‘Scoob!’ Surges in Home-Viewing Demand After Blu-ray Disc, DVD Release

The animated Scoob! debuted at No. 2  on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 25, with demand for the film skyrocketing in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.

The Warner Bros. film was the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo movie intended for theatrical release, but with the mid-March closure of theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic the film instead debuted digitally, on premium VOD and EST, on May 15.

Another rerouted animated movie, Trolls World Tour, from DreamWorks Animation, remained at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week on the “Watched at Home” chart, which  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five.

With no new theatrical product entering the home entertainment pipeline, home viewing demand remains high for recent high-profile feature films such as Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man and Sony Pictures Jumanji: The Next Level, which finished at Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively.

Another PVOD release, Universal Pictures’ The High Note, starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, debuted at No. 10 after its release through regular digital channels. The film becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Aug. 11.

Also new to the chart: Lionsgate’s Capone, a multi-platform release about the notorious gangster Al Capone (No. 18), and the British science-fiction film Archive, released digitally to home audiences by Vertical Entertainment (No. 20).

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  8. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  10. The High Note (Universal)
  11. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  12. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony)
  14. Batman Beyond: Seasons 1-3 (Warner)
  15. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  16. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  17. The Hunt (Universal)
  18. Capone (Lionsgate)
  19. Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)
  20. Archive (Vertical)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended July 25

AMC, Universal Strike Landmark PVOD Distribution Deal

Universal Film Entertainment Group and AMC Theatres July 28 announced a landmark distribution deal for the studio’s new release movies, which includes provisions for early debuts into the home on premium VOD.

The deal allows Universal, which has aggressively launched movies into retail channels via PVOD during the coronavirus pandemic — creating an acrimonious rift with the nation’s largest exhibitor, AMC, and others — to distribute titles on PVOD three weekends (as little as 17 days) after their initial bow in AMC Theatres. The agreement, which also includes new titles from Focus Features, will afford early consumer access via AMC Theatres On Demand. In the coming weeks, the two companies will begin discussions surrounding international distribution agreements in the countries in Europe and the Middle East served by AMC.

The typical theatrical window has been up to three months. AMC will split the $20 PVOD fee with Universal in return for the abridged window. The agreement does not include the typical retail window when titles are rented and sold from $3 to $6 through myriad digital channels such as Redbox, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Movies Anywhere.

Universal’s traditional windows for electronic sellthrough and video on demand (VOD) remain unchanged. The companies said they reached this agreement based on their “shared commitment” to a mutually beneficial long-term partnership that is focused on serving consumers worldwide, while preserving and enhancing the theatrical experience.

As a result, the deal means when the next “Fast & Furious” installment, F9, hits theaters April 2, 2021, Universal could give consumers the choice to either see it in the cineplex or wait a few weeks to buy or rent it.

“The theatrical experience continues to be the cornerstone of our business,” Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “The partnership we’ve forged with AMC is driven by our collective desire to ensure a thriving future for the film distribution ecosystem and to meet consumer demand with flexibility and optionality.”

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Peter Levinsohn, Vice Chairman and Chief Distribution Officer of UFEG, who led negotiations on behalf of the studio, said the studio’s commitment to innovation in how it delivers content to audiences is what artists, partners and shareholders expect of Hollywood.

“We are excited about the opportunity this new structure presents to grow our business,” Levinsohn said. “We are grateful to AMC for their partnership and the leadership they have shown in working with us to reach this historic deal.”

AMC CEO Adam Aron, who said the chain “enthusiastically embraces this new industry model,” said the deal puts a premium on the long-term health of the exhibition industry.

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“We would note that just as restaurants have thrived even though every home has a kitchen, AMC is highly confident that moviegoers will come to our theatres in huge numbers in a post-pandemic world,” Aron said. “As people enjoy getting out of their homes, we believe the mystical escape and magical communal experience offered at our theatres will always be a compelling draw, including as it does our big screens, big sound and big seats not to mention the alluring aroma of our perfectly prepared popcorn.”

AMC is planning to reopen about 600 U.S. theaters in August.

‘Back to the Future’ Trilogy Travels to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 20 for 35th Anniversary

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy, containing all three movies in the series, Oct. 20 on 4K Ultra HD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the first film.

All three “Back to the Future” films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digitally for the first time ever. The trilogy will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

The release comes in time for “Back to the Future Day” Oct. 21.

In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, executive Producer Steven Spielberg and producer/screenwriter Bob Gale began the three-part journey with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum.

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The collection, featuring discbook packing, comes with a bonus disc with more than an hour of new content, such as rare audition footage from actors Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell; a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by Gale; a sneak peek at the new musical show; and a special episode of the YouTube series “Could You Survive The Movies?”

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Exclusives include the 4K trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Amazon, the Blu-ray trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Target, and steelbook editions at Best Buy.

 

Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ Arrives on Digital and DVD July 28 From Universal

The psychological thriller You Should Have Left will be available to own on digital and DVD July 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Blumhouse Productions and writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes), the film stars Kevin Bacon (Patriots DayHollow Man) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainLes Misérables) as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

The film is based on the novel from German author Daniel Kehlmann and is produced by Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Halloween, Split, Us).

