Availability Of 2012 Oscar-Nominated Films On DVD

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and, as always, only one question really needs to be asked:  how many of the nominated movies are available on DVD?

Right now, you can see Moneyball, The Help, Midnight In Paris, The Tree Of Life, Bridesmaids, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Beginners, the 2011 version of Jane Eyre, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows Part 2, Rio, The Ides Of March, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Real Steel, Hell And Back Again, A Better Life, If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front, Warrior, and Margin Call by making a trip to a retailer or rental outlet near you.

As for Hugo, A Separation, The Artist, Pina, War Horse, The Adventures Of Tintin, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady, My Week With Marilyn and the remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you can currently catch them all in theatres.  As of this writing, no DVD release dates have been scheduled for any of these titles.

Also coming soon to a theatre near you:  Albert Nobbs (going wide January 27), W.E. (February 3), Undefeated (February 10), In Darkness (February 10), Chico & Rita (February 10 re-release), Footnote (March 9) and Monsieur Lazhar (April).  Please note:  the last six titles listed are only getting a limited release.

The following films are headed to DVD in the near future:  Drive (January 31), Anonymous (February 7), Puss In Boots (February 24), The Descendants (March 13), The Muppets (March 20), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (March 20).

The only nominated features not scheduled for release in a North American cinema or on home video are Bullhorn, A Cat In Paris and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.  (However, that last title can currently be seen on HBO.)

As in past years, if new information becomes available I’ll do my best to update this piece.  The 84th annual Academy Awards are handed out Sunday, February 26.  Let the prognosticating begin!

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
3:31 p.m.

UPDATE:  Martin Scorsese’s Hugo will be available in three different DVD editions on February 28.  There’s the standard DVD, the 2D Blu-ray combo pack and the 3D Blu-ray combo pack.  The Adventures Of Tintin will offer the same options when it comes out on March 13.  Also out that day are My Week With Marilyn (Blu-ray combo only) and Canadian Best Foreign Film nominee Monsieur Lazhar (both the Blu-ray version and standard edition).  The Iron Lady arrives April 10 and The Artist drops May 8.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Thursday, February 9, 2012
2:05 p.m.

UPDATE 2:  The release date for The Artist has changed.  It will now drop April 24.  Meanwhile, David Fincher’s acclaimed remake, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is out March 20 and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is due March 27.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, February 19, 2012
1:59 p.m.

UPDATE 3:  War Horse arrives on DVD in multiple versions April 3 and Albert Nobbs will be released May 15, according to comingsoon.net.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, February 25, 2012
1:47 p.m.

UPDATE 4:  Madonna’s directorial debut, W.E., will be arriving on DVD on May 1.  Best Foreign Film nominee In Darkness is out on June 12.  Once again, The Artist’s release date has changed.  The 2012 Best Picture winner is now scheduled to drop on June 26, the very same day that Pina surfaces.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, April 13, 2012
11:38 p.m.

UPDATE 5:  Best Foreign Film nominee Footnote is scheduled to be released on DVD on July 24.  Chico & Rita, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature, finally drops on September 18.  Meanwhile, George over at the Remote Access Blog is wondering when A Separation, the highly acclaimed Iranian picture that won the Best Foreign Film gong, is finally going to be available on DVD in North America.  Right now, the only way to see it on home video is if you have a Blu-Ray player that plays Region 2 DVDs (which are released domestically in the UK).  As of this writing, there is still no official Region 1 release date scheduled.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
12:48 a.m.

UPDATE 6:  Best Documentary Feature nominee Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory drops on August 14th.  (The entire trilogy will be repackaged in a box set for release on November 6th.)  Meanwhile, A Separation finally arrives in North American video stores on August 21st.  George will be happy.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 28, 2012
1:37 a.m.

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  1. Still no news on A Separation? I really want to see that one.

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