Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Rushes Director Ruben Fleischer's Venom To Market On Dec. 18

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
With a Marvel Entertainment product it is tough to keep a secret.   Over a week ago it was revealed from various sources (including amazon.com) that director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom would settle in as a three-SKU array of home entertainment packaged media product offerings on Dec. 18.   

But, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which has struggled with the basics of PR for a number of years, got blindsided once again by these early announcements.   It wasn’t until Tuesday of this past week (Nov. 27) that they finally delivered an official press announcement (already past the pre-book window).   But such is life!

The ARR for the Dec. 18 street date works out to an extremely fast 74 days … that ties the speed record for any theatrical release grossing in excess of $100 million (Venom’s current domestic box office haul is $211.7 million).   Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Annabelle: Creation also made the warp-speed trip from theatrical venues to the home entertainment marketplace in just 74 days back in 2017.

The very tight window could explain Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s difficulty with the press announcement for Venom.   Other shortcomings from the studio’s home entertainment division remain unanswered. 
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

As to SKU configuration, there will be Combo Packs for both 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD configurations, as well as a stand-alone DVD edition.

Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes, the “Venom Mode” viewing option (annoying pop-ups for those with short attention spans), a half-dozen featurettes — “From Symbiote to Screen,” “The Lethal Protector in Action,” “Venom Vision,” “Designing Venom,” “Symbiote Secrets,” “Eight Select Scenes Pre-Vis Sequences” — and two music videos … Eminem’s “Venom” and Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower.”

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