WBHE to Release ‘Succession: The Complete Second Season’ on DVD Sept. 15

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is set to release the second season of critically-acclaimed HBO series, “Succession,” on DVD on Sept. 15. Created by Emmy Award winner and Oscar Award nominee Jesse Armstrong (“In the Loop,” “The Thick of It”) “Succession” is about an enormously wealthy, aging patriarch (Golden Globes winner Brian Cox) and his four grown children, who together control one of the biggest entertainment conglomerates in the world.

Succession: The Complete Second Season will be priced at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada). The box set is also available via purchase from digital retailers. Bonus material includes “Invitation to the Set,” and 10 “Inside the Episode” featurettes.

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“‘Succession’ is one of the most engaging dramas on television today,” Rosemary Markson, SVP, TV Marketing, WBHE, said in a statement. “The writing is smart, with deeply layered and well-crafted story lines that surprise viewers with unexpected twists and turns.”

“Succession” premiered on HBO in August 2019.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Warner;
Animated;
$24.98 Blu-ray; $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, language and some sexual references.
Voices of Matt Ryan, Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Taissa Farmiga, Stuart Allan, Tony Todd, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is among the most brutal superhero movies and animated movies one is likely to encounter.

The film is the 15th and final chapter of the DC Animated Movie Universe, a series of direct-to-video films that started in 2013 with a string of ‘PG-13’ adventures and gradually pushed the envelope into ‘R’-rated territory. This film earns its rating, with multiple scenes of superheroes being dismembered and torn in half.

The film begins with Superman (Jerry O’Connell) urging the Justice League to attack the planet Apokolips to end the threat of Darkseid, who has attempted several invasions of Earth throughout these movies. However, the battle is a disaster for the heroes, who are nearly all slaughtered, with many being turned into cyborg minions of Darkseid’s army.

Cut to two years later, and Darkseid’s forces have conquered Earth and are sucking minerals from the planet’s core. Superman, depowered due to kryptonite poisoning, recruits the few remaining heroes, as well as Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad, on a desperate mission to divide the armies of Apokolips so they have a chance to kill Darkseid.

Key to the plan are John Constantine (Matt Ryan), the practitioner of the dark arts whose magics are needed in the final battle, and Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan), the son of Batman (Jason O’Mara), who has been brainwashed into serving as Darkseid’s chief tactician.

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The filmmakers have pulled out all the stops for this one, producing an animated equivalent of Avengers: Endgame for the DC Comics characters. The film manages to involve nearly every character who ever played a part in one of the movies of the series, even if it’s just a small background cameo.

One of the key strengths of the film is how it serves both as a fitting conclusion to the 15-movie cycle while also working effectively well as a standalone adventure. The extreme circumstances the heroes find themselves in almost qualify the movie as an Elseworlds alternate reality tale, which adds to the fun.

It also helps that the premise gives a lot of the franchise’s quirky breakthrough characters to shine, with Matt Ryan’s Constantine (a role he also plays in live action on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is practically an institution at this point, and always a sure bet to carry the story to where it needs to go.

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The Blu-ray includes a good commentary track with executive producer James Tucker, directors Matt Peters and Christina Sotta, and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.

The disc also includes a good 15-minute featurette about the comic book history of Darkseid, plus a few bonus cartoons.

There are also previews for other DC Universe animated movies, including the upcoming Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

The Blu-ray also includes the 16-minute animated short film DC Showcase: Adam Strange, a gritty mini tale for the classic character (voiced by Charlie Weber) who finds himself trapped on a mining colony after his homeworld is invaded. Unable to return to his family and unaware of their fate, he finds himself scorned as a drunk, but must rise to defend the people who would cast him aside when they are attacked by a horde of deadly insects. It’s a decent update to the character.

‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 5 on Disc Sept. 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 22. All 15 episodes from the season will also be available through digital retailers.

The season finale airs on the CW June 2.

