Paramount Home Media has selected Apr. 11 as the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray editions of director Chris Wedge’s Monster Trucks, a mix of live-action and CGI animation that is one part action, one part sci-fi monster tale, one part teen romance … and all parts fun!
The ARR is 88 days and box office receipts currently stand at $33.2 million.
Not all strange creatures are maleficent. Ninja Turtles, for example, are good guys. And Creech, a subterranean creature that seems to be a cephalopod with the head of a shark, has a sense of humor. Creech? Yes, he’s the CGI star of Monster Trucks!
Tripp (Lucas Till — as Havok in X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, etc.) is a high school senior who has been building a truck from bits and pieces of wrecked trucks. It lacks an engine, but it is nevertheless an impressive thing that he has assembled from this and that.
Meanwhile, nearby oil drillers have tapped into a previously unknown “ecosystem” that brings a strange creature to the surface. Now in your typical “bug” movie this creature would go on a rampage — killing people left and right — and the outcast teen hero, who naturally has a beautiful girlfriend, would figure out a way to defeat it and save the day. As examples, Steve McQueen, with his girlfriend Jane (Aneta Corsaut), battled The Blob and Gene Persson, with his girlfriend Carol (June Kenney) took on The Spider (aka: Earth vs the Spider) … they both prevailed in the end.
Monster Trucks is not that kind of “bug” movie. It’s a comedy for kids (kids of all ages to be sure). Anyway, Tripp, befriends the creature, names him Creech, and as hard as it might be to believe, Creech becomes the engine (the “thing” under the hood) of Tripp’s “monster” truck. And yes, Tripp has a beautiful girlfriend whose name is Meredith (Jane Levy — Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead), who helps him help Creech overcome the villains (led by Rob Lowe).
Bonus features, which are limited to the Blu-ray SKU, include a gag reel, deleted scenes, production diaries and a trio of featurettes — “Who’s Driving the Monster Trucks?,” “The Monster in the Truck” and “Creating the Monster Truck.”
In other release news this week from Paramount Home Media will be teaming with CBS Home Entertainment for the May 9 release of both Mannix: The Complete Series, a massive 48-disc DVD set featuring all 194 episodes from the popular PI series starring the late Mike Connors, and Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Series, a 32-disc DVD collection featuring the exploits of San Francisco police detectives played by Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.
Lastly, May 9 also sees the double-disc Comedy Central DVD release of Inside Amy Schumer: Season Four. All nine episodes are featured here, with guest stars that range from Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, Selena Gomez and Liam Neeson to David Spade, Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Hudson … as a bonus, there are four webisodes from Schumer’s “Inside Amy Schumer Writers Room” included here.