Monday, March 23, 2020

Movies Getting Early Digital Releases

Several film studios are taking proactive measures to ensure their newest movie releases are still seen by as many people as possible. Here’s a rundown of movies that are hitting on-demand services ahead of schedule.


Disney has announced that its latest Disney-Pixar film Onward would be available to buy digitally starting on March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for $19.99. The studio also announced that the film will hit Disney+ much earlier than expected, on Friday, April 3.

The Way Back

The Ben Affleck-starring sports drama The Way Back — about an alcoholic former high school basketball star who is recruited to coach his alma mater’s struggling team — is getting an early home video release. Warner Bros. is now making the movie available to purchase for $20 on on-demand platforms on March 24.

I Still Believe

Lionsgate’s faith-based drama starring Britt Robertson and KJ Apa, which just opened in theaters on March 13, will be arriving on premium VOD platforms on March 27.


Sony’s Vin Diesel-starring comic book movie Bloodshot, which is still screening in theaters that remain open, will be arriving on home video platforms months early, on March 24.

Birds of Prey

Warner Bros. announced its Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey will be released on home video earlier than expected. Although the Margot Robbie-starring blockbuster is still screening in the theaters that remain open, it will be available to purchase for $20 via video-on-demand platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, on March 24. A rental option is expected in April.

Emma, The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Trolls World Tour

NBCUniversal has decided to release its slate of in-theater and upcoming films to on-demand services at the same time that they are available in still-open theaters, beginning Friday, March 20. The release will include Trolls World Tour, which was set to open in theaters on April 10, along with the already-released titles The HuntThe Invisible Man, and Emma. 48-hour rentals of the brand new pictures will be available for $19.99 in the U.S. and the equivalent price in international markets.

The HuntThe Invisible Man, and Emma will also be available on Amazon on Friday, March 20 as a result of NBCUniversal’s decision.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The final installment in the decades-long sci-fi franchise arrived on home video platforms several days early, on March 13. It’s available to watch on on-demand services including Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, FandangoNow, and iTunes, starting at $20 for digital HD.

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