Merchandising: New Exclusives for ‘Injustice’ and a Slew of Steelbooks

Warner’s Injustice got a few retail exclusives Oct. 19, while Best Buy had a slew of Steelbook editions for some of the week’s new releases.

Walmart’s ‘Injustice’ DVD

For Injustice, the latest direct-to-video animated superhero movie based on DC Comcis characters, Walmart offered a $14.96 DVD edition, as the title was widely released only on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Injustice.

Other Best Buy Steelbooks new for the week included Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $34.99; Universal’s Old 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at 34.99; a re-release of Lionsgate Apocalypse Now 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $19.99; and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of 1996 horror film Scream, from Paramount, for $25.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Scream’ 4K Steelbook

Target for the week offered a sale of up to 30% off Halloween books and movies.

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‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘Old,’ ‘Protégé’ Arrive on Disc Oct. 19, ‘Respect’ Available for Digital Purchase

Oct. 19 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Universal’s Old, Paramount’s Snake Eyes and Lionsgate’s The Protégé, while Universal’s Respect becomes available for digital purchase.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD 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).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. This is the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A set of all three “G.I. Joe” films also is available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The action thriller The Protégé arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from Martin Campbell, the director of Casino Royale.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the newest DC Universe animated movie, Injustice, on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and via digital sellthrough Oct. 19. Inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us — Year One graphic novel based on it, the film is set in an alternate world gone mad, where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes, leading to an all-out superhero war. Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” provides the voice of Superman, returning to the DC realm after playing Green Arrow on “Smallville.” Anson Mount of “Star Trek: Discovery” voices Batman. The voice cast also includes Janet Varney as Wonder Woman; Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg; Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent; Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman; Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz; Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc; Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn; Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man; Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna; Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul; Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman; Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam; Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen; Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern; Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom; and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier. The film is rated ‘R’ for bloody violence.

Warner Oct. 19 also releases Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with extended versions of all 15 episodes. The series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, who are now married and raising twin teenage sons, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). When Jordan stars exhibiting superpowers like his father, the Kents move back to Smallville, where they uncover a scheme by businessman Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) to transform the population into an army of Kryptonian soldiers. The cast also includes Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Superman series, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto Blu-ray for the first time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19. The set features all 218 episodes along with more than 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 seasons, plus digital copy (U.S. only). The Emmy-winning, 10-season series based on the DC comics character explored the origins of Superman from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang,  Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Laura Vandervoort as Kara, Callum Blue as Zod, Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague and Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome, “Smallville” has also featured guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition includes two DVD discs with more than 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the season DVD sets. They include “The Adventures of Superboy,”  the original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell; “A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey,” an in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this television series; the “A Decade of Comic-Con” featurette; a Paley Festival featurette; “Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone,” an extended version of the original featurette included in the season five set; “Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics,” a feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years; audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; gag reels; and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Shout! Factory releases the ballet movie Coppelia as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 19. The visually opulent fairy tale is based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, putting a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining animation and live-action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia. The film stars ballet superstar/author/and inspirational activist Michaela DePrince, and a cast including one of the world’s most in-demand principal dancers, Daniel Camargo, alongside international dance stars Vito Mazzeo, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov, and Darcey Bussell. This unconventional adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. When everyone in town falls under the spell of the Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia — the “perfect” robot-woman Coppelius has created.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12, and on DVD Oct. 19 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds.

Arriving for digital purchase Oct. 19 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron,  Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9.

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The Western Badland Doves shoots to DVD Oct. 19, including Walmart stores nationwide, from Green Apple Entertainment. In this feminist take on the film genre, when masked men burst into the Silva family’s cabin in the Old West, gunning them all down as they sit at their dinner table, their daughter Regina (Jessica Y. Martin) is the only survivor of the grisly attack. Learning how to handle a gun, Regina hits the trail to seek justice. When she takes a job at a brothel where a prostitute has recently been brutally murdered, she realizes they are seeking the same man, Pete Chalmers. The town is run by Pete’s father, and the local sheriff and town leaders are not only refusing to help but are protecting him. Along with the madam, Victoria (Sandy Penny), and the other ladies of the house, Cora (Michelle Nuquay) and Ekta (Elizabeth Selby), the girls women take revenge.

