July 1, 2013 |
The Warner Bros. fantasy flick "Jack the Giant Slayer" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release, bumping Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to No. 2. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" held steady atop rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 22 for sales and June 23 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (Warner Bros.). Week 1 PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney)
June 20, 2013 |
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the 40th anniversary of William Friedkin's horror film "The Exorcist" with a Blu-ray release featuring the theatrical version and an extended director's cut. The new release of the blockbuster, which won Oscars for William Peter Blatty's screenplay (based on his novel) and for sound, arrives Oct. 8 in anticipation of Halloween. "After my initial cut, I took out 12 minutes before I released it in theaters," Friedkin said in a statement released Thursday.
June 20, 2013 |
Get ready for a "SuperTicket" to the movies. After years of bickering over how soon after theatrical release a movie can be piped into the home, major studios and theater owners are experimenting with a new way to promote home entertainment sales - by selling ticket packages that enable patrons to order early digital downloads of movies that they see in the theater. In the first multi-studio deal of its kind, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures Canada, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures are partnering with Canadian theater chain Cineplex to offer a SuperTicket package that combines an admission ticket with a pre-order of a digital copy of the film.
June 17, 2013 |
The R-rated comedy “Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, stole the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release. Zombie-themed teen rom-com “Warm Bodies,” also in its first week, ranked No. 1 in rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 8 for sales and June 9 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. “Identity Thief” (Universal). Week 1. 2. “A Good Day to Die Hard” (Fox)
June 16, 2013 |
Quartet TWC/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this heartwarming dramedy, an adaptation of Ronald Harwood's play about a retirement home for accomplished musicians. Maggie Smith plays a difficult diva who might be able to help save the home if she can get over her pride and perform at a benefit concert with her old troupe (played by Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins). Plotwise, "Quartet" is pretty predictable and strikes a tone that ranges from overly staid to overly kooky, similar to Smith's 2012 surprise hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
June 9, 2013 |
Twixt Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Francis Ford Coppola's latest venture comes as another late-career trip into indie filmmaking, though more accessible than his previous efforts "Youth Without Youth" and "Tetro. " Val Kilmer plays an alcoholic horror writer who stops off in an eerie small town on a book tour and discovers a murder mystery that involves Edgar Allan Poe, a creepy preacher, a hotel full of dead girls, a grizzled sheriff and teenagers heavily into the occult.
June 2, 2013 |
Warm Bodies Summit, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday For those with the stomach and patience for yet another zombie saga, writer-director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel offers a different take on the genre, with Nicholas Hoult playing a walking corpse with a sensitive side, who regains his humanity when he meets a pretty survivor played by Teresa Palmer. The movie was sold as a wacky spin on "Twilight" when it came out this year, but it's really more like a heartfelt indie dramedy, exploring both what it means to be "alive" and how it feels to be a young person in love.
May 30, 2013 |
Sony President and Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said his company is taking "a serious look" at a proposal from an activist investor to take part of the company's entertainment business public. "It's something that's been discussed at the board level, and discussed thoroughly," said Hirai, who used the prominent platform of the All Things Digital technology conference in Rancho Palos Verdes to address some of the challenges confronting the company. Hedge-fund investor Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point Capital owns about 6% of Sony, has urged an initial public offering for part of the company's music and movie business.
May 23, 2013
Global gaming market: $65 billion spent in 2012 Xbox: Introduced Nov. 15, 2001 Retail price: $299 Sold: 24 million units Xbox 360: Introduced Nov. 22, 2005 Price: $299 (core system) or $399 Sold: 76 million units worldwide Kinect for Xbox: Introduced Nov. 4, 2010. Sets record for fastest-selling consumer electronics device, selling 8 million units in 60 days Sold: 24 million Xbox One: Introduced May 21, 2013 Price: Not announced Availability: End of 2013 Specifications: The heart of the Xbox One system is raw power, with more than 5 billion transistors and 8 gigabytes of RAM. It has a 500-gigabyte hard drive; an eight-core, x86 processor; wireless networking connectivity; three super-speed USB 3.0 ports; and a high-speed Blu-ray disc player.
May 20, 2013
A trio of new titles arrived to knock Oscar winners “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook” from their reign atop the sales and rentals charts -- among them Tom Cruise's box-office disappointment “Jack Reacher.” Also, probably because Marvel's “Iron Man 3” is breaking box-office records in theaters, the company's 2012 title “The Avengers” is back. Here are the top titles for the week that ended May 11 for sales and May 12 for rentals, according to Rentrak.