Monday, November 20, 2017

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Sets The Foreigner For Jan. 9 And Happy Death Day For Jan. 16

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey,
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment looks to the New Year for the home entertainment debut of two recent hit theatrical releases.

Up first is the STX Entertainment production of director Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan as an unstoppable force of revenge!   It will be January 9, 2018 for DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack selections, which yields as ARR of 88 days and ticket sales were an impressive $33.5 million.

Bonus features include the featurette titled “The Making of The Foreigner” and unspecified video sessions with the cast and crew.

Also getting a home entertainment launch in the New Year is director Christopher Landon’s smash “Groundhog Day” horror hit, Happy Death Day.  

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has tabbed the following week, Jan. 16, as the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions.   With that street-date Tuesday, the ARR comes in at 95 days and multiplex box office receipts were an eye-popping $54.9 million.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey,Jessica Roth (as Alexis in La La Land) stars as Tree Gelbman, a nasty, self-centered college student who gets murdered … and murdered … and murdered again and again.   While Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day is the all-time champion for time-loop movies, and there have been a couple of interesting (and successful) films of late with the same conceit — Before I Fall and Edge of TomorrowHappy Death Day is a real winner as it is not just “another time-loop movie.”  Not only does it combine the storyline of a young woman being stalked and murdered by a hooded figure over and over again —which makes for a solid horror entry all on its own — but it also mixes in a devilishly good mystery as well.  
As to bonus goodies, we have deleted scenes, an alternate ending and a trio of production featurettes — “Worst Birthday Ever!,” “Behind the Mask: The Suspects” and “The Many Deaths of Tree.”

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