Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has selected Mar. 29 as the street date for writer/director Peter Landesman’s controversial film about the inherent dangers of playing professional football, Concussion.
Planned for release on that date will be a three SKU selection that includes a DVD, a Blu-ray and the first day-and-date product offering for the new 4K Ultra HD format (this will be a Combo Pack featuring the 4K Ultra HD edition as well as a Blu-ray version of the film).
The ARR is 95 days and ticket sales were $34.3 million.
Will Smith did an excellent job in his portrayal of former Allegheny County, Pennsylvania pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who developed the working theory of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) as it related to NFL players. Basically, constant head-impact causes, over time, traumatic brain injury, which has led to the death of a number of NFL players. The NFL, being something of a gladiator blood sport these days, was resistant to this finding — hello, money, money, money.
Concussion tells this story, which is well done, but highly reminiscent of an MOW. The box office was “OK” and the reviews were mixed. It is a commercial theatrical release with an interesting story, nothing more.
But when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the five Best Actor nominees — Bryan Cranston for Trumbo; Matt Damon for The Martian; Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant; Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs; and, Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl — Jada Pinkett Smith went into full meltdown mode and all but accused the Academy of being racist for not nominating a “person of color” for the second year in a row. She then announced a boycott of the Oscars (soon joined by Spike Lee).
Really? So now the Oscars are racist? The Oscars have all sorts of problems — please explain how Shakespeare in Love was Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan — but racist?
As to the home entertainment release of Concussion, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has indicated that all three SKUs will contain a commentary option from writer/director Peter Landesman (Parkland) and the featurette titled “Inside the True Story.”
Exclusive to the two Hi-Def editions are nine deleted scenes and the featurette titled “Crafting Concussion.”