Availability Of Oscar-Nominated Films On DVD

You watched the 81st Academy Awards on Sunday.  You haven’t screened many of the nominated films.  But you really want to, just not at your local cinema.
What’s the solution?  DVD.
Here’s the good news.  The Visitor, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Wanted, In Bruges, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Frozen River, Changeling, Tropic Thunder, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Duchess, Encounters At The End Of The World and Man On Wire can all be rented or purchased at your local video store right now.  That’s about half the features nominated at this year’s Oscars.
Here’s the bad news.  You have to wait for everything else.  Thankfully, a small number of these titles will be available on DVD sooner than later: 
Australia (March 2nd)
Happy-Go-Lucky (March 10th)
Milk (March 10th)
Rachel Getting Married (March 10th)
Trouble The Water (March 17th)
Bolt (March 24th)
Doubt (April 7th)
Frost/Nixon (April 21st)
As for the rest, official release dates have not been scheduled for The Wrestler, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Defiance, The Class, Waltz With Bashir or The Betrayal.  The Garden, one of the Best Documentary Feature nominees, hasn’t had a theatrical release yet.  (According to the Internet Movie Database, it played one film festival last June.)  Revanche, nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category, opens in select cinemas next month.  Departures, which won that category, hasn’t had a cinematic run here, either, despite premiering at The Montreal Film Festival this past August.
Furthermore, IMDB claims that The Baader Meinhof Complex, another Foreign Language contender, will be released by Paramount on March 12th which is odd because that’s a Thursday.  Almost all DVD releases become available on Tuesdays.  It’s not on ComingSoon.net’s 2009 DVD release schedule.  Ditto Box Office Mojo.  (There are no March 12th entries for either.)  And you can’t pre-order it from Amazon.
IMDB also claims that The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will be out on New Year’s Eve.  That sounds erroneous to me.  It’s not believable that the most commercially successful Best Picture nominee would see its DVD release postponed that long.  (It also doesn’t help that the title is listed as “Der seltsame Fall des Benjamin Button”.  Is that its German release date?  Sure looks like a mistake to me.)  As of now, because you can still catch the near three-hour epic in the theatre, no official release date has been announced.
As for Slumdog Millionaire, the biggest Oscar winner this year with eight trophies, the American-based CDUniverse.com is taking pre-orders for an alleged March 31st release.  You can pre-order it from Amazon, as well, but no release date is given on their site.  It’s awfully peculiar that only one site would announce this.  Grain of salt alert.
Remember, release dates are subject to change at any time.  Check out ComingSoon.net and Amazon for all upcoming releases.  They are the most reliable.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
7:26 p.m.
UPDATE:  Slumdog Millionaire is, in fact, scheduled for a March 31st release.  It’s been added to ComingSoon.net’s March 2009 list of upcoming titles and Amazon has confirmed the date, as well.  Also, The Wrestler will be available on DVD April 21st.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, March 7, 2009
6:22 p.m.
UPDATE 2:  ComingSoon.net has a release date for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.  The three-hour epic will be out on DVD May 5th.  It will be available in single-disc and double-disc editions.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, April 5, 2009
3:31 p.m.
UPDATE 3:  Some very good news for Kate Winslet fans.  Her Oscar-winning turn in The Reader is coming to DVD on April 14th.  Bizarrely, The Internet Movie Database offers a second release date of May 25th.  Perhaps, they are referring to the Blu-Ray version of the controversial film which will actually be released on April 28th.  Revolutionary Road, her second collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is out June 2nd.  If that weren’t enough, Defiance, the World War II movie starring current James Bond Daniel Craig, will also be available on June 2nd.  Waltz With Bashir, the animated Israeli film, is pencilled in for June 23rd.  (The Internet Movie Database says a limited edition DVD will be out May 8th but Amazon has no such listing.)  The only remaining titles not yet headed for home video are the above-mentioned documentary and foreign-language feature nominees.
Special thanks to Rob Kerr for the reliable information on The Reader, Revolutionary Road and Defiance.  No thanks to ComingSoon.net which didn’t list any of these release dates on their otherwise terrific site.  Someone was asleep at the switch.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, April 5, 2009
4:49 p.m.
UPDATE 4:  Departures will be released theatrically in late May, according to IMDB.  One last thing.  IMDB updated The Garden’s festival history.  At the time of writing the original item, I noted that it had only played one festival.  The “release date” information now lists eight festivals it has played since June 2008.  Still no word on a possible cinematic run.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, April 5, 2009
5:04 p.m.
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  1. Hi Mr Earl The Wrestler comes out April 2nd – The Reader April 14 – R. Road June 2nd and Defiance (08) June 2. Thank you P.S Have a nice day. Robert Kerr (The Hammer)

  2. The Wrestler is the April 21st

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