DVD: Sunshine hits shelves
Most of you young whipper snappers wouldn’t remember the ridiculously long delays between being able to watch a movie at the cinema and then being able to grab a copy on DVD and watch it in the comfort of your own home. But that’s how it once was! Back in ‘the day’ you’d have to wait sometimes upwards of 18 months to see a movie on the shelves at Video Easy. Just think about that… Imagine not being able to own a crisp DVD of Transformers, or [insert whatever the hell the name of the latest Harry Potter film is], until 2009.
Or to put it into another perspective, take a glance at your DVD collection. Ask yourself how many of those discs you bought less than 6 months after the movie was in cinemas… and how many of them you’d still own had you been made to wait 18 months!?
Chances are you, like me (and we’re a lot more alike than you care to admit) snap up the DVD of a movie that you saw at a theatre the moment you see it on DVD… However, like me (we’ve covered this already) you have movies that you want to buy — they’re on that list you always make in your head — but you just don’t do it. I mean, why the hell don’t I own a copy of Blade Runner? I have no answer to that question. It’s only the greatest film ever made and yet, It isn’t in my collection! Deuce Bigalow IS in my collection, but Blade Runner isn’t – Something is very wrong here! Now, in my own defence here Deuce Bigalow was a birthday present from my sister… and she’s always hated me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked that movies make the transition to DVD quicker now, and I was stoked to discover today that Danny Boyle’s fraking brilliant SUNSHINE will be released on DVD on August 29th — a mere 6 months since Rose Byrne, Danny Boyle, myself and some other people attended that botched preview screening.
We did get to see the film, in the correct direction, about a month after that attempt. None of the drama or grippyness(TM) had been spoilt by the previous screening. In some ways I was glad that we’d been made to wait that full month to see the entire film – had we been invited back to see the movie again after a shorter period than that, the events that we’d seen (both forwards and backwards) may have been still fresh in our minds. I think it does however, say something to the quality of Danny Boyle’s work on Sunshine: Despite the nasty taste left in my mouth after that first viewing attempt, the movie has still managed to end up on the short list of my favourite movies so far this year. And is a real contender for my top 20 all time list… and more importantly, it’s on that list, in my head, of movies that I want to own on DVD.
The DVD is set to include commentary by Boyle and Brian Cox, eleven deleted scenes, production diaries (introduced by Boyle), two short films and the theatrical teaser.
Chances are too, that it’ll be on my shelf before Blade Runner… I can’t explain it.