With little action at the box office — which is incredibly sad — Universal Studios Home Entertainment has elected to move two Oscar-nominated films in the acting category to the home entertainment arena without further delay.
First up is director Jay Roach’s biopic Trumbo, which garnered Bryan Cranston his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor as black listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo — he already has 11 Emmy nominations (with five wins, including three as the iconic Walter White from Breaking Bad). It will be available as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings on Feb. 16.
This Bleecker Street Media indie production, despite positive reviews and the aforementioned Oscar nomination, has only managed to generate $7.4 million in domestic ticket sales. The ARR works out to 102 days.
Bonus features for both the DVD and Blu-ray SKUs include two production featurettes — “Who is Trumbo?” and “Bryan Cranston Becomes Trumbo.”
The second film, also with a Best Actor contender, is director Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel loosely based on the life of Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl. Blu-ray and DVD editions will be retail-ready on Mar. 1.
Despite a Best Actor nomination for Eddie Redmayne (his second in as many years, having won last year for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything) as Lili Elbe (aka: Einar Wegener) and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Alicia Vikander (her first, although she could have easily been nominated as well for her performance as the android Ava in Ex Machina) as artist Gerda Wegener, The Danish Girl has only managed to pull in $8.9 million at the box office.
For the record, the ARR for that Mar. 1 street date is a quick-to-market 95 days. The only bonus goodies, which is common to both the DVD and Blu-ray editions, is the featurette titled, “The Making of the Danish Girl.”