Special Features Of Wreck-It Ralph Home Video Announced; To Be Offered On “HD Digital” Services A Full 3 Weeks Earlier
We will get to the box office financial data for “Wreck-It Ralph” in theaters in just a moment, but we wanted to start off our weekly Ralph roundup with some new details and information about the upcoming home video releases of our new favorite character. At least some of the special features for the upcoming Blu-Ray discs have been announced, and we wanted to obviously share our findings. Not to mention, that a version of the film will be available to own digitally a few weeks before the physical media release, for those that simply cannot wait to take Ralph and the gang home!
The first feature that has been confirmed is a special program called “Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph”. On this feature, you will get a look at five new worlds created for “Wreck-It Ralph.” The short will take the viewers into Game Central Station, along with the artists who brought us Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty and Fix It Felix Jr. It’s common knowledge that whenever a motion picture is made, that edits have to occur to shorten the movie. (Unless you’re just that good.) As standard in the home video industry today, you will also get a selection of alternate as well as deleted Scenes. Four different scenes are specifically highlighted, and will contain an introduction, as well as the option to watch with audio commentary, from director Rich Moore.
What about those excellent video game commercials that were created for the video games featured in the movie? Yep, they are included as well. Commercials for Fix It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty and Fix It Felix Hammer are all part of the bunch. And certainly, we cannot forget about “Paperman”, the original animated short film that played in the theaters before “Ralph” showed up. Not that people would forget, but it tells the story of a young man in an office, who catches a glimpse of the girl of his dreams, all from the view of the skyscraper window. Yes folks, that is included as well.
While it appears that all of the special features that have been announced as of yet will be included on all versions of the home video, there seems to be a special feature that will only be included with the high definition versions of the release. It’s said that the Blu-Ray versions of the film will also include a feature called “Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It-Ralph”. Apparently, when the movie is put on pause, host Chris Hardwick will appear on the television to assist viewers through a series of ten different segments, which will offer an inside look at the many video game and Disney references hidden throughout the movie, as well as some other hidden surprises that were featured in the film. (Personally, I think this would have been much better as a feature on it’s own as opposed to being viewed when the movie is on pause. After all, you pause a movie for a reason, because you are getting interrupted!)
The HD releases will all feature 1080p video and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtracks. Of course, there is always a chance that additional features could be added, and that special features could be omitted before the release. Again, please bear in mind that at this time, only the features of the high definition releases have been officially confirmed. Currently, we are not aware if these features will be present on the standard DVD release that was announced just a week ago. Chances are high that at least some (if not all) of the special features will be ported to the DVD release (with the exception of the Disney Intermission, which appears only on HD versions.) It just has not been confirmed as of yet.
In other news, it also appears that for those of you that don’t care about physical media (which there seems to be a growing number of you, although on a personal level, I’m not crazy about that transition), that there will be another form of ownership, that comes to you much earlier than the physical media release. Disney announced that “Wreck-It Ralph” will also be available via the new digital distribution model, called “HD Digital” and “HD Digital 3D”. The new initiative is designed to allow consumers to stream or download the company’s movies from a host of different services before they come out on Blu-Ray or DVD. This would allow Digital HD releases to be made available on such outlets as iTunes, Google Play, Sony’s PlayStation Store and Xbox Live, among others. (However just which services will offer “Wreck-It Ralph” have not been confirmed.) This version is planned to be made available on February 12th, a full three weeks before the physical media editions. There is no word on the cost the HD Digital version.
To finish off this week’s update, how did Ralph handle this week in the theaters? In international release news,the movie expanded to over 40 different territories, which makes up 55% of the international marketplace, and earned an additional $20.4 million as a result. (The film however is still awaiting a UK release.) The movie was finally able to pass the $100 million mark overseas thanks to this expansion. After 64 days in the theater (and entering its 10th week), the movie has earned $177,319,916 in North America. Add to that the $100,200,000 internationally earned, and we are looking at a grand total of $277,519,916 in income. With the $165 million budget, that’s a total earning of $112,519,916.
While this week, the movie stayed at the #16 position for the week, the film actually increased in daily position, spending more of the week at the #15 spot. (Update: It appears that the movie did in fact lose a handful of theater screens this past week, now showing at a total of 709 theaters nationwide, after premiering on 3752 back in the beginning of November. This is a drop of 204 theaters over the past week.) As we have said, we will be continuing these updates on a weekly basis until the film is out of theaters all together.