Warner Releasing Extended ‘A Star Is Born’ on Blu-ray June 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release A Star Is Born Encore on Blu-ray June 4.

The extended cut of the 2018 remake starring Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally includes 12 minutes of additional footage.

The special edition of the film contains extended performances of such songs as “Black Eyes,” “Alibi” and Ally’s impromptu a cappella performance of Oscar-winning song “Shallow” which received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Fans will also see never-before-seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That Alright?” in the wedding sequence, Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone,” Jack and Ally writing a new song together, titled “Clover.”

The Blu-ray combo pack will include both the theatrical version of the film and the Encore version, along with a DVD of the theatrical version and previously released special features. A Star Is Born Encore will also be available through select digital retailers.

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Fans who already purchased A Star Is Born on iTunes and Vudu will be able to watch Encore under the extras section of A Star Is Born starting June 4.

The Blu-ray of A Star Is Born Encore will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment.

‘Aquaman’ Claims Top Spot on March 2019 Disc Sales Charts

The superhero movie Aquaman, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The film managed to top monthly sales despite being released at the end of the month, on March 26.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, released March 12, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a March 19 release, was No. 3 for the month.

Another March 19 release, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, was No. 4 on the March sales chart.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, released at the end of February, landed at No. 5.

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Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the No. 8 seller for the month, maintained its place among the top sellers for the year to date. Aquaman moved into the No. 2 spot for the year, while Ralph moved up a spot to No. 3.

Grindelwald entered the year-to-date chart at No. 4, while Warner’s A Star Is Born remake is now the year’s No. 5 seller.

 

According to NPD, the March 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  4. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  5. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  6. Creed II (Warner)
  7. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  9. Instant Family (Paramount)
  10. Mortal Engines (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2019):

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. The Grinch (Universal)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  10. Creed II (Warner)

 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocked the Sales Charts for February 2019

‘Bumblebee,’ ‘Aquaman’ Remain Top Disc Sellers

A slate of newcomers had little luck displacing the top titles on the national sales charts the week ended April 13.

The top performing new release for the week was Sony Pictures’ A Dog’s Way Home, which debuted at No. 4 on both 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 top two titles on both charts remained the same from the prior week. Paramount’s Bumblebee took No. 1 and Warner’s Aquaman was No. 2.

Warner’s The Mule held onto the No. 3 spot on the overall sales chart but slipped to No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Rounding out the top five on the Blu-ray chart was Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which was No. 6 overall.

A Dog’s Way Home, about a lost dog looking for her owner, earned $42 million at U.S. theaters.

Sony Pictures’ critically panned comedy Holmes & Watson debuted at No. 8 on the overall chart and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart. The latest pairing of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly earned just $30.6 million at the domestic box office.

Two new releases from Universal also cracked the top 20 in their first week: On the Basis of Sex debuted at No. 14 (No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart) and Welcome to Marwen, the latest film from director Robert Zemeckis, came in at No. 19 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 45% of A Dog’s Way Home sales, compared with 54% for Holmes & Watson, 47% for On the Basis of Sex and 85% for Welcome to Marwen.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 14, Holmes & Watson debuted at No. 1, with The Mule at No. 2, Bumblebee at No. 3, Aquaman at No. 4 and A Dog’s Way Home at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 4-13-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 4-14-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 4-13-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 4-13-19

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/16/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence, some bloody images, language and partial nudity.
Voices of Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, Daniela Bobadilla, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rom Kenny, Sumalee Montano, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez.

At first glance, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five would seem to be a return to the world of the “Justice League Unlimited” animated series, with the voice casting of Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newbern as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman respectively.

The film’s aesthetic is based on the series and even the music returns to some of the iconic themes from the show.

The movie’s place in canon is the subject of a discussion in the commentary track, which acknowledges that some continuity issues with the series would have to be dealt with, but that enough time has passed since the final episode to allow for some adjustments if viewers want to make that connection. The decision to use the “JLU” style mostly came down to budgetary constraints, as they didn’t have time to create a new style to differentiate the film from DC Universe animated movie series that share their own continuity, of which this is not a part. Sharp-eyed viewers may notice the movie borrows design elements from other previous DC animated works, such as the “Green Lantern” animated series.

Whatever the case, the movie isn’t written to depend on a connection with a previous work, and is certainly entertaining enough to stand on its own. The movie offers some nice action and a few unexpected surprises, both in terms of references to comic book lore and some genuine laughs stemming from the characters and dialogue. It is a bit harder edge than the “JLU” series as well.

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The story involves the 31st century super team The Legion of Super-Heroes battling three members of the villainous Fatal Five, who want to steal a time machine to go to the 21st century to free the other two members of their team from a prison.

The villains end up making it past the Legion’s defenses, but not before Star Boy (Elyes Gabel) hitches a ride back with them in an effort to stop them.

The wrinkle to Star Boy’s plan is that he requires medicine to maintain his mental stability, and without it he comes across as unhinged to the authorities, who put him in Arkham Asylum.

However, the Justice League uncovers his true identity and recruits him in their effort to stop the Five, whose plan is to kidnap a Green Lantern so they can access the prison to free the two trapped members of their team.

