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).
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.”
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).
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.