Warner Releasing Springsteen Tribute ‘Blinded by the Light’ Digitally Oct. 22, on Disc Nov. 19

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the drama Blinded by the Light through digital retailers Oct. 22, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 19.

Written, directed and produced by Gurinder Chadha, the film is based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll. Set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen songs, the film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amid the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

The cast also includes Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell and Dean-Charles Chapman.

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The film earned $11.86 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include the featurette “Memoir to Movie.” The Blu-ray will also include deleted scenes and the featurette “The Most Crazy Thing.”

 

Mob Drama ‘The Kitchen’ Due on Digital Oct. 22, Disc Nov. 5 From Warner

The female-driven mob drama The Kitchen arrives on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Oct. 22 and Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Tammy), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Night School) and Elisabeth Moss (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” TV’s “Mad Men”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. The three women take business into their own hands by running the rackets and taking out the competition.

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The film, which earned $12.2 million in domestic theaters, is written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for Original Screenplay for Straight Outta Compton.

Extras on Blu-ray include “Running Hell’s Kitchen,” “Taking Over the Neighborhood,” and a deleted scene. “Running Hell’s Kitchen” is included on the DVD.

‘Young Justice’ Season 3 on Disc Nov. 26

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of the “Young Justice” franchise, digitally Sept. 24, and on DVD Nov. 26. Warner Archive will release the season on Blu-ray Nov. 26 as well.

The first two seasons of “Young Justice” aired from 2010 to 2012 on Cartoon Network before the show was revived in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service. The animated series has also been renewed for a fourth season.

The series follows the lives of teenage superheroes and sidekicks who operated as younger counterparts of the Justice League.

With the young heroes of the series having survived the schemes of the Light and saved the Earth from the Reach Invasion, the third season finds them dealing with a scheme to kidnap teens and transform them into superpowered weapons. Meta-Human trafficking is a terrifying threat to a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Now Nightwing, Superboy, Miss Martian, Tigress, Aqualad and Black Lightning will need help from a new group of young heroes to save the world from the war games of supervillains controlling the system from the inside.

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The voice cast includes Troy Baker, Danica McKellar, Crispin Freeman, Khary Payton, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Jesse McCartney, Jason Marsden, Bruce Greenwood, Mae Whitman, Grey Griffin, Vanessa Marshall, Maggie Q, Alyson Stoner, Zehra Fazal, Yuri Lowenthal, Jason Spisak, Josh Keaton, Kelly Hu and Greg Cipes, plus guest appearances by Alan Tudyk, Lacey Chabert, Bill Fagerbakke, Oded Fehr, Daniela Bobadilla, Chad Lowe, Jacqueline Obradors, Keone Young, Dwight Shultz, Mirina Sirtis, Deborah Strang, Gwendoline Yeo and Danny Trejo; and topnotch voice actors Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Diane Delano, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Roger Craig Smith, Fred Tatasciore, David Sobolov, Kath Soucie, James Arnold Taylor, Kevin Michael Richardson and Steve Blum.

Young Justice: Outsiders — The Complete Third Season includes all 26 episodes.

‘Godzilla’ Is King of the Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 31.

The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, which was a reboot of the classic Japanese monster franchise, earned $110.5 million at the domestic box office, and sets up next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

Another new release, Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The animated sequel earned $158.1 million in U.S. theaters. Overall, it sold about 76% as many copies as Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, distributed by Disney, dropped to No. 3 on both charts after two weeks in the top spot.

No. 4 on both charts went to another newcomer, Paramount’s Rocketman. The Elton John biopic earned $96.4 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu dropped to No. 5 on both charts after taking the second spot the previous weeks.

Lionsgate’s new Apocalypse Now: Final Cut 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release was No. 10 on the overall chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 67% of first-week Godzilla: King of the Monsters sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 18% of total sales, while 3D Blu-ray made up 1%.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 had 58% of its total sales from Blu-ray, with 6% of its total sales from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, while Rocketman had 64% Blu-ray sales, 13% from 4K.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 1, Godzilla: King of the Monsters also debuted at No. 1, with Secret Life of Pets 2 at No. 2.

Universal’s The Hustle dropped a spot to No. 3, while Rocketman debuted at No. 4 and Avengers: Endgame slid to No. 5 after spending the previous week on top.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Coming to 4K Disc and Digital Oct. 1

Pan’s Labyrinth, the 2006 dark fairy tale written and directed by Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The story takes place following a bloody civil war as young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer.  Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother.  But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

The film won three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.  The film also appeared on more than 20 critic’s top 10 lists for 2006.

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Produced by del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, and Alvaro Augustin, the film stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo and is narrated by Pablo Adan.

Pan’s Labyrinth will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack featuring an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR; a Blu-ray disc of the film; and more than seven hours of previously released special features, including an audio commentary by del Toro. Features also include a video prologue by del Toro; “The Power of Myth”; “The Faun and the Fairies”; “The Color and the Shape”; and “The Director’s Notebook.”

‘Godzilla,’ Secret Life of Pets’ Sequels Top Redbox Disc Rental and On Demand Charts

Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 1. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The monster sequel earned $110.5 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuted as the No. 2 disc rental and was No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The animated sequel earned $157.8 million in U.S. theaters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

No. 3 on both charts was the Universal comedy The Hustle.

Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman debuted at No. 4 on both charts after earning $96.4 million at the domestic box office.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, down from the top spot a week earlier.

Sony Pictures’ Brightburn, a dark twist on a traditional superhero origin story, was No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 1:

  1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  3. The Hustle — Universal
  4. Rocketman — Paramount
  5. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  6. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  7. A Dog’s Journey — Universal
  8. Brightburn — Sony Pictures
  9. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  10. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 1:

  1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  2. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  3. The Hustle — MGM
  4. Rocketman — Paramount
  5. Brightburn — Sony Pictures
  6. A Dog’s Journey — Universal
  7. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  8. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  9. John Wick — Lionsgate
  10. Shazam! — Warner

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 9/3/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$89.99 Blu-ray;
Not rated;
Voices of Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Stefanianna Christopherson, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe, Pat Stevens.

Warner Bros. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” in fine fashion with a gorgeous high-def presentation of the series that started it all.

The Blu-ray set includes all 41 episodes on four discs, comprising the first two seasons that ran from 1969-70, and a third season from 1978, when the “Where Are You” branding was revived after Scooby had spent most of the ’70s airing under different banners.

The episodes look remarkably clean for 50-year-old animation, with vibrant colors that pop off the screen, bringing new life and clarity to the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang.

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The set includes three new featurettes and a preview of the upcoming live stage musical Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, which looks to uphold the bizarre and trippy tradition of the franchise at its wackiest.

The best of the new extras is a 17-minute interview with voice actor Frank Welker, who has been with the show since the beginning. He chronicles how he ended up on the show, working with other castmates through the years, and how he approaches the characters, primarily Fred and Scooby.

The seven-minute “A Scooby-Doo for Everyone” is a fun index of all the various versions of “Scooby-Doo” cartoons that have been created over the years, from modern reboots to Lego parodies.

The nine-minute “50 Years of Scooby Snacks” looks at the cultural history of the show and some of the merchandising it has generated over the years.

The extras are included on the fourth disc, which also contains a trove of legacy extras, including retrospective featurettes from previous DVD releases.

The discs come in a nifty little replica of a mansion that includes a Funko Pop Scooby keychain cleverly integrated to show the character looking out one of the windows. The numbered set, from a run of 50,000, also comes with an abridged version of the Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia, which in addition to fun profiles of the main characters also takes a look at some related Hanna-Barbera characters as well.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Off to 4K Oct. 29

The 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Oct. 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and captured two Oscars, Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score, plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Garland. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz also stars Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman.

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The film appears on multiple AFI lists, including: 100 Years… 100 Movies (No. 6); 100 Years… 100 Thrills (No. 43); 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains (No. 4); 100 Years… 100 Songs (No. 1); 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes (No. 4); and Greatest Movie Musicals (No. 3). In 1989 The Wizard of Oz was part of the inaugural group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

A new 8K, 16 bit scan of the original Technicolor camera negative was the basis for the 4K UHD scan, according to the studio. The process was overseen by MPI colorist Janet Wilson, who has overseen every remaster of The Wizard of Oz for the past 20 years.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of The Wizard of Oz will feature Dolby Vision HDR.

UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray special features include commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren and the 1990 CBS Special “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic.”

Blu-ray special features include:

  • “The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”;
  • “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook” (narrated by Angela Lansbury);
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Frank Morgan”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Ray Bolger”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Bert Lahr”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Jack Haley”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Billie Burke”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Margaret Hamilton”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Charley Grapewin”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Clara Blandick”;
  • “We Haven’t Really Met Properly: Terry”;
  • a music and effects track;
  • the original mono track;
  • sing along tracks;
  • an audio jukebox;
  • the “Leo is on the Air” radio promo;
  • the “Good News of 1939” radio show;
  • the 12/25/1950 Lux radio broadcast;
  • stills galleries; and
  • trailers.

‘Detective Pikachu’ Keeps No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Aug. 18.

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 transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The “Pokémon” movie had debuted a week earlier on top of both charts.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The superhero movie, the top earner of all time at the worldwide box office, is not available through Redbox’s digital service. However, its release did help bring last year’s Avengers: Infinity War back to the disc rental chart, at No. 7.

Lionsgate’s Long Shot held onto No. 3 on the disc chart and rose to No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The Warner Bros. horror film The Curse of La Llorona, slid to No. 4 on both charts after debuting in the second spot a week earlier.

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The Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder dropped to No. 5 on the disc chart but moved up to No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Fox’s Breakthrough rounded out the top five on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  3. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Avengers: Infinity War — Disney
  8. UglyDolls — Universal
  9. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  10. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  3. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. Breakthrough — Fox
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  8. Little Universal
  9. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  10. UglyDolls — STX

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Available Digitally Sept. 17, on Disc Oct. 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Annabelle Comes Home through digital retailers Sept. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 8.

The third film in the “Annabelle” franchise and a prequel to The Conjuring, the film features demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) locking the possessed doll in their home’s special artifact room. But when the doll escapes and awakens the room’s evil spirits, it conjures up an unholy night of horror for the Warrens’ daughter (Mckenna Grace) and her babysitter (Madison Iseman).

The Blu-ray will include deleted scenes and three featurettes: “The Artifact Room & the Occult,” “The Light & the Love” and “Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf.”

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