Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Anchor Bay Entertainment Moves Best Picture Nominees August: Osage County and Philomena To Home Entertainment in April

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The lights of the Academy Awards show dimmed and the red carpet was rolled up and with that Anchor Bay Entertainment wasted little time in bringing to market DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) editions of director John Wells’ film adaptation of the Tracy Letts stageplay, August: Osage County, and DVD and Blu-ray (with UltraViolet) SKUs of director Stephen Fears’ film adaptation of Martin Sixsmith’s “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” which was sadly released theatrically as just Philomena.   

Despite Oscar nominations for both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts — and some decent reviews (on balance) — the film failed to generate a monster gross at the box office.  The street date will be Apr. 8, ticket sales lagged at just $37 million and the ARR works out to 102 days.  No word on bonus features, if any, at this time.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyThe advertising campaign for Philomena, which was nominated Best Picture, failed miserably to give theatre-goers any sort of inkling as to the emotional punch that the film, its story and actors Judi Dench (nominated Best Actress) and Steve Coogan delivered.  

Philomena will be available on Apr. 15.

The ARR comes in at 144 days and the box office take, generated mainly by word-of-mouth, currently stands at $34.6 million.

Bonus features include commentary with actor/writer/producer Steven Coogan and screenwriter Jeff Pope (they shared the Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay), the featurette titled “A Conversation with Judi Dench; The Real Philomena Lee” and a Q&A session with Steve Coogan.

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report  

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