‘Ocean’s 8’ Displaces ‘Deadpool 2’ From Top Spot on Home Video Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Ocean’s 8 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 Sept. 15.

The heist comedy, a female-driven spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy with Sandra Bullock as the sister of George Clooney’s character, earned $139.4 million at the domestic box office.

Deadpool 2, which had been the top seller for the previous three weeks, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. The superhero comedy is distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War, the runner-up to Deadpool 2 the previous three weeks, slid to No. 3 on both charts.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus slipped a spot to No. 4 on both charts. The 1993 film typically enjoys a sales spike in the fall lead-up to Halloween, aided this year by a new 25th anniversary Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five on the overall sales chart was Warner’s The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season. The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was a two-pack of both “Deadpool” movies.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of first-week Ocean’s 8 sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 8% to the film’s unit sales total.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 16 also saw Ocean’s 8 debut at No. 1, pushing Warner’s Tag to No. 2.

Deadpool 2 slipped to No. 3, followed by Sony Pictures’ Superfly debuted at No. 4, and Universal’s Adrift slipping to No. 5.

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Ocean’s Eight

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Warner;
Comedy;
Box Office $139.32 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Richard Armitage. 

Ocean’s Eight is pretty much exactly the movie one might expect from the premise of making a female-centric version of an “Ocean’s” heist movie.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney’s character from the “Ocean’s” trilogy, who gets out of prison and gathers her former cohorts for a scheme to steal an expensive necklace during the Met Gala.

Their plan is to convince a famous actress (Anne Hathaway) to wear the jewels, and through the franchise’s usual series of complicated maneuvers find a way to swap it for a fake and sneak off with the goods. Debbie also might want some revenge against a former boyfriend who got her sent to prison in the first place.

So, naturally, the plan seems to get more out of control with every detail while the twists and turns become more far-fetched. It’s best not to think too much about the logic of all of it.

True to the franchise, the film is mostly just an excuse to spend some time with the quirky and likable personalities of the all-star assembly of talent involved. There are even a few cameos from some of the characters from the earlier trilogy (but, alas, Matt Damon’s rumored cameo is nowhere to be found, not even the deleted scenes).

The Blu-ray offers a couple of short deleted scenes totaling less than two minutes.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes that run about 38 minutes in total. One focuses on the cast, one focuses on the caper, and one focuses on how the filmmakers re-created the Met Gala for the story.

‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ on Digital Oct. 9, Disc Oct. 30

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated superhero spoof Teen Titans Go! To the Movies digitally Oct. 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 30.

Based on the Cartoon Network series “Teen Titans Go!,” the movie finds Robin leading the Teen Titans to Hollywood on a quest to get a superhero movie of their own.

Reprising their roles from the series are Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. The voice cast also includes Will Arnett and Kristen Bell.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include “Time Cycles” and “The Final Battle” storyboard animatics. The Blu-ray will also include the Lil Yachty music video “Teen Titans Go! Rap”; a sing-along with Silkie “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” mini-movie; “Red Carpet Mayhem”; “WB Lot Shenanigans”; exclusive deleted song “Everything is Fake”; and “Teen Titans Go!: Translated.”

Warner Adds Digital Copy to ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Blu-ray, Pushes Street Date Two Weeks

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has moved the Blu-ray release of Batman: The Complete Animated Series — Deluxe Limited Edition to Oct. 30 so it can include a digital copy redemption code in each set.

When the complete series was initially announced at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International, the Blu-ray was scheduled for Oct. 16 but not slated to come with a digital copy of the show, which would be available as a separate purchase.

The Batman: The Complete Animated Series — Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray will include 109 remastered episodes plus the movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero. In additional to the newly added digital copy, the Blu-ray boxed set will include a new hour-long retrospective documentary, “The Heart of Batman,” as part of a bonus section that includes 25 featurettes, including the original pilot promo, commentaries on several episodes, and introductions to five episodes by producer Bruce Timm.

‘Rampage’ Leads Disc Sales for July

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment had the two top-selling titles on the list of combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD units sold for July 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking.

Coming in at No. 1 was the video game adaptation Rampage, which sold 508,269 copies, according to VideoScan.

