Doc ‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Due on Digital Sept. 28, DVD Oct. 12

The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain will come out on digital Sept. 28 and on DVD Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short.

Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Due on Digital Oct. 5, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old will be available to own on digital Oct. 5, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

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Bonus features include deleted scenes; “Shyamalan Family Business,” a look at what the director’s two daughters, Ishana and Saleka, contributed to the film and how collaborating with family made filming outside Philadelphia still feel like home; “All the Beach Is a Stage,” about the challenge of shooting a film in a wide-open space; “Nightmares in Paradise,” about the challenges of shooting in the Dominican Republic; and “A Family in the Moment,” in which Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie and Alex Wolff recount an emotional night of filming.

‘Original Christmas Specials’ Blu-ray Steelbook Coming Nov. 2

The Original Christmas Specials Collection will come out in a Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, featuring five classic stories produced by Rankin/Bass.

The collection includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy featuring stop-motion animation and the animated Frosty the Snowman and Cricket on the Hearth. The productions feature the iconic voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, as well as classic songs.

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Special features include “The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass”; “Restoring the Puppets of Rudolph”; “Reimagining Rudolph in 4D”; “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Attraction Film”; and commentaries.

‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Due on Digital Aug. 31, Disc Sept. 14

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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The voice cast also includes James Marsden, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, James McGrath, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.

Special features include a new animated short, a deleted scene, a gag reel, and interactive “Creative Experiment Labs” and “Boss Baby Art Class” programs.

‘F9: The Fast Saga’ Racing to Digital Sept. 7, Disc Sept. 21

F9: The Fast Saga, the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, will come out with a new director’s cut on digital Sept. 7 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has generated more than $600 million worldwide.

The release features the original theatrical version, the director’s cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts and cars and a gag reel.

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In the film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot.

Franchise veteran Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series, returns to the director’s seat for F9.

F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.

DEG Panel: Transactional Business Strong Despite New-Release Slowdown

The home entertainment pie is getting bigger — and not just on the subscription streaming side, according to an Aug. 10 panel presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

“The story on SVOD services I think is really well told, and we’ve seen a lot of consumers come over through those subscriber numbers, but I don’t think there’s been much focus on consumers who’ve been coming into the transactional end of the business,” said Jim Wuthrich, president of home entertainment and content licensing at WarnerMedia.

After a year in 2020 that saw a big jump in at home entertainment viewing due to a pandemic, the transactional business — revenue from consumers who rent or buy titles either digitally or physically — has proven resilient, even though it has dropped from the pandemic highs of last year. Transactional spending was down 28.7% to an estimated $3.4 billion, from $4.8 billion in the first six months of 2020.

“I would say overall these numbers to me are remarkable,” said Michael Bonner, president of worldwide home entertainment at Universal Pictures.

Comparing the numbers to pre-pandemic 2019, transactional has grown its appeal, especially with catalog.

“We have evidence that the consumer adoption and engagement during the pandemic is up overall, and those levels are kind of maintaining,” Bonner said.

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“We had this big spike last year where consumers were looking for any content they could transactionally,” Wuthrich added. “This year we’ve come down, but we’re running against that big spike we had last year.

“The one drag that we’ve got for the first half of this year was really around new-release product because we don’t have a lot of new-release product.”

Still, Bonner noted that on a title-by-title basis, the new releases that have come out are performing well.

“If you look at it at on a title level, that product that is flowing in, it’s performing very well relative to historical,” he noted.

Then there’s premium rentals and sales (PVOD, PEST), which the DEG does not track. That segment of the business, which some industry pundits say helped the transactional market grow for the first time in a decade last year, has continued its appeal.

“Our estimate is there’s $1 billion of consumer spend that’s not captured in the numbers that you’re presenting,” Bonner said. “And those numbers are not insignificant. We’ve seen tremendous engagement from consumers on that product that’s made available early in its window. Again, some of that is to be expected — given where the box office has been over the past year — but the numbers, they’re fantastic.”

