Kong! The mighty Kong returns on July 18 with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s home entertainment launch of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island, the second re-boot of classic “monsters” under the Legendary Entertainment envisioned “MonsterVerse” film franchise series.
The first of these was director Gareth Edwards’ spring of 2014 film release of a revitalized Godzilla in a film simply titled, Godzilla. Both of these “MonsterVerse” film releases have been successful … so, expect more.
In any case, Kong: Skull Island arrives with an ARR of 130 days and domestic box office receipts were an impressive $167.1 million (expect more movies starring Kong too).
As for SKU configuration, we have four choices for consumers to choose from. There will be a stand-alone DVD edition, two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs — one featuring a 3D presentation of the films — and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack.
Give credit to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his team of screenwriters — Dan Gilroy (Oscar-nominated for his Nightcrawler script), Max Borenstein (provided the script for the 2014 Godzilla re-boot) and Derek Connolly (Monster Trucks and part of the Jurassic World writing team) — they deliver a story that both stands alone and yet has a feeling of connectivity to past incarnations of the King Kong film series (in its various forms). In other works, it works … and filmgoers liked it!
As to bonus goodies, which are common to all SKU configurations, we have commentary by Vogt-Roberts, deleted scenes and a half-dozen production featurettes — “Creating a King: Realizing an Icon,” “Creating a King: Summoning a God,” “Monarch Files 2.0,” “Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler,” “Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography” and “On Location: Vietnam.”
In other release news this week from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, writer/director John Patrick Shanley’s 1990 comedy teaming Tom Hanks with Meg Ryan, Joe Versus the Volcano, will be getting a Blu-ray push on June 20.
This was the first of four times that Hanks and Ryan would appear together … they would re-team for the smash hit, Sleepless in Seattle in 1993 and they would find the magic once again in You’ve Got Mail in 1998 and lastly, Ithaca, directed by Meg Ryan (bet you didn’t see this one) and available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.