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‘Emperor’ Due on Digital and DVD Aug. 18 From Universal

Inspired by a true story, Emperor arrives on digital, DVD and on demand Aug. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The drama is an account of an extraordinary uprising in the pre-Civil War South led by the American freedom fighter Shields “Emperor” Green (Dayo Okeniyi, Terminator: Genisys, “Shades of Blue”), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave. He risked his life to fight against the horrors of slavery and save his family.

The film tells the astonishing tale of Green’s escape from slavery and his transformation into an American hero. Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper’s Ferry, the key battle of the abolitionist movement that helped spark the beginning of the Civil War and alter the course of American history.

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The film also stars Academy Award nominee James Cromwell (The Green Mile, “The Young Pope”), Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), Naturi Naughton (“Power”), Mykelti Williamson (Fences, Forrest Gump), Ben Robson (The Boy, “Vikings”) and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood).

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Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (The Black Godfather, Marshall, Django Unchained) along with fellow producers Mark Amin (Frida, Eve’s Bayou) and Cami Winikoff (Peaceful Warrior), Emperor is directed by Amin from a script by Pat Charles (“Black Lightning,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Amin.

Universal to Bow Five Multi-Disc Collections Sept. 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing five multiple-title disc collections Sept. 29.

The “Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection,” coming on Blu-ray, features films that earned seven Academy Awards and 11 Golden Globes. The set includes Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pride & Prejudice, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, The Theory of Everything, On the Basis of Sex and Harriet.

The “Blumhouse of Horrors: 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Get Out, The Purge, Ouija, Split, The Visit, Unfriended, Truth or Dare, The Boy Next Door, Happy Death Day and Ma.

The “Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, features four iconic films from the acclaimed director, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds, and comes in Discbook packaging.

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The “DreamWorks 10-Movie Collection,” due on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Shrek, Madagascar, Home, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, How to Train your Dragon, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Boss Baby, Abominable and Trolls.

Finally, the “Illumination Presents 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, features all three Despicable Me films, The Secret life of Pets 1 and 2, Hop, Minions, Sing, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

‘Trolls World Tour’ Chalks Up Art at The Grove

In celebration of Trolls World Tour, designer and illustrator Keith Kaminski created a 15-foot, 3D chalk illustration of the character Tiny Diamond at the center of The Grove mall in Los Angeles. In the animated film — currently available for digital purchase and due on disc July 7 — Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake) and the rest of the Trolls are back for another musical adventure. (Photos by Daniel Byun)

‘Trolls World Tour’ Again Tops the FandangoNow Chart

Trolls World Tour reclaimed the top spot among films streaming on FandangoNow for the week ended June 28.

The Universal animated musical, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, newly available for digital purchase, premiered as a premium VOD rental in early April and has remained among the top 10 films on the service each week since that time.

No. 2 on the chart was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, loosely based on the life of star Pete Davidson, available on PVOD at $19.99.

Taking the bronze was Universal’s You Should Have Left. Also available on PVOD at $19.99, the Blumhouse psychological thriller stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 28 (in terms of revenue) were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. The King of Staten Island
  3. You Should Have Left
  4. Irresistible
  5. Scoob!
  6. The Invisible Man
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Bad Boys for Life
  9. The Hunt
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

Drama ‘Burden’ Available Now on Digital, on DVD June 23 From Universal

The drama Burden is available now on digital and on DVD June 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Butler, Black Panther) and Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) star in the true story of faith and love overcoming hate. Set in a southern community scarred from deep-rooted racism, an unlikely friendship forms when an African-American reverend (Whitaker) helps a KKK member (Hedlund) leave the Klan.

From 101 Studios, Burden is written and directed by Andrew Heckler in his feature debut and produced by Robbie Brenner, the Academy Awardnominated producer of Dallas Buyers Club.

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Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson (Selma, Michael Clayton), Andrea Riseborough (“Waco,” Battle of the Sexes), Academy Award nominee Tess Harper (No Country for Old Men), Crystal Fox (“Big Little Lies,” Driving Miss Daisy), Grammy Award winner Usher (People You May KnowShe’s All That) and Dexter Darden (Maze Runner series, Joyful Noise) also star.

The DVD and Digital versions feature an exclusive bonus content piece going behind the scenes of the unlikely friendship of the film’s two subjects.

‘Trolls World Tour’ to Debut on Digital June 23, Disc — Including 4K — July 7 From Universal

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour will debut on digital June 23, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD July 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The “Dance Party Edition” includes an interactive dance party mode in which viewers are introduced to dance moves to learn while they watch the film, lyrics to sing along, and surprises featuring the characters. This Dance Party Edition also includes bonus content, such as an exclusive original short film starring the Tiny Diamond, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes exclusives with the musical cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and more.

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Queen Poppy (Kendrick), Branch (Timberlake), and the rest of the trolls are back for another musical adventure  in Trolls World Tour. Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms — Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock — that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever.

The film is currently available on premium VOD.