Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Ambushed By Retailers Taking Orders For A Dec. 20 Release Of Director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Retailer Best Buy jumped the gun — no pun intended — this past week with respect to the home entertainment release news for director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven, which was, in turn, a 1960 Western-adaptation of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece, Seven Samurai.   

The retailer says (and Ingram’s Videoeta website confirms it) that Dec. 20 will be the street date for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions.

The ARR for that date is a swift-to-market 88 days and box office receipts currently stand at an impressive $91.2 million.

While it is understandable that everyone is eager to start taking orders — especially with this tight release window — they have, in the process, neglected to wait for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s official announcement, which will certainly contain information relating to the bonus features that will be available.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyPackaging became available late in the week, which included bonus feature details.   These are deleted scenes, a half-dozen production featurettes and something called “Vengeance Mode,” which features filmmaker Antoine Fuqua and members of the cast breaking down key scenes and the making of the film.

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