Nov. 28 Sees ‘Haunting in Venice,’ ‘WandaVision’ New on Blu-ray, ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Available Digitally

New home entertainment releases for Nov. 28 include A Haunting in Venice, WandaVision and Eye for an Eye: The Blind Swordsman on Blu-ray, while Five Nights at Freddy’s becomes available at digital retailers.

A Haunting in Venice, the thriller based on the 1969 Agatha Christie Hallowe’en Party novel, will be released on  Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios. A Haunting in Venice is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and features the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh, who also produced and directed. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets. A Haunting in Venice is the third film in Branagh’s “Poirot” trilogy, which also includes 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile. Branagh stars alongside an ensemble cast that includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio and Michelle Yeoh. It grossed more than $42.47 million at the domestic box office.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios will release WandaVision on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD disc in Steelbook packaging Nov. 28. The nine-part Disney+ limited series stars Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a parody of TV sitcoms throughout the decades that masks a deeper mystery. The release includes all nine episodes and collectible art cards.

Well Go USA will release the martial arts adventure Eye for an Eye: The Blind Swordsman on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally Nov. 28. After stumbling into the aftermath of a brutal attack that resulted in an innocent man’s murder, a highly trained and exceptionally deadly swordsman temporarily sets aside life as a bounty hunter to investigate. As the truth behind the tragedy comes to light, the former killer-for-hire decides to hunt down his prey for an entirely different reason: rage. The film from China includes cutting-edge sword choreography. Written and directed by Bingjia Yang (Fight Against Evil 2), the film stars Xie Miao (Ip Man: The Awakening, The New Legend of Shaolin), newcomer Gao Yi, Zhang Haosen (“Fight Against Evil” franchise), Gao Weiman (Tang Men), Xiang Hao (“A Round Trip to Love” franchise), Liu Ben (Animal World), and Zhang Di (The Warrior From Sky). The film comes with a newly recorded English dub.

History’s Ancient Aliens: Season 18 arrives on DVD Nov. 28 from Lionsgate. Co-executive produced by Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and narrated by Robert Clotworthy, this 10-episode collection further explores the question of what lies beyond, from the vast reaches of outer space and deep within the planet’s core and ocean floors to flying crafts and ancient carvings to contemporary explorers of unexplained phenomena, and more. This season includes a mix of new episodes with subjects from an early-1900s prophet in Kentucky and new theories about Greek gods to the next generation of modern-day UFO hunters, along with “Top 10” episodes exploring unexplained structures, mysterious devices and flying crafts, and intriguing remote locations.

Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, a horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available on digital Nov. 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” franchise) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare. The film also stars Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo), Elizabeth Lail (“You,” “Once Upon a Time”), Kat Conner Sterling (A Week Away, “The Gifted”), Piper Rubio (“Unstable”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon). It arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 12.

Lionsgate will release the documentary Beyond Utopia via on demand and digital Nov. 28. Winner of the 2023 Sundance U.S. Documentary Audience Award, Madeleine Gavin’s Beyond Utopia — both a real-life thriller and an eye-opening documentary — is a visceral look at the lengths people will go for freedom. Compiled with real escape footage, the film follows a family of five as they embark on a treacherous journey out of North Korea, aided by a pastor who has helped thousands flee one of the most oppressive places on Earth. Meanwhile, a mother desperately attempts to reunite with the child she was forced to leave behind. Despite the risk of imprisonment or execution, these individuals fight to be free, and come to see their former North Korean heroes as villains.

Lionsgate will release the drama A Place in the Field on demand and digital Nov. 28. The film follows veteran Gio, whose lonely life is shaken when he receives the ashes of a fallen soldier friend — and a final request to go on a road trip to bury them. Gio and his pal, Herbert, set out for California, but car trouble and Gio’s battlefield flashbacks slow their roll. The tale of loss, friendship, perseverance, and the will to carry on dramatizes a vet’s long journey to freedom. From first time director Nicole Mejia, the film stars Don DiPetta, Khorri Ellis and Mishel Prada.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the coming-of-age romantic drama Love in Taipei, based on the New York Times best-selling novel Loveboat, for digital rental Nov. 28. Love in Taipei stars Ashley Liao (Physical, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) as Ever Wong, whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call “Loveboat.” It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive, but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing. In addition to Ashley Liao, the feature also stars Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, “To All the Boys” franchise) as Rick Woo, a prominent sports and scholastic prodigy; Nico Hiraga (BooksmartMoxie) as Xavier Yeh, a free-spirited artist and heir to an international tech empire; Chelsea Zhang (DaybreakTitans) as Ever’s friend Sophie, whom she meets at Loveboat; and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner13 Reasons Why) as Ever’s Aunt Shu.

