016 by Universal Pictures but only generated about $9 million in domestic box office revenues, against a budget of $20 billion.

Fans who order the limited-edition steelbook of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping directly from thelonelyisland.com or shoutfactory.com will received a limited-edition lithograph, available while supplies last. The steelbook edition carries a suggested list price of $29.97.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment initially released the DVD and Blu-ray Disc in September 2016. On Aug. 27, UPHE is dropping the price of the regular Blu-ray to $9.99.

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The cast in the Judd Apatow-produced film also includes Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Joan Cusack.

After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real is the biggest name in music. Then, his second album flops, and Conner faces a crisis of popularity, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all.

The comedy from blockbuster producer  is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Carrie Underwood, DJ Khaleed, Nas, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Questlove, Mariah Carey, and others.

Beatles Tribute Movie ‘Yesterday’ on Home Video in September

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the music-infused comedy Yesterday digitally Sept. 10, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 24, with musical performances not seen in theaters.

From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as a struggling songwriter who suddenly becomes the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles, and subsequently skyrockets to fame by forging a music career passing their songs off as his own, but along the way risks losing the love of his girlfriend, (Lily James), the one person who always believed in him. The cast also includes Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran.

The film earned $70.6 million at the domestic box office.

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Extras on the Blu-ray, DVD, digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions include an alternate ending; 12 deleted scenes; Patel performing “Yesterday,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Let it Be” at Abbey Road Studios; and feature commentary with Boyle and writer/producer Richard Curtis.

The Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and digital versions will also include an alternate opening, gag reel and several featurettes:

• “Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen,” in which the singer reflects on acting in his first major role;

• “Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon,” about the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set;

• “A Talented Duo,” about the first-ever team up of Curtis and Boyle;

• “Playing for Real,” about how Patel learned how to play Beatles songs live on set;

• “Soul Mates,” a look at the film’s love story between Jack and Ellie;

• “A Conversation With Richard & Ed,” in which longtime friends Curtis and Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of the film.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include HDR10+ and the bonus features in 4K resolution on the 4K disc. The 4K Blu-ray combo pack will include the film on UHD and regular Blu-ray discs and a redeemable digital copy. The Blu-ray combo pack will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy versions of the film.

Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rises on Digital Sept. 3, Disc Sept. 10 From Universal

The zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die will stalk to digital (including Movies Anywhere) Sept. 3 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Sept. 10 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, the film stars Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton (SuspiriaTrainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania Series, Fargo), Danny Glover (Proud MaryLethal Weapon Series), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriGet Out), Rosie Perez (“Pure,” White Men Can’t Jump), Iggy Pop (Gimme DangerCoffee and Cigarettes), Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA (“Snowfall,” The Man with the Iron Fists 2), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania Series, Spring Breakers), Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Dog Day Afternoon), Austin Butler (The Intruders, “Arrow”), Luka Sabbat (“Grown-ish”) and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Book of Eli).

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In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town. The dead rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens must battle for their survival.

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star,” in which Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero; “Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die”; and “Stick Together,” in which Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style and what makes The Dead Don’t Die stand out from other zombie films.

Universal Ups Q2 Home Entertainment Revenue

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment July 25 reported second-quarter (ended June 30) revenue of $229 million, which was up nearly 2% from revenue of $225 million during the previous-year period.

Through six months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up almost 5% to $496 million from $473 million during the previous-year period.

Top-selling titles in the quarter included The Grinch, Halloween and The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

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Overall, studio revenue declined nearly 15% to $1.45 billion from $1.71 billion due in large part to unfavorable comparisons with last year’s theatrical hit, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, partially offset by the performance of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in this year’s second quarter.

For the half-year period, total studio revenue decreased 3.9% to $3.2 billion compared to $3.3 billion in 2018, reflecting lower theatrical and other revenue, partially offset by higher content licensing and home entertainment revenue.

Pre-tax earnings increased 60.3% to $547 million compared to $341 million in 2018, reflecting lower revenue more than offset by lower operating expenses.

‘Pet Sematary,’ ‘Little’ Top Redbox Rental and Digital Charts

Paramount’s remake of the horror film Pet Sematary debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, the week ended July 14.

The Universal Pictures comedy Little debuted at No. 2 on the kiosk rental chart.

The order was reversed on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, with Little at No. 1 and Pet Sematary at No. 2.

Disney’s live-action Dumbo remake dropped a spot to No. 3 on the kiosk chart. Lionsgate’s Escape Plan: The Extractors, the previous week’s top title on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts, slipped to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the On Demand chart.

Disney’s Captain Marvel was No. 5 on the disc chart.

