'Martian' Breaks Digital HD Record8 Jan, 2016 By: Stephanie Prange
Director Ridley Scott’s The Martian has broken the record for fastest-selling live-action Digital HD title ever, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The title has sold 1 million Digital HD copies to date, reaching that milestone in just three weeks of availability, the studio reported. The sci-fi hit, which debuted on Digital HD Dec. 22, was also the industry’s best-selling live-action Digital HD title in its first week of release.
Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, The Martian follows the fight for survival of an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars.
“Audiences have emotionally connected with Ridley Scott's The Martian in theaters around the world, and now again through the phenomenal results on Digital HD,” said Mary Daily, president and chief marketing officer of worldwide marketing for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “This is the clearest indicator yet that consumers are embracing digital, and it’s now a natural part of the purchase consideration for movie ownership.”
The Digital HD release contains more than 90 minutes of special features, including a fictional retrospective, starring Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean, covering the “true” story behind the daring rescue seven years after the events of the film occurred. The release also includes two making of documentaries and a gag reel.
The Martian has been named one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 films of the year and has garnered numerous accolades, including top honors to Scott for Best Director, Damon for Best Actor and Drew Goddard for Best Adapted Screenplay from the National Board of Review.
The Martian, which has earned $225.11 million at the domestic box office ($595 million worldwide), will be released on 3D Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 12.