Merchandising: Retailers Bring ‘Back to the Future’ Exclusives

Universal Pictures’ new Back to the Future Trilogy boxed set arrived Oct. 20 with exclusive editions from Best Buy and Target.

Best Buy, as usual, offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the trilogy, at $64.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ Steelbook

Target offered a gift set of the regular Blu-ray, at $42.99, which included a levitating hoverboard replica.

Target’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ gift set

The 4K version of the hoverboard gift set was available from Amazon for $69.98.

The other notable exclusive for the week came at Target, which offered a Steelbook edition of The Twilight Saga from Lionsgate, for $29.99.

Target’s ‘Twilight Saga’ Steelbook

Target also offered 30% off select Halloween movies and books.

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‘Fatima’ Coming to Digital Oct. 13, DVD Oct. 27 From Universal

Picturehouse’s historical drama Fatima will come out on digital Oct. 13 and DVD Oct. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is based on the story of one of the Catholic Church’s most fabled places of pilgrimage. In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. Word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. The film stars Goran Višnjić (Beginners), Joaquim de Almeida (“Queen of the South”), Stephanie Gil (Terminator: Dark Fate), Lúcia Moniz (Love, Actually), with Golden Globe nominee Sônia Braga (Aquarius) and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (The Piano).

Fatima also features two songs from the world-renowned Italian operatic tenor and Grammy Award-nominee Andrea Bocelli. The songs, “Gloria” and lead single “Gratia Plena,” a new original song composed for the movie by Paolo Buonvino, are also featured on the film’s soundtrack album, which debuted at retailers nationwide on Aug. 28.

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Bonus features on digital and DVD include a look into the recording of “Gratia Plena,” featurettes, and interviews with the cast and crew that take audiences behind the scenes.

‘Irresistible’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Third Week; ‘Antebellum’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Irresistible remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the for a third week the week ended Sept. 20.

But No. 1 on Redbox’s On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, the newly released thriller about a modern-day black woman who is seemingly transported into life as a slave on a Southern plantation before the Civil War. The film became available through VOD outlets Sept. 18.

Irresistible was No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

The Lionsgate action movie Rogue rose to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Universal’s The King of Staten Island slipped to No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart, and was No. 3 on the disc chart.

Redbox’s own Hard Kill rose a spot to No. 4 on the disc rental chart, followed by Warner’s Scoob! at No. 5.

The On Demand chart had Universal’s Homefront at No. 2, RLJ’s The Tax Collector at No. 3, and Paramount’s Like a Boss at No. 4.

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The top newcomer on the disc chart was Vertical’s The Bay of Silence, a thriller about a man who discovers his wife’s connection to their son’s murder.

Warner’s Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! debuted at No. 8 on the disc chart. Redbox has the disc version for rental three weeks before it becomes widely available Oct. 13.

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

  1. Irresistible — Universal
  2. Rogue — Lionsgate
  3. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  4. Hard Kill — Redbox
  5. Scoob! — Warner
  6. The Bay of Silence — Vertical
  7. Z — RLJ
  8. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! — Warner
  9. The Outpost — Screen Media
  10. You Should Have Left — Universal

 

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

  1. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  2. Homefront — Universal
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. Like a Boss — Paramount
  5. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  6. The 2nd — Universal
  7. Justice League — Warner
  8. Alone — Magnolia
  9. Irresistible — Universal
  10. Guest House — Lionsgate

 

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‘Save Yourselves!’ Coming to Disc and Digital Oct. 6

Save Yourselves! will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, a young Brooklyn couple (Sunita Mani, “Glow,” and John Reynolds, “Stranger Things”) heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Pouffe! The Visual Effects Magic of Save Yourselves!,” in which the filmmakers and crew discuss some of the inventive practical effects they used to bring the film’s alien cast members to life (available on digital only); deleted and extended scenes; a blooper reel; and feature commentary with director-writer Alex Huston Fischer and director-writer Eleanor Wilson.

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Latest ‘Secret Garden’ Remake Due Digitally Sept. 22, on Disc Oct. 6

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release STX Films’ The Secret Garden through digital retailers Sept. 22, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 6.

