Released this week on Blu-ray and DVD, It is obviously a must have disc as it’s one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work (it’s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me).
Though both versions come with several featurettes (“The Losers Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”), the biggest addition for this initial version of the release lie in the deleted scenes. Be warned, there are spoilers in the succeeding paragraphs!
The biggest deleted scene is an alternate ending to It, as Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) goes off on a vacation with his parents, and it’s a trip that the family argued over since it meant a great deal to Bill’s late brother Georgie (this argument is also a deleted sequence). Both scenes add more depth to Bill’s relationship with his family, but by cutting both sequences director Andy Muschietti narrowed his focus on the children.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about why It is a special movie:
Even by placing the kids front and center in the film, there are a couple of kids who get a short shrift with their characters. Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) is seen earlier practicing for his bar mitzvah and being pressured by his father, but unfortunately his character is the least developed out of the Losers’ Club by the film’s closing moments. Viewers who wanted more of Stan will be happy to see he delivers an impassioned speech at his bar mitzvah in a scene that ties together respective struggles of the Losers’ Club when they are temporarily separated. It’s understandable that, with a running time of 135 minutes, various scenes would be left on the cutting room floor and it’s great they’re now available for viewing.
One of this year’s biggest hits with a worldwide haul of over $683 million, It is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on January 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, It centers on a group of kids who face off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The flick stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The sequel to It, which is set 27 years after the events of the original, is set for a January 6, 2019 release.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about how he’s already watched It a second time (King was absolutely pleased with the theatrical version of It).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with three featurettes (“The Losers’ Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”) and deleted scenes.
The latest Saw installment Jigsaw was the #1 film over the weekend with $16.2 million, followed by Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Madea Halloween with $10 million. It was an overall slow box office weekend, as witnessed by the poor showing of director George Clooney’sSuburbicon (#9, $2.8 million). Here’s the top 10:
1. Jigsaw – $16.2 million
2. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $10 million
3. Geostorm – Gerard Butler flick checks in with a disappointing $5.6 million (movie’s budget is $120 million).
4. Happy Death Day – Horror movie takes in $5 million and currently it’s made over $48 million domestically. With a budget of under $5 million, this is a bonafide hit for Universal Pictures.
5. Blade Runner 2049 – $3.9 million
6. Thank You For Your Service – Miles Tellerdrama makes $3.7 million in its debut weekend.
7. Only The Brave – $3.4 million
8. The Foreigner – $3.2 million
9. Suburbicon – George Clooney and Matt Damon’s star power didn’t save this movie from tanking. $2.9 million.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween easily trounced all comers with a $21.6 million weekend to claim the #1 box office spot. Coming in second was Geostorm with a paltry $13.3 million. Considering that its budget is $120 million, Geostorm’s opening was a disappointment (it has, however, grossed over $49 million worldwide). Here’s the top 10:
1. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $21.6 million
2. Geostorm – $13.3 million
3. Happy Death Day – It makes $9 million this weekend and to date it’s grossed over $53 million for Universal. Budgeted at just $4.8 million the movie is a surprise hit.
4. Blade Runner 2049 – One of this year’s biggest box office disappointments takes in $7.1 million.
5. Only The Brave – Firefighter drama starring Miles Teller takes in $6 million.
6. The Foreigner – $5.4 million
7. It – $3.5 million
8. The Snowman – Saddled with bad reviews, flick has a horrible debut with just $3.4 million.
Happy Death Day was the #1 film in its debut weekend, taking in $26.5 million to beat easily beat out the competition. Blade Runner 2049 came in at the second spot with $15.1 million which, considering its budget is estimated at $150 million, was a disappointing showing. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Happy Death Day – $26.5 million
2. Blade Runner 2049 – $15.1 million
3. The Foreigner – Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan action flick takes in $12.8 million.
4. It – One of this year’s biggest hits collects $6 million this weekend.
5.The Mountain Between Us – Kate Winslet and Idris Elba drama rakes in $5.65 million and to date it’s amassed over $20 million at the box office.
6. American Made – $5.4 million
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $5.3 million
8. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $4.3 million
9. My Little Pony: The Movie – $4 million
10. Victoria and Abdul – Critically beloved film collects $3.1 million and to date it’s made over $40 million worldwide.