Warner Bros. Home Entertainment made it official this past week that director David Yates’ film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available as a four-SKU home entertainment product offering on Mar. 28.
The ARR for that date works out to 130 days and domestic ticket sales were an impressive $231.7 million.
Planned for release are a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, a double-Blu-ray SKU (which features a 3D viewing option) and a double-disc DVD edition.
This new film franchise, starring Eddie Redmayne as Scamander — the future author of a renown Hogwarts’ text book of the subject of “Fantastic Beasts” — is a cousin of sorts to the Harry Potter franchise. With that built in audience — and a terrific story all on its own — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an instant success at the box office.
Two additional films are already in the works, with the next installment slated for delivery during the Thanksgiving period in November of 2018 (and there are rumors afloat that this newly-minted film franchise might be extend to a fourth and fifth entry).
As to bonus goodies, there are eleven deleted scenes and a multi-part look at this new corner of the J.K. Rowling world of wizardry that is titled “Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!” Rowling is joined by director David Yates (he directed four of the Harry Potter films, plus The Legend of Tarzan last year) and David Heyman (Oscar-nominated producer of Gravity, plus the Harry Potter film series and such films as I Am Legend, We’re the Millers, etc.) as they cover the new characters, the creatures (aka: beasts) and a look at the film’s design in an 18 segment production overview.
Also on the release calendar for delivery to retail on Mar. 28 are 4K Ultra HD editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.