The Green Lantern in this case is Jessica Cruz (Diane Guerrero), who is dealing with anxiety over the stress of being a superhero.

The common bond of mental disorder unites Cruz and Star Boy, as they must learn to overcome their illnesses to become the heroes they need to be.

An eight-minute “Battling the Invisible Menace” featurette further explores the topic of mental illness and its role in the story.

Another featurette, the 15-minute “Unity of a Hero,” focuses on the diversity of characters depicted in the film.

The disc also includes a couple of episodes from previous DC animated series with similar storylines, and a nine-minute preview of the next DC Universe animated movie, Hush, an adaptation of a Batman comic book storyline.

Season 1 of ‘Manifest’ on DVD July 23

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Manifest: The Complete First Season on DVD July 23.

The NBC series deals with a plane that inexplicably disappears on a trans-oceanic flight and returns five years later with no time having passed for the passengers. The first season comprises 16 episodes.

“Manifest” stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur.

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‘Titans’ Season 1 on Disc July 16

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Titans: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD July 16.

“Titans,” a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comic books, is one of the flagship series of the DC Universe subscription streaming service. The set includes all 11 episodes from the first season plus several bonus featurettes running about 25 minutes.

The show follows a group of young superheroes from DC Comics as they come of age and find a sense of belonging with each other while battling villains and demonic forces. The season also includes a crossover episode with another DC Universe series, “Doom Patrol.”

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Merchandising: Ferrell and Reilly Pairing Is Elementary for Walmart

In a week highlighted by a modest slate of new releases, retailers didn’t put out much in the way of exclusives April 9.

The most notable was Walmart’s tie into Sony Pictures’ new Holmes & Watson and its stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Walmart offered a $22.96 DVD collection of three movies that teamed Ferrell and Reilly: Holmes & Watson, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Otherwise, retailers focused on promoting sales of catalog titles.

Target touted previous seasons of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in the lead-up to the debut of the final season. In addition to DVDs and Blu-rays of the show for as low as $14.99, many Targets have devoted significant space in the collectibles section of the electronics department to “Game of Thrones” merchandise, including new action figures, puzzles, games, plush dire wolves and more.

Best Buy touted previously released Steelbook editions and preorders for upcoming titles such as DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Best Buy has an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Warner’s Pandas documentary, due April 16 at $29.99. The film was released widely through digital retailers on April 9.

Imax Documentary ‘Pandas’ Arrives on Digital April 9 From Warner

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the nature documentary Pandas through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere April 9.

The film, shot for Imax screens by David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, focuses on efforts by China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding to prepare captive-born cubs for release in the wild.

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The film, which is narrated by Kristen Bell, will be available April 16 through cable and satellite video on demand services and on select gaming consoles.

‘Aquaman’ Swims to No. 1 on Home Video Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman made a splash on the national home video sales charts the week ended March 30, outselling its competitors by a wide margin.

The DC Comics superhero movie took 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 after a $335 million haul at the domestic box office.

The previous weeks’ top seller, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling 19% as many copies during the week as the newcomer.

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Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald each slipped a spot to No. 3 and No. 4 on both charts, respectively.

The anime movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, from Funimation, debuted at No. 5 on both charts.

Other newcomers in the top 20 included Universal’s Jennifer Lopez starrer Second Act at No. 7 overall (No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart), and Fox’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for Regina King, at No. 12 overall (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 66% of total Aquaman unit sales, with 14% of its overall tally coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The 1989 horror movie Pet Sematary, from Paramount Home Media Distribution, returned to the charts at No. 13 overall (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart) thanks to a 30th anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release timed for the theatrical premiere of the remake of the Stephen King adaptation. The UHD Blu-ray accounted for 39% of the film’s unit sales.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 31, Aquaman debuted at No. 1, followed by Second Act at No. 1.

The previous week’s top rental, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, slipped to No. 3. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns rose a spot to No. 4, while Paramount’s Instant Family stayed on the leaderboard at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 3-30-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 3-31-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 3-30-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 3-30-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 3-30-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 4-1-19

 

‘Aquaman’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Warner’s Aquaman landed on top of both Redbox charts the week ended March 31.

The superhero film, which earned more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, took the No. 1 spot on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. The Warner release arrived on disc March 26 and was No. 2 on Redbox’s digital list the week before.

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One other new release entered the disc chart for the week, STX Film’s Second Act, which debuted at No. 2. The comedy starring Jennifer Lopez is distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Second Act was also No. 2 on the digital chart.

Warner’s The Mule and Paramount’s Bumblebee popped up on the digital list at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Both were released for digital distribution March 19.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 31:

  1. Aquaman (New) — Warner
  2. Second Act (New) — Universal/STX
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  4. Mary Poppins Returns — Disney
  5. Instant Family— Paramount
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — Warner
  7. Green Book— Universal
  8. Ralph Breaks the Internet— Disney
  9. Creed II — Warner
  10. Mortal Engines— Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 31:

  1. Aquaman— Warner
  2. Second Act — STX
  3. Instant Family — Paramount
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony
  5. A Star Is Born (2018)— Warner
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald— Warner
  7. The Mule — Warner
  8. Bumblebee — Paramount
  9. Green Book— Universal
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox