Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Warner Home Video Tabs Apr. 8 For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Grudge Match

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The saga continues on Apr. 8 with the three-SKU launch from Warner Home Video of the New Line Cinema film production of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The ARR is 116 days and ticket sales were a brisk $256.2 million (despite extremely bad weather in the eastern half of the country).   

Fans were not disappointed with this second installment in the Hobbit film trilogy (look for The Hobbit: There and Back Again to be in theatres during the Christmas holiday season later this year) as filmmaker Peter Jackson has taken what seemed to be less-than-epic source material (the book was a little over 300 pages) and has spun it into a nice companion piece to his Lord of the Rings series.   

As for the home entertainment market, Warner Home Video has three-SKU launch planned.   There will be two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (one with a 3D viewing option) and a double-disc DVD SKU (all feature UltraViolet).  

In addition to the viewing options, the studio also as a limited edition planned, which features two “Gates of Erebor” replica bookends and the 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKU.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyBonus features include three extended production documentaries hosted by Peter Jackson — “In the Company of the Hobbit,” “Production Videos” and “New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2.”

Also featured is the Ed Sheeran music video, “I See Fire.”

Also getting an Apr. 8 push on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (both editions feature UltraViolet) is director Peter Segal’s sport’s comedy, Grudge Match, teaming “boxing legends” Sylvester Stallone (the Rocky film series) and Robert De Niro (Best Actor winner for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in Raging Bull) as former ring rivals Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen respectively.

Grudge Match, which is a clever play on the screen personas of Stallone and De Niro, pulled in $29.7 million … the ARR is 102 days.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKUs include deleted scenes.  Exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack are an alternate opening and an alternate ending and five featurettes — “The Bull & The Stallion,” “In the Ring with Kevin Hart,” “Ringside with Tyson & Holyfield,” “Blow for Blow with Larry Holmes” and “Kevin Hart Unedited.”

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

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