Universal Pictures Home Entertainment was busy this past week with new announcements for two recent theatrical releases making the transition to the home entertainment marketplace.
Leading the charge with DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack selections is producer/director Baltasar Kormákur's film adaptation of Tami Oldham Ashcraft’ 2002 harrowing true-life survival tale, “Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea.” Titled for the screen as simply Adrift (and mercifully so), it will be available for those who missed the theatrical run — or simply wish to enjoy it once again — on Aug. 28.
The ARR is 88 days and ticket sales were a disappointing $29.1 million.
We say, “disappointing,” not because Adrift is a mediocre or even bad film, far from it, Shailene Woodley’s (as Tris in the Divergent films, plus such films as The Descendants, The Spectacular Now, Snowden, etc.) portrayal of Tami Oldham as a yacht sailor caught up in a real-life struggle for survival is nothing short of breathtaking.
Word of mouth was mixed — Woodley received all sorts of praise, but the gimmick ending was simply a cheat. And audiences resented that … to friends it likely went something such as: “Good film, see it if you want, Woodley is great, but wait until the video comes out.” That was typical.
We won’t tell you what the twist is, but one glance at the title of Oldham’s book sort of gives it away. That said, Adrift should definitely be on everyone’s late-summer viewing calendar.
Also on the move from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the Aug. 21 DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack presentation of director Raja Gosnell’s family-fun comedy, Show Dogs.
The ARR comes in at 95 days and mid-May box office receipts were $17.3 million.