It started with a Twitter tease from writer/director James Gunn and by Tuesday of this past week (July 11) it was official. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be ending its boycott of the 4K Ultra HD format with the release of Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Aug. 22.
The ARR is 109 days and domestic ticket sales were an out-of-this-world $385.6 million (nearly another half-billion in overseas markets).
In addition to a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney will be serving up a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a double-disc Blu-ray SKU featuring 2D and 3D viewing options (plus various key-retailer special editions).
As to bonus goodies, filmmaker James Gunn (who also delivered the original Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014) will be providing both an introduction to the film and a commentary option, plus there are … a four-part making-of presentation, a gag reel, deleted scenes and The Sneeper and David Hasselhoff team up for the “Guardians Inferno” music video.
Once the 4K Ultra HD gridlock was broken, it was just 48 hours later that the next home entertainment release announcement was made from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment that will be featuring a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack buying option. This will be the Oct. 3 release of the directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The ARR for this home entertainment launch of the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series works out to 130 days and domestic box office receipts currently stand at $168.8 million (the six-year gap saw over a $70 million drop in tickets vis-à-vis Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides … could this be the end of the line for Captain Jack Sparrow?).
Planned for release are three editions for fans of the series to sort through … the aforementioned 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a stand-alone DVD edition (Best Buy and Target will also have exclusives).
Bonus feature include “Bloopers of the Caribbean,” deleted scenes and a seven-part making-of presentation titled “Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure.”