20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment will be serving up DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of writer/director Justin Barber’s sci-fi themed mystery, Phoenix Forgotten, on Aug. 1.
The ARR works out to 102 days for this independent theatrical release and ticket sales from the film’s spotty theatrical break currently stand at $3.6 million.
Normally this type of theatrical performance would pass unnoticed as the film made its way to the home entertainment marketplace, but Ridley Scott was one of the 28 “producers” (that’s a hell of a number) connected to the project and the script, by first time director Justin Barber and his writing partner, T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials … and the forthcoming Maze Runner: The Death Cure), shows quite a bit of promise.
Basically, the events of the “Phoenix Lights” mass UFO sighting in March of 1997 have been used as the backdrop for a story about three teens who went missing on that particular night when they went to investigate the strange lights in the sky.
It is now 20 years later and Sophie (Florence Hartigan), the sister of one of the missing teens, has decided to do a documentary on Josh, her missing brother (Luke Spencer Roberts — Hail, Caesar!). She gets nowhere in her quest until she stubbles upon a cache of videos shot that night by Josh and his cohorts, Ashley (Chelsea Lopez) and Mark (Justin Matthews).
So what happened that night … ah ha, you will have to catch Phoenix Forgotten on either DVD or Blu-ray on Aug. 1 to find out!
As to bonus goodies, we have commentary from filmmaker Justin Barber and actors Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez and Justin Matthews, plus a pair of featurettes — “Sophie’s Story” and “Phoenix Found.”