Monday, December 19, 2016

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Selects Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) For The Home Entertainment Debut Of Writer/Director Kelly Fremon Craig's The Edge of Seventeen

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will be delivering both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of the STX Entertainment production of writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig's The Edge of Seventeen on Valentine’s Day.

The ARR for that Feb. 14 street date is a fast-to-market 88 days and ticket sales from the film’s mid-November launch were a disappointing $13.9 million.

Hands down, The Edge of Seventeen is the most over-looked comedy of the year.   This coming-of-age tale about the relationship between sister and brother — Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit, Ender’s Game, Pitch Perfect 2, etc.) and her brother Darian (Blake Jenner — Everybody Wants Some!!) — is both laugh-out-loud funny and touching at the same time.   Why it didn’t find a larger audience that first weekend remains something of a mystery.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyWith that said, the weekly box office results since the disastrous opening weekend seem to suggest that there is some “word of mouth” buzz finally starting to attract a steady flow of theatre goers — that will, sadly, abruptly come to an end when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens … along with the rest of the Christmas films (screens will disappear).   That’s likely the reason that Universal has tabbed Feb. 14 as the release date at this point in time.

Hailee Steinfeld is nothing short of sensational as the angst-driven teen in this comedy that blends the best of the John Hughes’s 1980’s teen comedies — Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, etc. — with more contemporary tones (think: Easy A).    

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Perhaps it was the way the trailer was cut, with extended scenes (very funny to be sure) with her and Woody Harrelson, that made the film seem like a dumb-kid comedy, but there’s a whole lot more going on here and that makes The Edge of Seventeen well worth a look when it arrives in the home entertainment market place on Valentine’s Day.

Bonus features a gag reel and a round table video session.

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