Wuthrich sees a strong last half of the year, as new releases flow into the transactional pipeline.

“Going into the back half of year, we’re pretty bullish around it,” he said.

“I think in Q3 and Q4, we’re not quite out of the pandemic yet, so I think there’s still going to be heavy engagement in the home, so I think the numbers should be strong again,” Bonner said.

While moves to put titles on streaming services early — and, in the case of Warner, on HBO Max concurrently with theaters — may shrink demand in the transactional realm, there are customers for every segment of the entertainment marketplace, said panelists.

“When it’s widely available on a streaming service, it does take some of the demand, but it also adds in other ways,” Wuthrich said.

“The reality is studios are all kind of making tradeoffs in terms of how to put product through different consumer offerings earlier than ever,” Bonner added. “We’re all trying to figure that out.”

Each segment of the business is finding an audience, panelists said.

“We see spikes in demand across each of those new offerings,” Bonner said. “There are consumers and there’s an audience out there for each of these.”

Even the physical business is holding its own, Wuthrich said.

“We found there are still over 35 million households in the U.S. that are still transacting in physical,” he said, noting that Warner entered into a joint venture, Studio Distribution Services (SDS), with Universal to serve the continuing physical disc consumer.

“One of the reasons that people continue to buy physical media is it’s a habit. Another reason though is quality. You can’t beat the quality to the television of physical media, particularly around 4K with HDR,” Wuthrich noted. He added that physical consumers span all demos, young and old. Close to 60% is in the age range of 25-44, he said.

And retailers have maintained a lot of that shelf space for physical during the pandemic.

“I think longer term, this is a mature category, and you’ll see continued consolidation,” Wuthrich said. “I think of the retailers that have, particularly the large ones that have exited or shrunk the category, we see stabilization in that space. And that’s where it was particularly encouraging, at least some of our retailers held most of the space, even through COVID, even though there wasn’t a lot of new product that was flowing in. And it was because it was something that was desired by their customer. They were looking for distractions and such. So maybe they were only shopping for diapers and popcorn, but they were still going by and picking up physical.”

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 12

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds will come out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

Bonus content includes extended and alternate scenes; a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Pitt and Elvis Mitchell; a  The New York Times Talk; the original short “Nation’s Pride”; “The Making of Nation’s Pride”; “The Original Inglourious Basterds”; and “A Conversation with Rod Taylor.”

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DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Spirit Untamed’ Due on Digital Aug. 17, Disc Aug. 31 From Universal

The animated family film Spirit Untamed will come out on digital Aug. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation.

Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy.

The film features the voices of Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold),  Marsai Martin (Little), Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Eiza González (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw), with Julianne Moore (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)  and Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home).

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The film’s score and original song “Fearless” is by composer Amie Doherty (Marooned).

The release features more than an hour of bonus content, including deleted scenes; multiple at-home activities, including how to make your own “campfire” indoors; cast interviews; feature commentary by the director; and sing-alongs.

Thriller ‘Profile’ Due on Digital July 27, Disc Aug. 10 From Universal

The thriller Profile will come out on digital July 27 and Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format.

With the purchase of Profile on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards special rewards via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, box sets, win exclusive prizes and more. For details visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

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‘Nobody’ Due on Digital June 8, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 22

The suspense actioner Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, will come out on digital June 8 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From the writer of John Wick, it’s the story of an ordinary family man (Odenkirk, “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) who will stop at nothing to defend what is his. Hutch is a suburban husband who takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty-cat bracelet in a robbery, he hits a boiling point no one knew he had, and he flips from regular dad to fearless fighter on a wild ride of explosive revenge.

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Bonus content includes deleted scenes, a look inside director Ilya Naishuller’s style and sensibility in creating the film, a breakdown of the stunt choreography, and feature commentaries with the director and Odenkirk.