‘Schindler’s List’ Coming in 4K to Theaters, Home Market From Universal

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of director Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, Universal Pictures will re-release the film with picture and sound digitally remastered —including in 4K, Dolby Cinema and Dolby Atmos — for a limited theatrical engagement on Dec. 7 across the United States and Canada.

The remastered film will also be available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound on home entertainment platforms subsequent to the theatrical release.

Schindler’s List, starring Liam Neeson as a German businessman who saves more than 1,000 Jews during the holocaust, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

“It is difficult to believe that it’s been 25 years since Schindler’s List first arrived in theaters,” said Spielberg in a statement. “The true stories of the magnitude and tragedy of the Holocaust are ones that must never be forgotten, and the film’s lessons about the critical importance of countering hatred continue to reverberate today. I am honored that audiences will be able to experience the journey once again on the big screen.”

“We are proud to bring the remastered Schindler’s List, one of the most important movies of the 20th century, to a new generation of filmgoers,” said Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, in a statement. “The lesson that one person — during one of the darkest chapters in humankind’s history — can make a difference is as relevant now as ever before.”

In advance of the re-release, free educational screenings of the film — coordinated by USC Shoah Foundation — will be available for high-school educators and their students in selected AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres, Cineplex, Harkins and National Amusements locations in major markets in North America Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

“As curators of the world’s largest collection of firsthand accounts about the consequences of hatred, USC Shoah Foundation is uniquely positioned to educate and inspire humanity to counter hate through empathy and action,” said Spielberg, who established the Shoah Foundation after his experiences filming Schindler’s List, in a statement. “Those who engage with this eyewitness testimony make deeply meaningful connections, develop critical thinking and empathy, and learn to reflect on the choices they can make to counter hatred.”

The film score by John Williams also will be released by La-La Land Records with never-before-heard material, and the remastered version of Schindler’s List will be re-released in theatres internationally across select territories in early 2019.

USC Shoah Foundation — under its Stronger Than Hate initiative — will work with partner organizations to provide classroom-ready resources through its educational website IWitness to accompany the theatrical and home entertainment releases of the film.

Italian Oscar Entry ‘A Ciambra’ Due on Disc July 10 from IFC

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra, Italy’s entry for the 2018 Academy Awards, will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc July 10 from IFC Entertainment.

The second feature from director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea), the Cannes Film Festival award winner follows 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) who wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way — including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove he can step up and be the head of his sprawling Romani family.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include the making-of documentary “A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story” and deleted scenes.

Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner Coming May 22 on Blu-ray, Digital from Sony

A Fantastic Woman, the Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film and the first Chilean movie to win an Oscar, will be released on Blu-ray and digital May 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Daniela Vega (the first transgendered Oscar presenter in history) in the story of a young transgender aspiring singer who must confront society and her older lover’s family when he dies unexpectedly.
Special features include “The Making of A Fantastic Woman” featurette and an audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio.

The film also won Best International Film at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards, won Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and was named one of the Top Five Foreign Language Films by the National Board of Review.

Oscar-Nominated ‘The Post’ to Hit Digital April 3, Disc April 17

The Post, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), will come out on digital April 3, followed by DVD and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film will be available on digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

Based on a true story and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee as they wrestle with publishing the Pentagon Papers, government documents revealing secrets about the Vietnam War.

Special features include:

  • “Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post” (Blu-ray only), which explores the real-life characters at the heart of the story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee;
  • “Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post” (Blu-ray only), which covers the casting;
  • “The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era,” about the 1970s style of the film;
  • “Stop the Presses: Filming The Post,” with footage from filming; and
  • “Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post,” in which Spielberg and composer John Williams talk about their 44-year partnership.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).

Fandango Survey: Last Year’s Oscar Mix-up Boosts Interest in Watching Ceremony

Last year’s best picture envelope mix-up has increased interest in watching the Academy Awards ceremony March 4, according to Fandango survey of more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers.

In the survey, 71% of respondents said that last year’s envelope mix-up makes them more interested in watching this year’s Oscars, and 65% said they plan to watch till the very end, as anything could happen during the Best Picture announcement. Last year, Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope and mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture when Moonlight had actually won.

“In a weird twist of fate, last year’s nightmarish Best Picture mix-up may turn out to be a good thing, driving tune-in for this Sunday’s ceremony,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “The possibility of another outrageous moment is a PR boon, as it encourages more viewers to watch till the very end to make sure nothing goes wrong this year. It might actually boost the show’s ratings.”

In a separate survey about Oscar contenders, Fandango asked moviegoers which nominated movies and performances deserve to take home Academy Awards. The fan favorite for Best Picture was The Shape of Water with 19% of the vote, followed by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% of the vote. When asked about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of film fans claimed Academy Award recognition makes them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with Fandango’s special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. The gift card is good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNOW). Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow.

