There was a time when the window between theatrical release and home video meant fans had a lengthy wait a head of them. Nowadays that window is incredibly small, meaning yesterday's box office blockbuster really is tomorrow's home video release. Take for instance the early summer event that was Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hit theaters in late March and is cruising toward a Blu-ray release on July 19 (after having been available on Digital HD since June 28). That's just over 100 hundred days from theater to Blu-ray, which, on the current blockbuster release schedule, is basically the blink of an eye.
Although their windows are about two weeks longer, the same is true for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which hits Blu-ray on September 13 and now X-Men: Apocalypse. It was recently announced that 20th Century Fox's entry into the summer comic book blockbuster machine will make its way onto shelves everywhere on October 4, almost a full month after it bows on Digital HD on September 9. Such short windows are probably music to the ears of fans wanting to enjoy the spectacle of these films at home where they are free to pause, rewind, and text to their hearts' content, but also because it means access to all the special features, deleted scenes, and director's commentary will happen that much sooner.
As it turns out, according to EW, the Blu-ray release for X-Men: Apocalypse comes filled with the sort of extra features most have come to expect. Take a look at the list of supplemental material that will be on the disc:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer
- Gag Reel
- Wrap Party Video
- Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Screenwriter Simon Kinberg
- Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
- Photo Gallery
In addition to the Blu-ray details, Fox also released a handful of new stills from the film. Take a look at the new images below:
While it's not the sort of ambitious release that Batman V Superman had with its Ultimate Edition – pushing the two-and-a-half hour film to the three-hour mark – there's still plenty to keep viewers busy after they've viewed the movie a second or third time. Of particular note is the addition of deleted scenes, as well as the commentary by Singer and Kinberg, which should give further insight into both the director and screenwriter's intentions (both pluses and minuses) for the movie. Perhaps the biggest draw for viewers might wind up being the behind-the-scenes documentary, as it will give those curious about the making of the film some understanding about the efforts that went into some of the special effects, like Quicksliver's daring run through an exploding X-Mansion.
At any rate, fans won't have long to wait until they can watch Marvel's Merry Mutants battle Apocalypse from the comfort of their own homes.
X-Men: Apocalypse will release on Digital HD on September 9 and Blu-ray on October 4, 2016.
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