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Sea Notes: Stanton Revisits Little Lost Fish in the Wide Blue Yonder
To many, 2003’s animated Pixar film Finding Nemo is considered an iconic title, particularly for the millennials and beyond, despite its recycled themes of anthropomorphized families struggling to reunite after tragedy has torn them asunder (as seen to equally great effect in previous cartoons, like 1986’s An American Tail or 1988’s The Land Before Time.
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- Nicholas Bell
There's a division at Universal Pictures that specializes in taking movies you probably grew up loving and making sequels fairly under the radar. Here's the twist, though: despite their straight-to-dvd nature, these movies usually aren't just quick, dumb cash-ins. They're polished productions that often exceed expectations. Granted they're not all winners (Kindergarten Cop 2 and Tremors 5: Bloodlines were a bit lackluster), but the Deathrace, Chucky, The Man With The Iron Fists , and Jarhead franchises have all gotten satisfying new sequels in recent years. And it's not just R-rated action movies, either. Curious George 3 and The Land Before Time Xiv are both solid kid's movies. Anyways, the point is these sequels seem to come out of...
- Peter Hall
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool” remained the top home video seller for the third consecutive week, despite four new theatrical films coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD last week – all of which ended up in the top 10 on the national sales charts for the week ending May 29.
Sony Pictures’ “Risen,” the latest Biblical epic about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, debuted at No. 2 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“Risen” stars Joseph Fiennes as a Roman “Tribune” charged with tracking down rumors of a Nazarene who rose from the dead. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds (“Fandango,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”), earned $36.9 million in U.S. theaters.
Close behind, with a No. 3 debut on the overall disc chart (and a No. 7 bow on the Blu-ray Disc chart), was Warner’s “How to Be Single,” a romantic comedy with $46.8 million in domestic box office earnings. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The fifth season of the red-hot HBO TV series “The Game of Thrones” topped the national home video sales charts the week ended March 20, with the complete-season set narrowly beating the live-action “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” movie from 20th Century Fox.
“Game of Thrones” and “The Road Chip” debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on both the VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
The latest “Chipmunks” film, the fourth since 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was released right before Christmas, just like the others, and earned $85.5 million in U.S. theaters – about $50 million less than its predecessor, “Chipwrecked,” released theatrically in December 2011.
But its home video performance was once again formidable, with the film selling 94% as many units as “Game of Thrones” overall, according to VideoScan research. On Blu-ray the gap was a »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Fans of the Death Race franchise can now buckle up for a new installment, as Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is currently filming in Peru and will be released later this year on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
A reboot of the cult classic Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (the 1975 film shown above), Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (Azog from The Hobbit films) as the feared driver Frankenstein and also features genre legend Malcolm McDowell as the Chairman. The new film is directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Hard Candy) from a screenplay by Matt Yamashita (Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda).
A Death Race remake directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) was released in 2008 and was followed by two prequels, Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives and Death Race 3: Inferno. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the new Death Race reboot:
Press Release: Universal City, »
- Derek Anderson
“Spectre,” the latest James Bond film, rode its $200 million box office gross to a No. 1 debut on the national home video sales charts the week ending Feb. 14.
The MGM film, distributed for the home market by 20th Century Fox, is the first Bond film since 2012’s “Skyfall,” which earned more than $304 million in theaters. Despite its significantly lower box office earnings, “Spectre” – the fourth Bond film with Daniel Craig in the starring role – is still the second-highest theatrical performer among the 24 films in the franchise.
“Spectre” bowed in the top spot on both Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Both top sellers from the previous week slipped to No. 2 – Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter” on the overall disc sales chart and Walt Disney Studios’ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on the Blu-ray chart.
On the overall disc sales chart, Sony »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Three new releases captured the three top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ending Feb. 7, although one is a nearly 80-year-old film that has just been reissued on Blu-ray Disc after a nearly five-year moratorium.
The top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks sales of all new disc releases, Blu-ray and DVD combined, went to Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter,” an action-adventure fantasy that stars Vin Diesel as, well, the last witch hunter, who after being cursed with immortality away from his loved ones has spent the last few centuries hunting and killing rogue witches. A theatrical underperformer, the film earned just $27.4 million in theaters, against a budget estimated at $90 million.
The No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart, not surprisingly, went to 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first of the Walt Disney Co.’s animated classics. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Universal 1440 Entertainment has released a clip from The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave, the fourteenth instalment of the long-running animated series, which features the voice talents of Reba McEntire and Damon Wayans Jr.; check it out below after the official synopsis…
In this exciting and heartwarming adventure, young Apatosaurus Littlefoot and his four dinosaur pals, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike, embark on an ambitious quest to find Littlefoot’s missing dad, making new friends and learning valuable life lessons along the way. New to the hugely popular franchise is the Queen of Country Music, Reba McEntire voicing one of two new characters, Etta. The Golden Globe and Grammy nominee also performs 1 of the 4 all new songs in the movie, “Look for the Light.” Voicing the second new character is none other than Critics’ Choice TV Award Nominee, Damon Wayans Jr. as Wild Arms.
- Gary Collinson
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- Ryan Gallagher
9 items from 2016
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