Monday, January 8, 2018

Paramount Home Media Picks Feb. 20 For The Home Entertainment Launch Of Writer/Director Sean Anders' Daddy's Home 2

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Media wasted no time in the New Year with the announcement this past week that writer/director Sean Anders’ smash comedy sequel, Daddy’s Home 2, will be available as a three-SKU product offering on Feb. 20.

The ARR comes in at 102 days and ticket sales currently stand at a robust $102.3 million.  That’s outstanding for a sequel, especially when the major media critics panned it … but audiences howled and that, in the end, means that they had the last laugh!   With those numbers for a sequel, you can expect a re-match with these various dads (just a question as whether you can corral the actors). 

As to SKU configuration for Daddy’s Home 2, Paramount will be delivery a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a stand-alone DVD edition.
The casting of Mel Gibson as Mark Wahlberg’s father was inspired, equally so was that of John Lithgow as Will Ferrell’s eccentric dad.   Since director/writer Sean Anders and Mark Wahlberg served as executive producers, there’s a good chance that another go‘round for this winning combination could surface (if Wahlberg can work it into his busy schedule).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAs to bonus nuggets, which are exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray SKUs, there are deleted, extended and alternate scenes, a gag reel and five featurettes — “Making a Sequel,” “Look Who’s Back,” “Co-Dads: Will & Mark,” “The New Dads in Town: Mel & John” and “Captain Sully.”

Also heading home on the same date, Feb. 20, is writer/director Michael Carney’s faith-based film adaptation of Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s best-selling biographical novel, Same Kind of Different as Me.   Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The ARR is 123 days and domestic box office receipts came in at $6.4 million.

Based on a true story (and told in flashback), Greg Kinnear stars as a Texas-based international art dealer by the name of Ron Hall, who strikes up what proved to be a life-changing friendship with a homeless man named “Suicide” (aka: Denver Moore) played by Djimon Hounsou, while volunteering at a homeless shelter.    Renée Zellweger plays Hall’s wife, Deborah, who had a “vision” of Moore’s character and instructed her husband to befriend him. 

As to bonus features, there is commentary from Ron Hall and filmmaker Michael Carney, who are joined by co-screenwriter Alexander Foard, plus there are deleted and extended scenes and a pair of featurettes — “Love is Patient, Love is Kind: The Making of Same Kind of Different as Me” and “Filming in Mississippi.”

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