Based on DC Comics characters, “Legends of Tomorrow” follows a group of misfit heroes as they fight, talk, and sing their way through protecting history from aberrations, anomalies, and anything else that threatens to mess up the timeline. In the fifth season, evil figures from history are returning from hell to cause havoc, leading the Legends to round up the reanimated souls and uncovering a supernatural plot in which the fate of the world and the free will of mankind is at stake.

The cast includes Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, Olivia Swann, Nick Zano and Dominic Purcell, plus Matt Ryan reprising his role as John Constantine.

Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater” featurette.

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The season began with the concluding chapter of the five-part “Crisis on Infinite Earth” crossover with other CW superhero series, completing the story from “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Batwoman.”

The Blu-ray edition will include a limited-edition bonus disc with all five “Crisis” episodes and six tie-in featurettes (the disc is also available with the concurrent Blu-ray seasons of the other shows involved in the crossover).

‘The Way Back’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Bad Boys’ Returns Atop Digital Chart

With its release on disc May 19, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Way Back took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended May 24. The drama, which stars Ben Affleck as a high school basketball coach looking to recover from alcoholism, has been available digitally since March 24 and was No. 9 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital rental transactions.

The top digital title available from Redbox was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, returning to the No. 1 spot it last held a month earlier. The action sequel was No. 8 on the disc rental chart.

The previous week’s top Redbox title, Warner’s Birds of Prey, dropped to No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 10 on the digital chart.

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Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild rose to No. 2 on the disc chart.

Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot was No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The No. 5 disc rental was Vertical Entertainment’s Capone, available on disc exclusively on Redbox.

The No. 3 digital title, and No. 6 on the disc rental list, was Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island, which was the top digital title a week earlier.

Paramount’s animated Sonic the Hedgehog was the No. 4 Redbox On Demand title, and No. 7 on the disc chart.

Warner’s animated Scoob! was the No. 5 digital title.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 24:

  1. The Way Back — Warner
  2. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  3. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  4. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  5. Capone — Vertical
  6. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  8. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  9. Brahms: The Boy II — Universal
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 24:

  1. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  2. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  3. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Scoob! — Warner
  6. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  7. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  8. The Postcard Killings — RLJ
  9. The Way Back — Warner
  10. Birds of Prey … — Warner

 

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‘Birds of Prey’ Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended May 16.

The latest movie based on DC Comics characters features Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn from 2016’s Suicide Squad, and earned $84.2 million during a domestic theatrical run that was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

No. 2 on both charts was another new disc release, the latest adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. The film, which stars Harrison Ford and a CG-animated dog, earned $62.3 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, slipped to no. 3 on both charts.

The faith-based I Still Believe, from Lionsgate, was No. 4 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, in its fourth week, was No. 5 on both charts.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was No. 6 on the overall sales chart in its seventh week on shelves.

Another newcomer, Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island, was No. 7 on both charts after a $26.4 million run in U.S. theaters. The film is a horror-fueled adaptation of the classic TV series.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 64% of first-week Birds of Prey sales, compared with 57% for Call of the Wild and 46% for Fantasy Island. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version comprised 17% of Birds of Prey‘s total, and 7% of Call of the Wild.

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Birds of Prey also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 17. The previous week’s top rental, Bloodshot, dropped to No. 2.

Fantasy Island debuted as the No. 3 rental, followed by Call of the Wild at No. 4, and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, an early disc release at Redbox, and No. 5.

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‘Supergirl’ Season 5 on Disc Sept. 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 8. The season’s 19 episodes are available now for digital purchase.

In the CW’s show’s fifth season, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confronts a shadowy organization called Leviathan, while National City becomes enthralled by an addictive new virtual reality program. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) returns as a global hero thanks to the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover with the CW’s other superhero shows.

The cast also includes Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Azie Tesfai, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood.

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Home video extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and highlights from the DC TV 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panels.

The Blu-ray will also include a limited-edition bonus disc that includes all five “Crisis” crossover episodes, plus six “Crisis” featurettes.

