Oscar-Winner ‘1917’ Coming Home to Digital March 10, Disc — Including 4K — March 24

Director-writer Sam Mendes’ Oscar-winning war epic 1917 will arrive on digital March 10 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 24 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $327 million at the global box office, won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing.

In 1917 at the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKayand Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers — Blake’s own brother among them.

The film also stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor, Kingsman, The Imitation Game), Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”, Sherlock, Spectre), Richard Madden (Netflix’s “The Bodyguard”, Rocketman, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Kingsman, Bridget Jones) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Dr. Strange, The Imitation Game).

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Special features include:

  • “The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes,” in whichSam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1;
  • “Allied Forces: Making 1917,” in which viewers learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Mendes’ vision to life;
  • “The Music of 1917,” in which composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award-nominated score;
  • “In The Trenches,” in which viewers go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917;
  • “Recreating History,” in which filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War;
  • feature commentary with Mendes; and
  • feature commentary with Deakins.

‘Parasite’ Ticket, VOD Sales and Rentals Jump on Fandango and FandangoNow

Parasite has seen a major boost in Fandango ticket sales since earning four Academy Awards Feb. 9, while the company’s transactional streaming service, FandangoNow, is also reporting an uptick for the title since the Oscar ceremony.

Parasite rentals and purchases on FandangoNow saw an 468% increase week over week comparing sales on Feb. 3 (before the Oscars) to sales on Feb. 10 (after the Oscars).

Theatrical ticket sales week over week jumped 443% in the same period.

Feb. 10 Bong Joon Ho’s darkly comic thriller was the No. 3 title in Fandango’s daily ticket sales and the No. 1 streaming title on FandangoNow.

FandangoNow is also offering a “Binge Bundle” selection of Parasite director Bong Joon Ho films, including The Host, Mother and Barking Dogs Never Bite, for rent for $7.99 here.

In a Fandango survey of Oscar watchers, 73% of moviegoers said they would watch or re-watch a movie after it wins an Academy Award. In the same poll, a majority of the fans (54%) claimed the multiple Parasite wins represented the “happiest surprise” of Oscar night.

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Parasite is seeing a remarkable uptick in sales on Fandango and on FandangoNow,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement.  “Moviegoers who haven’t seen the movie yet are anxious to discover it on the big screen or at home, while fans who have already seen Parasite are ready to re-watch Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece to unpack its many layers.”

Oscar-Lauded ‘Little Women’ Coming Home on Digital March 10, Disc April 7

Director Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation Little Women is coming out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film picked up an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Florence Pugh. The film is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers.

Gerwig’s modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott masterpiece stars Ronan, Emma Watson, Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. The film draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

Little Women earned $177.2 million at the global box office.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include more than 45 minutes of bonus features, exploring how writer-director Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic and took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Alcott lived and wrote Little Women.

Despite Record Noms, Netflix Wins Just Two Oscars

Entering the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, Feb. 9 in Los Angeles, Netflix had a record 24 nominations — more than any Hollywood studio.

In what has become a recurring theme during this year’s industry awards, the SVOD pioneer left the Oscars relatively empty handed. Laura Dern again walked off with a Best Supporting Actress statue for Marriage Story, while American Factory, about a Chinese businessman re-opening a manufacturing facility in Ohio, won for best documentary. The film was produced by former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s production company.

Netflix won best documentary in 2018 with anti-doping cycling-themed Icarus.

But The Irishman, Netflix’s big-budget mobster movie from director Martin Scorsese and starring Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, failed to win an award despite 10 nominations. Netflix spent a reported $70 million promoting Irishman for the awards season.

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With a major push into original features, Netflix, like Amazon Prime Video, has taken on Hollywood, spending lavishly on productions and securing A-list talent. It has also — unlike Amazon — rebuffed industry norms when it comes to theatrical distribution.

CCO Ted Sarandos has made it a signature ploy releasing original movies in theaters concurrent with global streaming access. The strategy has angered exhibitors and traditionalists — with the former largely shunning Netflix movies.

In 2019, Netflix original movie Roma won an Oscar for best director (Alfonso Cuarón), best foreign film and best cinematography but lost for best picture. The streamer’s first original movie, Beasts of No Nation, was critically hailed, but ignored by the Academy.

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Despite the slights, Sarandos dismisses possible industry blowback toward the streamer’s feature films as speculation.

“A pushback? Nobody can say that with a straight face,” he told the New York Times. “We got 24 nominations, the most of any studio. Our films have been honored across the board.”

