March 20, 2020
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment was made the docudrama The Current War: Director’s Cut available through digital retailers now, and will bring the film to Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 31.
The film chronicles the legendary rivalry between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) over the best system to provide electricity to the nation.
In the 1880s, Edison is on the verge of bringing his direct current (DC) technology to Manhattan, but he is upended by businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes Tesla’s alternating current (AC) is superior.
The cast also includes Tom Holland.
Originally intended for release in 2017 by The Weinstein Co., the film was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, and then passed along to other distributors. In the interim, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon re-shot scenes and re-edited the film, resulting in the “Director’s Cut” that was ultimately released to theaters in late 2019, earning $6 million at the domestic box office.
Bonus materials on the home video edition include deleted scenes and a commentary with Gomez-Rejon.