Imagine a giant tsunami wave that is destined to come crashing ashore on the evening of Mar. 2. It is an unstoppable force that will keep that date and time. It is the Oscar telecast.
How long can you hold back a Best Picture nominee from the home entertainment arena? Ticket sales are still brisk at the local multiplex and you figure that you will sell X, Y or Z amount of units no matter the date — before or after the awards and winner is known to all.
That was that dilemma that Paramount Media Home Distribution with director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. They had a relief valve — sales people or overly ambitious on-line retailers sort of leaked the street date some weeks ago, so when news finally arrived this week that Mar. 25 was release date (well beyond pre-book) it came as no surprise.
The ARR is a quick-to-market 88 days and domestic box office receipts currently stand at $112.8 million.
Planned for release are a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) and a stand-alone single disc DVD SKU.
Included as the only bonus feature with the Blu-ray edition is the extended featurette titled, “The Wolf Pack.” It features behind-the-scenes interviews with filmmaker Martin Scorsese and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill (all three were nominated for Oscars).
Also getting a release date this week is writer/director Christopher Landon’s latest installment in the studio’s lucrative horror film franchise series, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The street date is Apr. 8.
The ARR comes in at 95 days and ticket sales were a nice $32.5 million.
The configuration is identical to that of the aforementioned The Wolf of Wall Street — Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) and a stand-alone DVD SKU.
The Blu-ray SKU has two viewing options — the theatrical cut (which was R-rated) and an extended unrated cut. There is also additional found footage.
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