When the books are finally closed on 2018, Sony’s Venom will go down as one of the biggest box office hits of the year, and despite its continued success in theaters, the film will be released on Blu-ray and 4K UHD in December, offering a wide assortment of special features to boot. A spinoff of sorts to the wildly successful Spider-Man franchise - which has since gone on to be shared by Marvel, so that the wall crawler can play with the other heroes in the MCU - Venom became a curious proof of concept for the studio, in that Sony discovered it could indeed ride the coattails of Marvel and Disney’s ultra-successful formula, without having to share the character in question (or the credit).
Venom’s financial success has already seemingly paved the way for a planned sequel and a Morbius film starring Jared Leto to begin hitting theaters in 2020, and so it makes sense why the film is heading to home video so soon after its theatrical release. That is, of course, Sony would like to continue to see what kind of cold hard cash can be wrung out of the CGI symbiote before the year comes to an end. And, as luck would have it, the holidays are just around the corner, making Venom on Bu-ray, 4K UHD, or Digital Download an appealing gift for the person in your life who simply can't get enough of Tom Hardy and his CGI buddy.
To that end, Sony has opted to sweeten the pot a little, and has packed the upcoming release with plenty of special features or “Bonus Materials.” Keeping fans busy for upwards of several minutes will be something called “Venom Mode,” which is like Pop-Up Video, but for Venom tidbits, and the always popular deleted scenes. In this case, one of the deleted scenes involves the film’s post-credits sequence, which will likely be scrutinized heavily on the internet minutes after the film is made available on Blu-ray. Check out a full list of special features below:
Bonus Materials Include:
Venom Mode: When selecting this mode the film will engage informative pop-ups throughout the film to provide insight on the movie’s relationship to the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Venom-fan may have missed!
Deleted & Extended Scenes: These deleted and extended scenes will give fans even more of the Venom action they loved in theaters!
Ride to Hospital – Eddie and Venom take a ride to the hospital.
Car Alarm – Let’s just say that Venom is not fond of car alarms.
San Quentin – Extended post-credits scene at San Quentin.
From Symbiote to Screen: A mini documentary about the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Interviews with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Ruben Fleischer, Oliver Scholl, and Director and Comic Fanboy Kevin Smith.
The Lethal Protector in Action: Go behind the scenes with the production crew and learn the secrets behind the awesome Motorcycle stunts, wire stunts, and drones.
Venom Vision: A look at how Ruben Fleischer came to the project, gathered his team, and made Venom a reality. Utilizes interviews from cast, crew, and producers as well as Fleischer himself.
Designing Venom: Designing and creating Venom meant a huge challenge for VFX artists; follow the amazing journey.
Symbiote Secrets: Blink and you may have missed it! Enjoy the hidden references throughout the film.
8 Select Scenes Pre-Vis sequences: See the progression of the visual effects, storyboards and fight choreography compared to the finished film.
“Venom” by Eminem – Music Video
“Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee (From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sneak Peek: Meanwhile in another universe…
4K Ultra HD Includes:
Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray
For its part, Sony is taking a smart, tongue-in-cheek approach to marketing Venom’s pending release on Blu-ray and 4K UHD, by repositioning the film as an unlikely but totally believable rom-com. For a major studio to lean into the meme its film perhaps inadvertently produced is an impressive flex, one that was likely made easier by the hundreds of millions of dollars that have so far rolled in on account of its success.
Venom is available on Digital Download December 11, and on Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Tuesday, December 18, 2019.