Indeed they have. But with South Korea’s Parasite making history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture, Universal Pictures was sure to give the film a traditional theatrical window — generating about $35 million in North America. It has grossed $167.6 million worldwide, becoming South Korea’s biggest box office hit.

‘Parasite’ Top Best Picture Oscar Pic in Fandango Survey of Millennials

In a Fandango survey of millennial film fans on the upcoming Oscar race, South Korean genre-bending hit Parasite is the top pick in the Best Picture race with 20% of votes, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ WWI epic 1917 with 19%. Parasite also took the top spot in the Best Director category, with first-time nominee Bong Joon Ho winning with 34% of votes.

Parasite is  also the best-selling foreign-language film of all time on Fandango’s transactional VOD service FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 2,000 millennial moviegoers who have seen the majority of the nominated films, asking them which Oscar-nominated films and performers deserve to take home the statues Feb. 9.

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) emerged as the fan favorites in the Best Actor and Actress categories, with 55% and 31% of the votes, respectively. Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) and Florence Pugh (Little Women) earned the top spots in the supporting categories with 41% and 28% of votes, respectively.

Meanwhile, 88% said they’re planning to watch Sunday’s show because they have seen most of movies in contention this year.

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“Fans are more excited to watch the Academy Awards because they’ve actually seen the nominated movies,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “This year’s Oscar races for Best Picture and Best Director are the most suspenseful, and if the Fandango polling is any indication, it’s going to be awfully close, with Parasite and 1917 neck and neck in the voting for both categories. Moviegoers are also rooting for fan favorites like Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Knives Out, Toy Story 4 and Rocketman, all of which figured prominently as winners in the Fandango survey, ranking as the top choices for Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Animated Feature and Original Song.”

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Many of the nominated titles are available on FandangoNow. Available to buy are Knives Out (Feb. 7), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Jojo Rabbit and Ford v Ferrari. Available to rent or buy are Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Breakthrough, Harriet, Honeyland, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Joker, Judy, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Missing Link, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Pain and Glory, Parasite, Rocketman, The Cave, The Lighthouse, The Lion King and Toy Story 4. Available for pre-order are 1917, Bombshell, Frozen 2, Little Women, Richard Jewell and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Survey results were:

Best Picture

Parasite – 20%

1917 – 19%

Joker – 15%

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – 12%

Little Women – 10%

Jojo Rabbit – 7%

Marriage Story – 7%

Ford v Ferrari – 5%

The Irishman – 5%

 

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) – 55%

Adam Driver (Marriage Story) – 20%

Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 14%

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) – 8%

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) – 3%

 

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) – 31%

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) – 26%

Renee Zellweger (Judy) – 19%

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) – 12%

Charlize Theron (Bombshell) – 12%

 

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 41%

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) – 40%

Joe Pesci (The Irishman) – 9%

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) – 6%

Al Pacino (The Irishman) – 4%

 

Best Supporting Actress

Florence Pugh (Little Women) – 28%

Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit) – 24%

Laura Dern (Marriage Story) – 22%

Margot Robbie (Bombshell) – 15%

Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell) – 11%

 

Best Director

Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) – 34%

Sam Mendes (1917) – 33%

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 15%

Todd Phillips (Joker) – 14%

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) – 4%

 

Best Animated Picture

Toy Story 4 – 49%

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – 19%

Klaus – 15%

I Lost My Body – 9%

Missing Link – 8%

 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – 35%

Parasite – 28%

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – 18%

1917 – 11%

Marriage Story – 8%

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Little Women – 33%

Joker – 32%

Jojo Rabbit – 23%

The Irishman – 10%

The Two Popes – 2%

 

Best Song

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman) – 42%

“Into the Unknown” (Frozen 2) – 30%

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4) – 16%

“Stand Up” (Harriet) – 9%

“I’m Standing With You” (Breakthrough) – 3%

Can Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ Avoid Awards Letdown at 92nd Oscars?

Netflix’s expansive marketing push for Martin Scorsese’ mobster movie, The Irishman, paid dividends Jan. 13 when the film was nominated for 10 of the streaming pioneer’s record-setting 24 Academy Awards nods.

The three-and-a-half hour movie was nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Al Pacino, Joe Pesci), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Visual Effects.

Whether the nominations lead to Oscar statues remains to be seen.

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Irishman was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos walked off empty handed. The film was nominated for nine awards by the Hollywood Critics Association Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Pesci.

The movie won Best Acting Ensemble at the Jan. 12 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards while coming up short in 12 other categories.

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Sarandos did get a photo-op with actress Laura Dern, who won again (after the Golden Globes) for Best Supporting Actress in Netflix’s Marriage Story. The movie received six Oscar nominations, including Dern for Actress in a Supporting Role.