Last week, we speculated that the Feb. 23 home entertainment launch for Best Picture contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri signaled that 20th Century-Fox was putting their money behind director Gullermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water as the most likely Best Picture winner. We further speculated that as early as this week they could target Mar. 13 as the street date for home entertainment products that consumers would be able to select from.
Right on cue, 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment announced this past week that Mar. 13 would indeed be the street date for DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions of The Shape of Water.
The ARR for that mid-March release date is 102 days and ticket sales currently stand at $44.7 million (that number will easily top $60 million before all is said and done).
The film is nominated for 13 Oscars … besides Best Picture, these include Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Del Toro and a Best Actress Oscar nod for Sally Hawkins (who really needed to be nominated for Maudie … her performance in that film is even better than her portrayal of Elisa, the love interest of the captive swamp creature here).
As to bonus goodies, there are five featurettes — “A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times,” “Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue,” “Anatomy of a Scene: The Dance,” “Shaping the Waves: A Conversation with James Jean” and “Guillermo del Toro’s Master Class.”