Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, with three summer hits in current release that have grossed in excess of $100 million — Central Intelligence, Legend of Tarzan and Conjuring 2 — took steps this past week to clear the decks for action with the assignment of release dates for recent theatrical releases that didn’t quite hit the status of “blockbuster.” These are Me Before You and The Nice Guys, and both will be retail-ready prior to Labor Day.
Up first is writer/director Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, teaming Russell Crowe with Ryan Gosling in what might be best be described as an action comedy — the timeframe is 1977 in the City of Angels. The street date for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions will be Aug. 23.
The film pulled in $36.1 million in ticket sales and the ARR is 95 days.
If you are a fan of the Lethal Weapon films (Shane Black wrote the first, got credit for the story on the second … and character credit on numbers three and four), then this is going seem like an old friend. A buddy film, with Crowe and Gosling teaming as private eyes to investigate murder, porn and smog in Los Angeles … the “LA trifecta!”
As to bonus goodies, both the DVD and Blu-ray SKUs have the featurette titled “Always Bet on Black” … exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is the additional featurette titled “Worst. Detectives. Ever. — Making The Nice Guys.”
The following week, Aug. 30, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment launches the second theatrical release of this late summer one-two punch. This would be Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film production of the tearjerker, Me Before You, which will be available for consumers as either Blu-ray or DVD editions.
Based on Jojo Moyes novel of the same name (she also provided the screenplay), Thea Sharrock handled the direction (in her feature film directorial debut — she received accolades for her work on The Hollow Crown mini-series) and Sam Claflin (as Finnick in The Hunger Games film series and William in both Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter's War) and Emilia Clarke (as Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones cable series, plus Sarah Connon in the Terminator reboot, Terminator Genisys) star as Will Traynor and Louisa Clark respectively.
You will need a box of Kleenex for this one as Louisa is the caregiver for the paraplegic Will, they hit it off, but despite her efforts to change his mind, he arranges for the medical-assisted termination of his life.
The film took in $55.3 million at local multiplexes during its May/June theatrical run and arrives in the home entertainment market place with an ARR of just 88 days.
Bonus features for both the DVD and Blu-ray editions are outtakes, deleted scenes and the featurette titled “Me Before You: From Page to Screen.”