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September 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The infection caused by "World War Z" has spread from the box office to home entertainment. The apocalyptic zombie film starring Brad Pitt is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, and it's also the No. 1 rental.  The movie, based on the fictional oral history by Max Brooks, was a major summer hit for Paramount and director Marc Forster that generated more than $539 million at theaters worldwide.  ...
September 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like the newest "Star Trek" movie is living long and prospering.  "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams' latest contribution to the venerable franchise, is the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title and a top rental. The film that made more than $466 million worldwide in theaters was also the top video-on-demand title.  With the fall TV season about to get into full swing, DVD sets of popular series are also populating the bestseller list.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Ahead of its seventh-season premiere Thursday on CBS, the sixth season of "The Big Bang Theory" was the second-biggest seller.  "Now You See Me," Summit Entertainment's film about investigators pursuing a team of illusionist bank robbers, came in at No. 3.  Besides "The Big Bang Theory," other TV shows with seasons debuting in the Top 10 were "Homeland's" second season, "Supernatural's" eighth and "Castle's" fifth.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended Sept.
September 22, 2013 | By Noel Murray
"Much Ado About Nothing" Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The degree to which viewers connect with Joss Whedon's modern-dress adaptation may depend on how familiar they are with Whedon's TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly" - some of the stars of which play out Shakespeare's tale of romantic confusion and deceit in Whedon's own sunny Southern California home. By and large, these actors aren't so great at reciting the Bard, with the notable exception of Amy Acker, who as the sharp-tongued anti-romantic Beatrice finds exactly the right balance between contemporary casualness and poetic classicism.
September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Now You See Me," which became a surprise hit when it was released in theaters in May, is topping charts in home entertainment. For the week ended Sept. 7, it was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week on retail shelves, according to Rentrak. The Summit Entertainment film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, follows a team of investigators as they pursue a group of bank-robbing illusionists.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         "Now You See Me" was also the top video-on-demand title and reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Xbox during the last week, noted Lionsgate, which owns Summit.  At the box office, the film grossed $117 million domestically and more than $200 million internationally.
September 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
American culture was more than a fascination for Jean-Pierre Melville; it was a defining component of the French director's persona and life's work. There was the surname he adopted, the Stetson hats he favored, the Cadillac he piloted through the streets of Paris. Above all, there was the hard-boiled sensibility of gangster movies from the 1930s and '40s, an attitude he polished into a new cinematic minimalism, bone-cold and bittersweet. Melville got to exercise his vision stateside only twice.
September 8, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$54.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 10 Although it's not as much fun as the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, J.J. Abrams' sequel has the same major asset as its predecessor: a winning cast that ventures through space with the kind of amiable collegiality that made the original TV series such a joy. This time out, Chris Pine (as Kirk), Zachary Quinto (as Spock), Zoe Saldana (as Uhura) and Simon Pegg (as Scotty) are joined by the always-magnificent Benedict Cumberbatch, playing a mysterious, superhuman villain looking to destroy the credibility of the Federation.
September 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The computer-animated fantasy film "Epic" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, passing the action movies that dominated the previous week's rankings. "Olympus Has Fallen," a White House-set action movie starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, fell to No. 2 in its second week.  "Epic," featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis and Beyonce, tells the story of a teenage girl magically sent to a secret forest in the midst of an intense struggle between good and evil.
August 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A trio of action films took the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray spots last week as the explosion-packed blockbusters from the spring started to hit retail shelves.  In its first week in release, the White House-set thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" was the No. 1 DVD and Blu-ray title. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who has to save the White House from a terrorist takeover, got a lukewarm critical reception but performed well at the box office .  PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" slipped to second place for the week, and "G.I.
August 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The science fiction movie "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise, soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray disc sales chart in its first week in release. The dystopian drama, directed by Joseph Kosinski, had a strong box-office showing in April despite mixed reviews.   "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the action movie featuring Dwayne Johnson ,  Bruce Willis  and  Channing Tatum , held the No. 1 spot among rentals in its second week.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended Aug. 10 for sales and Aug. 11 for rentals, according to Rentrak.  Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Oblivion" (Universal)
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