With $350.8 million in pre-summer season ticket sales, director James Wan’s Furious 7: Extended Edition is a monster by any standards. The seventh entry in any franchise series is usually reserved for hardcore fans, but clearly this action thriller has an audience all onto itself.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has selected Sept. 15, the same post-Labor Day Tuesday that Disney picked for the release of the live-action reboot of Cinderella, as the street day for Blu-ray and DVD editions of Furious 7. Is that an in-your-face statement … maybe, maybe not.
The ARR is 165 days and as stated, ticket sales currently stand at $350.8 million.
The tragedy here is the death of cast stalwart Brian (Paul Walker), who was killed in a car accident during the filming. That led to rewrites and the use of both stand-ins (brothers Caleb and Cody) and CGI to complete Walker’s shooting schedule.
It’s not the first time that a major star has died during the production of a major Hollywood production — James Dean in Giant and Natalie Wood in Brainstorm immediately come to mind.
With that box office take — $350.8 million — and even with the death of Paul Walker — this film franchise with continue. Fast and Furious 8 has a tentative theatrical release date slated for April of 2017.
As to bonus goodies for Furious 7: Extended Edition, there are four featurettes common to both the DVD and Blu-ray release SKUs — “Back to the Starting Line,” “Race Wars: Furious 7,” “Snatch and Grab” and “Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride.”
Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition are deleted scenes, five additional featurettes and the music video from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth titled “See You Again.”