Oscar-Lauded ‘Parasite’ Best-Selling Foreign Language Film of All Time on FandangoNow

Best Picture Oscar contender Parasite is making history as both the best-selling foreign-language film of all time on FandangoNow and as one of the streaming service’s top five preordered titles of all time, following three superhero movies, Avengers: Endgame, Joker and Venom.

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The Korean film also earned Academy Award nominations for the Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign-Language Film), Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, Original Screenplay, Film Editing and Production Design.

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Parasite is undeniably one of the year’s most talked-about films,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Director Bong Joon Ho and the great ensemble cast create a perfect recipe for a suspenseful story with humor, heart, horror and more. The film’s six Oscar nominations has only increased fan anticipation to watch and re-watch the film as it finally arrives at home.”

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Parasite is available for purchase on FandangoNow here.

Best Animated Film Oscar Nominee ‘Mirai’ Coming to Disc and Digital April 9 From Universal

The Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film, Mirai, is coming out on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand April 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Japanese film follows a young boy who embarks on a fantastical journey when his new baby sister is born and learns the importance of family. The voice cast includes John Cho, (Star Trek, Searching), Rebecca Hall (The TownChristine), and Daniel Dae Kim (“LOST,” “Hawaii Five-0”).

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Mirai is the first animated feature from Japan to garner a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature and is the 2019 Annie Award winner for Best Animated Feature — Independent.

Bonus features on Blu-ray and digital include Japanese cast interviews, in which the cast of the original language version of Mirai is interviewed by host Hiroyuki Amano; “Mirai at Cannes Film Festival,” in which director Mamoru Hosoda and Moka Kamishiraishi (voice of Kun) attend the Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of Mirai; “The New World of Mamoru Hosoda,” a behind-the-scenes look at Studio Chizu with Hosoda as he builds a new world for Mirai; “Mirai in Japan,” in which the  the director and cast of Mirai greet audiences across Japan following the release of the film; “Mamoru Hosoda Visits Toyoma Prefecture,” in which Gen Hoshino (voice of Father) gets a special tour of Studio Chizu guided by the director; and a message from the director and Japanese cast of Mirai to their future selves.

Bonus features on Blu-ray, digital and DVD include an interview with the director; “Visiting Studio Chizu,” in which Gen Hoshino (voice of Father) gets a special tour of the studio guided by the director; trailers and TV spots.

Oscar Nominee ‘Capernaum’ Coming to Disc and Digital March 26 From Sony

Capernaum, Lebanon’s Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital March 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed and co-written by Nadine Labaki, Capernaum (“Chaos”) features a cast of non-professional actors led by Zain al Rafeea in a debut performance as a 12-year-old boy fending for himself, surviving the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and, to assert his rights, takes them to court, suing them for the “crime” of giving him life.

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In addition to the Oscar nomination, Capernaum was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and won three awards at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, including the Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film was also an Official Selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Special features include a commentary track with director-writer Nadine Labaki and composer-producer Khaled Mouzanar; a Q & A with Labaki, Mouzanar and actor Zain Al Rafeea; and a making-of featurette detailing the process of bringing the story to life.

The film is in Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles.

U.K. Festival Fave ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Due on Disc Jan. 22

Film Movement will release I Am Not a Witch, the United Kingdom’s official submission for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar,on DVD Jan. 22.
The film from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni takes a satirical look at witchcraft in contemporary Zambia, focusing on a 9-year-old girl who is accused of witchcraft and exiled to a witch camp run by a corrupt and inept government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, she is told that she will turn into a goat if she tries to escape, but as the only child witch she becomes a local star and the adults around her hope to exploit her supposed powers for financial gain.
Festival audiences and juries bestowed more than 20 nominations on I Am Not a Witch, including the AFI Fest Audience Award and a BIFA nod for “Best British Independent Film.” The film was also nominated for a 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film and a Golden Camera Award at Cannes.
Bonus materials include an interview with Nyoni and the bonus short film Mwansa the Great (also directed by Nyoni) about a boy’s quest to fix his sister’s special mud doll.

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.