Monday, August 22, 2016

20th-Century Fox Home Entertainment Sets Independence Day: Resurgence For 4K Ultra HD (And More) On Oct. 18

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
It was a busy announcement week for 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment as release plans for two summer theatrical hits were revealed.

Director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-anticipated sequel to his 1996 sci-fi smash, Independence Day, will be landing at retail on Oct. 18 as a four-SKU selection.

The ARR works out to 116 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $102.6 million.

In the works are a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, a 3D/2D Blu-ray presentation (the premium of the 3D viewing option is ten bucks) and a stand-alone DVD edition.

Humans have adapted alien technology and now have whiz-bang fighters, a base on the moon and a space cannon that can obliterate anything in its path, but still the head of the planet’s defenses, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum returning from the original) worries that it will not be enough.    Guess what, he’s right!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
They are back and bigger and meaner than ever.   Independence Day: Resurgence delivers what is expected by fans, a non-stop CGI feast of alien encounters, heroics and a thrilling last stand that will either mean the salvation or complete annihilation of everyone on earth.  Whew … and all delivered in exactly 120 minutes.

Bonus features — across all format SKUs — include commentary from filmmaker Roland Emmerich, a gag reel and a trio of featurettes — “The War of 1996,” “It’s Early, ABQ!” and “Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence.”

What do you get when you take two party animals — brothers Dave (Zac Efron) and Mike Stangle (Adam Devine) — and put them in a position where they have to take “nice girls” to Hawaii … who turn out to be just like them!   
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

You get director Jake Szymanski’s over-the-top (and well outside the lines) comedy, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which is heading to the home entertainment market place on Sept. 27 courtesy of 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment.

The ARR is a very quick-to-market 81 days and ticket sales were a nice $45.4 million.   Planned for release are a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a stand-alone DVD edition.

Dave and Mike’s sister, Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) is getting married — in Hawaii — and their parents are concerned that her brothers will screw everything up.   They have a history, which we are given just a hint of, so it is incumbent upon them to bring respectable young women to Hawaii as their dates for the big wedding.   If they come alone, don’t come at all … everyone knows what will happen if Dave and Mike are left to their own devices.  

That’s the first part of the set up … the script by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who gave us Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, so you know in your heart-of-hearts that they are only getting warmed up.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Next comes the dates, two women with some rough edges, Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick), who get wind of the brother’s special needs when a Craig’s list video (the boys were striking out in their “circle” of acquaintances) goes viral and they end up on a local talk show.   A free trip to Hawaii by just being “nice girls.”   That’s a piece of cake for these two!

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is laugh-out-loud funny as party boys meet their mirror-image match … throw in cousin Terry (Alice Wetterlund), who swings both ways, some ATV, horse stable and massage monkey business and you find yourself wanting for more ... the 98 minutes for these wedding adventures goes by way too fast!

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