There is a rhythm to it.
A time-honored pattern to how things are done; done correctly!
So when we see Warner Home Video peppering its release schedule with TV series, kidvid and film vault treasures you can be sure that the summer-season theatrical blockbusters will be getting street dates of their own in short order.
With Man of Steel, Hangover III, Pacific Rim and The Conjuring all at various stages of their theatrical runs it is only a matter of time before the studio begins to move them into the home entertainment market place (all post-Labor Day). The key to doing it correctly is to move the lesser titles into place first and then drop the big boys in afterwards … you don’t crush your own releases by doing that way.
New announcement activity this past week from Warner Home Video — in chronological release order — begins with a pair of theatrical catalog DVD debuts on Aug. 13, The Frozen Dead and Tormented.
Beginning in 1965 with The Satan Bug, leading man Dana Andrews made a trio of sci-fi thrillers that included Crack in the World (opposite Janette Scott) and The Frozen Dead … the first two have been available to own, now comes the Aug. 13 release of writer/director Herbert J. Leder’s 1967 mad-scientist chiller, The Frozen Dead. Here, Andrews plays a Nazi madman who has frozen key members of the Third Reich and is busy at work in his secret lab on a process to revive this “brain trust.”
Tormented is a 1960 release from cult filmmaker Burt I. Gordon (Earth vs. the Spider, War of the Colossal Beast, The Amazing Colossal Man, etc.) which teams Richard Carlson with Juli Reding — she is a vengeful spirit who haunts Carlson when he caused her death by his deliberate inaction!
The action then shifts to Oct. 8 with Blu-ray SKUs for both Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Deluxe Edition and Robot Chicken: Season Six (both double-disc sets) and DVD editions of Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season One (a four-disc collection) and Super Friends!: Legacy of Super Powers.
The following week, Oct. 15, we get both DVD and Blu-ray editions of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season Five (four and three disc sets respectively), a five-disc DVD collection of Hart of Dixie: The Complete Second Season and the little blue guys will be back with new adventures in Smurfs: Smurftastic Journey.
Already in place on Oct. 22 are DVD and Blu-ray versions of Nikita: The Complete Third Season, but this week Warner Home Video has added a rare Friday (Oct. 25) DVD and Blu-ray product offering, the documentary feature film, Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics.
This last release announcement seems to suggest — and we are only speculating here — that perhaps a DC Comics’ superhero feature film release might also be destined for this release window. Just saying.
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