Warner Acquires Feature ‘The Fallout’ for HBO Max

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the SXSW multiple-award-winning feature The Fallout for HBO Max.

Written and directed by Megan Park in her feature filmmaking debut, the film won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Narrative Feature, and Park won the Brightcove Illumination Award honoring a filmmaker on the rise at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film will release exclusively on HBO Max where available globally and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in the balance of international markets.

The cast includes Jenna Ortega, along with Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen and Shailene Woodley.

The story follows high schooler Vada (Ortega) as she navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family and friends, as well as her view of the world, are forever altered.

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“Making The Fallout was a journey I never expected to take and one that has changed me forever,” stated Park. “If by seeing this film just one teen feels less alone, less afraid, or somehow understood, that will make the journey worth every step.”

“What Megan Park has created with The Fallout is a sensitive and moving story, marking a stunning debut behind the camera, with an exceptional young cast led by a revelatory and powerful performance by Jenna Ortega and an emotionally impactful turn from Maddie Ziegler,” Carolyn Blackwood, COO of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement.

“We shot the film during the height of COVID, and despite all the stoppages and setbacks, we knew we had to tell this story now. HBO Max is the perfect home for this film, and we are pleased to be working with the whole team at Warner Bros. to bring the film to audiences around the world,” stated producers Shaun Sanghani, David Brown, Rebecca Miller and Cara Shine.

The Fallout was produced by Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment and David Brown of Clear Horizon alongside Rebecca Miller, Cara Shine and Todd Lundbohm. Joannie Burstein and Giulia Prenna also produced.

Complete ‘Smallville’ Series Debuting on Blu-ray Oct. 19

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.

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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.

Smallville: The Complete Series is currently available to own on digital.

Warner’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ Fights to Top of U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Home Video’s Mortal Kombat fought its way up to No. 1 on the U.K.’s weekly Official Film Chart (ended July 14) following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

With 82% of its total sales this week on physical formats, the video game-inspired movie relegated the previous week’s four-week chart topper Godzilla vs. Kong to No. 2, while Zack Snyder’s Justice League held on for a third consecutive week at No. 3 — underscoring Warner’s ongoing domination (70%) of home entertainment retail.

This week’s highest new entry, classic 1996 Looney Tunes-meets-real-life comedy Space Jam, launched straight to No. 4 thanks to a brand new 4K UHD Blue-ray Disc release, as the franchise gears up for the long-awaited sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy featuring LeBron James, which releases in U.K. cinemas July 16.

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Warner’s Tom & Jerry scampered up one spot to No. 5, finishing narrowly ahead of the week’s highest chart climber, Universal Pictures’ The Croods, which rocketed 25 spots to No. 6, a brand-new peak for the franchise, which also sees its sequel released in cinemas this week.

Multi-Oscar winner Nomadland (20th Century Studios’ Searchlight Pictures) fell two spots to No. 7, followed by 2017 “X-Men” spinoff Logan at No. 8, which entered the chart for the very first time thanks to a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc release.

Finally, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon finished at No. 9, while Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner) bowed at No. 10 for a second week.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – July 14, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 2 Mortal Kombat (2021) Warner
2 1 Godzilla vs. Kong Warner
3 3 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
4 New Space Jam Warner
5 6 Tom & Jerry (2021) Warner
6 31 The Croods Universal
7 5 Nomadland 20th Century
8 New Logan 20th Century
9 8 Raya and the Last Dragon Disney
10 10 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘In the Heights’ Dancing to Premium Digital July 30, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31

The musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale ($24.99) and rental ($19.99, 48 hours) July 30, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and standard digital Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).

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In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Special features on the 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray include several featurettes and sing-alongs. The DVD includes one featurette.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ Coming to Premium Digital Ownership, Rental July 23, Disc Aug. 24

The horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will arrive for premium digital ownership and rental July 23 and on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 24.

Directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) and starring Vera Farmiga (Annabelle Comes Home, TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun), the film was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” Universe films.

The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor (Starz’ “The Spanish Princess”), Sarah Catherine Hook (Hulu’s “Monsterland”) and Julian Hilliard (“Wandavision,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” and “The Haunting of Hill House”).

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is based on a case of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.

