Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is making its bid to preserve the attraction of physical media and home media ownership by adding new bonus feature enhancements to its Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles.

Beginning with the release of horror film Us on June 18th, Universal is adding prominently positioned bonus features menus on the opening screen of the Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD copies of the title, Media Play News first reported.

The features will be presented in the form of visual clips, taking the place of the usual text descriptors, which disc owners can click on with their remote for instant access to the feature.

In addition, Universal has chosen to make supplemental features begin auto playing at the end of the feature film to hold viewer interest.

Media Play News quoted Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Hilary Hoffman as saying that by evolving its products with more enhanced special feature content the studio is trying to elevate for consumers “the value in ownership and keep them connected and engaged to our products and the category.”

She added that she hopes “to see the entire industry move in this direction.”

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In addition to the bonus enhancements, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will be offered with Dolby Vision dynamic metadata-based High Dynamic Range (HDR) and static HDR10 for those whose 4K televisions or UHD Blu-ray players don’t handle Dolby Vision signals.

Among the exclusive features available with the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital versions of the movie are the following:

Scene Explorations – The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason’s abduction and Adelaide’s underground flashback.
Seven Second Massacre
It’s a Trap
I Just Want My Little Girl Back

Bonus Features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital releases are the following:

The Duality of US – Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in US – including Doppelgängers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence.

The Monsters Within US – Examine how the great cast were able to find their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers.

Tethered Together: Making US Twice – Making of a movie is hard. Making a movie where all the main cast play dual roles can be downright mind-bending. In this piece, filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss some of the technical challenges to making the film, as well as some of the design choices for the characters.

Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand of Horror – In the space of two films, Jordan Peele has set himself apart as an invaluable artistic voice. Hear cast and filmmakers highlight what makes him so unique, as well as Jordan’s own thoughts on his inspirations and the relationship between horror and comedy.

Becoming Red – Using behind-the-scenes footage from between takes, the feature takes a closer look at Lupita Nyong’o’s intense and mesmerizing performance as “Red.”

Deleted Scenes:

I Am Not Even Near You
Rabbit Season
That’s Badass
The P is Silent
I Wanna Go Home
We’re All Dying – Hilarious outtakes from the conversation between Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker on the beach.
As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux – An extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass.

By Greg Tarr

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