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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ seduces the home box-office this Spring

It will get Darker this Spring

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a release-date for the “Fifty Shades Darker: Unrated Edition,” which is the latest chapter in the popular adaptations. The film will release on Digital HD on April 25, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, on May 9, 2017. This is the second-installment to the popular film-series based on E.L. James’ best-selling book trilogy, and will be available just in time for spring. Fans of the series can pre-order the film on Amazon, and find everything from book-sets to Fifty Shades wine.

When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, “The Fall,” Anthropoid) tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, How to Be Single, Black Mass) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson, “The Knick,” “Smallville”) and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential, 9 ½ Weeks) intensify the story, determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

Directed by James Foley (“House of Cards,” Fear), Fifty Shades Darker also features Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, “The Man in the High Castle”), as well as returning cast members Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey, Miller’s Crossing) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey).

In addition to both the original theatrical version and a steamy new unrated version with over 13 minutes of footage not seen in theaters, Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD comes with more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including cast interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and a peek at what lies ahead in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed.

“Fifty Shades Darker” grossed $114M domestically, and went on to make over $374M globally. While impressive, the follow-up fell short of surpassing the original title in overall gross. The first film in the series, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” grossed $166M domestically, and $571M globally.