The summer’s biggest B.O. videogame movie, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” will come into play on video Nov. 13 with an unusual bonus on the rental-priced videocassette version: an extra featurette.
It’s one of a flurry of summer titles expected to be announced right after Labor Day weekend.
Warner Home Video told retailers that “Rush Hour 2” would be coming in December, and Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” and Universal’s “Jurassic Park III” are also certainties for the fourth quarter, with “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” another likely candidate (DreamWorks is handling domestic video).
Other recent announcements of summer movies include MGM’s “Legally Blonde” (Nov. 6), “Dr. Dolittle 2” (Oct. 23) and Warner’s “Cats & Dogs” (Oct. 16).
Then there are DVD special editions of catalog titles that were announced last week, led by Columbia TriStar Home Video’s two-disc widescreen special edition of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on Oct. 23, featuring 90 minutes of extra material and audio commentaries by directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
Warner will release a five-film “Dirty Harry” collection and a three-film “Rat Pack” collection on Nov. 23, the latter tying into Warner’s theatrical remake of “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Columbia TriStar is releasing special editions of “On the Waterfront” and “From Here to Eternity” on Oct. 23, and “The Remains of the Day” and “The Age of Innocence” on Nov. 6.
Paramount Home Video’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” which generated $130 million at the box office, will be packed with extras, both as a special collector’s edition DVD and a rental-priced VHS, which will carry a 25-minute “Digging into Tomb Raider” bonus featurette.
The DVD will have “Digging,” and behind-the-scenes looks at the film and star Angelina Jolie’s three months of training for the role.
Also included on the DVD is commentary by director Simon West, four deleted scenes, an alternate main title sequence, the musicvideo for U2’s “Elevation — Tomb Raider Mix,” and footage from each incarnation of Eidos’ bestselling videogame as well as interviews with game developers.
Columbia TriStar’s “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,” which generated $32 million at the box office, is due as a rental VHS and an elaborate special edition DVD on Oct. 23.