‘Challengers’ Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc July 9

The romantic sports drama Challengers, from Amazon MGM Studios, will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray July 9 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), the film stars Zendaya (Dune: Part Two, TV’s “Euphoria”), Josh O’Connor (TV’s “The Crown,” TV’S “Peaky Blinders”) and Mike Faist (West Side Story). 

In the film, Zendaya stars as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Faist), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (O’Connor) — his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself what it will cost to win.  

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Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Due on 4K Ultra HD June 25 for 40th Anniversary

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release, Purple Rain, the 1984 film starring Prince in his film acting debut, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital for the first time on June 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Purple Rain stars music icon Prince in his first film role as The Kid, alongside Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

The film was directed by Albert Magnoli from a screenplay by Magnoli and William Blinn and was produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo and Steven Fargnoli. The original songs were composed and produced by Prince.

Purple Rain won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score (Prince), the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (Prince and the Revolution), and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Prince).
 
In 2019, Purple Rain was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
 
For the 40th Anniversary of Purple Rain, the film has been restored digitally from an 8K scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative (OCN).  The picture was also conformed to the original theatrical release aspect ratio of 1.85:1 to provide the most authentic theatrical presentation framing ever to be released to the home. The digitally restored picture was color graded in High Dynamic Range (HDR). The film’s audio was also restored from the original Dolby Stereo (LCRS) archived 35mm magnetic film source elements containing the separate dialogue, music, and effects (DME) tracks.  These restored elements along with the 20th anniversary’s 5.1 multi-channel print master were used to complete a newly remastered 5.1 presentation for the film.

In the film, rock star Prince makes his feature film debut in this highly autobiographical blockbuster. Headstrong, vulnerable young musician The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother. But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling young rocker into a star. 

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The Purple Rain 4K UHD disc includes the following previously released special features: commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin; the “First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty” featurette; the “Let’s Go Crazy” music video; the “Take Me with U” music video; the “When Doves Cry” music video; the “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m a Star” music video; the “Purple Rain” music video; the “Jungle Love” music video; the “The Bird” music video; and the “Sex Shooter” music video.

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Due Via Premium Digital May 14, on Disc June 11

Warner Bros. Discovery will release Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, for premium digital purchase and rental May 14, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and regular digital June 11.

The film, which has earned $547.2 million at the global box office, follows up the showdown of Godzilla versus Kong. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence — and our own.  The epic delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and premium digital releases include director’s commentary and several featurettes.

Additionally, a five-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse will be available on 4K UHD disc this summer. The six-disc collector’s edition will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

Google Touts Studio Partnerships at New York NewFronts

Google execs at a presentation at the NewFronts in New York touted partnerships with such media companies as Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCUniversal and Paramount Global utilizing its Disney & Video 360 advertising tool.

Google’s Kristin O’Hara, VP of agency, platforms and client solutions, announced that the tech company is one of the first partners to directly integrate with the Disney Real-Time Ad Exchange (DRAX).

“This is going to allow you to reach relevant audiences across the entire Disney portfolio at more meaningful moments with increased speed, accuracy and flexibility,” she said.

With a new tool expansion, she added, “You’re soon going to be able to select whatever inventory you want across Disney’s portfolio as well as YouTube guaranteed and non-guaranteed, all on DV360.”

She also touted Google’s Publisher Advertiser Identity Reconciliation (PAIR) “identity solution” giving advertisers and publishers “a new way to power campaigns using first-party data.” It is live with NBCUniversal and is coming soon to Disney through DRAX, she said.

Google and the IAB Tech Lab are partnering on an effort to open-source PAIR to the industry so “our industry as a whole can adopt privacy-forward solutions that are going to benefit everyone,” she said.

“This is a win for the industry, because we believe the future of privacy will be built in partnership,” she said.

Paramount’s Pete Chelala, VP of programmatic advertising sales, and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Jill Steinhauser, SVP of ad sales and revenue operations, joined O’Hara onstage.

“Behaviors are changing, patterns are changing, measurement is changing but what hasn’t changed is just the fundamentals of content,” Chelala said. “It’s just gotta be good.”

“It all goes back to the content,” Steinhauser said.

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Sean Downey, president of the Americas and global partners for Google, noted that streaming has become synonymous with TV.

“We’ve been seeing a major shift in how people watch what they love,” he said. “That means how advertisers connect with streaming audiences has also changed and in 2024 it’s reaching a tipping point. The explosion of streaming has redefined what people even mean when they say they are going to watch TV.”

“As audiences have fragmented so has your ability to reach them,” he noted, at the event highlighting Google’s ad solutions.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Due on Premium Digital April 16, Disc May 14

The science-fiction sequel Dune: Part Two will be released for premium digital sale (PEST) and rental (PVOD) on April 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film is the highest-grossing theatrical film of the year, with more than $665.5 million at the global box office.

Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. 

Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he and Jon Spaihts wrote, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert, the film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: End Game, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Léa Seydoux (the “James Bond” franchise and Crimes of the Future), Souheila Yacoub (The Braves, Climax), with Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, “Being the Ricardos”).

The Dune: Part Two premium digital purchase special features include:  

  • Filmbooks: House Corrino
  • Filmbooks: The Reverand Mother
  • Filmbooks: Water
  • Filmbooks: Lisan-al-Gaib
  • An Ensemble for the Ages
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester Attack
  • Inside Dune: Gurney Hallaeck’s Revenge
  • Inside Dune: The Fight for the Imperial Throne

 

The Dune: Part Two 4K UHD and Blu-ray special features include:  

  • Chakobsa Training
  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter”
  • Worm-Riding
  • Becoming Feyd
  • A New Set of Threads
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune

‘Ocean’s’ Trilogy Arrives on 4K Ultra HD April 30

Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy of crime heist films — Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen — will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digitally for the first time April 30 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Inspired by and based on the 1960 heist film Ocean’s 11, the three films are directed by Academy Award winner Soderbergh and feature ensemble casts including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison and Shaobo Qin.

