The New Mutants will soon stream and spin at homes in the very-near future. While many speculated that this news would precede the recent move by studios Fox and Disney to release the film at theaters, it does signal the end of an era—especially for those of us who have spent the past 3+ years covering it—since the film will likely go down in history as having faced one of the hardest roads to a release, perhaps ever.
20th Century Fox will, at long last, release The New Mutants on Digital HD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 17. The Marvel Comics adaptation film, directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), who co-wrote the script with Knate Lee, became one of the few post Q1 2020 movies that saw a big screen release, having hit theaters on August 28; a run that currently tallies at $42 million worldwide, obviously impeded by the limited number of theaters still operating and their necessary reduced capacity. Thusly, those who didn’t endure the COVID wilderness of theaters to see the film will get their chance soon enough. Check out the Blu-ray cover and special features just below.
“The New Mutants” 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Digital Bonus Features
- Origins & Influences – Legendary comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz and the filmmakers explore the origins and influences behind “The New Mutants.”
- Meet the New Mutants – Cast members share their experiences while filming and reveal how they bonded as a family, much like the characters in the film.
- Roberto Suns & Dani Climbs
- “She’s a Demon”
- “Everybody’s Type” & Chores
- Dani’s Nightmare – Alt
- “I Need to Cool Off”
- “We’re on Lockdown”
- Take out the Source
- Director Josh Boone Chats with Marvel Comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz
The move marks the direct-distribution endpoint for The New Mutants, which has been luck-deprived from the get-go. After a reportedly difficult production process that was marred by damaging rumors of creative snags and supposed reshoots, the completed film was repeatedly delayed from its originally-scheduled April 13, 2018 premiere until it landed on April 3, 2020; a date that, as fate would have it, ended up being smack-dab in the middle of a pandemic the likes of which the world hadn’t seen in a century. Yet, the film’s misfortune wouldn’t even end at that point.
While the nixing of the April date and resonating hype for July’s Comic-Con virtual panel seemed to foretell a VOD release, the film ultimately hit theaters on the aforementioned adjusted August date. While the buildup to said theatrical release touted an iconoclast of a comic book movie—manifesting as an amalgam of sorts combining a psychologically intense horror offering with elements of teen classics like The Breakfast Club—reviews were generally of the opinion that it was not worth years of wait. Moreover, the film stands as a relic of a very different time in the comic book movie genre, intended as a spinoff for Fox’s long-running X-Men film franchise, which ended up concluding (unsuccessfully,) with 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, thus leaving the spinoff in a continuity lurch. Indeed, such a notion was cemented with Disney having since acquired Fox, with designs now in place to reboot the X-Men under the auspices of Marvel Studios.
Nevertheless, the home release of The New Mutants should satiate the curiosity of fans of Marvel movie mutant mayhem, especially with the film’s impressive cast lineup of ever-rising film star Anya Taylor-Joy, Queen of the South’s Alice Braga, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton, joined by rising talent like Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga. The November 17 home release will see the film available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD formats.