It looks as though Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is getting whipsawed by either someone within their own organization, by eager retailers in a dog-eat-dog business environment or by factors related to an overly aggressive VOD window strategy that has slipped beyond their control.
In any case, everyone who cares about such things has known for at least the past ten days that director J (short for Jonathan) Blakeson’s film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s sci-fi novel, The 5th Wave, would be released as a three-SKU helping — DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/BD Combo Pack (which is a day/date push for the new format) — on May 3.
It wasn’t until Monday morning, Mar. 14 that this street date became official with a formal press announcement from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The ARR works out to 102 days and ticket sales for this potential franchise launch currently stand at $33.9 million.
As to bonus goodies, all three SKUs include a commentary option from director J Blakeson and the film’s star, Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass, The Equalizer, etc.) and two featurettes — “Inside the 5th Wave” and “Sammy on the Set.”
Exclusive to the Blu-ray and newly launched 4K Ultra HD SKUs are three additional featurettes — “The 5th Wave Survival Guide,” “Training Squad 53,” “Creating a New World” — a gag reel and deleted scenes.