Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It Is An Early Start To The Christmas-Selling Season For Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is getting an early start on the Christmas-selling season with a pair of August release dates for two of its recent theatrical outings.  

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier a likely post-Labor Day anchor product offering (plus whatever else might click this summer … Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent, Planes: Fire and Rescue, etc.), room has to be made so both Need for Speed and Muppets Most Wanted get long-lead announcements for delivery to retail in August.

Streeting Aug. 5 is director Scott Waugh’s crime thriller, Need For Speed, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.  A Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a stand-alone DVD edition are planned .

The ARR is 144 days and the box office take was a nice $43.2 million.

Bonus features include the featurette titled “Capturing Speed” … exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU are commentary from filmmaker Scott Waugh and actor Aaron Paul, outtakes, four deleted scenes and two additional featurettes.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyDirector James Bobin’s latest adventure featuring Kermit the Frog, Missy Piggy and the rest of the Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, will head home the following week, Aug. 12.

The ARR for DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions also works out to 144 days and the box office tally was a soft $50 million (his previous, The Muppets, in 2011 pulled in over $88 million — clearly Amy Adams is a better draw than snarky SNL alum, Tina Fey).

Bonus features for the DVD are limited to a music video, while the Blu-ray SKU features both the theatrical cut of the film and “The Statler and Waldorf Cut” (extended), a blooper reel, a featurette titled “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan” and the aforementioned music video by Bret McKenzie titled “I’ll Get You What You Want.”

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

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