Season 14 of ‘Supernatural’ Arriving on Disc Sept. 10

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 10.

The Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) continue their harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues while confronting an apocalyptic evil that unleashes monsters upon the world. The season includes the show’s landmark 300th episode,” Lebanon,” featuring the return of Sam and Dean’s father, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The cast also includes Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Alexander Calvert.

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The set contains all 20 episodes, plus a gag reel, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, the show’s 2018 panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, and featurettes “The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make” and “Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300.”

The Blu-ray also includes DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1 and a digital copy of the episodes.

‘Supergirl’ Season Four on Disc Sept. 17

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 17 (order date Aug. 13).

The season deals with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confronting an anti-alien movement led by Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer), as well as a conspiracy involving a duplicate of Supergirl trained by a hostile foreign government.

The cast also includes Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, April Parker, David Harewood and Jon Cryer.

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The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 22 episodes, plus highlights from the show’s panel at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a “Villains: Modes of Persuasion” featurette, and a featurette about the season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event with other DC TV series.

The Blu-ray will also include the “Elseworlds” episodes from “The Flash” and “Arrow.”

The fourth season is currently available to own digitally, and a digital copy is included with the Blu-ray.

‘Gremlins’ Coming to 4K UHD for 35th From Warner

The 1984 classic Gremlins will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and digital for its 35th anniversary Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Joe Dante (Innerspace, The ‘Burbs) and written by Chris Columbus (The Goonies), the film stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and Randall Peltzer, along with the voices of Frank Welker as Stripe and Howie Mandel as Gizmo. At times a horror film and others dark comedy, Gremlins follows a teenager who gets a new pet as a gift and finds it has strange transformative powers.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Gremlins in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers.

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Extras include filmmakers’ commentary with Dante, producer Michael Finnell and special effects artist Chris Walas; cast commentary with Dante, Galligan, Cates, Dick Miller and Mandel; behind-the-scenes featurettes; additional scenes with commentary; a featurette on the creation of the creatures; and motion comics.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 6/4/19;
Warner;
Animated;
$24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for fantasy violence.
Voices of Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn, Eric Bauza, Rachel Bloom, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Cas Anvar, Keith Ferguson, Brian George, Ben Giroux, Andrew Kishino, Jim Meskimen.

The popularity of the 2015-16 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book miniseries made a movie version a no-brainer. Fortunately, respective rights holders Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon agreed to join forces to produce the pleasantly surprising Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Bringing the two worlds together is a better fit than one might imagine, as both Batman and TMNT present heroes expertly trained in the martial arts with a vast supporting cast to play off of.

The key team up here, however, is between the villains, as the story brings together like-minded cult leaders Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul in an alliance that forces Batman and the turtles to join forces to stop them.

The film has fun pairing up different members of the supporting casts, and presents some great fight sequences, most notably Batman taking on all four turtles at once, and another of Batman in a brutal one-on-one showdown with Shredder.

The colorful animation style is evocative of the classic designs of many of the characters without looking too cartoony, finding a nice balance between the absurdity of the premise and a story that takes itself seriously but doesn’t forget to keep a tongue in its cheek. Yet it also doesn’t forget the nature of its characters and isn’t afraid to play up the bloody violence of which they’re capable.

The comic book itself a collaboration between two companies, DC Comics and IDW, spawned a second miniseries in 2017 and a third in 2019. So there should be plenty of material for future movies to work with.

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The Blu-ray includes the featurettes “Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide,” an interesting look at the history of comic book crossovers that runs about 13 minutes, and “Fight Night in Gotham,” an 18-minute video that delves into the animation techniques used to depict the different fight match-ups and the fighting styles of the characters.

‘Aquaman’ Tops April Disc Sales, Becomes No. 1 Seller for First Four Months of 2019

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 April 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

It’s the second consecutive month the film has topped monthly sales, after leading in March as well. The title has remained near the top of the weekly sales charts after debuting at No. 1 following its March 26 release and returned to the top spot in its fourth and sixth weeks amid a lull in significant new disc releases.

As a result, Aquaman also took over the year-to-date No. 1 spot on the top sellers for 2019.

Paramount’s Bumblebee, released April 2, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Universal’s Glass, an April 16, release, was No. 3 for the month.

Another April 16 release, Funimation’s anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was No. 4.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse slipped two spots to No. 5 for the month.

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Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which had been the year’s top seller heading into April, slipped to No. 2 for the year to date, while Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet remains the year’s No. 3 seller.

Likewise, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and A Star Is Born remake held firm at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, for the year.

Bumblebee enters the yearly chart at No. 9.

Universal’s Halloween remake, which had been the year’s top seller after January, fell out of the top 10.

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

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  3. Glass (Universal)
  4. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Funimation)
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  6. The Mule (Warner)
  7. A Dog’s Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  10. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)

 

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

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

 

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

‘Cold Pursuit’ Unleashed Atop Disc Sales Chart

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended May 18.

The film, which stars Liam Neeson as a snow plow driver who seeks revenge against the drug lords who killed his son, earned $32.1 million at the domestic box office.

No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the second consecutive week was Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which dropped to No. 2 on the overall sales chart.

Cold Pursuit was the No. 2 Blu-ray.

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No. 3 on both charts was MGM’s Fighting With My Family, distributed by Universal Pictures. The film, which earned $23 million in U.S. theaters, focuses on WWE superstar Paige and her rise through the ranks of professional wrestling.

No. 4 on the overall sales chart was Paramount’s What Men Want, which had been in the second spot a week earlier. The comedy was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

Another newcomer, Universal’s horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U, debuted at No. 5 on both charts. The follow-up to 2017’s Happy Death Day earned $28 million at the domestic box office, about half its predecessor’s total.

