For years, it seemed like Marvel would forever win the Comic Book Movie Box Office war. Not even DC’s cavalcade of crooks in Suicide Squad could derail their rival’s dominance. But in 2017, things changed. The release of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman levelled the playing field with a film that was both extraordinarily entertaining and, more importantly for the studio, a financial success, eventually taking in a Worldwide haul of $821 million dollars. A solid if a little disappointing return for Avengers-eqivalent ensemble Justice League followed a few months later but it wasn’t until the solo outing of League member Aquaman in December 2018 that DC confidently reaffirmed their place in the Box Office battle, earning an outstanding $1.12 billion around the World.
Now, Warner Brothers have revealed when Aquaman will emerge from Atlantis to make a splash on Home Entertainment formats. On April 6th 2019, The King of the Seven Seas will debut on Digital Download before ruling the 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD charts on April 8th 2019.
And he’s bringing DC’s next release Shazam! with him – well, three minutes of exclusive footage from the movie. The sneak peek will be available to anyone who picks up 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray copies. Shazam! is set for release on April 5th 2019, so if you don’t manage to catch it opening weekend but are planning on picking up Aquaman then it should sufficiently, ahem, tide you over.
As always, the 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray discs will be crammed with special features. Here’s the rundown of what to expect:
- Going Deep Into The World of Aquaman
- Becoming Aquaman
- Aqua Tech
- Atlantis Warfare
- The Dark Depths of Black Mantra
- Heroines of Atlantis
- Villainous Training
- Kingdoms of the Seven Seas
- Creating Undersea Creatures
- A Match Made in Atlantis
- Scene Study Breakdowns
Anyone yet to upgrade to the crisp and clear picture quality of HD or 4K and sticking with DVDs will get just the one special feature:
- James Wan: World Builder–James Wan has created one of DC’s most ambitious films. With his help, we’ll take a deeper look at the inherent challenges and solutions James faced in both performances and visual effects in order to bring a new world to life.
Looks like all bases of the films creation are covered there. One of the biggest praises for Aquaman has been its depiction of Atlantis, so it’ll be interesting to see the years of work that went into creating it. With news of Aquaman 2 now in development as well as a horror spin-off featuring the Lovecraftian Trench Monsters tentatively titled The Trench, the future’s looking especially bright for The Aquatic Ace and DC’s Extended Universe as a whole.
The Atlantean child Orin, son to the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman), was abandoned as an infant and left to die; however, he was rescued and raised by a kindly lighthouse keeper. The keeper (Temuera Morrison) adopted the boy as his own son, renaming him Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). Able to survive the harshest depths of the ocean and on the surface world above, the child of two worlds grew to be a hero to both eventually returning to Atlantis to become their King in addition to being a founding member of the Justice League as Aquaman!
Disc Specifications –
4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 8
Digital Download Street Date: April 6
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 143 minutes
Rating: Rated 12 for moderate violence, scenes of sustained threat
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [ENG-SDH]
Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA [ENG-Atmos, ENG-ADS]