Sunday, November 22, 2015

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Announces Blu-ray And DVD Selections Of Straight Outta Compton And Everest For Delivery On Jan. 19

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has tagged Jan. 19 as the street date for producer/director F. Gary Gray’s West Coast rap homage, Straight Outta Compton.

The ARR is a leisurely 158 days (the timing of the home entertainment push suggests Oscar considerations are in play — the announcements will be on Jan. 14) and box office receipts were a robust $161 million.

Universal has a stand alone DVD edition planned (the R-rated theatrical version) and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, that includes both the theatrical cut and an unrated “Director’s Cut,” which clocks in with an additional 20 minutes worth of culled footage.

Common to both release SKU are commentary from F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job, The Negotiator) and five production featuettes — “N.W.A.  The Origins,” “Impact,” “Director’s Journey,” “The Streets: Filming in Compton” and “N.W.A. Performs In Detroit.”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack are deleted scenes, an unspecified “never before seen performance” and an additional featurette titled, “Becoming N.W.A.”

Also getting a Jan. 19 release date this week from Universal Studios Home Entertainment is Baltasar Kormákur’s true-life adventure, Everest, featuring the all-star cast of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes and Emily Watson.

Planned for release are a DVD SKU and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack offerings — one with and one without a 3D viewing (the premium is fifteen bucks).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The ARR for Everest is 123 days and ticket sales currently stand at $43.1 million.

Based on the May of 1996 ill-fated Everest ascent in which eight of the climbers were caught in a massive storm and perished, bonus features included with all three home entertainment release versions include commentary from director  Baltasar Kormákur (101 Reykjavík, 2 Guns, Contraband) and two featurettes — “Race to the Summit: The Making of Everest” and “A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest.”

Exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKUs are two additional featurettes, “Learning to Climb: The Actor’s Journey” and “A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest.”

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