The Host from Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer has received release dates for digital and disc, according to a Tuesday press release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
In keeping with the current digital-first trend from studios, the film will make its first appearance on video-on-demand and streaming platforms June 25. The Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and digital via UltraViolet will hit on July 9.
Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials will include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “Bringing The Host to Life,” and a “Seeker PSA,” or feature commentary with Meyer, screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol, and producer Nick Wechsler.
If you missed The Host when it touched down in theaters on March 29, here’s the studio’s official synopsis:
“When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.”
Meyer’s follow-up to her blockbuster Twilight Saga failed to attract the same big screen attention, not surprisingly. According to Box Office Mojo, the film, shot on a $40 million budget, grossed only $26 million domestically and $21 million internationally to eke out a $7 million profit.
Not exactly something you build a movie franchise on these days, even though Stephenie Meyer has expressed a desire to develop more books around the concept.
By comparison, the Twilight Saga, consisting of five films, has grossed a staggering figure of close to $3.5 billion worldwide.
Here’s a trailer from Meyer’s latest to receive the film treatment:
No matter what you think about Meyer and her talents — and authors like Stephen King are with you if you don’t like her — she has a 100 percent success rate getting her books to the big screen, and making money from them.
(And honestly, King, Blockade Billy? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.)
Are you a Stephenie Meyer fan? What did you think of the film version of The Host?