Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the Fantasy Island Digital, Blu-ray and DVD dates. The in-home release will be available on Digital April 14th (pre-order at Amazon) and on Blu-ray and DVD May 12th (pre-order at Amazon).
In Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
The cast includes Michael Peña (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Maggie Q (Divergent), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley), Portia Doubleday (Carrie), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island is written by Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs and is produced by Jason Blum, Marc Toberoff and Jeff Wadlow.
Fantasy Island Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features
Unrated and theatrical versions of the movie included
Unrated Director and Cast Commentary: Audio commentary by Director Jeff Wadlow and Cast (Unrated Version Only)
The film has a runtime of 109 minutes and is rated PG-13 for violence, terror, drug content, suggestive material and brief strong language.
Before it became a TV series, Fantasy Island was introduced to viewers in 1977 and 1978 with two TV movies. Airing from 1978 to 1984, the Gene Levitt-created series starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke, the overseer of a mysterious island where people could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. He was initially accompanied by a sidekick, Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize.
“It’s the ultimate wish-fulfillment movie,” said producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse label has brought horror fans some of the top movies in the genre. “The idea of going to a magical place where all of your fantasies come true – and things go very wrong – that’s very ripe for a thriller.”
Wadlow says that the idea came naturally to him because the themes were always present in the material. “I loved the dark magical realism of the original show,” he says. “It dealt with real emotions and real characters, but manifested them in a surreal way that always had a little bit of an edge, a little bit of bite. They always seemed to embrace the notion of wish fulfillment at a terrible price and presented it in a unique fashion every week.”
Wadlow says that he hopes people have fun seeing the dark fantasies play out as if the audience was orchestrating the fantasies themselves. “We are presenting a narrative that has an awareness that we are intentionally putting the characters through a gauntlet, an ordeal that will force them to grow and change and experience their fantasies in a way that they weren’t expecting,” he says.
“I hope that the audience enjoys that process and with a little bit of glee, watching these people learn their lesson.”