Monday, November 30, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2 Gets A Jan. 12 Release Date From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will wait until 2016 to release director Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated “monster” blockbuster, Hotel Transylvania 2.    

Revealed this past week that a three-SKU helping of Drac (voiced by Adam Sandler), his pals (voiced by Kevin James), Steve Buscemi, David Spade, etc.), the next generation (voiced by Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg) and a surprise guest (the voice talents of Mel Brooks) will be ready for fans to enjoy on Jan. 12.

The ARR comes in at 109 days and domestic ticket sales were a tasty $166.4 million (the original pulled in $148.3 million back in 2012 — with those numbers expect a third installment in 2018).

Planned for the home entertainment market are a stand-alone DVD edition and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKUs — one with and one without a 3D viewing option (the premium for 3D is seven bucks).   All three selections will include UltraViolet.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Bonus features include two separate commentary options — one with director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, plus Emmy-winner for Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series) and the second featuring co-writers Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel, who are joined by producer Allen Covert — deleted scenes, a sing-along and at least four featurettes.  There is also the music video titled “I'm In Love With A Monster” from Fifth Harmony.

Also getting an early 2016 street date — also as a three-SKU product array — is director Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, a dramatic retelling of Philippe Petit’s Aug. 7, 1974 high-wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeySlated for Jan. 5, the ARR for The Walk is a swift-to-market 95 days and ticket sales were a disappointing $10.1 million (a Zemeckis film, in 3D no less, with a $30 million-plus production budget).

In 2008 documentary filmmaker James Marsh delivered Man on Wire, which chronicled Petit’s elaborate high-wire stunt (if you haven’t seen it, you might want to take a look before catching Zemeckis’ The Walk).

Planned for release are a DVD edition and two Blu-ray SKUs — yes, one with and one without a 3D viewing option (the premium is six dollars).

Bonus features include deleted scenes and a trio of featurettes — “Pillars of Support,” “First Steps” and “The Amazing Walk.”

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