Universal Pictures Home Entertainment joined the pre-Christmas parade this past week with news that director Eli Roth’s film adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 novel, The House With a Clock in its Walls, featuring the first of many adventures of Lewis Barnavelt (played by Owen Vaccaro — Daddy's Home, Mother's Day), will be available for home entertainment enjoyment on Dec. 18 as a three-SKU product offering.
The ARR is 88 days and domestic box office receipts currently stand at $66.5 million. Will that be enough to establish a Barnavelt film series … time will tell.
As to Universal’s release plans, there will be a stand-alone DVD, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition.
The House With a Clock in its Walls comes packed with bonus goodies, including both alternate opening and closing sequences with optional commentary director Eli Roth and actor Jack Black. The pair also team up for the feature commentary track and optional commentary on eight deleted scenes.
Other bonus goodies include a gag reel, two multi-part featurette clusters — “Warlocks and Witches” (four segments) and “Movie Magic” (five segments) — “Eli Roth: Director's Journals,” and a half-dozen stand-alone featurettes — “Tick Tock: Bringing the Book to Life,” “Owen Goes Behind the Scenes,” “Theme Song Challenge,” “Do You Know Jack Black?,” “Abracadabra!,” “Jack Black's Greatest Fear” and “The Mighty Wurlitzer.”