Warner Home Video has announced that the DVD edition of V for Vendetta, the film version of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Lloyd, will be released in two separate versions on August 1st. A single-disk edition, which will contain only a 'Making V for Vendetta' featurette, will retail for $28.98, while a two-disk special editon, which will contain the making-of featurette plus features on 'Designing a Near Future,' 'Guy Fawkes Day' and 'England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics,' will have a suggested retail price of $34.99.
Produced by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) and starring Natalie Portman, V for Vendetta earned $70 million at the domestic box office ($130 million worldwide) making it the 27th most popular comic book movie of all time. More importantly the V for Vendetta film spurred strong sales of the V for Vendetta graphic novel, which is the #2 graphic novel in unit sales (and #1 in dollars) in American book stores so far in 2006 (and tops in comic stores as well). Judging from the strong performance of the V for Vendetta graphic novel so far (paralleling the movie-inspired sales of Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novels last year), the release of the V for Vendetta DVD in August should create a second opportunity for retailers (see 'The DVD Effect Materializes' for an analysis of the effect of the release of the Sin City DVD on sales of the Sin City graphic novels).