Only one month after its initial theatrical release, Paramount has decided to send their new live action/ CGI adventure Sonic the Hedgehog to digital, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It will be available to watch on digital March 31st and on Blu-ray May 19th. The digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray combo will also include behind the scenes featurettes, a commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Ben Schwartz (Sonic), along with some deleted scenes and bloopers. As the film has already become the highest-grossing video game movie in the U.S. and made $306 million overall, it is quite understandable why the studio would take these precautions.
Paramount is one of the major studios besides Warner Brothers and Universal to make their current releases available for home viewing (i.e. Birds of Prey, The Invisible Man, etc.), as most theaters continue to be temporarily closed due to the outbreak. While other releases including Pixar’s Onward and Sony’s Bloodshot are still trying to soften the blow due to their shortened box office runs, there’s less pressure on Sonic for its home release, as it is already in the black, financially speaking. Because of that, it is most likely that Paramount will green light a sequel quickly, once Hollywood gets back on its feet again.
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