Kino Lorber Oct. 19 releases the DVD of On Broadway, a newly produced documentary on the legendary Great White Way. As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after the extended COVID-19 shutdown,  an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink, through the early 1980s “Save the Theaters” campaign. This came after New York’s storied live-theater scene had been struck by economic downturns, cultural shifts and the AIDS crisis — as well as the threatened destruction of historic theater buildings by big-money Manhattan developers. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. The documentary includes interviews with such stage and screen icons as Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis and Ian McKellen. They take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

A remake of Slumber Party Massacre arrives digitally Oct. 19. A production of Shout! Studios and Blue Ice Pictures, Slumber Party Massacre is a contemporary, twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Roger Corman and Amy Holden Jones. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a power drill-wielding psychopath disrupts the fun.

Cohen Media Group Oct. 19 releases on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Corridor of Mirrors, a 1948 British drama that marks the directorial debut of Terence Young, who would later go on to helm Dr. No and Wait Until Dark. The film has been newly restored for its disc release. In Corridor of Mirrors, Eric Portman (A Canterbury Tale) plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Edana Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. Corridor of Mirrors incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. It was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Corridor of Mirrors also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings).

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formants. In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape. Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available for digital purchase and VOD as of Oct. 19 . In the film, with the streets empty, free from activity of humans and machines, it is not just nature that takes advantage of a global lockdown. A notorious serial killer is back from the dead, with more potential victims than ever before. It arrives on DVD Nov. 16

Mothers of the Revolution, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the women behind the Greenham Common Peace Camp, heads to digital Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. On Sept. 5, 1981, a group of women marched from Wales to Berkshire in the U.K. to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp that followed challenged world leaders, altering the course of history and went on to inspire millions as the world’s first and biggest female-only demonstration, preceded only by the suffragettes.

Gravitas Ventures releases director Anthony Catalano’s Last Testament on VOD Oct. 19, with DVD and Blu-ray releases to follow. The indie true crime drama was produced by Catalano and stars Dominick Alesia, Anna Roemer and Rima Sabal. Last Testament explores the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God cult. Born into the infamous cult, Ricky (Dominick Alesia) was subjected to years of abuse while also being groomed to one day lead the cult. He was finally able to escape with his wife Elixcia (Anna Roemer), but he remained haunted by his past. Ricky reaches a breaking point and he vows to take down the cult and its leaders — including his mother — by any means necessary.

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on digital Oct. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

Francis Ford Coppola’s definitive cut of his Vietnam masterpiece Apocalypse Now: Final Cut arrives Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. The Steelbook features all new artwork from artist Ken Taylor and an intro by Coppola.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’ Available for Digital Purchase Nov. 5, on Disc Dec. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Cry Macho for premium digital ownership Nov. 5, followed by a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7.

Cry Macho is directed by and also stars Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son (Eduardo Minett) home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.

The cast also includes Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola and Horacio Garcia Rojas. The screenplay was written by Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash, based on the novel by Nash.

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It earned $10.2 million at the domestic box office during a theatrical run in which it was also available concurrently on the HBO Max streaming service for 31 days.

The disc editions include the featurette “Back in the Saddle: The Making of Cry Macho.” The Blu-ray editions also include the featurette “Macho and the Mustangs.”

The year 2021 marks the 50th year of Eastwood’s partnership with Warner Bros., starting with Dirty Harry.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 10/19/21:
Warner;
Sci-Fi Action;
$154.99 DVD (62 discs), $179.99 Blu-ray (42 discs — 40 BD + 2 DVD);
Not rated.
Stars Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, John Glover, Erica Durance, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, Justin Hartley, Sam Jones, Cassidy Freeman, Aaron Ashmore, Eric Johnson, Laura Vandervoort, Callum Blue, Jensen Ackles, Sam Witwer, Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer, Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve.

Running from 2001 to 2011, first on the WB network and then CW, “Smallville” depicted the early years of Clark Kent before he became Superman.

Set in the fictional title town in Kansas where young Clark famously grew up, the show begins with Smallville being hit by a meteor shower, the remnants of the destroyed planet Krypton. Among the debris is the craft carrying the baby Kal-El, who is discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent (John Schneider and Annette O’Toole) and raised as their son with solid midwestern American values.

As the years go by, Clark (Tom Welling) discovers his true self as his alien abilities blossom, setting him along the path toward his destiny.

