Jane Austen meets George A. Romero … that’s what is in store for genre fans (genre fans with a touch of class, that is) on May 31 as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unleashes a three-SKU helping of writer/director Burr Steers’ film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 parody novel, Pride + Prejudice + Zombies.
The ARR is 116 days and box office receipts were a bit light at just $10.9 million, but that won’t detour Sony from including a day/date release of the newly launched 4K Ultra HD format (a Blu-ray combo pack is in the mix) as part of the product mix. DVD and Blu-ray editions will also be available.
Colonel Darcy (Sam Riley — Maleficent, Control, etc.) is hot the trail of a 19th Century zombie outbreak, which leads him to the Bennet sisters and lovely Elizabeth (Lily James — as Lady Rose MacClare in the Downton Abbey television series, plus such films as Burnt, Cinderella and Wrath of the Titans), who is skilled in martial arts and, of course, social manners.
Bonus nuggets include a pair of featurettes that are common to all three SKUs — “Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet The Cast” and “From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic.”
Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions include four additional featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
The second part of the session, titled “Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond,” is featured on the 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack of Ghostbusters II. Other bonus goodies for that SKU include deleted scenes and the Bobby Brown music video, “On Our Own.”
And speaking of 4K Ultra HD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has picked June 7 for the release of new 4K restorations of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II … timed to take advantage of the new female re-launch of the franchise on July 15.
Bonus goodies for the 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Ghostbusters includes commentary from director Ivan Reitman, writer Harold Ramis and producer Joe Medjuck, the iconic music video from Ray Parker, Jr., ten deleted scenes, four featurettes and part one of a video session with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd titled, “Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective.”