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Kino Lorber is bringing The Monster Squad to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Nov. 28 as part of the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics line. The 1987 horror-comedy film, which over the years has become a cult classic, finds Count Dracula (Duncan Regehr) escaping monster-slayer Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim) and adjourning to modern-day Earth in search of an ancient amulet that will grant him final control over the delicate balance between good and evil in the world. To help him, the creepy Count calls on some old friends: the Wolfman (Carl Thibault), Gill-Man (Tom Woodruff Jr.), Mummy (Michael MacKay) and Frankenstein (Tom Noonan). Standing in their way is a group of neighborhood kids who vow to protect their neighborhood and call themselves the Monster Squad. The Monster Squad was produced by Peter Hyams (Running Scared), written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps) and directed by Dekker. The film was released theatrically by Tri-Star Pictures. Kino Lorber is releasing the film in a three-disc set. The first disc, a triple-layered UHD100 Disc, features the film in 4K HD Blu-ray from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master, made from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. Bonus content includes two audio commentaries with director Dekker, who is joined on one by cinematographer Bradford May and on the others by actors Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert and Ashley Bank. The second disc, a dual-layered BD50 Disc, features the film in standard Blu-ray, also from a new HD master from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. In addition to the two audio commentaries also found on the 4K disc, the Blu-ray Disc features a 79-minute documentary called Monster Squad Forever: Five Part Documentary; a nine-minute interview with actor Tom Noonan (Frankenstein); deleted scenes; an animated storyboard sequence, and a stills gallery. The third disc in the package contains the 2018 documentary Wolfman’s Got Nards, which was co-written and directed by The Monster Squad star Andre Gower. 

Shout! Studios will release the 2018 remake of Death Wish as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack Nov. 28. The thriller stars Bruce Willis as Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who constantly deals with the aftermath of violence in the emergency room, until he’s confronted by crime directly when his wife is murdered and his daughter is savagely beaten in an attack on their home. With the overwhelmed police unable to bring justice to Paul’s family, he takes matters into his own hands, hunting down his family’s assailants to seek revenge. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grab the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. The movie will be presented on both a 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray disc with an audio commentary with director Eli Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum. The 4K disc offers a 4K master of the film in Dolby vision that is HDR-10 compatible. Both discs offer the film with English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. The film is based on the 1972 novel of the same name by Brian Garfield, which previously spawned a five-film franchise starring Charles Bronson that began with the original adaptation in 1974.

Kino Lorber has set a Nov. 28 Blu-ray Disc release date for the 1976 movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon, directed by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) and starring Robert De Niro. De Niro portrays studio head Monroe Stahr, a thinly disguised Irving Thalberg character in command of his studio but haunted by a love lost to the past. Dana Andrews, Ingrid Boulting, Tony Curtis, Anjelica Huston, Ray Milland, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Donald Pleasence, Theresa Russell and Jack Nicholson contribute supporting performances. The film, released under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics banner, comes to Blu-ray Disc from a new HD master made from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. The release features 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 audio and optional English subtitles. 

The horror film The Dark Sisters will be released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 28 from BayView Entertainment via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service. In the film, sisters Jorie and Kaidon attempt to reconnect over a vacation in the woods after a terrible secret drove them apart. But there is a hidden power in the forest that measures life and death, and this power means to weigh the sister’s future against the dark crime from their past. Directed by Richard Bailey, the film stars Nicole Fancher and Edna Gill.

The 1970 horror flick Count Dracula, starring Christopher Lee, and the 1980 gorefest Doctor Butcher M.D./Zombie Holocaust are due Nov. 28 on 4K Ultra HD from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group. The making-of documentary double feature Vampir-Cuadecuc/Umbracle will also be released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 28.

