With the announcement this past week that the directing team of Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu’s Ice Age: Collision Course will be heading to the home entertainment market place on Oct. 11.
20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment has now assigned release dates to all of its summer theatrical hits (films grossing in excess of $25 million). Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates streets Sept. 27, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on Oct. 4, the newly-announced Ice Age: Collision Course on Oct. 11 and Independence Day: Resurgence concludes the release blitz on Oct. 18.
It should be noted that all four of these theatrical hits include the new 4K Ultra HD format as one of the consumer purchasing options.
As with the recent Sept. 27 street date for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Ice Age: Collision Course arrives with a blistering-quick ARR of just 81 days. Domestic ticket sales currently stand at $61.7 million.
Planned for release will be a four-SKU configuration — there will be a stand-alone DVD edition, two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (one with a 3D viewing option … a ten dollar premium) and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack.
As to bonus goodies, there will be the mini-movie, “Scrat: Spaced Out,” four featurettes — “Ice Age: The Story So Far,” “Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures,” “Mysteries of the Scratazons,” and “The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson debunks” — and a “Figaro Sing-along.”
If the studio is to have a new theatrical release for the home entertainment market place during the Thanksgiving/Christmas timeframe it will have to be director Tim Burton’s forthcoming film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. There’s nothing else in the cupboard right now.
The film opens on Sept. 30, and with 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment willing to move films to market in as quick 81 days, it is possible for a Dec. 20 release date for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD editions of the film. That’s just speculation, but it is curious that the studio has held nothing back from the summer for the November/December time period.
In other release news this week, Sept. 13 will be the street date for Aliens 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition on Blu-ray — a double-disc collection featuring both the original theatrical cut and the far superior “director’s cut” of the film.
As to bonus features, there is a newly prepared featurette titled “The Inspiration and Design of Aliens,” deleted and extended scenes, a deleted scene montage and two additional featurettes — “Superior Firepower: Making Aliens” and “Superior Firepower: Making Aliens Enhancement.”
Also, Oct. 4 will mark the DVD and Blu-ray street date for Fox’s F/X horror anthology, American Horror Story: Hotel – The Complete Fifth Season. The DVD edition is a four-disc array, while the Blu-ray SKU contains three discs. Bonus goodies are a pair of production featurettes — “An Invitation to Devil's Night” and “The Cortez: An Era of Elegance Gone By.”