To give Clark something to do in between the milestone events that edge him closer to becoming Superman, the show hit upon the clever conceit that the meteorites that crashed into Smallville would unleash cosmic radiation upon those near where it crashed. For Clark, the surviving chunks would become Kryptonite, the substance any casual pop culture fan knows is Superman’s weakness. However, the humans affected would gain strange abilities of their own, lending the show a monster-of-the-week format as high schooler Clark and his pals, most notably Chloe (Allison Mack), would deal with the strange cases that arose. This underpinning of the show’s mythology gave it a strong “Superboy” by way of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” vibe. The show also attempted to stay somewhat grounded in reality with its famous “no tights, no flights” rule, meaning it tried to stay away from cheesy costumes and fanciful superpowers (though it would backtrack on that a bit in the later years when the original creative team behind the show had left).

As something of a proto-Arrowverse, the show would also introduce several elements from Superman and the greater DC Comics lore into the show. In later seasons, Clark would encounter other young superheroes, teaming up with them to form an early version of the Justice League. Among them was the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), whose popularity would inspire giving the character his own show, though “Arrow” was a reboot and not a spinoff.

Other friends of the teenage Clark included his first love, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), and a younger Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), who was mostly interested in stopping the evil schemes of his father, Lionel (John Glover), while developing an evil streak of his own. Eventually Clark would also meet Chloe’s cousin Lois Lane (Erica Durance), long before she ever became an ace reporter, giving the show a chance to tell that story, too.

The series was often fun to watch and offered some clever takes on the Superman mythology. Later seasons would involve long story arcs involving more-traditional Superman villains such as Zod or Doomsday, and introduce characters such as Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort). However, the show seemed to be running in place it last few seasons as it kept putting off the moment Clark would actually become Superman, which was clearly the natural endpoint, resulting in a show that crawled to the finish line having stayed on a air a few seasons more than it probably should. This longevity forced producers to awkwardly cram in comic book elements from Superman’s adult adventures while retconning other plot developments that deviated from the lore (such as Lex dying after season seven when Rosenbaum left the show).

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The show was heavily influenced by the look and feel of the Richard Donner Superman movie, using its design for the Fortress of Solitude as a palace of ice, while sprinkling in John Williams’ iconic theme music when appropriate.

“Smallville” was also known for its extensive Easter Eggs of earlier adaptations of the source material, most notably in the form of its extensive roster of guest stars (a tradition carried on in the Arrowverse). Christopher Reeve, the movie Superman of the 1970s and 1980s, made a well-received guest appearance as a scientist who uncovers facts about Clark’s Kryptonian heritage, while Margot Kidder made a cameo as one of his colleagues (Durance’s Lois, it should be noted, takes a lot of influence from Kidder’s version). Helen Slater, who played Supergirl in the 1984 movie, play’s Kal-El’s Kryptonian mother, Lara (and she would go on to play Supergirl’s adopted mother in the “Supergirl” TV series). Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father, would be voiced by Terence Stamp, who played the evil General Zod in the Reeve films. Annette O’Toole had played Lana Lang in Superman III.

Amy Adams, who would go on to play Lois Lane in Man of Steel, guest starred in an early episode as one of the meteor freaks of the week.

One episode in season five even features a “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion, brining on Tom Wopat as an old friend of Schneider’s Jonathan.

Ultimately “Smallville” lasted for 10 seasons and 217 episodes, establishing the record as the longest-running genre series (surpassing “Stargate SG-1” by three episodes, but later eclipsed by “Supernatural,” which lasted 15 years and 320 episodes).

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A complete-series DVD was released back in 2011, after all the seasons had been released individually on DVD, while seasons six through 10 had also been released individually on Blu-ray. Thus, the complete-series Blu-ray collection marks the Blu-ray debuts for seasons one through five (though season five had been released on HD DVD, as was season six).

The series was filmed with HD in mind from the start, so the early episodes look great in HD. However, some visual effects were completed in standard-definition, and those scenes have been upscaled, as have the first few seasons of the opening credits that weren’t originally completed in high-def either.

The discs come housed with each season in its own Blu-ray case packed into a nice slipcover. The box art for each season are rather Spartan, however, offering some season-specific images and a list of episodes and bonus features, but not indicating which episodes and extras are on which disc.

Those extras, carried over from the previous DVDs, include a smattering of deleted scenes, episode commentaries and featurettes. Some episodes have extended cuts, such as the pilot. While the extended version of the first episode does have a nice commentary from the show’s creators, it is presented as upscaled SD rather than the noticeably better quality of the HD print of the broadcast version.

The complete-series set also includes the two DVDs of extras previously released in the deluxe 2011 complete-series DVD set, including a series retrospective, a look a the 100th episode, and pilot episodes from proposed “Superboy” and “Aquaman” series that were never picked up.

