Last week, 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment assigned Mar. 13 as the home entertainment launch date for the studio’s Best Animated Feature Oscar-nominee, Ferdinand. It is almost a certainty that Coco will win the gold in this category, so they gave Disney plenty of room to bathe in the glow of their Feb. 27 home entertainment push for Coco. No surprise there.
This week 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment turned to the Best Picture category for release news, where we pointed out last week with the write-up on the details about the Ferdinand home entertainment push, that the studio would essentially be competing with itself in this category. Pick one, The Shape of Water or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri … unless the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences go completely off the rails, one of these two films will be the Oscar-winner for Best Picture.
Judging from the Feb. 27 street date assignment for writer/director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the studio is putting their money behind The Shape of Water as the likely winner.
They figure that The Shape of Water will win on Mar. 4, bask in the glow of the win theatrically (a nice little two week bump) and then get a home entertainment release date … indeed, 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment could make a Mar. 13 or Mar. 20 street date announcement as early as next week.
Both the Producers Guild and the Directors Guild have bestowed Best Picture laurels on The Shape of Water, which are far more important (from an insiders POV) than the Golden Globe’s selection of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Best Picture.
Either way, Fox wins!!!
As to the Feb. 27 release date for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, it will be a three-SKU product offering — DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack editions will be available.
The ARR is 109 days and domestic box office receipts currently stand at $41.8 million (that number will continue to grow over the next few weeks).
As to bonus delights associated with the home entertainment launch of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there is Martin McDonagh’s 2004 short film, Six Shooter (which won the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action) and a production featurette titled “Crucify ‘Em: The Making of Three Billboards.”