Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Announced for Blu-ray (Update)
Posted May 23, 2011 03:36 AM by Webmaster
French distributors EuropaCorp have announced that they will release on Blu-ray acclaimed director Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (2011), starring Brad Pitt (Twelve Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking, The Weight of Water ), and Jessica Chastain (Jolene, Take Shelter). The region coding status for this release is unknown at the moment.
Update: Yesterday, led by Robert De Niro, the jury at the Cannes Film Festival awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or to U.S. director Terrence Malick for his latest film The Tree of Life. French distributors EuropaCorp have also revealed a new street date for the film's highly anticipated Blu-ray release: October 12th.
There has to be something wrong with the date. It will be released in French theaters on May 17. The theatrical to home video window there is 4 months (at least). That makes the July 15th street date improbable. Amazon France have both the Blu-ray/DVD combo and the DVD available for pre-order with a July 15th release date.
I don't believe this. There has be to a mistake or a miscommunication. This is a major motion picture by any and all accounts. No way it'll be on Blu-ray anywhere in the world by July. If this release actually streets on July 15th in France, I'll...eat my shoe or something.
THIS IS AN ERROR : the French law imposes a minimum four months delay between the theatrical release and the home-video release (with the exception of 3 months if the movie sells less than 200 tickets nationwide during its fourth week of theatrical release).
Thus "The Tree of Life" won't be available in France on blu-ray before September 18th 2011.
@zemat: Wow, you French have a law for everything.
Here, we just have James Cameron & Peter Jackson write nasty letters in the media if Hollywood tries to shorten the release window. Maybe it seems silly, but to us it's better than letting Congress ruin the industry.
I guess you guys don't remember the Hurt Locker? That was out on Blu-ray (in Brazil according to IMDB) before it got a Cinema release in the States. Independent productions sometimes take while to be picked up for distribution in the States and may get Cinema and Blu-ray releases elsewhere in the world before they come to America. Fox Searchlight who is releasing Tree of Life is a distribution company for independent productions, not to be confused with 20th Century Fox (the studio). Searchlight is a metaphor.