‘Birds of Prey’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Fantasy Island’ Leads the Digital Chart

With its release on disc May 12, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended May 17. The comic book movie, which has been available digitally since March 24, landed at No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart, up two spots from the previous week.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital rental transactions.

The top digital title available from Redbox was the Blumhouse horror movie adaptation of Fantasy Island, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It was the No. 3 disc rental.

The previous week’s top Redbox title, Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, dropped to No. 2 on both charts.

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Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 9 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 disc rental was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which is available on disc early through Redbox (the disc sale date is May 19). Sonic was also the No. 4 on Demand title.

The No. 3 digital title, and No. 6 on the disc rental list, was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life.

Warner’s animated Scoob!, which became available digitally May 15 after bypassing theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic, was the No. 5 Redbox On Demand title.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 17:

  1. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  2. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  3. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  4. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  6. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  7. Gretel & Hansel — Warner
  8. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  9. Dolittle — Universal
  10. The Gentlemen — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 17:

  1. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  2. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  3. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Scoob! — Warner
  6. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  8. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  9. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  10. Like a Boss — Paramount

 

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Update (5/21/20): Redbox revised On Demand numbers for this week, combining the unrated and theatrical versions of ‘Fantasy Island,’ which were inadvertently separated, and removing sellthrough numbers from the ‘Scoob!’ digital totals. Redbox announced the On Demand chart no longer tracked digital purchases.

Merchandising: ‘Onward’ to a Slew of Exclusives

Target and Best Buy offered a slew of exclusives for several of the new titles hitting shelves May 19, particularly for Disney’s Onward and Warner’s Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.

For Onward, the latest Pixar release, Target offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a gallery booklet and slipcover for $34.99. Best Buy had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition for the same price.

Best Buy’s ‘Onward’ Steelbook

Onward arrived at retail without much fanfare, as Disney did little to promote the disc version after the studio’s prominent announcement the Pixar fantasy would be available on the Disney+ streaming service in early April. Stores then offered the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K editions without the so-called first-week discount, typically $2 to $5 off new releases. That is, the stores that bothered to actually put them on shelves. A clerk at a Target in Tustin, Calif., found the box of the store’s entire inventory hidden in the stockroom after being prompted to search for them by customers wondering why the shelf spaces allocated for them were empty despite other new releases having been put out, and the Target website indicating all versions were in stock at that store.

Further, the lack of a slipcover for the regular 4K and Blu-ray editions motivated several Pixar collectors to take to message boards to complain that their absence, in addition to the lack of early discount, would lead them to forgo buying the title until it goes on sale for the holidays. (Slipcovers, often sought by collectors, are typically only included with new discs in their early shipments to stores.)

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Moreover, Onward was also apparently not for sale through Amazon.com except via third-party sellers, and even then finding the disc versions wasn’t particularly easy to do through Amazon’s search function.

Onward’s lack of presence on Amazon is similar to another Disney-owned title, Fox’s The Call of the Wild, which didn’t have a disc listing at the online retailer until several days after its May 12 street date. This may relate to longstanding issues Amazon often has with studios such as Disney over distribution agreements for new titles, leading to Amazon not to take preorders for such titles.

Similarly, the newly released disc of Disney-owned Fox’s Downhill was almost nowhere to be found not just on Amazon (where it was offered by marketplace sellers, essentially Amazon’s version of eBay), but any physical store shelves, being relegated to the online stores of the major retailers.

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For Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Target offered a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $19.99, while Best Buy offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray gift set that included a figurine of the Teen Titans’ Raven character for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Justice League Dark: Apokolips War’ with figurine

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog was offered as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook by Best Buy for $32.99.

 

Best Buy’s ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Steelbook

Best Buy also offered Universal’s new The Blues Brothers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release as a Steelbook edition for $19.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Blues Brothers’ 4K Steelbook

Another Best Buy promotion lets customers buy Warner’s The Way Back Blu-ray at $19.99 and get $5 off another Warner Blu-ray.

