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'No Country' DVD Primed to Capitalize on Oscar Win

25 Feb, 2008 By: John Latchem

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men was the big winner at the Feb. 24 Academy Awards ceremony, taking four Oscars.

The latest film by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen earned best picture, best supporting actor for Javier Bardem, and best director and adapted screenplay for the Coens.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has slated the Miramax film for a March 11 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Several other winners are already available on home video.

Among the major categories, the performances of both winning actresses can be seen now on DVD. Marion Cotillard won for portraying French singer Edith Piaf in the biopic La Vie en Rose, available on DVD from HBO Video. The film also won for best makeup.

Tilda Swinton won best supporting actress for Michael Clayton, available on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.

The best animated feature winner, Ratatouille, is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Disney.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's The Bourne Ultimatum won for best film editing, sound editing and sound mixing, while the studio's Elizabeth: The Golden Age took best costume design.

Once, available from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, won for best original song.

Most of the other winning films will hit shelves within the next couple of months.

Universal's Atonement, winner for best musical score, streets March 18.

From Paramount Home Entertainment, art direction winner Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street hits April 1, while There Will Be Blood, which stars best actor winner Daniel Day Lewis, streets April 8.

Fox will release Juno, which won for best original screenplay, April 15 (prebook March 19).

The Golden Compass, winner for best visual effects, streets April 29 (prebook March 25) from New Line Home Entertainment.

Not to be outdone, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation Feb. 23 handed out trophies for its picks for the year's worst films. Only three films split the awards, and all are available on DVD or Blu-ray.

Leading the way with eight Razzies was the Lindsay Lohan thriller I Know Who Killed Me, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film earned worst picture, worst horror movie, worst director and worst screenplay. In addition, Lohan was particularly singled out for her dual role in the film, taking two worst actress Razzies and worst screen couple. I Know Who Killed Me also was cited as the worst remake or ripoff, identified as a ripoff of Hostel, Saw and 'The Patty Duke Show.'

Eddie Murphy earned three Razzies for his three roles in Paramount's Norbit — worst actor, supporting actor and supporting actress.

Finally, Sony Pictures' Daddy Day Camp was named worst sequel or prequel.

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