Monday, March 6, 2017

Writer/Director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures Gets An Apr. 11 Home Entertainment Launch

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Writer/director Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book on the “human computers” of the United States early space program, “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race” — which mercifully shortened for its theatrical release to just Hidden Figures — will be making its home entertainment debut on Apr. 11. 

The ARR is 109 days and box office receipts continue to grow and currently stand at $152.7 million … easily outpacing last year’s Best Picture-winner, Moonlight, by $130 million.   That sort of tells you what theatre-goers thought of the two (voting with their wallets).

In any case, 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment has DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions lined up for delivery to retailers on Apr. 11.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The movie — as movies often do — takes a few liberties with Shetterly’s story about a trio of black women (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe) working for our Mercury space program who were uniquely gifted with mathematical skills that were well ahead of the computer technology of the time.    

Because they were women — and black — they didn’t get the recognition that their male colleagues received during early days of the United States’ race for space.    Melfi’s film, and Shetterly’s book, goes quite aways in setting the record straight.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyBonus features includes commentary from filmmaker Theodore Melfi and the film’s star, Taraji P. Henson, plus deleted scenes, a five-part “Making Of” documentary” and the featurette titled “Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia.”

Also “landing” on Apr. 11 are DVD and Blu-ray editions of the six-part Mars mini-series adaptation of Stephen Petranek’s book, “How We'll Live on Mars.”  

Bonus features include the pre-series presentation of Before Mars (including a behind-the-scenes featurette), cast and crew video sessions and four featurettes — “Getting to Mars,” “Living on Mars” “More Mars” and Mars: Behind-the-Scenes.”

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