Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release MGM’s Creed II through digital retailers Feb. 12, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 5.
The sequel to 2015’s Creed and the eighth film in the “Rocky” franchise stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, the icons of boxing who confront their shared legacy when Adonis takes on the son of Ivan Drago, one of Rocky’s greatest adversaries and the man who killed Creed’s father in the ring.
Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II also stars Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby and Dolph Lundgren, who returns to the franchise after playing Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV.
The Blu-ray and DVD editions will include the featurette “The Rocky Legacy.”
The Blu-ray version will also include deleted scenes and the featurettes “From Father to Son, Blood Runs Hot,” “Finding the Authentic” and “The Women of Creed II.”
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will offer Dolby Vision HDR.
MGM Studios March 28 reported fiscal 2017 (ended Dec. 31, 2017) home entertainment revenue of $91.9 million, which was down 55% from revenue of $206.5 million during the previous-year period.
MGM attributed the decline to comparisons with the global release of Spectre during the prior-year period, strong digital sales from the latest James Bond installment starring Daniel Craig; Rocky-themed boxing drama Creed, ongoing revenue from other recently released films, and the tail-end of the studio’s worldwide home entertainment promotion (i.e. catalog sales) for the James Bond franchise.
Spectre, which is distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, generated $36.2 million in disc sales, according to The-Numbers.com. Creed — distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment — generated $25.3 million.
Fiscal 2017 also included revenue from recent film releases, primarily worldwide digital revenue for The Magnificent Seven and Ben-Hur, home entertainment revenue for The Belko Experiment, plus ongoing revenue from Spectre, The Hobbit trilogy and additional library content.
Home entertainment revenue from TV content topped $33.8 million, up 1% from $33.6 million in 2016.
Finally, MGM announced that its senior management team would continue to run the company following the March 21 termination of CEO Gary Barber.