The 4K remasters of Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) were completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of Soderbergh. The restored 5.1 digital audio mix was overseen by original re-recording sound mixer and sound editor Larry Blake.

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The “Ocean’s” trilogy Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and digital contains the following previously released special features:

Ocean’s Eleven

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and Ted Griffin
  • Commentary by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia
  • “Are You In or Out? The Making of Ocean’s Eleven”
  • “Pros & Cons: Inside Ocean’s Outfit”
  • “The Style of Steal”
  • “The Look of the Con”
  • “Original Ocean’s, Original Cool”

 

Ocean’s Twelve

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and George Nolfi
  • “Ready, Jet Set, Go: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • “HBO First Look: Twelve Is the New Eleven: The Making of Ocean’s Twelve”
  • deleted scenes

 

Ocean’s Thirteen

  • Commentary by Steven Soderbergh, Brian Koppelman and David Levien
  • “Third’s a Charm: The Making of Ocean’s Thirteen
  • “Ahab with a Piggyback: The Means & Machines of Ocean’s”
  • “Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk”
  • “Masters of the Heist”
  • deleted scenes

Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ Due in 4K Ultra HD on Disc and Digital April 23

The 2006 thriller The Departed from director Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas) will be available for purchase in 4K Ultra HD on disc and digital for the first time April 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Martian), Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets), and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Boogie Nights), with Martin Sheen (television’s “The West Wing,” Apocalypse Now), Ray Winstone (That Summer, Nil by Mouth), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Alec Baldwin (The Cooler), Anthony Anderson (television’s “Black-ish,” Hustle & Flow), and James Badge Dale in supporting roles.

The screenplay is by Academy Award Winner William Monahan and is based on the 2002 Hong Kong action thriller Internal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. 

In the thriller set in Boston, a long-simmering hostility between the police department and an Irish American gang led by Frank Costello is primed to explode. The fuse is lit when a gangster is chosen to infiltrate the police force, and a young cop goes undercover within the gang.  When the two moles uncover each other’s identity, the battle begins.

The 4K remaster of The Departed was completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of the film’s Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator).

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Special features include “Guilt and Betrayal: Looking into The Departed” (new); “Stranger than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed”; “Crossing Criminal Cultures”; and nine deleted scenes with introductions by Scorsese. 

‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Available Via Premium Digital Jan. 23, on Disc March 12

The DC superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuts for premium digital purchase and rental on Jan. 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $378.3 million at the global box office, will be available to purchase on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12.

Directed by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring, Saw), Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom features Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Dune, “Game of Thrones”) reprising his role as Arthur Curry along with returning stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Amber Heard (Aquaman, Zombieland), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Matrix: Resurrection) and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge, The Others).

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In the film, Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa) is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

Digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD special features include “Finding the Lost Kingdom,” in which director James Wan reveals how he​ and the cast and crew pulled off the sequel​; “Aquaman: Worlds Above and Below”;​ “It’s a Manta World,” in which filmmakers reveal how they leveled Black Manta up to the realm of supervillains​; “Necrus, The Lost Black City​,” revealing how the filmmakers created the Black City from its “surface city” concept and its inhabitants to its execution​; “Escape from the Deserter World,” exploring how the filmmakers created this​ barren desert landscape and the Deserter Prison, how its creatures and​ inhabitants were brought to life, and how they planned and executed the Orm “breakout” sequence; “Brawling at Kingfish’s Lair,” exploring from concept to​ completion Kingfish’s Lair; and “Oh TOPO!​,” in which director James Wan and the filmmakers discuss​ the decision behind bringing the octopus TOPO back to the sequel and its promotion to​ Arthur’s on-screen sidekick.

Premium digital ownership includes the special feature “Aquaman Through Fire and Water.”

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray releases include “Atlantean Blood Is Thicker Than Water,” exploring how Patrick Wilson and Jason Momoa bonded over the new unexpected​ alliance between Arthur and Orm and came together both as characters and as​ friends on and off set​.

‘Contagion’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Digital Feb. 27

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 medical thriller about a global epidemic and the people determined to keep it at bay, will be available to purchase on Feb. 27 for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, as well as for digital purchase, from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

In the film, when Beth Emhoff (Gweneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why. Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage, and ultimately, death. The numbers quickly multiply as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day. A global pandemic explodes.

As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

The film also stars  Marion Cottilard, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle and Sanaa Lathan.

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Special features on the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital include the previously released featurettes “The Reality of Contagion”; “The Contagion Detectives”; and “Contagion — How a Virus Changes the World.”

Animated ‘Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!’ Available Digitally Nov. 21

The animated holiday musical Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!, from executive producer Wyatt Cenac, Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment,  will debut digitally Nov. 21.

Starring Steve Urkel, the breakout character from the series “Family Matters,” Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! features the voices of Jaleel White (as Steve Urkel), Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”) and Kym Whitley (“The Bay”). 

In the film, the holiday season is here, and brilliant but accident-prone super genius Steve Urkel has only one mission: to make the holidays the best they can be for everyone. However, things are off to a not so merry start after he ruins a celebration at his local shopping mall and humiliates the department store Santa. Hoping to make things right, Steve invents a device that helps people spread holiday cheer but it only manages to make things worse. Using his big brain, it’s up to Steve to help the city rediscover the holiday spirit.

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