With the Oscar buzz rumors running high these days for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress nominations, it came as no surprise when Paramount Home Media announced this past week that a three-SKU product offering of director Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation of Ted Chiang's 1998 short story, “Story of Your Life” — which was retitled for the screen as simply Arrival — would be available on Feb. 14.
With DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions being offered on that street-date Tuesday, consumers will be getting a Valentine’s Day present in the form of some sweet viewing choices for Arrival during the run-up to the Oscar telecast on Sunday evening, Feb. 26.
The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and it is more than likely than not that Arrival will be among the Best Picture candidates, as well as Amy Adams as a Best Actress nominee and Denis Villeneuve in the Best Director category.
As to bonus content, which is limited to the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions, there are five production featurettes. These are: “Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival,” “Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design,” “Eternal Recurrence: The Score,” “Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process” and “Principles of Time, Memory & Language.”
In other release news, Paramount Home Media and Nickelodeon will be teaming up on Feb. 7 for the latest animated adventures of Leah and her genie friends, Shimmer and Shine, with the DVD release of Shimmer and Shine: Friendship Divine.
Eight fun-filled adventures are included in this collection as Leah and her magical twin friends make a new friend named Nila, a mermaid, make trip to the Gem Forest and meet both the Ice and Lightning genies and once again encounter the mischievous Zeta. It’s all great fun, with teamwork the key to overcoming the many obstacles they face.