Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paramount Home Media Selects May 2 For The Release Of DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Editions Of Rings

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Media has picked May 2 as the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of director F. Javier Gutiérrez’s Rings, the third installment in the American-produced adaptation of the Kôji Suzuki-inspired The Ring horror series.   The Ring (2002) and The Ring 2 (2005) set the narrative for the “cursed” videocassette and the malevolent entity (ghost) of Samara … it is now 15 years later and she’s back!!!

The ARR for Rings comes in at 88 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $27.8 million.

Bonus features, which are exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU, included deleted, extended and alternate scenes, plus a trio of production featurettes — “Terror Comes Full Circle,” “Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back” and “Scary Scenes.”

Shifting to June, Paramount Home Media made a slew of announcements this past week for DVD product offerings that will be retail-ready on June 13.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
There are five on that date and — yes, depending on one’s taste — you could argue that the Stephen King Triple Feature (a five-disc collection) is certainly one collection that is both well-timed (The Dark Tower opens nationwide on Aug. 4 and It arrives one month later on Sept. 8) and the price is certainly right at $19.99 (SRP).

Included in the collection are three mini-series adaptations of his writings: The Stand (first published in 1978 … the mini-series adaptation was aired during May of 1994 and starred Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald); The Langoliers (from “Four Past Midnight,” first published in 1990 … the mini-series aired in May of 1995 and teamed Dean Stockwell with David Morse and Patricia Wettig) and Golden Years (created for television by Stephen King … it aired during the summer of 1991 as a seven-week mini-series).

Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny return on June 13 with double-disc DVD and Blu-ray selections of South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season.   All ten episodes are included here along with episode commentaries.

Other bonus goodies include the featurettes “South Park: By the Numbers” and “South Park: We’ve Been There,” plus the Comic Con 2016 panel with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and deleted scenes.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyNext up in the Paramount June 13 DVD product onslaught is The Wild, Wild West Double Feature, which features director Burt Kennedy’s 1979 made-for-TV reunion adventure, The Wild, Wild West Revisited, which has both Jim West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) coming out of retirement to take on Dr. Michelito Loveless, Jr. (played by Paul Williams) and his evil plan to replace world leaders.    

Teamed with it is Kennedy’s 1980 follow-up, More Wild, Wild West, which reteams West and Gordon in a battle against Albert Paradine II (Jonathan Winters) and his diabolical invisibility invention.

Also on the MOW release front is director Bob Sweeney’s 1986 reunion feature film, Return to Mayberry, which brings cast members Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors and Ron Howard back to Mayberry that involves the election of a new sheriff and the birth of Opie’s son.

Rounding out the June 13 release calendar is the nine-disc collection of Borgias: The Complete Series.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

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