Paramount Home Media will be going into the Labor Day weekend with the end-of-summer home entertainment rollout of director Seth Gordon’s reboot of David Hasselhoff’s 1990s television series, Baywatch.
DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions will be available on Aug. 29. That street date yields an ARR of 95 days and local multiplex ticket sales registered $57.8 million.
Media critics loathed it (which is to be expected), but fans came away more than pleased with the results … and that’s all that counts. When you add in overseas tickets sales — well over $100 million — you would have to score this Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron action/comedy a hit.
Paramount has an extended, unrated cut of the film planned. It arrived in theatres as an R-rated film release, so it will be interesting to see what the unrated version contains … of note, it does clock in at 116 minutes, so perhaps these trims are for length. Still, 45-minutes of additional material is something to take note of.
As to the film itself, Johnson is Mitch Buchannon (Hasselhoff’s character), the head of the Emerald Bay, Florida lifeguards (the original series was in SoCal), with Stephanie Holden (Ilfenesh Hadera — as Deb Kawi from the Billions TV series) and C. J. Parker (Kelly Rohrbach) — as his go-to girl guards. New to the team for the fun-in-the-sun season are Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario), Ronnie Greenbaum (Jon Bass) and former Olympic standout, Matt Brody (Efron), who immediately butts heads with Buchannon.
The plot revolves around a drug-smuggling operation run by Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), the owner of the exclusive Huntley Club, whose ultimate plan is to take the entire beach front private by either buying up competing businesses or killing their owners. She is beautiful, but deadly.
Bonus goodies include deleted and extended scenes and a trio of featurettes — “Meet the Lifeguards,” “Continuing the Legacy” and “Stunts and Training.”