In early 2023, a Madrid film archivist made a startling discovery: the uncut camera negative of Count Dracula, in pristine condition and untouched for more than 50 years. The gothic masterpiece from writer/director Jess Franco features Christopher Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda as Lucy, Maria Rohm as Mina and Klaus Kinski as Renfield with an eerie Bruno Nicolai score. With the film newly scanned in 4K, the release includes more than five total hours of special features, including the U.S. premiere of Carles Prats’ 2017 documentary Dracula Barcelona, which chronicles the simultaneous filming of Vampir-Cuadecuc by Pere Portabella and Franco’s horror classic. Special features on the Ultra HD disc include audio commentary with horror historian David Del Valle and actress Maria Rohm and the trailer. Special features on an included Blu-ray Disc include the same audio commentary; an illustrated 1973 Christopher Lee audio interview with filmmaker Donald Glut; “Beloved Count,” an interview with director Jess Franco; “Handsome Harker,” an interview with actor Fred Williams; an interview with actor Jack Taylor; “Stake Holders,” an appreciation by filmmaker Christophe Gans; and the trailer. On another Blu-ray are “Dracula Barcelona,” a 2017 documentary (90 mins); “Jess Franco’s Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula —Stephen Thrower on Count Dracula”; the “In the Land of Franco” bonus sequence with Alain Petit and Stephen Thrower; and alternate title sequences. The final disc is a soundtrack CD.

Sparking riots on 42nd Street, the film was originally known as Zombie Holocaust until a notorious American distributor would then re-edit and re-title it as Doctor Burcher M.D. and and re-release it. Ian McCulloch (Zombie), Alexandra Delli Colli (The New York Ripper), Sherry Buchanan (Tentacles) and Donald O’Brien (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals) star in this unabashed EuroTrash orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping. Severin Films now presents both films scanned in 4K from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome with four hours of archival and new special features. Special features on Doctor Butcher M.D. include an interview with Aquarius Releasing’s Terry Levene; Rue Morgue’s Michael Gingold tours New York Locations of Italian horror; a nostalgic tour of 42nd Street with Temple of Schlock’s Chris Poggiali and filmmaker Roy Frumkes; “Tales That Tore Our Heart Out,” in which filmmakers Frank Farel and Brendan Faulkner discuss Unfinished Anthology Film; an interview with Gore Gazette editor and Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan; and an interview with editor Jim Markovic. Special features for Zombie Holocaust include an interview with star Ian McCulloch; an interview with SFX master Rosario Prestopino; “Filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari Remembers His Father, Director Marino Girolami”; an interview with SFX artist Maurizio Trani; an interview with actress Sherry Buchanan; and “New York Filming Locations: 1980 & 2015.”

Vampir-Cuadecuc/Umbracle are having their North American Blu-ray premieres. Pere Portabella has been a pioneering movie producer and celebrated Spanish statesman, denounced by both the Franco dictatorship and The Vatican. But it’s his subversive work as a director that has rewritten the rules of genre narrative. In 1970, Portabella was invited by Jess Franco to make a behind-the-scenes documentary on the filming of Count Dracula. Instead, Vampir-Cuadecuc became a dreamlike deconstruction of myths, monsters and moviemaking featuring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Soledad Miranda. Christopher Lee also stars in Portabella’s companion piece Umbracle, an unsettling journey through dread, violence and discontinuity with Lee at his most candid. Both films are now scanned in HD from Portabella’s own vault elements for the first time ever in America. Special features include “A Cinema of Vampires: Pere Portabella, Jess Franco and the School of Barcelona,” an interview with Spanish film scholar Dr. Álex Mendíbil; the Vampir-Cuadecuc trailer; and a booklet featuring text by Pere Portabella and film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Federico Karstulovich.

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Disney Backtracks on Disc Snub, Issues Streaming Hits on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc

Reports that The Walt Disney Co. is getting ready to ditch the disc are premature.

The studio Aug. 21 announced that several of its most popular Disney+ streaming series, including “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision” and “Loki,” will be packaged into “Collector’s Edition” 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and Blu-ray Discs.

The releases will be in Steelbook packaging and include concept art cards and other bonus features.

Last month, Disney announced it is pulling out of the disc business in Australia, leading to speculation that the studio was getting ready to abandon the format entirely.

Loki: The Complete First Season is first out of the gate, with a Sept. 26 scheduled release date.

