Sunday, November 6, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Looks To Jan. 24 For The Release Of DVD And Blu-ray Editions Of Director Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment made it official this past week that they will not be issuing any 4K Ultra HD titles during 2016.   Disney remains a steadfast holdout when it comes to providing titles for this newly-launched, studio-support hi-def format.

The news arrived about the studio’s lack of support for 4K Ultra HD in a sort of back-handed way with the press announcement that director Derek Cianfrance’s film adaptation of the M. L. Stedman novel, The Light Between Oceans, will be its kickoff DVD and Blu-ray product offering for 2017 — and with that, 2016 comes to a close.   The street will be Jan. 24.

They had wisely shuffled the street date for The BFG in recent weeks (moving it to Nov. 29 to escape a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment thumping by The Secret Life of Pets and Jason Bourne on Dec. 6), but industry watchers were holding out some slim hope that there might be a 4K Ultra HD commitment for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens timed to take advantage of the Dec. 16 theatrical launch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.   That’s not going to happen.

The ARR for The Light Between Oceans works out to 137 days and multiplex ticket sales were a dismal $12.3 million.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAs to bonus features, the DVD SKU is limited to a commentary option featuring writer/director Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine), who is joined by University of Colorado film professor Phil Solomon.

The Blu-ray edition features the aforementioned commentary, plus a pair of production featurettes — “Bringing The Light to Life” and “Lighthouse Keeper.”

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