Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will be bringing Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, a mega-budget, mixed-genre fantasy tale — starring Matt Damon — to market on May 23 as a three-SKU product offering.
The ARR is 95 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $44.8 million (internationally the box office haul was roughly seven times that number).
Planned for release are a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack.
200 years before Marco Polo arrived in China, a band of European mercenaries are secretly scouting the Chinese countryside for “black powder” (gunpowder) when they are attacked by an unknown terror. Only William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal) escape as the rest of their group are ripped to shreds by unknown beasts (monsters).
Garin and Tovar manage to chop a claw from one their attackers and keep it as a trophy of sorts, but they are soon swept up by guardians of a magnificent great wall fortress, the purpose of which will circle back to the pair’s beastly encounter. Quizzed by their captors, things look bleak, but the trophy claw and Garin’s wizardry with a bow and arrow earn them a reprieve.
The Great Wall is a fantasy film, pure and simple. Anyone who attempts to put the action into some sort of historical context — as some mainline critics argued — is on a fool’s errand. The film is one part “Cirque du Soleil” (death-defying aerial stunts) and one part zombie movie (think: World War Z … same sort of action) that is all blended together into action epic with stunning stunts and CGI work.
Bonus features included deleted scenes and six production featurettes — “Matt Damon in China,” “Working with Director Zhang Yimou,” “The Great Wall Visual Effects,” “Man vs. Monster,” “Weapons of War” and “Designing a Spectacular World.”