Paramount Home Media announced this past week that writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest film, Everybody Wants Some!!, will be making its way to the home entertainment market place as both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack product offerings on July 12.
The film opened this year’s South by Southwest festivities and then a platform launch of the film was attempted beginning in April … reaching just 450 screens before fading. Despite rave reviews and filmmaker Richard Linklater’s cultish film track record — Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, SubUrbia, etc. — Everybody Wants Some!! never found an audience (theatrically speaking).
We’re beginning to wonder if the traditional “platform” release of a film is working any longer. It seems that it takes 3,000 screens and big launch splash to capture an audience these days … so how do you risk the cost of P&A blitz that easily exceeds the production budget of the film itself? Tough question; tough times!
In any case the next stop is VOD/HD and home entertainment where a wider audience will be afforded the opportunity to discover this film … it is often referenced as something of a “spiritual” sequel to Daze and Confused.
For the record, the ARR is 102 days and domestic ticket sales from the film’s limited theatrical break currently stand at $3.4 million.
Bonus features are a quintet of featurettes — “Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That's Not in the Movie,” “Rickipedia,” “Baseball Players Can Dance,” “Skills Videos” and “History 101: Stylin' the 80s.”
There were three additional product announcements from Paramount Home Media this past week … all related to TV series collections heading arriving on DVD in August.
Streeting on Aug. 9 will be NCIS New Orleans: The Second Season, a six-disc set featuring 24 new cases for Scott Bakula and his crew, including newbie former AFT agent Sonja Percy (played by Shalita Grant) to deal with, including a “cross-over” case that involves Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Emily Wickersham and David McCallum from the original NCIS series.
Bonus goodies for fans to enjoy include selected episode commentary options, deleted scenes and a quartet of production featurettes.
Also heading to DVD on Aug. 9 is Code Black: Season One, a five disc set featuring all 18 episodes of the life-and-death drama that unfolds at Angels Memorial Hospital involving first-year residents — Dr. Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Dr. Pineda (Melanie Chandra), Dr. Leighton (Harry Ford) and Dr. Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) — and the ER Residency Director, Dr. Leanne Rorish (played by Marcia Gay Harden), and her staff who guide them through their paces.
Bonus nuggets include a gag reel, deleted scenes and a trio of production featurettes.
Shifting to Aug. 16, the steamy Showtime series, The Affair — starring Dominic West), Ruth Wilson), Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson — returns with a five-disc, 12-episode serving of The Affair: Season Two.
Bonus goodies include two featurettes — “Tour of Montauk” and “Memory Lanes” — Character Profiles and both the pilot and first episode of the new Showtime series starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, Billions.