However, there don’t seem to be any new extras, which is a shame given it’s been 10 years since “Smallville” ended and there is no shortage of retrospective material on the Internet. Michael Rosenbaum’s “Inside of You” podcast is a good source for a lot of discussions with the cast, though those might be a bit candid for an official studio release, given how much of the discussions relate to Allison Mack’s criminal troubles related to the NXIVM sex cult.

Heck, they even had a reunion panel at DC Fandome that could easily have been pre-recorded in time to include in the set. (The 20-minute clip can be found on YouTube.)

They also could have included the “Smallville” segment of the Arrowvere’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” 2019 crossover that brought Welling and Durance back as Clark and Lois to get a peek at what they had been up to since the show ended (even though the finale featured a flash-forward). So to see that, fans will have to pick up any of the Arrowverse seasons featuring the “Crisis” bonus disc.

‘F9’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week, ‘Space Jam’ Reboot No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga spent a third week as 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 Oct. 9.

The latest “Fast & Furious” film focuses on Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting his brother (John Cena) over a device that can take over every computer in the world.

The week’s top newcomer was Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, which came in at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The reboot of the 1996 film Space Jam is a live-action/animation hybrid that pairs LeBron James with Bugs Bunny in a high-stakes basketball game. It earned $70.5 million at the domestic box office.

A two-pack of both “Space Jam” movies was No. 20 on the overall sales chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray version accounted for 58% of its total unit sales, which means 42% of its sales were due to the Walmart-exclusive DVD edition.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow in its fourth week on shelves.

Moving up to No. 4 overall as Halloween approaches was Disney’s 1993 spooky comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s The Forever Purge, slipped to No. 5 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was the 2000 Christian Bale starrer American Psycho, thanks to a new Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook repackaging of Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the film. It was No. 16 overall, with 4K editions of the film accounting for 98% of its total sales.

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The only other new-to-disc recent theatrical release in the top 20 was Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, a sequel to 2019’s Escape Room that earned $25.2 million at the domestic box office. It was No 12 overall, No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sales for Space Jam: A New Legacy broke down as 7% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 42% regular Blu-ray, and 51% DVD. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions had 64% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc; it wasn’t released on 4K disc.

Newly released 4K editions of the first five “Halloween” movies from Shout! Factory helped them climb up the charts as well.

The 1978 original Halloween, with 73% of its weekly sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, was No. 15 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. While Shout! Factory released a 4K edition of the film Oct. 5, it has also been released on 4K disc by Lionsgate several times since 2018, with those editions also still in circulation.

Its 1981 sequel, Halloween II, was No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart, with Halloween III: Season of the Witch at No. 17. The No. 18 Blu-ray was 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, with 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at No. 20.

The 2018 Halloween sequel/reboot from Universal was No. 11 on the overall disc chart (No. 27 on the Blu-ray chart), as fans picked up the DVD in anticipation of the Oct. 15 release of its sequel, Halloween Kills, in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service.

Likewise, MGM’s Blu-ray boxed set of all 24 official James Bond movies was No. 25 on the overall disc chart, and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, in advance of the 25th Bond movie and fifth with Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, arriving in theaters.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 10 also had F9 in the top spot for a third week, with Space Jam: A New Legacy debuting at No. 2 and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 3.

The Forever Purge dropped to No. 4 and Black Widow to No. 5, both down two spots from the previous week.

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CW Movie ‘The Waltons’ Homecoming’ Due on Digital and DVD Dec. 14

The Waltons’ Homecoming, a feature-length film commemorating the original holiday film that launched the long-running family drama series “The Waltons,” will be available on digital and DVD Dec. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment following its broadcast premiere on The CW Nov. 28.

The film stars Logan Shroyer (“This Is Us”) as John Boy Walton, Bellamy Young (“Scandal,” “Prodigal Son”) as Olivia Walton, Ben Lawson (“Firefly Lane”) as John Walton Sr., and Richard Thomas (“The Americans,” “The Waltons”) reprises his role as the adult John Boy and narrator.

The Waltons’ Homecoming is set in the 1933 Depression Era and is told through the eyes of John Boy, the 17-year-old eldest child of John and Olivia Walton. His mother expects John Boy to help her raise his sisters and brothers, and his father expects him to follow in his footsteps to help support the family but secretly, John Boy wants to be a writer. Times are hard enough in 1933, but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and races to prepare for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his arrival on Christmas Eve and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy — a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.

