×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jon Favreau Piles on the Home Entertainment Extras

Jon Favreau is riding high these days, with “The Jungle Book” racking up huge sales numbers in the home entertainment market after scoring at the box office and with critics. He’s already plotting his next big venture, a live-action remake of another Disney film, “The Lion King” — and, as always, the film’s eventual release to the home market is constantly on his mind.

“I learned early on, really from back in the ‘Swingers’ and ‘Rudy’ days, that how a film does in theaters is just one smart part of the equation,” explains the actor and filmmaker, whose directorial credits include “Elf,” “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” and “Cowboys & Aliens.” He is being inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame on Dec. 6.

Regardless of how well a film performs at the box office, he says, “people see it multiple times at home, so the line has really blurred” between making a film for the big screen and the home screen.

As a result, he says, “I tend to put a lot of effort into what that experience on video will be for people.” With “The Jungle Book,” for example, Favreau picked an aspect ratio “that would fill up the whole screen on a TV — 16×9.”

He’s particularly keen on the Blu-ray disc editions of his films. “Formats change, and it’s always impressive, what each wave of technology has to offer,” he says. “You have high dynamic range, 3D, higher resolution, but to me, right now, if you want to see a copy of a film and ensure it is of the highest quality, having a Blu-ray disc copy” is the best way to go. “You know what the experience will be, whereas certain streaming services will compress data, which often has more to do with the user’s Internet connection than anything else.”

Favreau’s respect for the format only grew after mixing several of his films at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Northern California.

“They have a beautiful state-of-the-art digital theater there called The Stag, and occasionally they do screenings of what I thought were DCPs — digital cinema packages — and I would watch them on the big screen and be really impressed,” he says. “Well, I found out they were actually just putting in Blu-ray discs — they hold up to that level of projection, so the image quality is quite  impressive.”

Favreau also is a fan of the bonus content that often accompanies a film’s release to the home market, particularly on DVD or Blu-ray disc.

“I love to do commentaries. People are learning a lot at home, whether it’s from YouTube videos or downloadable content.”

He continues: “I never went to film school, and I learned a lot by watching extras — commentaries and interviews — on disc from filmmakers I respect. So I always go out of my way to put as much content on there as I can.”

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Illustration of the video streaming company

    Netflix Q3 Preview: The Calm Before the Streaming-Wars Storm?

    Wall Street is expecting Netflix to hit or slightly beat subscriber and financial targets when it reports third quarter 2019 results on Wednesday after market close. But then what? Debate among analysts continues to rage about what will happen to Netflix’s market-leading position once it’s facing big new rivals in Disney Plus and Apple TV [...]

  • countdown

    Apple Takes Down Viral 'Countdown' Horror App, STX Brings It to Android Instead

    An app that can predict the date and time of your death may have been too much for Apple to stomach: The iPhone maker removed a viral app inspired by the upcoming horror movie “Countdown” a few days ago, putting an end to its meteoric rise. Before its removal, “Countdown” had surpassed TikTok, YouTube and [...]

  • daydream view

    Google Ships Pixel 4 Without Daydream VR Support, Stops Selling Daydream Viewer

    Google is effectively phasing out its Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform: The company’s latest flagship Pixel 4 flagship phone, which Google unveiled at a press event in New York Tuesday, won’t support Google’s Daydream mobile VR platform anymore, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety. The company will also stop selling the Daydream viewer, but continue to [...]

  • Google Wifi

    The New Google Wifi Ships in Three Colors Because Good-Looking Routers Work Better

    When Google revamped its Wifi router product, it extended the devices reach and doubled their speed, while also adding a full-blown smart speaker with Google Assistant. But the company paid just as much attention to Google Wifi’s design, down to the decision to ship the product in three colors. The surprising reason for this: Google [...]

  • Nest Mini

    Google Introduces New $49 Nest Mini Speaker With On-Board Machine Learning, Stereo Pairing

    Google introduced a revamped version of its entry-level smart speaker at a press event in New York Tuesday: The new $49 Nest Mini speaker effectively replaces its Home Mini predecessor with bigger sound, a built-in machine learning chip for faster responses, ultrasound for proximity detection and the ability to pair 2 speakers for inexpensive stereo [...]

  • Google Stadia Game Streaming Service Launching

    Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Will Launch Nov. 19

    Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh gave us an update on the company’s game streaming service Stadia during the company’s fall hardware event in New York Tuesday: Stadia will be available to the public on Nov. 19. Stadia promises to stream games directly from the cloud, with no need to buy a full-blown game console. Consumers [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content