Universal Pictures Home Entertainment OWNS Dec. 6. This past week they said, with the duel announcements of The Secret Life of Pets and Jason Bourne, that that first Tuesday in December belongs to them! Disney take note, The BFG just got stomped on — Spielberg’s film landed there a couple of week’s ago and was looking pretty secure until now!
Starting with the big dog (pun intended), The Secret Life of Pets arrives in the home entertainment market place on Dec. 6 as a four-SKU selection — DVD, two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (one with a 3D viewing option … the premium is ten bucks) and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack.
The ARR for this animated monster works out to a leisurely 151 days (no reason to rush this one to market) and domestic ticket sales were an eye-popping $364.9 million! With a number like that you can expect to see more adventures starring Max, Duke and their furry friends during the summer theatrical season of 2018.
As to bonus goodies, the fun begins with three animated “mini-movies” — Norman Television, Weenie and Mower Minions — the Bill Withers’ music video “Lovely Day,” the “Hot Dog” sing-along with Max and Duke and a half-dozen featurettes … “All About the Pets,” “Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors,” “Hairstylist To The Dogs,” “The Best Of Snowball,” “The Humans that Brought You Pets” and “The Making of the Mini-Movies.”
Exclusive to the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD editions are two additional featurettes: “How to Make an Animated Film” and “Anatomy of a Scene.”
Teaming up to crush the competition on Dec. 6 is the long-awaited return of Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in director Paul Greengrass’ character-titled film, Jason Bourne.
This will arrive as a three-SKU product offering — DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack selections.
The ARR is 130 days and ticket sales were a solid $161.7 million.
Hmmm, Bourne is back, Nicky (Julia Stiles) is killed off (just as Franka Potente was killed off in The Bourne Supremacy) and a new character is introduced, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) … with that box office take and a new character to run with, expect another sequel sooner, rather than later.
Bonus nuggets include nine production featurettes — “Bringing Back Bourne,” “Bourne to Fight,” “Bare-Knuckle Boxing,” “Close Quarters,” “Underground Rumble,” “The Athens Escape,” “Las Vegas Showdown,” “Convention Chaos” and “Shutting Down the Strip.”