Someone over at Universal Studios Home Entertainment was up well before dawn on the morning of the Oscar nominations with an announcement at the ready for director James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. It will be out as both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) editions on Feb. 17.
The Oscar telecast will take place on the following Sunday, Feb. 22, so the timing is spot-on for maximum sales impact.
For the record, the ARR is 102 days and box office receipts currently are on the slight side with just $25.9 million in ticket sales recorded since the film opened during the first weekend of November. The number of tickets sold will improve dramatically in the next couple of weeks if the studio can somehow add screens to its relatively light rollout of the film (just a little over 400 screens were still active on the morning of the Oscar nominations — the initial launch was just over 1,200 screens).
The Theory of Everything picked up Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking), Best Actress (Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Anthony McCarten for the screen adaptation of Jane Hawking’s book, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”) … all are first time nominees.
Bonus features include commentary from director James Marsh (Oscar-winning for his documentary, Man on Wire), deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Marsh) and the featurette titled “Becoming the Hawkings.”