• Sam Mendes' Empire of Light Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD 02/21 (Digital 02/07)

    Posted Wed Jan 25, 2023 at 09:19 AM PST by

    Searchlight Pictures is set to release Sam Mendes' Academy Award-nominated Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman on Blu-ray and DVD on February 21. The Digital option will be available a few weeks earlier on February 7.

    From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

    The Blu-ray will include a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, although the press release indicates the Digital will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

     Bonus Features*

    Featurette

    • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

     *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

    Empire of Light
    Empire of Light
     

    Preorders for Empire of Light should be available soon. Here is the full press release:


    Searchlight Pictures’ and Sam Mendes’ moving drama Empire of Light

    Arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray™ and DVD February 21

     

    BURBANK, CA (January 25, 2023) – From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall) comes the moving and Academy Award®* nominated Empire of Light. This deeply personal tale of love, friendship and compassion set around a fading cinema in an English coastal town in the 1980s, has been described as “an achingly lovely film – the best Sam Mendes has yet made” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) and features an acclaimed performance from Olivia Colman as a cinema manager coping with mental health issues. The film arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray and DVD on February 21, with never-before-seen bonus content featuring Sam Mendes and the cast that uncovers the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema.

    *Best Cinematography, 2023

     

    Film Synopsis

    From director and writer Sam Mendes (“1917” and “Skyfall”), “Empire of Light” is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

     

    Bonus Features*

    Featurette

    • Creating Empire of Light - Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.

     

    *Bonus features vary by product and retailer

     

    Cast

    Olivia Colman as Hilary

    Micheal Ward as Stephen

    Colin Firth as Mr. Ellis

    Toby Jones as Norman

     

    Directed by

    Sam Mendes

     

    Produced by

    Pippa Harris

    Sam Mendes

    Executive Produced by

    Michael Lerman

    Julie Pastor

     

    Written by

    Sam Mendes

     

    Music by

    Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor

     

    Product Specifications

    Street Date

    Digital: February 7, 2023

    Physical: February 21, 2023

    Product SKUs

    Digital: UHD, HD, SD

    Physical: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

     

    Feature Run Time

    115 minutes

     

    Rating

    U.S. Rated R

    **For sexual content, language and brief violence. Bonus material not rated.

     

    Aspect Ratio

    Digital: 2.39:1

    Physical: 2.39:1

    U.S. Audio

    Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

    DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, English AD 2.0 Dolby

    Digital: Dolby Atmos, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms), Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital

     

    U.S. Subtitles

    Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French 

    Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

    “A CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE 
    FROM OLIVIA COLMAN”

    – Clayton Davis, Variety

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