No. 2 was Ready Player One, director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the bestselling novel. The film topped the weekly disc sales charts its first two weeks in stores. VideoScan reported it sold 487,678 units during the month.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place, released at the beginning of the month, landed at No. 3 with unit sales of 310,634.

Two Fox releases rounded out the top five, with Super Troopers 2 landing at No. 4 after selling 203,209 copies during the month. The musical The Greatest Showman, released on disc in April, was No. 5.

The previous month’s top title, Lionsgate’s I Can Only Imagine, dropped to No. 7, behind Disney’s Black Panther at No. 6.

The year-to-date top 10 remained unchanged from the previous month, with Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi remaining No. 1 on the list of the year’s top sellers, with VideoScan reporting the film has sold 3 million units. Black Panther is the year’s No. 2 seller with 2.7 million copies sold, according to VideoScan.

According to NPD, the July 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Rampage (Warner)
  2. Ready Player One (Warner)
  3. A Quiet Place (Paramount)
  4. Super Troopers 2 (Fox)
  5. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  6. Black Panther (Disney)
  7. I Can Only Imagine (Lionsgate)
  8. Blockers (Universal)
  9. I Feel Pretty (Universal)
  10. Isle of Dogs (Fox)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through July 2018):

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Coco (Disney)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  7. Justice League (Warner)
  8. It (2017) (Warner)
  9. Ferdinand (Fox)
  10. Wonder (Lionsgate)

 

‘I Can Only Imagine’ Takes Top Spot on June Disc Sales Chart

‘Death of Superman’ Edges ‘Ready Player One’ to Top Disc Sales Charts

It’s rare for a direct-to-video movie to top the weekly home video sales charts, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Death of Superman pulled it off the week ended Aug. 11.

The debut of the animated superhero actioner pushed Warner’s Ready Player One, which had been the top title the previous two weeks, to No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

It was a close result, as Ready Player One ended the week selling 99.9% as many total units as Death of Superman, an adaptation of the classic comic book storyline from the 1990s. The gap was a bit bigger on the Blu-ray chart, where Ready Player One sold 82% as many high-def copies.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 78% of Death of Superman unit sales.

Warner actually had the top three titles on both charts, with the comedy Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, debuting at No. 3 after a domestic box office haul of $52.9 million.

The Universal Pictures thriller Breaking In, which stars Gabrielle Union as a mother protecting her family from burglars, debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. The film earned $46.5 million in U.S. theaters.

No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Rampage.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 12, Life of the Party debuted at No. 1, followed by Breaking In at No. 2.

Liongate’s Overboard remake dropped to No. 3 after leading all rentals the previous week.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Rampage at No. 4 and Ready Player One at No. 5.

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‘Matrix Trilogy’ Coming to UHD Blu-ray Oct. 30

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the entire “Matrix” trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and UHD digital Oct. 30.

The trilogy will be available as a single boxed set, and the final two films, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, will also be released separately on UHD Blu-ray. The original Matrix was already released on UHD Blu-ray in May.

The 4K versions of the films are from a new scan of the original camera negatives and represents the first remastering of the films in nearly 15 years. The UHD Blu-rays will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack optimized for home theaters. All discs will also include 5.1 audio.

The films will also include previously released bonus materials.

The trilogy boxed set is listed at $70.99 and includes the films on both UHD Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray discs. Combo packs for the standalone movies are listed at $29.99 each.

Best Buy will have exclusive UHD Blu-ray Steelbook editions of each film as well.

‘Ready Player One’ Still No. 1 in the Disc Sales Game

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Ready Player One remained at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Aug. 4.

The Steven Spielberg-directed adventure, based on the book about a contest that will give the winner control of a futuristic virtual reality empire, had debuted at No. 1 on both charts the week before.

Holding onto No. 2 on both charts for a second consecutive week was Warner’s Rampage.

The top newcomer on both charts came in at No. 3 — Lionsgate’s Overboard remake, with Anna Faris playing a down-on-her-luck mother who claims to be married to a rich guy, played by Eugenio Derbez, who mistreats her then gets amnesia after falling off his yacht (in the 1987 original, Goldie Hawn is the wealthy amnesiac and Kurt Russell the mistreated former employee who takes advantage of the situation).

Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were two 20th Century Fox releases — Super Troopers 2 at No. 4 and The Greatest Showman at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, Paramount’s A Quiet Place was No. 4 and Super Troopers 2 was No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for just 40% of total unit sales of Overboard.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 5, Overboard took the top spot, while Rampage stayed at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, Ready Player One, dropped to No. 3, followed by Super Troopers 2 at No. 4 and Universal Pictures’ I Feel Pretty at No. 5.

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‘Tag’ Is It on Digital Aug. 17, Disc Aug. 28

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the action comedy Tag digitally Aug. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 28.

Based on a true story that was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article, the film stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner as five competitive friends who have engaged in a no-holds-barred game of tag for one month every year since the first grade.

The cast also includes Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones and Leslie Bibb. The film was earned $54 million at the domestic box office.

The DVD and Blu-ray include a “Meet the Real Tag Brothers” featurette. The Blu-ray will also include deleted scenes and bloopers.

The Death of Superman

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 8/7/18;
Warner;
Animated;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 Blu-ray gift set, $39.99 UHD BD.
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action including some bloody images.
Voices of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Nathan Fillion, Matt Lanter, Christopher Gorham.

The Death of Superman packs a punch, in more ways than one.

The latest entry in the DC Universe brand of animated superhero movies is one of the more faithful representations of its source material, resulting in one of the most emotionally resonant movies based on a comic book in quite some time.

The Death of Superman is based on the legendary 1992-93 storyline that saw Superman sacrifice himself to save Metropolis from an unstoppable alien entity called Doomsday. Subsequent storylines dealt with Superman’s return amid the arrival of four new heroes each claiming the legacy of the Man of Steel, but that’s the subject for the next DC Universe movie, Reign of the Supermen.

The “Death of Superman” has provided inspiration for several adaptations over the years, most prominently in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (though the subsequent Justice League movie ignored most of the comic book’s storyline for his resurrection). A highly condensed version of the death and return arcs formed the basis of the first DC Universe animated movie, Superman: Doomsday, back in 2007.

And while Superman: Doomsday remains among the best-selling of the DC animated movies, it’s also regarded as something of a lost opportunity to really dive into the juiciest aspects of the storyline, given how much of it was altered to fit into the limited running time of a single movie. The Death of Superman does much to rectify that.

The new film is a continuation of a continuity that has established within the DC Universe films the past few years, allowing this film to build upon pre-existing character relationships. However, Superman was mostly a background player among an ensemble in those, so this is really the first of the sub-group to really give the character his due.

The movie begins with Superman, in his guise as Clark Kent, fumbling through a newfound love affair with Lois Lane, and getting relationship advice from, of all people, Wonder Woman, who had dated Superman in one of the earlier films.

The screenplay by Peter Tomasi is filled with wonderful insights about the Lois and Clark relationship as it explores the challenges of finding love when one is living a double life to conceal superpowers, as well as the tug-of-war between being a hero for the public and enjoying a private life.

There are also fun nods to other movies featuring the characters, such as Wonder Woman joking about an uptick in her popularity in the past year, and references going as far back to the 1978 Superman movie and its own iconic portraying of Superman’s courtship of Lois Lane.

The effectiveness of the story is given considerable weight by a great voice cast led by real-life husband-and-wife Jerry O’Connell as Superman and Rebecca Romijn as Lois (whose natural chemistry comes through despite the two not recording their lines together).

Rainn Wilson also has some fun in his portrayal of Lex Luthor, who is maneuvering in the background to understand what makes Doomsday tick even as Superman and the Justice League give their all to stop the monster’s rampage.

The film’s efforts to layer in its character dynamics pay off with a terrific climactic fight between Doomsday and Superman, who is all that stands in the creature’s way when the rest of the Justice League can’t stop it.

The Blu-ray includes a 16-minute featurette called “The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All,” a good retrospective about the original comic book storyline involving many of the creative minds behind it, intercut with an analysis of the fight itself.

There’s also a 10-minute preview of the Reign of the Supermen movie due next year.

Finally, the Blu-ray includes the “Legion of Superheroes” certoon series two-part episode “Dark Victory,” which incorporated some ideas from the “Death of Superman” storyline.