Next comes Marvel Studios’ WandaVision: The Complete Series on Nov. 28, followed by Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” adventures The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season and The Mandalorian: The Complete Second Season on Dec. 12.

All four titles may be ordered beginning Aug. 28.

In a press release, Disney says the four disc sets will be issued in “cohesive and collectible brand-new box art designed by popular artist Attila Szarka.”

IMDb: ‘Dune,’ ‘WandaVision’ Top Movie, TV Show in 2021

Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot of Dune and Disney+ original series “WandaVision” ranked as the most-popular movie and TV series in 2021, according to new year-end data from IMDb.

The Amazon-owned database determines its list of the most-popular movies and TV shows by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to the platform. This data is derived from the IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.

“Our database of hundreds of millions of items proved to be a resource for fans and professionals wanting to learn more about the stars and creators of these and other breakthrough movies and TV shows, as well as the third-party companies that leverage our data-licensing business to enhance their own services,” Brian Carver, head of data licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.

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Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said the thematic trend in 2021 centered on stories around survivors in extraordinary circumstances breaking through, including Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s Dune, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead.

“The Marvel Cinematic Universe lands three spots on our list of the most popular TV and streaming series with ‘WandaVision,’ ‘Loki’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,'” Simanton said. “We loved seeing users … reminding us that when it comes to entertainment, fans are always looking for creativity and originality in storytelling.”

Streaming Series ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Top Emmy Awards Nominations

Streaming series dominated nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards, with “The Crown” (Netflix) and “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) leading the pack, with 24 program nominations each, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced July 13.

Awards were announced during a live virtual ceremony hosted by father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) from Los Angeles and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Blindspotting”) from New York, joined by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

Other leading series nominees include Disney+ limited series “WandaVision,” with 23 noms; Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Saturday Night Live,” each with 21; Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” with 20;  HBO/HBO Max’s “Lovecraft Country” and Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” each with 18; and HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,” with 16. Less than two weeks earlier, HBO announced it would not renew “Lovecraft Country” for a second season.

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HBO/HBO Max garnered the most nominations, with 130. Netflix had the second-most nominations (129), with Disney+ at No. 3, with 71, and NBC in fourth place, with 46.

“Television has provided a lifeline for so many around the globe this year, delivering a constant source of entertainment, information and inspiration during some of our most difficult days,” Scherma said. “We are thrilled to honor the diversity of storytelling in television today by recognizing talented artists, programs, producers, directors and craftspeople throughout our industry and celebrating their commitment to this extraordinary medium.”

“Bridgerton,” “Lovecraft Country” and “The Boys” are new to the Outstanding Drama Series category, joining returning nominees “Pose,” “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian,” “This Is Us” and previous category winner “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Seventy-five percent of this year’s nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series are new to the category, including “Cobra Kai,” “Emily in Paris,” “Hacks,” “Pen15,” “Ted Lasso” and “The Flight Attendant.” Returning favorites include “Black-ish” and “The Kominsky Method.”

In total, there were 44 first-time performer nominations across the lead, supporting, guest and short form categories this season.

Jonathan Majors, Josh O’Connor and Regé-Jean Page received their first-ever Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, joining previous Emmy winners in this category Sterling K. Brown, Billy Porter and Matthew Rhys. Emma Corrin, Jurnee Smollett and Mj Rodriguez received their first nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while previous Emmy winner Uzo Aduba was nominated for the first time in this category. They were joined by returning nominee Olivia Colman and previous Emmy winner in this category Elisabeth Moss.

Kaley Cuoco received her first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while previous Emmy winner Jean Smart and previous Emmy nominee Aidy Bryant were nominated for the first time in this category. They joined previous Emmy nominee Tracee Ellis Ross and Emmy winner Allison Janney. Jason Sudeikis received his first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while previous Emmy winner Kenan Thompson was nominated for the first time in this category. They joined six-time nominee in the category Anthony Anderson, along with previous Emmy winners Michael Douglas and William H. Macy.

Individuals with multiple nominations this year included David Attenborough, Sterling K. Brown, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, Steven Canals, Dave Chapelle, Michaela Coel, Jon Favreau, Derek Hough, Brendan Hunt, Maya Rudolph, Jean Smart, Jason Sudeikis and Kenan Thompson.

The complete list of Emmy nominations, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, and other Academy news is available at Emmys.com.

