Home Video News: Sherlock Gnomes, Grease at Cannes, Black Panther and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Home Video News: Sherlock Gnomes, Grease at Cannes, Black Panther and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1

SHERLOCK GNOMES comes to Digital June 5th and Blu-ray/DVD June 12th

A hilarious and heartfelt adventure the whole family can enjoy, SHERLOCK GNOMES brings the fun home on Digital June 5, 2018 and on
Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM).


Boasting an all-star cast of voices including Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Mary J. Blige, SHERLOCK GNOMES is a rollicking adventure from the director of Kung Fu Panda!


The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with nearly 45 minutes of bonus content. Meet the all-star cast including Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and discover how this hilarious family adventure was brought to life. Plus, enjoy the new music video “Stronger Than I Ever Was,” learn how to draw some of your favorite Gnomes, and much, much more!


When Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) discover their friends and family have gone missing, there’s only one gnome to call – the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home.


SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray Combo Pack

The SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dutch 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Parisian 5.1 Dolby Audio, German 5.1 Dolby Audio, Italian 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, Dutch, French Canadian, French Parisian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
  • Gnome is Where the Heart Is – Go behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast
  • All Roads Lead to Gnome: London Locations in Sherlock Gnomes
  • Miss Gnomer: Mary J. Blige and the Music of Sherlock Gnomes
  • Stronger Than I Ever Was – Enjoy the brand new music video performed by Mary J. Blige
  • How To Draw – Learn how to draw your favorite characters:
    • Sherlock Gnomes
    • Watson
    • Moriarty
    • Goons
  • Animating Sherlock Gnomes – Discover the magic behind the movie’s animation


  • Feature film in standard definition


The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

Paramount Pictures Hosts 40th Anniversary Screening of GREASEat the Cannes Film Festival

Paramount Pictures hosted a special screening of the enduringly popular cultural phenomenon GREASE at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. John Travolta and director Randal Kleiser took part in the Cinéma de la Plage event on May 16th where fans relived the unforgettable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story at a spectacular outdoor screening of the newly restored film on the beach.


In anticipation of the film’s anniversary, GREASE was restored to its original vibrancy with the highest quality sound, picture resolution and color. The original negative was scanned and received extensive clean up and color correction using previously unavailable digital restoration tools. In addition, the audio was enhanced from a six-track mix created for an original 70mm release, giving the music more clarity.


A new 40th anniversary edition of the fully restored film was recently released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Directed by: Randal Kleiser


Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward, Didi Conn, Jamie Donnelly, Dinah Manoff


Good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny (John Travolta) fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


It’s got a groove, it’s got a meaning…and it’s still a cultural phenomenon 40 years after its original release. The iconic celebration of high school life in the 1950s, GREASE is the way you’ll be feeling with the new 40th Anniversary Edition featuring fully restored picture and sound on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, GREASE made an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.




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Black Panther Fun Facts – Now Available on Digital, Movies Anywhere, Blu-ray & 4K!


With Marvel Studios’ Black Panther about to thunder into homes on HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, we step behind the camera to bring you these number-crunching facts on the mighty new Marvel movie. Wakanda Forever!



The Marvel Cinematic Universe first welcomed T’Challa/Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) in 2016, which is when the iconic character was introduced to movie audiences in Captain America: Civil War.



Since its theatrical release in early 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has dominated the box office charts across the globe. In the USA, it was the first film in eight years to spend FIVE weeks at No. 1.


Letitia Wright tackled TWO screen tests alongside Chadwick Boseman in order to win the role of Shuri in the Marvel movie. “One screen test took place in LA; the other in Atlanta,” admits the actress.



Filmed primarily at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta and Busan, South Korea, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther began shooting in January 2017. Three months later, the film shoot wrapped on April 20, 2017.



Key cast members attended a SIX-week boot camp before the movie shoot began. “We all went to Atlanta six weeks early to get into shape,” reveals Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakai. “We got in a room with the stunt team and started to work out, as well as practice the fight choreography and combat skills. It was a lot of work!”



Sebastian Stan – who appears as Bucky Barnes in one of the movie’s end tag scenes – spent ONE day on the set of Black Panther. “Sebastian Stan is a lot of fun to work with,” admits Letitia Wright. “We shot that scene outside at a lake, so there was no green screen. It was a great day.”


