Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Paramount Home Entertainment Selects Oct. 31 For The Home Entertainment Launch Of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport
Paramount Home Entertainment has selected Halloween — that’s right, Oct. 31 — as the street date for a full spread home entertainment packaged media launch of director Christopher McQuarrie’s adrenaline rush, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One, starring the indestructible Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt.

The ARR* works out to 109 days and the domestic box office tally was $170.6 million.


Planned for release are stand-alone editions across all three formats — 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD — plus a SteelBook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack buying option.


Paramount has inserted a VOD purchasing window beginning on Oct. 10, which in today’s wild west marketplace gives professional “helpers” a three-week window to capture Blu-ray MOD sales to unsuspecting consumers … or consumers who simply don’t care and have gotten used to buying from their favorite back-alley source (“helpers,” like it or not, who deliver high quality merchandise from pristine masters willingly served up by the rights owner).


DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport
It’s a crazy business selling “paperback” editions before the “hard cover” copies, but that’s the way things are these days.   Any “leakage” to “helper” sources is simply viewed as a cost of doing business.


Bonus features include commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie, who was the Oscar-winner for his The Usual Suspect script, Oscar-nominated for his Top Gun: Maverick script and also shared the Oscar-nomination for the Top Gun: Maverick as Best Picture.   This is McQuarrie’s third Mission: Impossible outing as director, having previously delivered Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015 and Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018.   He is joined for the commentary option by editor Eddie Hamilton.


Other bonus goodies include deleted scenes and seven production featurettes — “Abu Dhabi,” “Rome,” “Venice,” “Freefall,” “Speed Flying,” “Train” and “The Sevastopol.” 


DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport

In other release news from Paramount Home Entertainment, they will be getting into the spirit of the Halloween season in a “monster” way with the five-film Paramount Scares, Vol. 1 4K Ultra HD collectible box set on Oct. 24.


This is a very cool collection for genre fans.   Not only do you get the newly-minted 4K Ultra HD edition of director Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror classic, Rosemary’s Baby (due out on Oct. 10 as a stand-alone), but 4K Ultra HD selections of Pet Sematary (original 1989 version), writer/director Parker Finn’s creep-out Smile and filmmaker Alexandre Aja’s “jaws in a basement” thriller, Crawl.    

But wait!   There is more!!  Paramount is including a fifth selection, which is a “mystery.”  What is the mystery film?   The only hint that is being given is … “rated R for graphic bloody violence” (sounds delightful).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport

As mentioned, Rosemary’s Baby will be available as a 55th anniversary 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition on Oct. 10.  So, the choice is: buy Rosemary’s Baby on Oct. 10, or delay for two weeks and upgrade your genre library with five films … either way this is a winner.

Bonus goodies included with Rosemary’s Baby are included on the companion Blu-ray disc … and these are: ”Rosemary's Baby - A Retrospective” and the featurette titled “Mia and Roman.”                                          


Included in the box set — in addition to the films and all of the bonuses associated with each title — are a Paramount Scares enamel pin, unique stickers and access to a Digital Copy of each title.


*ARR is short for Asset Rollover Rate, which measures the number of days between a film’s theatrical launch and its subsequent move to the home entertainment marketplace.

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