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The Waltons’ Homecoming also stars Marcelle LeBlanc as Mary Ellen Walton, Christian Finlayson (The Gifted) as Jason Walton, Tatum Sue Matthews as Erin Walton, Samuel Goergen as Jim Bob Walton, Callaway Corrick as Elizabeth Walton, Alpha Trivette as Grandpa Walton,  Rebecca Koon (“The Walking Dead”) as Grandma Walton, Jacinte Blankenship (Just Mercy) as Rose Dooly, Arianna Rosario (West Side Story) as Maggie Sikes, with special appearances by legendary musicians and singers Marilyn McCoo as Sister Harriet and Billy Davis, Jr. as Brother William.

Merchandising: Retailers Break Out the ‘Space Jam’ Exclusives

The Oct. 5 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy brought with it exclusive editions at the major retail chains.

Target’s ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Blu-ray with character cards

The film is a remake of sorts of the 1996 live-action/animation hybrid that paired Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny in a cosmic basketball game, with the new version starring LeBron James.

Walmart’s ‘Space Jam’ DVD two-pack

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition, selling the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Space Jam: A New Legacy in the metal casing for $34.99.

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo pack of the film with exclusive packaging and character cards for $26.99.

Walmart offered a DVD two-pack of both ‘Space Jam” movies for $22.96. The Blu-ray version was a wide release.

Best Buy also released another notable Steelbook exclusive during the week — a $19.99 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of 2000’s American Psycho starring Christian Bale.

Best Buy’s ‘American Psycho’ Steelbook

New ‘Space Jam,’ ‘Escape Room’ Installments Lead Oct. 5 New Releases on Disc

Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions make their way to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5, while Universal Pictures’ Old becomes available for digital purchase.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Space Jam: A New Legacy Oct. 5 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The film is a remake of 1996’s Space Jam, which combined live-action and animation to team basketball legend Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes against a team of monsters from outer space. The new version stars LeBron James, who must recruit the Looney Tunes to play a basketball video game against a team created by the artificial intelligence program (Don Cheadle) that controls the Warner Bros. mainframe and has captured LeBron’s son as revenge for LeBron rejecting his pitch to star on a series of movies for the studio. To save his son and escape the computer, LeBron, Bugs and the rest of the Tunes must defeat a team of computer enhanced NBA and WNBA stars. The film earned $70.5 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available on HBO Max for a month.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before. The never-before-seen extended cut, available on Blu-ray and digital, reveals the masterminds behind Minos and features more deadly escape rooms with more than 25 minutes of new footage.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old will be available to own on digital Oct. 5 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). It arrives on and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Nevers: Season 1 Part 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The two-disc sets include the first six episodes of the HBO sci-fi drama created by Joss Whedon about a gang of women in Victorian England who suddenly manifest unusual supernatural powers and find themselves on a mission that could change the world. In 1896, London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. All who belong to this new underclass are in great danger, so it falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter them against the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. The second half of the first season is slated to air on HBO in 2022.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the latest adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling 1978 novel The Stand on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The Stand depicts an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors navigating the post-pandemic world. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man, who tries to construct a new civilization based on destruction, power and torture. The cast also includes James Marsden and Odessa Young. The Stand was originally released in nine parts on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) streaming service in late 2020 and early 2021.

The 2020 version is also included in a two-pack paired with the four-part, six-hour 1994 miniseries adaptation, as a four-disc Blu-ray or five-disc DVD set.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 5 release Clarice: Season One on DVD. A sequel to author Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, “Clarice” stars Rebecca Breeds as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after her encounter with notorious serial killer Buffalo Bill. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. The first season consists of 13 episodes. Due to complicated rights issues, the show was not allowed to make reference to the Hannibal Lecter character who was central to several of Harris’ books, including Silence of the Lambs.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Night of the Animated Dead on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis. The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Lionsgate releases the horror film The Amityville Moon via digital purchase, VOD and on DVD Oct. 5. The movie tells the story of a house of holiness that turns out to be a haven of evil. As former inmates Alyssa (Alex Rinehart) and Karla (Kelsey Zukowski) try to escape from the church halfway house, Karla is slaughtered by a vicious, semi-human creature. After Detective Kimball (Trey McCurley) tracks down Alyssa at a rowdy biker bar, she tells Kimball that women inmates disappear every full moon. Now the two must return to the halfway house to confront the priest and nuns — and the snarling, savage evil — that dwell within. The cast also includes Cody Renee Cameron and Tuesday Knight.