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The Emmys will be broadcast on Sept. 19, 8-11 p.m. live ET and 5-8 p.m., live PT, on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The 2021 Creative Arts Awards will be broadcast on Sept. 18  at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.

Kevin Feige Addresses Marvel’s New Approach to Original Series/Movies for Disney+

The Marvel Cinematic Universe divides its movies into phases, with the first three phases covering the formation of the Avengers, the rise of Thanos, and the Infinity Saga. The fourth phase is the first to be intertwined with a slate of new series premiering on the Disney+ streaming service — beginning four months ago with “WandaVision.”

On a new IMDbrief podcast, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was asked if “WandaVision” would be the template for the studio’s upcoming slate of MCU-themed TV series.

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“[WandaVision] is probably the most overt level, black-and-white, old-fashioned aspect ratio, but every show that we’re working on I think is about creative swings for both marvel studios, the MCU and television,” Feige said. “So I’m very excited about what we’ve already shown on ‘Falcon and the Winter Solider’ — that is a very big scale epic action buddy series that we’re excited about.”

The producer admitted that not much has been revealed about the storyline and characters in “Loki,” featuring Tom Hiddleston as the mercurial villain on a new time-warp crime spree.

“It is intriguingly different and I think we’ve called it a crime thriller — which is not something you would necessarily think of when it comes to ‘Loki.’ We like that. We enjoy that,” Feige said.

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel

The president of Marvel Studios said the Disney subsidiary is also eyeing new approaches to “Ms. Marvel,” about a Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan who gains shape-shifting powers, and is played by Iman Vellani; and “She-Hulk,” starring Tatiana Maslany, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth as villain Abomination — specifically for the streaming service.

“She-Hulk” is a 30-minute legal comedy, and “Ms. Marvel” is the origin of a new superhero, but from a [Muslim-American] community you haven’t seen representation from … and we wanted to bring that to the screen,” Feige said.

Indeed, the casting seems appropriate considering a third of Disney+ subscribers hail from India.

In July, Black Widow will be the first Marvel movie to premiere on Disney+, although it will also be available theatrically at the same time, which could be a game changer for the studio’s upcoming theatrical releases. It is the 24th release in the MCU movie franchise.

‘Stranger Things’ Moves Past ‘WandaVision’ to Return to Top Spot on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” returned to the No. 1 spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended April 10. It had 41.5 times the demand of an average series after a 10.3% spike in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The surge follows stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown teasing spoilers for the upcoming season on Instagram live.

“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, slipped to No. 2 after six weeks in the top spot. A month after its finale it dropped 0.6% in demand expressions to grab 40.7 times average demand. It was No. 7 on the list of overall TV shows.

That pushed the second Disney+ Marvel original series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” down a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart after a modest 1% gain in demand expressions the week of its fourth episode (of six total). It had 39.6 times average demand and was No. 10 on the list of overall TV show demand.

Disney+ had a third show in the top five digital originals with the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which held steady at No. 4, garnering 37.3 times the demand of the average show after a 1.9% rise in demand expressions.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 37.5 times average demand and a 5% drop in demand expressions.

Rounding out the top five for the third week was Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” with 29.4 times average demand and a 6.7% drop in demand expressions.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “Attack on Titan,” with 67.5 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘WandaVision,’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Give Marvel Top Two Spots on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand List

“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, remained No. 1 for a sixth consecutive week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended April 3. It had 40.8 times the demand of an average series after a 3.9% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Meanwhile, the second Disney+ Marvel original series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” jumped two spots to No. 2 on the digital originals chart after a 13.9% spike in demand expressions to give it 39.1 times average demand. It was No. 10 on the list of overall TV show demand.

Disney+ had a third show in the top five digital originals with the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” though it dropped a spot from the week before, to No. 4, garnering 36.5 times the demand of the average show after another 0.35% dip in demand expressions.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 37.5 times average demand and a 5% drop in demand expressions.

Rounding out the top five for the second week was Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” with 31.4 times average demand and a 0.2% drop in demand expressions.

With the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at No. 6, Disney+ had four shows in the top 10 digital originals, while Netflix had five, including “Lucifer” at No. 7, “The Witcher” at No. 9 and “The Crown” at No. 10.

