Paramount/MGM’s Hercules starring Duane Johnson will release to digital two weeks before disc formats hit shelves. The movie will be available to purchase in Digital HD/SD on October 21, while the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD editions will release on November 4. And here’s some good news on both fronts. The film’s theatrical runtime of 98 minutes will be lengthened by an extended cut that will accompany the theatrical version on Blu-ray and Digital HD. (The extended version will not be available in 3D edition, however.)
For bonus material, the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Hercules combo packs will include over an hour of behind-the-scenes special features including 15 deleted and extended scenes, interviews with cast and crew, commentary with director Brett Ratner, and a look at the weapons used in the film. The DVD version will not contain any bonus features. (See more details on bonus material below.)
On Blu-ray, Hercules is formatted in 1080p HD 2.40:1 aspect ratio with audio in English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible) and in French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. The DVD is presented in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with English, French and Spanish audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital.
Both the 2-Disc Blu-ray and 3-Disc Blu-ray 3D combo editions also include a copy of the film in Digital HD through the UltraViolet movie database.
Hercules on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD
- Theatrical version in high definition
- Commentary by director Brett Ratner and producer Beau Flynn
- Extended cut in high definition
- Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson: An Introduction
- Hercules and his Mercenaries—Delve into the story behind the team assembled by Hercules for his perilous missions and the skills required of them.
- Weapons!—Exploration of the weapons created for the spectacular action scenes, including training with the actors.
- The Bessi Battle—Discover how one of the major action sequences of the film was created with the filmmakers, actors, stunt team, make-up effects and more.
- The Effects of Hercules—A behind-the-scenes look at the film’s spectacular visual effects.
- 15 Deleted/Extended Scenes
- Theatrical version in standard definition