The in-home release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is packed with never-before-seen featurettes on the making of the movie, as well as a director’s commentary, a gag reel and FOUR deleted scenes. U.N. Meet And Greet, Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss The Future Of Wakanda, T’Challa Remembers His Father and Voices From The Past are the names of the exclusive deleted scenes.



Michael B. Jordan has an interesting description of his cunning Black Panther character Erik Killmonger. “He is always TEN steps ahead,” explains Jordan. “He’s very patient. That’s a very dangerous attribute to have as a villain because he’s going to sit and wait, and he’s going to plan and calculate every move. I like to think of myself as a forward thinker, and I love playing chess and seeing steps ahead. So that was something that I definitely connected a lot with him.”


It wasn’t an easy task to transform Michael B. Jordan into Erik Killmonger. “The makeup process was very extensive,” admits the actor. “It took up to THREE hours to apply Killmonger’s scars every morning.”



Close to 90 individually-sculpted silicone molds were added to Michael B. Jordan’s upper body for the shirtless fight scenes in the movie. Each of Killmonger’s scars represents a ‘notch’ of his kills over the years.


Not only did Michael B. Jordan spend three hours in the makeup chair every morning, but he also spent hours in the makeup chair at the end of the day, too. “It took TWO hours to take off the scars when I wrapped each day,” the actor reveals.



In order to research the movie, production designer Hannah Beachler visited South Africa to soak up the culture for inspiration. “It was an invaluable research trip,” explains Beachler. “I landed in Cape Town and we traveled up the coast. We visited Durban, the Golden Gate [Highlands National Park]. KwaZulu-Natal, Spioenkop, Johannesburg, Oribi Gorge and Blyde River Canyon… And much more. In total, the trip lasted THREE and a half weeks, but it helped us immensely.”



South Africa wasn’t the only location visited for research purposes. “I also went to South Korea for FOUR days,” adds Hannah Beachler. “We ended up shooting there for four months in total.”



The design of W’Kabi’s armored rhino is based on the white rhino, which is the biggest rhino in Africa. “During our research trip to South Africa, we saw two of the animals,” explains production designer Hannah Beachler. “We were probably 200 feet away from one of them!”



T’Challa’s little sister Shuri is SECOND-in-line for the throne behind her brother. She’s the smartest person in Wakanda; a top scientist and the innovator behind the Black Panther’s updated suits and technology.


Look closely at the iconic Kimoyo beads in the movie and see if you can spot the nsibidi symbols in their design. Production designer Hannah Beachler explains: “Nsibidi is a Nigerian language, which dates back as far as the FOURTH century.”



There is ONE primary bead in each set of Kimoyo beads. “The primary bead is the first bead you’re given when you’re born in Wakanda,” explains Hannah Beachler. “It’s a little different from the other beads. It has a peak on it.”



Did you know that there are FOUR tribes in Wakanda? Merchant, Border, Mining and River.


It was a lengthy process to create the mammoth Warrior Falls set for the movie. Construction took about FOUR months from start to finish!



The spectacular Warrior Falls set was 120’ x 75’ in size. The set was 36’ tall, with the pool being six feet above ground level.



More than 25,000 cubic feet of foam was used in the Warrior Falls set, which was sculpted to match the rocks in Oribi Gorge, South Africa.



When the cameras stopped rolling, there was a fun vibe on the set. “One of the funniest moments during the shoot occurred on the Warrior Falls set,” recalls Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye. “Out of nowhere, the drummers started to drum Drop It Like It’s Hot – and everyone else joined it. There were about 300 people there that day, and everyone started to sing along. There were all these Marvel and Disney execs on set for the scene and there were all thinking, ‘What is going on here?’ But they loved it. It was really, really, fun.”



The movie’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, searched the world from Ghana to Los Angeles for the textiles and accessories she needed to create the 700 costumes for the film.



The wig of the waist-long, silver-haired dreadlocks of Queen Ramonda was an intricate piece. It was made up of 120 pieces of hair that were rolled and handmade into multiple dreadlocks for the actress.


The groundbreaking character of Black Panther made his first appearance in Marvel Comics in Fantastic Four Vol. 1, Issue 52. The comic book was published in 1966.



