Who says that film studios are clinging to an outdated business model? Well, most us are, but some of the larger studios are starting to show some signs of progressiveness. Case in point - Disney will be releasing its best film from 2012 - Wreck-It Ralph - as a digital download first with the Blu-ray/DVD release coming a month later.
Disney announced that Wreck-It Ralph will be available via HD Digital and HD Digital 3D, a relatively new digital distribution model, on February 12. The Blu-ray/DVD release will come a month later on March 5. The early digital release is a step in the right direction, but it would be even better if Disney could release future films via digital distribution closer to their theatrical debut. Plenty of consumers would love to be able to watch a film from their comfort of their home without having to go to a theater.
For those who prefer physical releases, Disney has three choices - a 4 disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, a 2 disc Blu-ray combo pack, and a regular DVD release. The Blu-ray combo packs include a number of special features that are also present on the HD Digital downloads of the film. These include a making of featurette, deleted scenes, game commercials for the fictional games from the movie, and the excellent "Paperman" short that debuted before the film in theaters.
Buying the Blu-ray nets you the exclusive, and annoying, Disney Intermission feature. Whenever you pause the film, host Chris Hardwick will appear to talk about the film's many video game and Disney references. It would be cool as its own separate special feature, but it's just annoying when it appears whenever you pause the film.
There's no pricing available for the HD Digital versions of the film as Disney is apparently leaving that up to providers. As for the physical releases, the 4-Disc Blu-ray combo pack will cost $49.99 and the 2-Disc Blu-ray combo pack will set you back $39.99. The DVD release will only cost $29.99. As always, these sets will be available at a much cheaper price at various retail outlets.