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Universal Pictures’ college romance drama After debuted at No. 3 on Redbox’s digital chart and No. 10 on the rental chart.

Rounding out the top five On Demand chart were The Upside, from STX and Universal Pictures, holding at No. 4, and Universal’s Us at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 14:

  1. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  2. Little Universal
  3. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  4. Escape Plan: The Extractors — Lionsgate
  5. Captain Marvel — Disney
  6. Us — Universal
  7. Wonder Park — Paramount
  8. The Professor — Lionsgate
  9. The Best of Enemies — Universal
  10. After — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 14:

  1. Little Universal
  2. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  3. After — Universal
  4. The Upside — STX
  5. Us — Universal
  6. Escape Plan: The Extractors — Lionsgate
  7. Miss Bala (2019) Sony Pictures
  8. The Best of Enemies — STX
  9. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  10. Wonder Park — Paramount

Universal’s ‘Ma’ Due Digitally Aug. 20, on Disc Sept. 3

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the thriller Ma digitally Aug. 20, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Sept. 3.

The Blumhouse production stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann, a lonely woman in a quiet Ohio town who takes an interest in a group of local teenagers she lets throw a party in her house.

The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown.

The film earned $45.3 million at the domestic box office.

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Blu-ray, DVD and digital bonus material includes a new alternate ending, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and the featurettes “Party at Ma’s,” a general making-of video, and “Creating Sue Ann,” a spotlight on the character.

‘Captain Marvel’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Third Week

There wasn’t much movement among the top titles on Redbox’s disc rental and on demand charts the week ended June 30.

Disney’s Captain Marvel spent its third consecutive week in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The horror film Us, from Universal Pictures, spent its second week at No. 2. The horror film is director Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out.

The top newcomer on the disc chart at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s The Poison Rose, a crime thriller featuring John Travolta and his daughter alongside Morgan Freeman.

Paramount’s animated Wonder Park slipped to No. 4 on the physical rental chart.

Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo debuted at No. 5 after a $114 million run at the domestic box office.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, saw Us remain in the top spot for a second consecutive week.

The Upside, from STX and Universal Pictures, jumped up to No. 2, while Wonder Park dropped to No. 3.

Sony Pictures’ Holmes & Watson moved up to No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Five Feet Apart slid to No. 5.

The Disney-distributed titles are among several releases not available through Redbox On Demand.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 30:

  1. Captain Marvel — Disney
  2. Us — Universal
  3. The Poison Rose — Lionsgate
  4. Wonder Park — Paramount
  5. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  6. The Upside — Universal
  7. A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  8. Five Feet Apart — Lionsgate
  9. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 30:

  1. Us — Universal
  2. The Upside — STX
  3. Wonder Park — Paramount
  4. Holmes & Watson — Sony Pictures
  5. Five Feet Apart — Lionsgate
  6. A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  7. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — Warner
  9. Aquaman — Warner
  10. What Men Want — Paramount

‘Captain Marvel’ Holds Onto Position Atop Disc Sales Charts

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel maintained 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 chart the week ended June 22.

The Disney-distributed superhero blockbuster had debuted in the top spot a week earlier.

The week’s top newcomer was Universal Pictures’ Us, which debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many copies as Captain Marvel.

The latest horror film from director Jordan Peele earned $175 million at the domestic box office, about the same haul of his first film, 2017’s Get Out.

Another newcomer, Paramount’s Wonder Park, landed at No. 3 on both charts. The animated film, about a little girl bringing the amusement park of her imagination to life, earned $45.2 million in U.S. theaters.

The No. 4 title on the overall sales chart was Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral, which was No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was No. 5 on the overall sales chart and took No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was the original Toy Story, which was recently released as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 62% of first-week Us sales, while 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 17% of the film’s total unit sales. Wonder Park had 56% of its sales come from Blu-ray.

The second week of Captain Marvel had 70% of unit sales from Blu-ray, with 16% of its total sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 23 also had Captain Marvel at No. 1 for a second-consecutive week.

Us debuted at No. 2, followed by Wonder Park at No. 3.

Lionsgate’s Five Feet Apart dropped to No. 4, while Universal’s The Upside slipped to No. 5.

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Diane Keaton Comedy ‘Poms’ Jumps to Digital July 23, Disc Aug. 6 From Universal

The Diane Keaton comedy Poms will arrive on digital July 23 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 6 from STX Films and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The comedy follows a woman who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community. The cast, led by Keaton and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), also features Pam Grier (Larry Crowne), Celia Weston (The Intern) and Rhea Perlman (Sing) as the group of women who are determined to defy stereotypes while having the time of their lives.

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