Warner Bros. has reached out to Blu-ray.com to help clarify details surrounding the Blu-ray release of Cloud Atlas. Currently, no official release date has been set or announced, and rumors of a June street date remain unconfirmed. The studio has informed us that it will be unveiling its Cloud Atlas plans in the near future, though, so date and product details will be available soon.
Cloud Atlas is an ambitious, multi-part epic that takes the form of six stories read by six people throughout various continents and time periods on Earth. As in the novel, the Wachowskis and director Tom Tykwer draw thematic and narrative parallels between these disparate segments - spanning the Chatham Islands in 1850 to a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Hawaii - ultimately suggesting connections that the individual protagonists would not dare suspect. The film contains an impressive ensemble cast that includes Tom Hanks (Apollo 13), Halle Berry (Monster's Ball), Jim Sturgess (The Way Back), Hugo Weaving (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Ben Whishaw (The Hour), Jim Broadbent (Topsy-Turvy), James D'Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Doona Bae (The Host), Keith David (The Thing), Hugh Grant (About a Boy) and Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham).
When I first read about and saw trailers for this, it looked like a huge mess and I missed it in theaters. Since then I've heard a lot of very, very positive things about it from people who are very film literate and whose opinions on movies I respect a great deal...now I can't wait to see it on Blu-ray.
thats a shame never got to see it in theaters was hoping to pick it up soon.... wonder what the delay is.... The Hobbit already has a date in March... this was out in theaters way before, if i remember.
Warner Bros. needs to get over it. The film didn't do well. Prolonging the release isn't going to make people want it more, it's going to make people forget about the film. Should have released it in February.
I look forward to adding this to my collection whenever it comes out on blu. I thought it was one of the most remarkable films of 2012. I also think its fanbase will grow steadily larger as it lives on the home video format.
I'm no film snob. I like my Avatar, Cabin in the Woods, Ratatouille, Citizen Kane, How to Train Your Dragon... I'm saying, I like all kinds of things. And there are movies I absolutely hate, too.
But Cloud Atlas? I had to see it in theaters 3 times. Each time, I immediately wanted to see it again. I had to bring friends and family and share it with them. Some of them completely loved it along with me, and others... some thought it was pretentious, some we confused by it, some thought it was overreaching.
I presume they are worried about overseas customers importing. In the UK our theatrical release is not until end of month and some countries in Europe like France have to wait until mid March.
They have really screwed this up with such as stretched out release schedule for a major film. I thought those days were long gone. These days most big films get their global release either simultaneously or within a month. May be they were hoping for Oscar wins to help with the overseas marketing.
Given its an independent film the producers may have pressurised Warner to delay in US as although they also have rights in UK and some countries, others are Fox or local independent distributors.
It's not out in Australia at cinemas until the end of this month also.
I know its usually Warner's nature to make their Blu-Ray releases region free even if its a Region A release, but if they really didn't want people in other markets purchasing it, they could still lock it to Region A if they wanted.
Admittedly, I would have blind-bought this one from the states if it was released before seeing this in cinemas here if the release date hadn't changed. Not that I'm complaining about seeing it in cinemas in less than a months time now anyway.
Dang, I was just about to head out to buy it (because I knew this was the release date for some time) but decided to check out how much it was selling on Amazon, and then saw 'No Release Date'. WTF? I jumped over to here to see if there was any news and here I am. I'm hugely disappointed, but all I can do is wait now.