Walt Disney Home Entertainment wasted little time in landing a one-two blockbuster punch in Q1’18 with street date announcements for both the directing team of Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s animated smash, Coco, and the latest installment in the studio’s Marvel Comics super-hero film franchise series, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Still in the wings is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is not likely to be in either late March or early April — both Target and Best Buy are already touting Steelbook editions, but are mums the word on the street date.
As to this current round of hit films, Coco leads the way with a three-SKU helping of home entertainment products on Feb. 27 (plus various Target, Best Buy, etc. exclusive offerings). The ARR for that date is 95 days and multiplex ticket sales currently stand at an impressive $191.9 million.
The timing of Feb. 27 is a strong signal from Disney that it wants Coco at retail to take full advantage of the potential Oscar-win for Best Animated Feature Film … the Golden Globe statuette is already in the win column. It should be the odds-on favorite to capture the gold come Mar. 4 (Oscar telecast).
As to SKU configuration, there will be a stand-alone DVD edition and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack selection as well as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack product offering.
As to bonus goodies, writer/director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.), co-director Adrian Molina and producer Darla K. Anderson (Oscar-nominated for Toy Story 3) will be providing commentary.
Additionally, there are deleted scenes and a whopping 17 production featurettes that cover everything from the animation to the music of Coco.
Thor: Ragnarok follows one week later, Mar. 6, and is also as a three-SKU array of home entertainment products — DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions (plus Target, Best Buy, etc. exclusive editions).
The ARR comes in at 123 days and domestic ticket sales were in the stratosphere at $312.5 million.
As to bonus nuggets for Thor: Ragnarok, actor-turned-director Taika Waititi (aka: Taika Cohen — What We Do in the Shadows, Boy) will be providing commentary and an introduction to the film. There are also deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, there’s a short film titled Team Darryl, and seven production featurettes, including one titled “Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years.”
Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4 (so the wait for the next Marvel production will not be that far off) … Brothers Russo (Anthony and Joe — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) will be handling the direction.
Expect it to be the kick-off theatrical blockbuster of the summer, which currently features Deadpool 2 on May 18, Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25 (seems awful fast for another Star Wars adventure), The Incredibles 2 hits theatres on June 8 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows on June 22. Lots of film franchise entries to kick-off the summer season.