Finally, Best Buy is already taking preorders for Warner’s Scoob!, which was released through digital channels May 15. The digital version is available now for $24.99, and Best Buy is offering the DVD at $17.99, Blu-ray at $19.99 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $27.99, though no street date for the discs has been announced.

‘The Flash’ Season 6 on Disc Aug. 25

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 25. The season’s 19 episodes are available now for digital purchase.

In its sixth season, the top-rated series on the CW finds its heroes dealing two villains: Bloodwork and Mirror Master, as the Flash (Grant Gustin) prepares for the potential sacrifice he must make in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover with the CW’s other superhero shows. After surviving Crisis, Flash learns he is losing his speed powers, and must find a way to restore them just as his wife, Iris (Candice Patton) finds herself trapped in a mirror universe.

The cast also includes Danielle Panabaker as Frost, Carlos Valdes as Vibe and Hartley Sawyer as Elongated Man, plus Danielle Nicolet, Efrat Dor, Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin.

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Home video extras include “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach — Noir,” a special version of the fifth episode with optional commentary by showrunner Eric Wallace. Other extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and highlights from the DC TV 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panels.

The Blu-ray will also include a limited-edition bonus disc that includes all five “Crisis” crossover episodes, plus six “Crisis” featurettes.

Scoob!

DIGITAL REVIEW:

Warner;
Animated;
$19.99 VOD, $24.99 EST;
Rated ‘PG’ for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor.
Voices of Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Mckenna Grace, Simon Cowell.

In upscaling “Scooby-Doo!” for what would have been the long-running franchise’s first big-screen outing, the filmmakers behind Scoob! have sent the Mystery Inc. gang far beyond the trappings of their typical adventures.

Instead of a mere ghost story to unravel, the team finds itself embroiled on an Indiana Jones-style globetrotting adventure that involves unlocking the gates of Hell to uncover vast treasures left behind by Alexander the Great. Along the way they encounter enough characters from other classic cartoons to make this seem less like a “Scooby-Doo!” movie and more like phase one of a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.

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It begins simply enough, to a flashback of young Shaggy meeting his talking-dog pal Scooby for the first time — and the pair in turn joining forces with the junior versions of Fred, Daphne and Velma to conquer a haunted house on Halloween. Cut to the present, and the fully fledged mystery-solving team we all know and love is looking for their next case. The client turns out to be none other than Simon Cowell, voicing himself in the grand tradition of the Scooby celebrity crossover, though things hit a snag when he questions the value of Shaggy and Scoob to the team, causing the pair to sulk off.

Once on their own, the pair are attacked by an army of robots and rescued by famed HB superheroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, who reveal the villain is none other than Dick Dastardly of HB’s “Wacky Races” fame.

Since Scooby is descended from the trusted dog of Alexander, Dasterdly needs his DNA to unlock the gates, and kidnaps the rest of Mystery Inc. to set a trap. But to unveil the gates, he must retrieve the three skulls of the guardian Cerberus from their hiding spots around the world.

The bizarre story beats, while putting a spin on timeless Scooby tropes, offer an excuse for some wild, colorful animation, as the classic characters are modernized through CGI, while Dasterdly and his army of diminutive robots are no doubt meant to evoke the flavor of Gru and the Minions from Despicable Me. It’s a splashy distraction for the little ones that delivers a warm message about friendship as it brings a touch of nostalgia for older viewers.

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The home video presentation offers 20 minutes of deleted sequences (featuring even more Hanna-Barbera characters) with introductions by director Tony Cervone.

Additional extras include a 10-minute “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” instructional video with Cervone, a four-minute voice-cast blooper reel and a one-minute promotional video in which the cast plays with puppies.

Apple TV offers a six-minute “New Friends, Newer Villains” featurette about all the Hanna-Barbera characters in the film. Vudu has an additional one-minute “Welcome Aboard the Falcon Fury” video, which is just a clip from the film.