Ralph Fiennes takes things back to where it all began in the origin story to the franchise, so here’s the latest on The King’s Man UK Blu-ray and digital release date to give you everything we know so far about the home entertainment formats. The film arrived on the big screen over the Christmas holidays, so it had the impact of the Omicron surge to contend with the UK, which means there will be plenty of fans of the franchise that didn’t go to see the film in cinemas.
Whether that’s you, or you did get to see the film and want to add it to your collection, the details below will take you through when it’s likely to come out, along with details about the age rating, special features and our review of the film. It’s the first entry in the series that doesn’t star Taron Egerton (Sing 2), but it does add in a new team of action heroes to save the world at the turn of the 20th century.Advertisement It’ll be interesting to see whether or not they return to the story of Eggsy in the next film in the series or if they continue with a sequel to The King’s Man, despite the challenges it had on the big screen. A lot will depend on how well the film does on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and digital when it comes out, but it probably makes more sense to go back to the modern day story before returning to the prequels again.
UK DVD, Blu-ray and digital release date
Other than the home premier rental, your first chance to see The King’s Man outside of the cinema will be with the digital release date, which should be around mid March if you track forward from when it came out in cinemas in the UK on the 26th December 2021. This is much quicker than usual, but the global pandemic has had a big impact on home entertainment releases, shortening the time between cinema and digital with both Dune (2021) and Ghostbusters Afterlife confirming its continuation into 2022.Advertisement This will be the same for the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K release date, which is usually a week or two after a film comes out on digital. This should put it towards the end of March 2022, which will give it a long run in to Easter where there’s usually a boost to sales with the holiday period and weather in the UK that’s more suited to sofa time than sunshine.
Just to cover all of the bases, it’s distantly possible that the latest surge in the COVID-19 pandemic could settle down before the home entertainment release. If that happens, there’s then an equally outside chance that this could mean that the shorter release trend will revert to previous averages, which would put back both the digital and physical formats by around a month.Advertisement We’ll update you with more details on the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K release as they get confirmed. You can follow us on Twitter to see news and updates on upcoming films, and you can see more on the film in the run up to the release with the official 20th Century Fox Twitter page at twitter.com/20thcentury.
North America release date
If the home entertainment release date for the digital version of The King’s Man arrives as usual then it should be out in the US in March 2022. This would then follow on with DVD, Blu-ray and 4K versions a week or two later, which would be very similar to the UK release date. If that’s the case then the North America launch will continue the trend of parity on both sides of the Atlantic, which is a welcome change for any UK movie lovers that previously had to wait around a month longer that their US counterparts.
The King’s Man DVD and Blu-ray details
Age rating: 15 (UK) R (US)
Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou, Harris Dickinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Taylor-Johnson, Stanley Tucci, Alison Steadman, Rhys Ifans
There’s always been a combination of silliness and serious action when it comes to the previous films in the series, but the Rasputin element of The King’s Man takes the former to an awkward level. Previously, there were big characters with believable skill, but with the Russian, you get more of an outlandish character with capabilities that lack credibility.
It’s this that ultimately undoes the chances of The King’s Man to stack up to the opening film or even its Golden Circle successor. However, there’s a hell of a lot of good action to compensate for this, so if you did enjoy the two previous movies in the series then you’re not going to be too disappointed by the prequel.
Ralph Fiennes puts in a solid performance as the Duke of Oxford, and he’s got good support from relative newcomer, Harrison Dickinson, who does a decent enough effort of filling Taron Egerton’s shoes. Gemma Arterton and Djimon Hounsou combine well to complete the lineup for the first ever roster of the Kingsman secret service.
With the mid-credits scene, the series is well set up to continue, despite the tough time it had at the box office, which adds to the potential of the digital, DVD and Blu-ray formats. Overall, The King’s Man is a good enough laugh with a lot of action, so if that’s what you like in film then you’re probably going to get to the end with a smile on your face.
Digital, DVD and Blu-ray review: 3/5