All the best evidence seems to point to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment clearing the decks for some big news about a WONDERful theatrical release for the home entertainment market.
That evidence, is both a flurry of new TV-on-DVD and Blu-ray announcements, and a well-timed “reminder” of what is already in the pipeline. Anytime a studio PR machine cranks up the press release pace on non-theatrical home entertainment product offerings it is usually a tell tale sign that something big is on the way. They don’t want to swamp the lesser titles by tossing a boulder into the pond.
We suspect that Warner Bros. is doing that just now in anticipation of a mid-September release of director Patty Jenkins’ box office smash, Wonder Woman.
You can see the film franchises lining up like planes on approach to LAX … Fox’s Alien: Covenant on Aug. 15, Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives Aug. 22 (see separate announcement piece on that), Universal’s “Dark Universe” launch of The Mummy is set for Sept. 12 (also see separate announcement on that) and the latest installment in the Captain Jack Sparrow saga, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has been given an Oct. 3 sail date.
That leaves open Sept. 19 or Sept. 26 for the latest DC Entertainment super hero rollout (Amazon, Target or Best Buy will likely jump the announcement gun to gain position with possible exclusives).
In the meantime, the big news this week is the long-lead announcement for the Nov. 7 (yes, that’s right, November) three-SKU release of Westworld: Season One – The Maze. It will be available as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack (in a collectible tin) as well as both DVD and Blu-ray sets.
All configurations are three-disc collections showcasing all ten episodes from the debut season — a debut season that saw an amazing 22 Emmy nominations (is that a record?).
As to bonus goodies, there’s a gag reel, the 2017 Comic Con Panel (which hasn’t taken place yet — San Diego Comic Con this year runs from July 20th through the 23rd) and a whopping nine featurettes — “Inside Look with Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy - Season One,” “Imagining the Main Title,” “The Key to The Chords,” “Welcome to Westworld,” “Crafting the Narrative,” “An Invitation to The Set,” “Welcome to Westworld: About the Series,” “Reality of A.I.: Westworld” and “The Big Moment.”
As to other series that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has in the pipeline, Reign: The Fourth and Final Season, will be heading home on Oct. 10 as a four-disc DVD set. A complete series collection (17 disc set) will also street on that date.
Already in the release pipeline are: Supergirl: The Complete Second Season (a five disc set on Aug. 22), Flash: The Complete Third Season (six discs on Sept. 5), Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season (also six discs and also heading home on Sept. 5), Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season (a five-disc configuration on Sept. 19), Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season (a double-disc set arrives on Sept. 26), iZombie: The Complete Third Season (three-disc set on Oct. 3) and Two Broke Girls: The Complete Fifth and Final Season (also on Oct. 3 as a double-disc set).