One of my soapboxes as of late has been embracing physical media. Given the capricious nature of studios and streaming services, there’s no guarantee that your favorite movie or TV series will always be there when you want to watch it — not when it can deleted for tax breaks. But if you own a physical copy, well, then you can watch it whenever you want — and no Hollywood bigwig can take it away from you.
Historically, though, streamers have been very reluctant to release their original titles on physical media. Netflix has released some of their titles, including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Stranger Things, on DVD and Blu-ray. But that’s an exception that just proves the rule.
Which is why it’s exciting to see that Disney’s releasing Loki, WandaVision, and The Mandalorian on 4K UHD and Blu-ray this year. Loki’s first season will be released on September 26; WandaVision will be released on November 28, and The Mandalorian’s first two seasons will be released on December 12. All titles will be available for pre-order on August 28. (There are some rumors that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will get a similar release, too.)
This may all be an attempt by Disney to garner some good will in light of their upcoming price increase. Even so, it’s still good news for fans and consumers who want a more permanent and reliable way to enjoy their favorite series. And who knows, maybe Disney will eventually release Crater on Blu-ray so that people can finally get a chance to see it for themselves.