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.
As 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.”