Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Plans 4K Ultra HD • Blu-ray • DVD Editions Of Director Paul Feig's Ghostbusters Reboot For Oct. 11 Delivery

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment made it official this past week … director Paul Feig had tweeted out nearly a month ago that the Ghostbusters reboot would be available on Oct. 11.  Everything he posted turned out to be pretty much true.

Planned for release are a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray “extended edition” (also with the PG-13 theatrical cut … the extra running time is roughly 18 minutes) and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition, featuring both 3D and 2D viewing options, along with both the theatrical and extended cut (likely including trims to get the film down from being rated R … and perhaps to tighten some sequences).

The ARR is a quick-to-market 88 days and ticket sales — despite the naysayers — currently stand at a healthy $125 million.  Despite a box office take in excess of $100 million, the reported production budget of over $140 million might dampen any thoughts of a sequel … with international box office receipts and follow-on markets Ghostbusters might be, at best, a break-even proposition for Sony Pictures.

As to bonus nuggets, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is reporting that there will be “filmmaker” commentary across all release platforms — we assume that would be director Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, etc.) plus others — and there are a trio of featurettes also common to all release platforms — “Meet the Team,” “Visual Effects: 30 Years Later” and “Slime Time.”
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Exclusive to the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD SKUs are two gag reels, a quartet of deleted scenes, 60 minutes of additional alternate and extended scenes, two additional featurettes — “Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’” and “The Ghosts of Ghostbusters” — plus a half-dozen alternate takes.

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