In a move that breaks the mold of typical streaming service strategy, Netflix has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of its wildly successful series, “Wednesday.” This development is a standout event in the digital streaming era, marking a significant shift in how top-tier streaming content is made available to audiences.
“Wednesday,” produced by Tim Burton and based on the iconic Addams Family, has surpassed even Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” to become the most popular English-language series on the platform. Its unprecedented success has led to the decision to offer the series in physical format, a rarity for Netflix originals.
Scheduled for release on March 26, the Blu-ray and DVD will feature all eight episodes of the first season. However, details about potential bonus features remain unclear. Netflix, traditionally not known for extensive extras, has yet to confirm their inclusion in this release.
The decision to offer a physical copy holds significance beyond mere consumer preference. In recent times, large corporations have removed original content from streaming services for various reasons, including tax considerations. This practice often leaves viewers with limited, sometimes illicit, means to access certain shows. The availability of “Wednesday” in physical form is thus a nod towards the preservation of media in an age where digital content can be ephemeral.
“Wednesday” made its debut on Netflix in 2022, quickly gaining a massive following. The series places Wednesday Addams, portrayed by Jenna Ortega, in the spotlight. The narrative follows her journey after being expelled from school and sent to a private academy for supernatural beings.
Far from a typical high school drama, the series weaves in a murder mystery and Wednesday’s newfound psychic abilities, adding depth and intrigue to the character’s already complex persona. Fans of the series can also anticipate a second season, although its release date remains unannounced.