The film offers a new take on the 1911 fantasy novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl (Dixie Egerickx) who, after being sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth), discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Isis Davis and Amir Wilson.

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This is the fourth filmed adaptation of the book, following versions in 1919, 1949 and 1993. It was also the subject of BBC television miniseries in 1952, 1960 and 1975, plus a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie in 1987, and an animated special in 1994.

The new film has been available through premium VOD since Aug. 7.

Extras include the featurettes “Characters,” “Concept to Reality” and “Page to Screen,” plus the film’s trailer.

‘Irresistible’ Again Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Invisible Man’ Returns as On Demand No. 1

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Irresistible remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the for a second week the week ended Sept. 13.

But Redbox’s On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man at No. 1. Irresistible was No. 6.

After two weeks in the digital top spot, Universal’s The King of Staten Island slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, but rose a spot to also take No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The Lionsgate action movie Rogue fell to No. 3 on the disc chart, and No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

Screen Media’s war drama The Outpost stayed at No. 4 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, followed by Redbox’s own Hard Kill at No. 5.

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RLJ Films’ Z moved up four spots to No. 3 on the On Demand chart (No. 7 on the rental chart), followed on the digital chart at No. 4 by another RLJ release, The Tax Collector.

Universal’s The 2nd debuted slipped to No. 5 on Redbox’s digital transactions chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 13:

  1. Irresistible — Universal
  2. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  3. Rogue — Lionsgate
  4. The Outpost — Screen Media
  5. Hard Kill — Redbox
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. Z — RLJ
  8. Retaliation — Lionsgate
  9. You Should Have Left — Universal
  10. The Big Ugly — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 13:

  1. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  2. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  3. Z — RLJ
  4. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  5. The 2nd — Universal
  6. Irresistible — Universal
  7. Homefront — Universal
  8. Guest House — Lionsgate
  9. Rogue — Lionsgate
  10. You Should Have Left — Universal

 

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Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops British Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Seventh Time

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Chart through Sept. 16 in the United Kingdom for the seventh time. The animated sequel has sold more than 215,000 units across DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download.

This week’s highest new entry, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (Disney) finished No. 2 — with the 1999 movie entering the chart for the first time following its release on a limited edition 4K Steelbook version. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) at No. 3 sits just a handful of unit sales behind its predecessor after climbing three places up from last week.

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The previous week’s No. 1, Black Panther (Disney), dropped to No. 4, landing just ahead of eOne’s 1917 at No. 5. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, swung up nine places to No. 6; Bad Boys for Life (Sony) rose three to No. 7.

Paramount Pictures Sonic the Hedgehog dropped to No. 8, while Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level held on at No. 9. Finally, Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women returned to the top 10 for the first time since June. Starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, this adaptation was nominated for six academy awards this year, winning one for Best Costume Design.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – 16th September 2020

LW Pos Title Label
3 1 TROLLS WORLD TOUR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
NEW 2 STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE WALT DISNEY
6 3 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WALT DISNEY
1 4 BLACK PANTHER MARVEL FILMS
4 5 1917 ENTERTAINMENT ONE
15 6 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME SONY PICTURES HE
10 7 BAD BOYS FOR LIFE SONY PICTURES HE
2 8 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PARAMOUNT
9 9 JUMANJI – THE NEXT LEVEL SONY PICTURES HE
14 10 LITTLE WOMEN (2019) SONY PICTURES HE

The King of Staten Island

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Comedy;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language and drug use throughout, sexual content and some violence/bloody images.
Stars Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Steve Buscemi.

Even at an overlong two hours and 17 minutes, The King of Staten Island is a watchable enough comedy despite director Judd Apatow’s tendencies to overindulge in sentimentality. There are times the film seems almost like a character study, chronicling the story of a family continuing to cope with a tremendous loss a decade earlier, and turning into a personal and heartfelt tribute to firefighters.

The film is loosely based on the life of “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson, who also stars in the film as Scott, a listless 20-something struggling to make something of his life. Davidson’s father was a firefighter killed during the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 (his character of Scott is named for his father). In the film, Scott’s father is a firefighter who died in the line of duty years earlier when he and his sister were kids. Now, Scott’s sister is heading to college, while Scott has become a pothead who dreams of being a tattoo artist.

