Oscar-Lauded ‘Cyrano’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD April 19

Cyrano, nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A re-imagining of the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle, the film follows Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage), who dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Roxanne has fallen in love at first sight with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).

Special features include a making-of featurette.

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Oscar-Lauded ‘Licorice Pizza’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD May 17

MGM’s Oscar-nominated Licorice Pizza will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is already available for digital purchase.

From multi-Oscar nominated director, writer, producer and cinematographer Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Phantom Thread), the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie.

It’s the story of Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine (Hoffman) growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. 

Bonus features include camera tests, pre-production camera tests and unused takes; “The Handman Scene,” a deleted scene from the film; “Fat Bernie’s Commercial,” an in-universe commercial for Fat Bernie’s as shot by Gary Valentine; and a glimpse behind the scenes of Licorice Pizza through a collection on-set photos and videos.

Samba TV: The Oscars Telecast Viewership Increased 32%

While the 94th Academy Awards may be remembered for Will Smith’s physical assault of comedic presenter Chris Rock, the March 27 event also saw a return of television viewers — long before “the slap” in the middle of the telecast.

The Oscars realized more than 11.5 million viewers on ABC, up 32% from 8.7 million who watched the show in 2021, according to Samba TV, which tracks an addressable footprint of 46 million opted-in devices worldwide.

Samba said the single-highest-reaching ad was Hulu’s spot for “The Dropout,” which reached 6.1 million U.S. households during the Oscars. Hulu had two of the top three ads, with a spot for “The Girl From Plainville” reaching 6 million households.

ABC was the highest-reaching advertiser during the Oscars, reaching 9.5 million U.S. households, as expected given that it hosted the event. Verizon followed closely behind with a reach of 9.4 million. Hulu (8.9 million), Bank of America (8.1 million), and Disney (8 million) rounded out the top five highest-reaching advertisers.

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Analyst: ‘CODA’ Oscar Win Could Boost Apple TV+ Subscriptions, Content Spending

Apple’s surprise Best Picture win for CODA at March 27’s 94th Academy Awards was more than a breakout moment for company’s Apple TV+ subscription streaming service. It could help jumpstart subscriber interest in the service, according to Dan Ives, analyst with Wedbush Securities, who characterized the win a “drop the mic moment” he contends would help drive SVOD subs and attract more Hollywood creatives to the platform.

While Apple has never officially disclosed SVOD subscriber data, Ives believes the platform, which launched a week before Disney+, has about 25 million paid subscribers, in addition to 50 million global users who access the platform via promotions that include a free 12-month subscription to anyone buying an Apple product.

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“We view this Oscar win as a game changer for Apple on its content efforts and legitimizes the Apple TV+ as a major streaming platform with much more success ahead and the Street now starting to take more notice,” Ives wrote in a March 28 note.

The analyst believes Apple is spending about $7 billion annually on content, a tally that is half the size of Netflix’s annual content budget. That figure could increase following the success of CODA, which takes its title from the acronym for “Child of Deaf Adults.” The movie features Emilia Jones as the title CODA.

Co-star Troy Kotsur won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, a first for a deaf male actor.

Samba TV Data: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Most Viewed, ‘Nightmare Alley’ Posts Biggest Post-Nom Viewership Jump Among Best Picture Oscar Contenders

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up has tallied the most views, while Nightmare Alley — streaming on both Hulu and HBO Max — has garnered the most views post nomination, according to a Samba TV analysis of the streaming patterns of films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Don’t Look Up has swept the others with nearly double the viewership of runner-up Dune since it premiered. The darkly comic satire has been viewed by 10.3 million households vs. 5.3 million households for the sci-fi film based on the Frank Herbert novel. (Note: Data does not take into account the fact that some titles were available for longer periods of time.)

CODA, streaming on Apple TV+, tallied the highest increase in percentage of viewership from pre-Oscar announcement to post, although it trailed in overall viewership.

Meanwhile, viewers in  Los Angeles, where many of the Oscar voters live, preferred West Side Story, which started streaming March 2 on HBO Max and Disney+.

