Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Paramount Home Media Distribution Places Noah On Its July 29 Release Calendar

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Media Distribution will unleash director Darren Aronofsky’s end-of-the-world biblical epic, Noah, to the home entertainment market place on July 29.

There will be separate Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) and DVD editions … no word just yet if a 3D version on Blu-ray is planned for a post-Labor Day push.

The ARR is 123 days and domestic ticket sales at multiplexes nationwide — despite all of the pre-release controversy — currently stand at $100.6 million (with an additional $240 million from the film’s international release).

After Black Swan and The Wrestler filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was in a position to make whatever film he desired (studios go with winners) … Noah was certainly an interesting choice.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Technically the film is sound (come Oscar time Noah will be at the forefront in the completion in virtually all of the technical categories).  The cast is excellent — Russell Crowe as Noah holds it together and Ray Winstone is properly villainous — and Aronofsky’s telling of the Noah saga from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament is as good as any.  

Indeed, if you were to give ten different filmmakers the same challenge (and budget) you would likely get ten completely different visions.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAs to bonus nuggets, these are reserved for the Blu-ray SKU and included three featurettes — “Iceland: Extreme Beauty,” “The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits” and “The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two.”

Noah is not the only release news from Paramount Home Media this week.   Teaming with CBS Home Entertainment, DVD collections of some of the most popular television series will be heading home in two back-to-back release waves on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Mark Harmon’s NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service - Season Eleven will lead the way on Aug. 19 with a six-disc collection.   On the same date, the spin-off series, NCIS Los Angeles: The Fifth Season, is also on the release calendar … as is The Good Wife: The Fifth Season (both are six-disc collections).

The following week, Aug. 26, the hit detective series Criminal Minds: The Complete Ninth Season and Elementary: The Second Season will both be available for fans to enjoy as six-disc set.

Lastly, Aug. 26 also marks the DVD debut (a five-disc collection) of the 1999 sci-fi/comedy series Now and Again teaming Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert as human-experiment and doctor respectively.   This unique series is being released as Now and Again: The DVD Edition.

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