Eventually, Scott’s mother (Marisa Tomei) begins dating Ray (Bill Burr), who also is a firefighter, which upsets Scott, who thinks it’s disrespectful to the memory of his father.But working through his issues with Ray turns out to be cathartic for Scott (just as the making of the film would be somewhat cathartic for Davidson, he relates in the extras).

The film also drifts a bit from reality in the form of a romantic subplot involving Scott’s relationship with Kelsey (Bel Powley) a girl he grew up with, whereas in real life Davidson has plastered the tabloids plowing through several hotties of Hollywood.

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The Blu-ray includes a commentary with Davidson and Apatow, recorded in quarantine, in which they tell a lot of stories about the making of the film, and comparing it to the inspirations from Davidson’s own life.

It’s also interesting to note that even as the film runs long for a comedy, it could have been a lot longer. The Blu-ray and digital extras include more than 15 minutes of deleted scenes, plus a couple of alternate endings, a five-minute montage of alternate takes, and a six-minute gag reel.

More behind-the-scenes material is offered through several short featurettes, including a tribute to Davidson’s father.

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The extras also include a trove of marketing materials, such as the trailer, and several video calls of Apatow and Davidson discussing how to release the film during the pandemic, including telling Burr there’s no premiere party, and promoting the movie on “The Tonight Show.”

‘Irresistible’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘King of Staten Island’ Remains On Demand No. 1

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Irresistible debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 6. The political comedy directed by Jon Stewart was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Universal’s The King of Staten Island remained at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, but slipped two spots to No. 3 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The Lionsgate action movie Rogue debuted at No. 2 on the disc chart, and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Screen Media’s war drama The Outpost slipped to No. 4 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, followed by Redbox’s own Hard Kill at No. 5.

RLJ Films’ The Tax Collector remained No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Universal’s The 2nd debuted at the No. 4 spot on Redbox’s digital transactions chart. Another newcomer, RLJ’s Z, was No. 7.

MGM’s Bill & Ted Face the Music slipped to No. 9.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 6:

  1. Irresistible — Universal
  2. Rogue — Lionsgate
  3. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  4. The Outpost — Screen Media
  5. Hard Kill — Redbox
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. You Should Have Left — Universal
  8. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  9. 21 Bridges — Universal
  10. Blood Quantum — RLJ

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 6:

  1. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  2. Irresistible — Universal
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. The 2nd — Universal
  5. Rogue — Lionsgate
  6. Homefront — Universal
  7. Z — RLJ
  8. You Should Have Left — Universal
  9. Bill & Ted Face the Music — MGM
  10. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal

 

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‘Trolls,’ ‘Deathstroke’ Maintain Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 29.

It marks the second week in a row in the top spot for the DreamWorks Animation sequel, and its fourth time at No. 1 in its eight weeks on shelves. Trolls World Tour spent two weeks as the top disc in July as well before Scoob! took over the top spot for four weeks.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, however, Trolls spent a second week at No. 2, barely edged out by the top title, Warner’s Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, which claimed the top Blu-ray spot for a second week as well.

The ‘R’-rated Deathstroke, a movie compiled from episodes of the CW Seed animated Web series of the same name, outsold Trolls on Blu-ray by less than half a percent. It fell to No. 13 on the overall disc sales chart; all copies of it were released as a Blu-ray combo pack, explaining its relatively higher placement on the Blu-ray-only chart.

No. 2 on the overall sellers list for a second week, and again No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart was Warner’s animated Scoob!, which as mentioned had been the top seller overall for four weeks before Trolls returned to the top spot.

Holding at No. 3 on the overall disc chart, but slipping to No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was Screen Media’s war film The Outpost.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales charts were seasons one and two, in that order, of the Kevin Costner series “Yellowstone,” from Paramount. The third season of the series recently concluded on Paramount Network.

The week’s top new release, at No. 6 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, the latest comedy from Judd Apatow, starring and based on the life of Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.”

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 30, The King of Staten Island debuted at No. 1, pushing The Outpost to No. 2.

A Redbox original action-thriller, Hard Kill, debuted at No. 3.

Scoob! slipped two spots to No. 4, and Universal’s You Should Have Left slipped to No. 5.

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