‘Shape of Water’ Favorite Best Picture Oscar Contender in Fandango Survey

The Shape of Water — debuting on VOD service FandangoNow for rental and purchase Feb. 27 — was the fan favorite to win the Best Picture Academy Award in a Fandango survey of more than 7,000 moviegoers in February.

The Shape of Water tallied 19% of the vote, followed closely by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% in the Best Picture fan survey.

“It’s an incredibly competitive year, where the Oscar winner for Best Picture is anyone’s guess,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement.  “Fandango moviegoers give a slight edge to the beautifully-realized fantasy The Shape of Water and its visionary director Guillermo Del Toro for top honors, for an unexpectedly uplifting romance with a lot of heart and even more imagination.”

When surveyed about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of fans said that Academy Award recognition made them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures, according to the survey.

Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on FandangoNow with Call Me By Your Name, in addition to The Shape of Water, also available for purchase.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with a special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. It’s billed as the only gift card that’s good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

Fandango’s full list of Oscar moviegoer survey results are:

 

BEST PICTURE:

The Shape of Water 19%

Dunkirk 17%

Get Out 16%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 14%

Darkest Hour 10%

Lady Bird 9%

The Post 9%

Call Me By Your Name 4%

Phantom Thread 2%

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) 31%

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) 29%

Jordan Peele (Get Out) 23%

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) 14%

Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) 3%

 

BEST ACTOR:

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) 44%

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) 23%

Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel) 15%

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) 11%

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) 7%

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) 30%

Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) 20%

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) 19%

Saorsie Ronan (Lady Bird) 16%

Meryl Streep (The Post) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) 28%

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards) 23%

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) 18%

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) 16%

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Allison Janney (I, Tonya) 30%

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) 30%

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) 24%

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) 10%

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) 6%

‘All the Money in the World’ Coming Home March 27 on Digital, April 10 on Disc

All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott, will hit digital March 27 and Blu-ray and DVD April 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Michelle Williams, 2017 Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg in a story inspired by the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail (Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Plummer) to pay the ransom.

Oscar nominee Plummer took over the part of J. Paul Getty from Kevin Spacey after his alleged abuses came to light. The recasting required hasty reshoots.

Bonus features include eight deleted scenes and three featurettes: “Ridley Scott: Crafting a Historical Thriller,” in which Scott and the cast and crew discuss the fast-paced and exciting way he filmed this epic movie; “Hostages to Fortune: The Cast,” a look into the award-winning actors and their connections to their real-world characters; and “Recast, Reshot, Reclaimed,” which follows the unprecedented recasting of the character J. Paul Getty a little over a month before the film’s theatrical release.

The film was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Director (Scott), Best Actress – Drama (Williams), and Best Supporting Actor (Plummer).

Amazon Bows Oscar Binge Week

Amazon Prime Video is making movies nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards available for pre-order, rent or purchase prior to the March 4 telecast.

Titles available to rent or buy include Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Get Out.

 Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water are available for pre-order; and Get Out is available for purchase or streaming on HBO Now, which is available through Amazon Channels.

 Amazon Studios original movie, The Big Sick, nominated for Best Original Screenplay, is available to stream with a Prime membership.

From March 1-2, Prime Video is making select movies previously nominated for Best Picture available to Prime members to rent for $1.99 each.

Titles include Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, The Departed, Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Chicago, A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, American Beauty, The Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare in Love and Titanic.

Last year, more than one third of all streams of Oscar-nominated movies took place between the nominations and the awards.

Amazon said serious bingers streamed all five movies on the day prior to the Academy Awards, with one viewer finishing four minutes before Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.

And within minutes when Moonlight – not La La Land – won Best Picture, streams of the film rose eight times from the previous week.

 

Story of a Family’s Love Was Top Valentine’s Day Rental at FandangoNow

Valentine’s Day may traditionally be for romance, but it was a story of a family’s love that attracted the most rental views Feb. 14 at on-demand site FandangoNow.

New-to-VOD Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, was the No. 1 rental pick for viewers on Valentine’s Day on the site. The film, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Make-Up, follows a family coping with a boy’s facial deformation and his challenges as he enters junior high.

Wonder is truly one of those films that the whole family can enjoy,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement, “and it makes sense that a film with such heart would rule rentals during Valentine’s week.”

Three other new-to-digital Oscar contenders, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Lady Bird and Coco were among the top five films that fans bought on Wednesday night.

Fandango is currently offering an awards season gift card that offers the ability to see all the nominated films via tickets on the big screen or at home on FandangoNow.

FandangoNow’s Top Rented Movies on Valentine’s Day:

  1. Wonder
  2. A Bad Moms Christmas
  3. Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  4. Braven
  5. Only the Brave

FandangoNow’s Top Purchased Movies on Valentine’s Day:

  1. Justice League
  2. Coco
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. Daddy’s Home 2
  5. Lady Bird