In a carefully choreographed combo of release announcements, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment fought off amazon.com’s attempts to set the release for the studio’s Best Picture frontrunner, Dunkirk, and after two weeks worth of cat-and-mouse games and rumors settled on Dec. 19. Dec. 19 is the perfect street date for Christmas-season shoppers eager to add filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s masterful tale about the Battle of Dunkirk to their home entertainment collections.
Now comes the next announcement, and this is where Warner Bros. did it right. When you have a monster like Dunkirk you don’t crush your own film products by announcing them all at once (i.e. along with Dunkirk). They tend to get lost in the Dunkirk … Dunkirk … Dunkirk news.
So this week Warner Bros. Home Entertainment issued a formal press announcement that the filmmaking team of Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan’s CGI animated film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, will be joining Dunkirk on Dec. 19 as a four SKU home entertainment product blitz.
The ARR comes in at 88 days and domestic ticket sales currently register $57.5 million.
Planned for release are: a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, a 3D/2D (double-disc) Blu-ray edition and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack selection.
All release configurations include a trio of deleted scenes. Exclusive to the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD choices are commentary by director Charlie Bean (and Crew), in his feature-length debut (previously directing episodes for both TRON: Uprising and Robotboy), outtakes, a quartet of music videos (including “Found My Place” by Oh, Hush! & Jeff Lewis), three “mini-movie” selections — “Which Way to the Ocean,” “Zane’s Stand Up Promo” and “The Master” — plus three production featurettes — “Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO,” “Rumble in the Bricks” and “Rebrick Contest Winners.”