It always makes me nervous when a studio, particularly Disney, starts preferring one format to another, because that usually means customer choice is going to be affected down the road. They did it with DVD and Blu-ray, staggering releases for Bolt and Snow White to bring out the Blu-ray first. Now, with the announcement of the home video release of Wreck-It Ralph, you can download the HD Digital copy almost a month before purchasing any other version.
Wreck-It Ralph will be available in HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on February 12, 2013, with the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes Blu-ray, DVD, 3-D Blu-ray, and digital copy, list price $49.99 US), 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes Blu-ray and DVD, list price $39.99 US), DVD (list price $29.99 US), SD Digital, and On-Demand release following on March 5. Pricing for the non-physical versions varies per provider and “digital retailer”. A quick glance at iTunes shows pricing might be $14.99 for SD, $19.99 for HD, with no possibility of discount or purchase of a used copy.
The two combo packs and the digital releases will include the following bonus materials:
* Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph — Fans of the film will get a look at five new worlds created for Wreck-It Ralph. The short takes viewers into Game Central Station with the artists who brought Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty, and Fix It Felix Jr. to life.
* Alternate & Deleted Scenes — Four separate scenes are highlighted with an introduction and optional audio commentary from director Rich Moore.
* Video Game Commercials — Viewers can check out the commercials created for the video games featured in the film — Fix It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty, and Fix It Felix Hammer.
* Paperman — This animated short film played in theaters before Wreck-It Ralph. It tells the story of a young man in an office who sees the girl of his dreams in a skyscraper window across the street. But how can he get her attention?
Exclusive to the Blu-rays will be “Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It Ralph — When the film is paused, host Chris Hardwick appears on screen to guide viewers through a series of 10 video segments offering an inside look at the many video game references, Disney references, and other hidden surprises featured in the film.” OK, a trivia track of some kind would be a fun way to rewatch the movie.