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Shout! Factory releases the animated adventure film Little Vampire on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Oct 5. Directed by popular French cartoonist and filmmaker Joann Sfar (“Little Vampire” TV series, The Rabbi’s Cat), Little Vampire is the movie adaptation of Sfar’s popular series of graphic novels, “Petit Vampire.” A fantastical adventure story that celebrates the importance of friendship and family, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Feature and a Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Little Vampire will screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in August ahead of its home entertainment release. The physical media release will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standalone DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Studio Canal.

The faith-based drama Heaven will be released on DVD and digitally Oct. 5 from Virgil Films. Based on the book Heaven: The Adventure Begins by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield,  the film tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in Heaven and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, Heaven follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, releases the first five “Halloween” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. The films will be available individually in a limited-edition rigid slipcase and will include a regular Blu-ray Disc of each film as well as previously released bonus materials. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1978’s original Halloween features a return to the original camera negative for the first time. This also marks the North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut for 1981’s Halloween II, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

Scream Factory is also releasing a 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the 2001 camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5. The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger. The film takes its inspiration from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 1960s.

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection arrives on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was originally released on Oct. 5, 1961, this collection includes Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Paris When It Sizzles, War and Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each film and legacy bonus content.

Kino Lorber Oct. 5 releases Blu-rays of Songs My Brother Taught Me and, from the Cohen Media Group, The Awakening.

Songs My Brother Taught Me is the 2015 debut feature from Chloé Zhao, the Academy Award-winning director of Nomadland (2020). A portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the film explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

The Awakening is a British horror film centered on the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. The Awakening stars Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (“The Wire”) and Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” films).

DVD releases that become available Oct. 5 include Playing Frisbee in North Korea and Greenwich Entertainment’s Not Going Quietly.

Playing Frisbee in North Korea is the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside North Korea. The idea began at a conference on Korean re-unification organized by General Colin L. Powell and the Colin Powell Center, where director Savanna Washington was a graduate Fellow. Through verité footage from inside North Korea, interviews with North Korean refugees, long-time aid workers, scholars, and experts on the topic, this documentary provides an authentic, on the ground perspective of the lives, struggles, and humanity of the people of North Korea.

Not Going Quietly is a documentary about a rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan, whose life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Sen. Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Barkan and a motley crew of activists ignite a political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 5 from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

The 2000 dark comedy American Psycho arrives Oct. 5 in a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Rick and Morty’ Season Five Arriving on Disc Dec. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Rick and Morty: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 7. The season is also available for digital purchase.

The two-DVD and single-disc Blu-ray sets will include all 10 episodes of the 2021 season of the Adult Swim series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The animated half-hour comedy follows sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez, who drags his inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions will include a disc-exclusive “Fighting Gravity” featurette about the making of the fifth season.

Other extras include “Inside the Episode” featurettes for all 10 episodes; “B-Story Generator” featurettes in which co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Rob Schrab reach into their box of random ideas to conjure up hilarious side stories; featurettes about the animating the series; inside looks and directing the episodes “Mortyplicity” and “Rickmurai Jack”; and a preview of the season with Harmon and the show’s writers.

The Blu-ray of the season will also be available in limited-edition Steelbook packaging. The Blu-ray sets will include a digital copy of the season.

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Warner Issuing ‘Mad Max’ Sequels, Anthology on 4K Disc Nov. 16

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two “Mad Max” movies and a franchise boxed set on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD Nov. 16.

This marks the 4K debuts for the first two sequels in the franchise, 1981’s The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The original 1979 Mad Max was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in November 2020. The fourth film, 2015’s Mad Max Fury Road, has been available on 4K since 2016.

Created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, the “Mad Max” franchise focuses on the character of Max Rockatansky, a drifter in a post-apocalyptic world. Miller directed or co-directed all four films. Mel Gibson starred as Max in the first three films and Tom Hardy took over the lead role in the fourth film.

The Mad Max Anthology 4K UHD release, along with the 4K UHD releases of The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, are from scans of the original camera negatives. The 4K UHD remasters were supervised by the mastering team at Motion Picture Imaging. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

The Road Warrior will include previously released extras such as an introduction by Leonard Maltin, commentary by Miller and cinematographer Dean Semler, and a making-of featurette.

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Update (10/12/21): Release date changed from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16.