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Sony to Launch ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ March 19

20 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 20 said it will release Oscar-nominated war thriller, Zero Dark Thirty, at retail March 19 – three months after the movie’s theatrical launch.

Zero Dark Thirty is the story of the Navy S.E.A.L. team and CIA Operative who tracked down and killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), the film is up for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Chastain).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include four featurettes: "No Small Feat," "The Compound," “Targeting Jessica Chastain,” and “Geared Up,” which all provide an in-depth look at the filmmaking process, documenting the great lengths to which cast, crew and filmmakers went to portray the hunt for the world’s most dangerous man.

Zero Dark Thirty has been recognized as one of the best films of 2012, by the American Film Institute and Time Magazine, among others. In addition to garnering honors from the National Board of Review (Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress), the film also won three New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography) and a Critics’ Choice Award (Best Actress), as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination (Best Actress).

Eric Wold, analyst with B. Riley Caris in Los Angeles, said Zero Dark Thirty portends a bumper first-quarter home entertainment release slate for Redbox, which has a street date distribution agreement with SPHE.

“While Zero Dark Thirty has generated a modest domestic box office since its release in mid-December, we would expect the movie to experience meaningful rental demand following the Oscars on Feb. 24,” Wold wrote in a Jan. 28 note.

Wold said the addition of Zero Dark Thirty brings to 52 movies with $3.48 billion domestic box office slated for Q1 release, up nearly 22% from last year’s Q1 slate of 52 movies with a $2.86 billion domestic box office.

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