New to Blu-ray: Academy Award Nominee ‘Arrival’ Makes Contact This Tuesday

"Arrival" (2016) - Blu-ray News

New Blu-rays: ‘Arrival,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘Billy Lynn’

For the week of February 14th, Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing home its acclaimed sci-fi film Arrival to Blu-ray and 4K UHD this Tuesday. Also due out this week is The Edge of Seventeen from Universal and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from Sony.

Critically-acclaimed sci-fi films in the fall seems to the trend as of late. Arrival follows in the footsteps of Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian winning over both critics and audiences alike. In Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguist, who’s recruited to make first contact with aliens in the middle of Montana. It is one of 12 spacecrafts parked around the globe. Adams’ character must decipher their true intentions and what it means for the future of humanity. Helmed by Sicario and Prisoners director, Denis Villenueve, Arrival also stars Jeremy Renner (Captain America: Civil War) and Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Arrival has been a hit all around. The film has garnered eight Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Its box office run has been impressive as well, grossing $99.5 million so far domestically. Reviews have been incredibly positive since the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In her review, Ashley Menzel called Arrival “an incredible film that reminds humanity of what is really important.” Matt Marshall was pleased that Arrival asked “the big questions that don’t go away anytime soon.”

Paramount Home Entertainment will be releasing Arrival in both Blu-ray and 4K UHD combo packs. A 4K UHD review of the film will be posted later in the week.

"The Edge of Seventeen" (2016) - Blu-ray News

Universal Home Entertainment will be releasing the coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen this Tuesday. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) stars as a 17-year-old who’s going through various crises. Her father passed away a few years ago. Her best friend (Split’s Haley Lu Richardson) ends up dating her brother. For life advice, she seeks the help of her sarcastic history teacher (Woody Harrelson).

Like Arrival, The Edge of Seventeen was a critical darling, though the comedy wasn’t a major success at the box office. In his review, Franchise Fred compared The Edge of Seventeen to the likes of Heathers, Revenge of the Nerds, Can’t Buy Me Love, Ferris Bueller and Weird Science. Matt Marshall praised the film as well, deeming it “one of the best feel-good coming-of-age films of the last decade.”

Universal will be releasing The Edge of Seventeen as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack.

Last up for the week is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk from Sony. Directed by Life of Pi’s Ang Lee, Billy Lynn recounts a soldier who returns home and is celebrated at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show. The film is most noted for its use of high frame rate, which even exceeds the 48 fps from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Billy Lynn stars Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, Steve Martin and Vin Diesel.

Earlier in the fall, Billy Lynn was considered a possible Oscar contender. However, once reviews started pouring in, its chances dwindled. In her review, Ashley Menzel believed the “film lacks that specific and personal tone, which leaves the audience wanting a little more.”

Sony Home Entertainment will be releasing the film in both Blu-ray and 4K UHD combo packs.

Written by
Matt Marshall is a film reviewer that specializes in Blu-Rays. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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