Bowing at No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (No. 7 on the overall chart) was Universal’s Apollo 11, a documentary about the first landing on the moon in 1969.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 47% of Cold Pursuit‘s first-week sales, compared with 59% for Fighting With My Family, 56% for Happy Death Day 2U and 79% for Apollo 11. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format comprised 8% of Cold Pursuit‘s total tally.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 19 also had Cold Pursuit debut at No. 1, with Fighting With My Family bowing at No. 2.

What Men Want and Lego Movie 2 each slipped a spot, to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Happy Death Day 2U landed at No. 5.

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‘Shazam!’ Flying to Home Video in July From Warner

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the DC Comics superhero movie Shazam! digitally July 2, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 16.

The film tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a teenager in foster care who is empowered by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) to become the superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) to defend the realms of magic from the evil Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong).

The cast also includes Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews.

The film earned $138.2 million at the domestic box office.

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The character first appeared in comic books published by Fawcett in 1940 under the name Captain Marvel, and was later acquired by DC.

To avoid confusion with the Marvel Comics character of Captain Marvel (whose own movie will be available for digital download May 28 and on disc June 11), DC eventually changed the character’s name to Shazam, the word Billy says to transform into the adult superhero (also the name of the Wizard who gives Billy his powers).

Shazam is an acronym derived from the names of the six mythological heroes from which the character draws his power: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.

The Shazam! Blu-ray and special-edition DVD will include an exclusive Shazam motion comic, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a breakdown of the carnival scene, and the featurettes “The Magical World of Shazam,” “Super Fun Zac,” “Shazamily Values” and “Who is Shazam?”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Shazam! will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

A 3D Blu-ray is listed for preorder at WBshop.com as well.

‘Lego Movie 2’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part debuted at No. 1 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 week ended May 11.

The sequel to the 2014 animated The Lego Movie, in which the famous building block Lego toys come to life, earned $105.8 million at the domestic box office, less than half of what its predecessor made and also about $70 million less than 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie.

Another newcomer, the Paramount comedy What Men Want, debuted at No. 2 on the overall sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The loose remake of the 2000 film What Women Want earned $54.6 million in U.S. theaters.

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No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Aquaman in its seventh week on shelves. The superhero movie had topped the overall chart the previous week and three times in its first six weeks.

No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal Pictures’ Glass.

Paramount’s Bumblebee was No. 5 on both charts.

Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which had topped the Blu-ray chart for three consecutive weeks, dropped to No. 4.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 69% of Lego Movie 2 sales and 40% of unit sales for What Men Want.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 12, What Men Want debuted at No. 1, with Lego Movie 2 coming in at No. 2.

Universal Pictures’ Serenity, the previous week’s top rental, dropped to No. 3. Glass slipped to No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Miss Bala remake dropped to No. 5.

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Animated ‘Batman: Hush’ Due July 20 Digitally, Aug. 6 on Disc

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Batman: Hush, the next installment of the DC Universe line of animated movies, digitally July 20 and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and the DC Universe streaming service Aug. 6.

An adaptation of a popular comic book storyline from 2002 and 2003, the film centers on a shadowy new villain in Gotham City known as Hush who uses Batman’s rogues gallery to attempt to destroy his crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life, which has become complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, the alter ego of Catwoman.

Batman: Hush is the 35th film in the DC Universe animated movie brand and the 14th film in the DC Animated Movie Universe, a shared continuity started by Son of Batman and Justice League: War.

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The voice cast includes Jason O’Mara as Batman, Jennifer Morrison as Catwoman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak as Joker, Peyton List as Poison Ivy (reprising her role from the “Gotham” TV show), Peyton R. List as Batgirl, Geoffrey Arend as the Riddler, Sean Maher as Nightwing, Maury Sterling as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford as Bane, Sachie Alessio as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan as Robin, James Garrett as Alfred, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox as Scarecrow, and Tara as a reporter.

The home video release will include the “DC Showcase” animated short Sgt. Rock, based on DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero.

Other extras include the featurette “Batman: Love in Time of War,” about the relationship between Batman and Catwoman; audio commentary executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker; a preview of the upcoming animated movie Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, starring Rosario Dawson; and the episodes “The Underworld Underground Caper” and “Partners in Peril” from the 1968 animated series “The Batman/Superman Hour.”

‘The Shining’ to Terrify in 4K UHD Oct. 1 From Warner

Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The 4K remastering, done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, is of Kubrick’s original 144 minute version of the film which premiered in the United States May 23, 1980. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Kubrick’s former personal assistant  Leon Vitali worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the mastering process. May 17 the restored 4K version of the film will be screened at The Cannes Film Festival.

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The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel, was directed and produced by Kubrick, who wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. It stars Jack Nicholson in an iconic role as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duval as Wendy Torrance, Scatman Crothers as Dick Halloran, and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance. In the film, Jack Torrance becomes the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy and his son Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

In 2018, The Shining was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”  The film ranked 29th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, and Jack Torrance was named the 25th greatest villain on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list.  Additionally, the quote “Here’s Johnny” from the film was ranked 68th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.

The Shining Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, and a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own The Shining in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Shining will include more than three hours of previously released special features, including:

  • audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Kubrick biographer John Baxter;
  • “Video from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining”;
  • “The Visions of Stanley Kubrick,” a detailed look at one of cinema’s greatest visual storytellers and his unique ability to move audiences through the magic of unforgettable images;
  • “The Making of The Shining,” a cinema verité documentary offering a rare glimpse into the directing style of Kubrick as he interacts with Nicholson, Duvall and others;
  • “Wendy Carlos, Composer,” in which composer Wendy Carlos reflects on working with Kubrick and developing music scores for The Shiningand A Clockwork Orange.