Special features on 4K and Blu-ray Disc include:

  • “By Reason of Demonic Possession,” an in depth look at the true story that inspired the movie (also available on the DVD);
  • “The Occultist,” exploring the new addition to the Conjuring Universe;
  • “Exorcism of Fear,” delving into the making of the movie and the chilling exorcism scene that opens the film; and
  • “DC Horror Presents The Conjuring: The Lover #1,” a video comic that takes you deeper into the Conjuring Universe.

‘Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog’ Due on Digital and DVD Sept. 14

Two of animation’s top canine characters team up in Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a new, full-length animated family film set for release on digital and DVD Sept. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog finds the teen sleuths in the town of Nowhere, Kan., where they meet Courage the Cowardly Dog. There they investigate what makes the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners Eustace and Muriel Bagge one of the weirdest places on Earth. The canine colleagues sniff out a strange object, putting the team on the trail of a giant cicada monster and her winged warriors.

The release includes three bonus classic “Scooby-Doo!” episodes: the “Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” episode “Decoy for a Dognapper”; the “The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul”; and the “The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “Chiller Diller Movie Thriller.”

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Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog features the voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. The film also features Jeff Bergman as Eustice Bagge, Marty Grabstein as Courage the Cowardly Dog and Thea White as Muriel Bagge.

Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Available for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental July 2, on Disc Aug. 3

The Angelina Jolie thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives for early premium digital ownership and rental July 2 and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and stars Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Maleficent) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class).

Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, the two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face as they’re hunted by two killers while a massive fiery blaze heads straight for them.

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The Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette and the DVD “Those Who Wish Me Dead First Look.”

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Fights to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong battled to No. 1 on the U.K. home entertainment’s Official Film Chart through June 9, stomping up two places from its No. 3 debut the previous week.

On digital downloads only the movie bested two recent releases, former No. 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 2) — the biggest title of the week on physical formats — and Tom & Jerry at No. 3.

The 2018 suspense thriller A Quiet Place climbed 15 spots to No. 4, landing in the top 10 for the very first time. Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, alongside Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, the critically acclaimed film sees a new U.K. chart peak following the release of its sequel released in cinemas last week.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon dropped one spot to No. 5, while Lionsgate’s dystopian action film Chaos Walking climbed one spot to No. 6; Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner) landed at No. 7; and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit is down two spots to No. 8.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall re-entered the chart at No. 9, marking a new peak for the film and its first stint in the top 10 thanks to a surge of digital downloads. Finally, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds off the countdown at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 9, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Studio
1 3 Godzilla v Kong Warner
2 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
3 2 Tom & Jerry (2021) Warner
4 19 A Quiet Place Paramount
5 4 Raya and the Last Dragon Walt Disney
6 7 Chaos Walking Lionsgate
7 5 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
8 6 Peter Rabbit Sony Pictures
9 Return Total Recall Studiocanal
10 8 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony Pictures

© Official Charts Company 2021

Guy Ritchie’s ‘Wrath of Man’ Due on Digital June 29, Disc July 13

The revenge heist film Wrath of Man is coming to digital June 29 and DVD and Blu-ray July 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Gentlemen) teams up with Jason Statham (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, the “Fast & Furious” franchise) for a story about a mysterious security guard out to settle a score. The film is Ritchie’s fourth directorial collaboration with Statham.

In the film, mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

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The actioner, based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, also stars Scott Eastwood (The Fate of the Furious, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Andy Garcia (The Mule, Oceans Thirteen), Holt McCallany (Three Kings, Fight Club), Jeffrey Donovan (Hitch, Sicario, TV’s “Burn Notice”), Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down), Laz Alonso (Avatar, “Fast & Furious”), Chris Reilly (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Raul Castillo (television’s “Looking”), DeObia Oparei (television’s “Game of Thrones,” Moulin Rouge!) and Eddie Marsan (The Gentlemen, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).

‘Space Jam’ Shooting to 4K Ultra HD for 25th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the family film Space Jam  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital July 6 to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.

In the 1996 film, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny collide in a future universe with Jordan as a live-action hero entering an animated world. Captured by Bugs Bunny to foil a ghastly gang of space creatures, Jordan must play the basketball game of his life to save the beloved cartoon heroes from a hideous kidnapping scheme.

The film also features Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves.

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Space Jam received an Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Technical Achievement and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (1997).

The Space Jam Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack contains previously released special features, including commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker); the featurette “Jammin” with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan; and music videos including Seal’s “Fly Like an Eagle” and Monstars’ anthem “Hit ‘Em High.”

The 4K re-release is also timed for the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, with LeBron James, which will be released July 16.