Paramount Home Media announced this past week that director D.J. Caruso’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, with Vin Diesel returning as “Triple-X,” will be heading to the home entertainment arena on May 16 as a three-SKU product offering.
The ARR comes in at 116 days and the domestic box office haul was $44.9 million.
Planned for release are a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Compo Pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Compo Pack and a stand-alone DVD edition.
xXx was a box office hit in 2002 and might have been a possible film franchise, but Vin Diesel hit gold as both Riddick (Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick) and as Dominic Toretto (The Fast and the Furious), so when the script for xXx: State of the Union was presented to him he had the luxury of saying no. That film arrived in April of 2005 with Ice Cube as a new xXx (Triple-X) recruit (Darius Stone) and it bombed badly, effectively ending the franchise.
Skip-ahead 12 years and this new production, which had to have a script that resurrected Diesel’s Xander Cage character (he faked his own death as it turns out) and it also had to work around his relationship with Yelena (Asia Argento).
Those issues aside, Xander is recruited out of retirement to help solve an internal CIA “action” that revolves around the heist of “Pandora’s Box,” a gizmo that turns orbiting satellites into guided missiles.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage is basically a well-told spy versus spy thriller that even manages to work Ice Cube’s xXx character into the plot. The jury is out as to whether the series will continue on for a fourth installment (the ending leaves it open).
As to bonus nuggets, these are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray SKUs. There are four featurettes — “Third Time’s the Charm: Xander Returns,” “Rebels, Tyrants & Ghosts: The Cast,” “Opening Pandora’s Box: On Location” and “I Live for This Sh#t!: Stunts” — and a gag reel.