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While Don’t Look Up has garnered the most views, only 6% of its views occurred post-nominations, while every other title clocked more than twice that percentage uptick (averaging 15%) during that time. 

“There is a tight race forming for this year’s best picture,” Cole Strain, Samba TV’s VP of measurement products, said in a statement. “While much of the media attention has focused on frontrunners like CODA and The Power of the Dog, if streaming audiences decided the winner, then we might be in for an upset for either Nightmare Alley, which has picked up streaming momentum since February, or Don’t Look Up, which has been streamed by more households than any other best picture nominee. If Academy voters who live in Los Angeles have their way, we might see another upset, as Los Angeles seems to have embraced West Side Story as the only movie to overindex in the market, perhaps giving Steven Spielberg the inside track to pick up another best picture win.”

Samba TV tracks 46 million addressable TV devices globally.

Whip Media: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Most-Viewed Best Picture Oscar Nominee

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up is the most-viewed Best Picture Academy Award nominee, according to data from Whip Media’s TV Time app.

Ahead of the Oscars March 27, Whip Media gathered data on the Best Picture nominees with the most views. 

The analysis is based on data insights from Whip’s TV Time app, which has 21 million registered users globally following their favorite shows and movies on the app. 

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The 10 Best Picture nominees ranked based on view share according to Whip Media’s TV Time app:

1. Don’t Look Up
2. Dune
3. West Side Story
4. Nightmare Alley
5. The Power of the Dog
6. King Richard
7. Licorice Pizza
8. CODA
9. Belfast
10. Drive My Car 

Fandango Survey: ‘Dune’ Top Best Picture Pick

Warner Bros.’ Dune was the top pick for Best Picture and for Best Adapted Screenplay in a Fandango consumer survey taken in anticipation of the 94th Academy Awards taking place March 27.

Fandango and Vudu surveyed more than 2,000 film fans, asking them which movies and performers are most deserving of Oscar’s top honors this year. Many of the awards contenders can be found on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu at its curated awards section.

Among the other picks of those surveyed, “Spider-Man” vets Andrew Garfield (tick, tick … BOOM!), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog), and J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos) were chosen for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, while Kristen Stewart (Spencer) was chosen as Best Actress.

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Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) was chosen as Best Director, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast led for Best Original Screenplay, and Disney’s Encanto was the top choice for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Dos Oruguitas”).

Dune is grand-scale entertainment that marvelously transports you to another place and another time, introducing characters who are instantly memorable and a story that is unforgettable,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Fans love Dune the most because of its big ideas and its incredible visuals. This was very much a film that reminded audiences of the power of big-screen moviemaking, and deserves top honors.”

The Academy Awards air March 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

Oscar-Nominated ‘Parallel Mothers’ Headed to Digital March 22, Disc April 5

The Oscar-nominated Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, will be released on digital March 22 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has garnered nominations for Best Actress (Penelope Cruz) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias).

In the film, two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

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David Lean Classics ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ Available in 4K Steelbooks June 7

Two David Lean classics, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai, will be released in separate limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbooks June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Both releases feature Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Celebrating its 6oth anniversary and winner of seven Academy Awards — including Best Director for Lean and Best Picture of 1962 — Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire.

Special features on companion Blu-ray Discs include Peter O’Toole revisiting the film; making-of documentaries; and directors Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and William Friedkin reflecting on the film.

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Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Lean’s epic World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Director (Lean). In the film, when British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it.

Special features include the “Crossing the Bridge: Picture-in-Picture Graphics Track”; a making-of documentary; “The Steve Allen Show” with William Holden and Guinness; The Bridge on the River Kwai premiere narrated by Holden; the “Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant” featurette; a USC short film introduced by Holden; an appreciation by filmmaker John Milius; a photo gallery; and theatrical trailers.

Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘Writing With Fire’ Due on DVD April 26

The Indian feature Writing With Fire, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be available on DVD April 26 from Music Box Films.

In the film, reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (“Waves of News”), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, chief reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system.

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The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.

Bonus features include “Firemaking: The Story of Writing With Fire,” a filmmaker Q&A from the DOCNYC premiere, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.