The top 10 original not from one of those two streamers was HBO Max’s “Titans” at No. 8.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 66.3 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Jumps Up Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart, but ‘WandaVision’ Leads for Fifth Week

“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, remained No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended March 27. It had 42.3 times the demand of an average series after a 5.8% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Meanwhile, the second Disney+ Marvel original series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” jumped up to No. 4 on the digital originals chart after an 80% spike in demand expressions to give it 34.2 times average demand. The show, an extension of the “Captain America” side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bowed its first of six weekly episodes March 19, just two weeks following the conclusion of “WandaVision.” It had been No. 13 the previous week.

Disney+ had a third show in the top five digital originals with the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” though it dropped a spot from the week before, to No. 3, garnering 36.6 times the demand of the average show after another 1.3% dip in demand expressions.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” moved up to No. 2 on the digital originals chart with 39.3 times average demand and a 9.5% rise in demand expressions. It was No. 9 on the list of overall TV show demand.

Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” dropped a spot to No. 5 on the digital originals chart with 31.3 times average demand and a 2% drop in demand expressions.

With the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at No. 6, Disney+ had four shows in the top 10 digital originals, while Netflix had five, including “The Crown” at No. 8, “Lucifer” at No. 9, and “The Witcher” at No. 10.

The top 10 original not from one of those two streamers was HBO Max’s “Titans” at No. 7.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 66.2 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Denies Disney’s ‘WandaVision’ Top Spot on Weekly SVOD Chart

In another strong week for female-led TV shows and movies streaming on household televisions, the original Netflix series debut of “Ginny & Georgia” came in at No. 1, even beating Disney+’s much-hyped “WandaVision.”

That’s according to Nielsen’s weekly tracking of programming on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, the week ended Feb. 28.

According to Nielsen, “Ginny” generated 953 million minutes across 10 episodes. That was followed by licensed show “Good Girls,” which tracked 898 million minutes across 33 episodes. Netflix’s award-winning movie I Care A lot, starring Rosamund Pike, again topped feature films with 807 minutes.

“Three very female-driven pieces of content, accounting for about 37% of total viewing across this Top 10,” said Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy.

“WandaVision” tracked its highest-ever week on the Nielsen chart with 732 million minutes across eight episodes. Notably, the series ranked No. 1 among males across all charts.

“Maybe [WandaVision has] found its audience, or its audience has found [the show],” Fuhrer said.

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Meanwhile, original movie I Care A Lot actually added minutes streamed, a rarity among feature films, which typically lose their appeal quickly.

Finally, Hulu had two movies on the chart: United States vs. Billie Holiday joining last week’s charter Nomadland. Both titles have been nominated for Oscars, including Andra Day and Frances McDormand for best lead actress, respectively.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

 

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 Netflix “Good Girls” 33 898
2 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 307 800
3 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 366 767
4 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 540
5 Netflix “Cocomelon” 6 534
6 Netflix “I-Carly” 60 531
7 Netflix “Heartland” 158 519
8 Netflix “NCIS” 353 507
9 Netflix “Outlander” 55 431
10 Netflix “The Sinner” 24 426
Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 Netflix I Care a Lot 1 807
2 Netflix Bigfoot Family 1 335
3 Disney+ Moana 1 197
4 Netflix The Conjuring 2 1 184
5 Disney+ Flora & Ulysses 1 180
6 Disney+ Frozen 1 140
7 Hulu United States vs. Billie Holiday 1 124
8 Disney+ Frozen II 1 123
9 Disney+ Avengers: Endgame 1 105
10 Hulu Nomadland 1 97

‘WandaVision’ No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart for Fourth Week

“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, remained No. 1 for a fourth consecutive week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended March 20. It had 44.8 times the demand of an average series after an 11.4% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” stayed No. 2 for a fourth week on the digital originals chart, with the show garnering 37 times the demand of the average show after a 9.5% dip in demand expressions. It was No. 10 on the overall list.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 35.9 times average demand and a 1.7% rise in demand expressions.

Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” held onto the No. 4 spot on the digital originals chart with 31.9 times average demand and a 3.5% rise in demand expressions.

Netflix’s “Lucifer” moved up two spots on the digital chart to No. 8 with 23 times average demand as fans anticipate the currently-in-production season. A 9.4% spike in demand expressions was no doubt fueled by a Twitter exchange between stars Tom Ellis and DB Woodside after filming their final scene together.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 66.9 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.