The Best Picture winner for 2013 will likely come down to three candidates. Director Steve R. McQueen’s film adaptation of the Solomon Northup novel, 12 Years a Slave, director Steve Greengrass’ deeply flawed — but the nevertheless entertaining — Captain Phillips and the majesty of Gravity.
Of course there will be others in contention. Anytime you have Harvey Weinstein with a $100 million box office and critical success — that being Lee Daniels’ The Butler — you can expect today’s best showman to make it a competitive race. Scorsese and DiCaprio have teamed for the Wolf of Wall Street … that should be there. And, Tom Hanks could be competing with himself with both the aforementioned Captain Phillips and director John Lee Hancock’s Disney biopic, Saving Mr. Banks.
Everything else is either too small or haven’t had the theatrical exposure to generated enough buzz … yet!
If “Hollywood” (and we use that term loosely) wants to make a statement and erode theatre-going audiences even further, then a majority of the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will select 12 Years a Slave as the Oscar-winner for Best Picture. That’s the PC thing to do. It is an excellent film and based more or less on actual events prior to the Civil War. Case closed.
If Hanks knocks Hanks off and both Scorsese and Weinstein come up short, then the winner is … Gravity.
On Feb. 25 (just days before the March 2, 2014 Academy Awards festivities), Warner Home Video will serve-up a three-SKU helping of writer/director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. In the works are a stand-alone DVD edition and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs — one with and one without a 3D viewing option (all three SKUs include UltraViolet).
The ARR is 144 days and the current box office take is an stratospheric $251.5 million.
No word at this time as to bonus goodies, but you can expect this not to be a barebones home entertainment product offering.
In other release news from Warner Home Video, Blu-ray editions of both director Stanley Donen’s 1957 romantic musical comedy, Funny Face (teaming Audrey Hepburn with Fred Astaire) and Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn opposite Humphrey Bogart and William Holden) will be released on Apr. 8.
On the DVD release front, a three-disc helping of The Middle: The Complete Fourth Season has been added to Feb. 25 and both Teen Titans Go!: Mission to Misbehave - Season One, Part One and Venture Bros.: The Complete Season Five will be available as double-disc SKUs on Mar. 4.
To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report: DVD & Blu-ray Release Report