It was only last week that we speculated that Universal Studios Home Entertainment appeared to be clearing the decks for a major announcement by movie writer/director Joel Edgerton’s The Gift into the Oct. 27 release slot with a fast-to-market ARR of just 81 days.
Well, guess what, this week Universal is back with another one of their summer theatrical blockbusters, the directing team of Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin’s smash hit, Minions.
The street for a stand alone DVD SKU, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack version featuring a 3D presentation of the film (also with UltraViolet) will be Dec. 8, which yields an ARR of 151 days. Domestic ticket sales at local multiplexes this past summer were a healthy $333.9 million.
Basically, when you have numbers like this the studio can make animated adventures starring the Minion for the next 100 years. This spin-off (actually, sort of a prequel) of the Despicable Me series allows the little guys free reign to explore new adventures — and various villain masters (who don’t fare all that well) — of their own.
During the Golden Age of theatrical cartoons, these little guys would have been a franchise in their own right. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Betty Boop and Minions … yup, they are characters cut from the same cloth.
Indeed, counted among the bonus features are three new “mini movies” starring the Minions — “Cro Minion,” “Competition” and “Binky Nelson Unpacified” — plus “Jingle Bells Minion Style.” If the studios were still making theatrical cartoons, you could expect to see Universal cranking out a half-dozen seven to eight minute cartoon adventures starring the Minions each year. Sigh, those were fun days at the movies.
Other bonus goodies include a deleted scene, over a dozen featurettes and three separate still galleries.