Marvel Studios president and Black Panther producer Kevin Feige couldn’t be happier for audiences to witness the iconic new Marvel movie. “When the Black Panther character debuted in the ‘60s it was a daring move for the Marvel bullpen of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to introduce this new character, an African character who is smarter than many of our other heroes and is stronger than most of our other heroes,” Feige explains. “To be able to put that on the big screen FIFTY years later is incredibly exciting for us.”



Andy Serkis was always game to revisit the role of the South African arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. The character first appeared in the MCU in Avengers: Age of Ultron back in 2015.


Although Chadwick Boseman was familiar with the iconic African super hero, the Black Panther comics really came on his radar with Reginald Hudlin’s run, which was first published in 2005.


Film fans can rejoice in the fact that Marvel Studios’ Black Panther will be available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home as a digital release in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8.



You’ll have to wait a little longer for the 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand version of Black Panther. These will be released on May 15.

Seven Brides for Seven Brother’s Two Disc Special Edition debuts on Blu-ray June 5

Get ready for one of the liveliest, leaping-est, sassiest and happiest musicals ever, as Warner Archive Collection proudly unveils its Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray™ release of the Oscar-winning 1954 MGM classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.


Directed by Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain), and starring Jane Powell (Royal Wedding, Hit the Deck) and Howard Keel (Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate),Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was nominated for four Academy Awards® and won for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. This Western musical is distinguished by a wonderful score of original songs by composer Gene de Paul and lyricist by Johnny Mercer (Li’l Abner) along with brilliant, acrobatic dancing scenes choreographed by Michael Kidd (The Band Wagon,Guys and Dolls).


Presented for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring a new 1080p HD master from a 2018 2K scan in its original 2.55 CinemaScope aspect ratio, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio t (based on the original 4 track magnetic mix, but re-built from recording session masters and original stems), the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray has extras to please every mountain man or woman, including the rarely-seen alternate widescreen (1.77 aspect ratio) alternate version presented for the first time in 1080p HD, a commentary from the film’s director Stanley Donen, a comprehensive cast & crew documentary, vintage featurettes including the famous “MGM Jubilee Overture” short (presented in its original CinemaScope 2.55 aspect ratio for the first time in 1080p HD with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio sound), premiere newsreel footage and more.


Of note is that two versions of the film exist, one in CinemaScope and the other in traditional widescreen. In 1953 when Cinemascope was brand new, MGM was concerned that if it was a fad they would have an unusable film in the long-run, so for protection they shot the film twice. Two different takes of each shot with different staging was filmed which reflect the different frame size of traditional widescreen (which is less wide and more rectangular) and CinemaScope. By the time the film was released, CinemaScope had proven a huge success and the alternate version was rarely seen until its release on DVD in 2004.


About the Film

In Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Adam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. After they return to his backwoods home she discovers he has six brothers — all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness… kidnap the women they want from the surrounding villages.


Dismissed by studio executives during production as a ‘second-tier musical’, the film suffered budget cuts during production that precluded location shooting. Overcoming these circumstances, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was an obvious hit in the making when previewed, and opened to great reviews at huge box office success at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. This film was so successful that it was theatrically re-issued for many years thereafter, and holds the achievement as one of the highest-grossing musicals ever produced by M-G-M’s “dream factory”. The unique story behind the making of the film is well chronicled by director Donen’s commentary, as well as the comprehensive documentary on the disc, hosted by star Howard Keel, and including interviews with co-stars Jane Powell, Tommy Rall, Russ Tamblyn, and Jacques d’Amboise, as well as director Donen, choreographer Kidd, and Musical Supervisor Saul Chaplin (who earned an Oscar for his contribution), among others.

Special Features:

Disc One: (BD50)

  • Audio Commentary by Stanley Donen (Recorded 2004)
  • “MGM Jubilee Overture” 1954 MGM’s “30th Anniversary” Theatrical
  • Short Subject shot in CinemaScope and Color, featuring the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, playing a medley of eleven well-known songs used in some of the studio’s best-known musicals. (Remastered in 1080p HD, 16×9 2.55 anamorphic aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio)
  • Documentary “Sobbin’ Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” hosted by Howard Keel (Produced 1996, updated and revised 2004)-SD
  • Radio City Music Hall Premiere – July 22, 1954 (SD)
  • “MGM’s 30th Anniversary” (1954 MGM Newsreel) (SD)


Disc Two: (BD25)

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Rarely-seen 1.77:1 alternate Widescreen Version (1080p HD)

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