‘Oppenheimer’ and the Resurgence of Blu-ray and DVDs: How to Stop Your Films and Music From Disappearing [BBC]

‘Oppenheimer’ and the Resurgence of Blu-ray and DVDs: How to Stop Your Films and Music From Disappearing [BBC]

BY CLARE THORP

January 3, 2024 | Christopher Nolan has achieved some great feats of cinema in his career – but last November he pulled off something impressive on the smaller screen, too. Deep into the streaming era, where physical media can sometimes feel like a distant memory, the Blu-ray home video release of Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ – one of 2023’s biggest box office success stories – sparked a buying frenzy.

The 4K Ultra HD version of ‘Oppenheimer’ sold out in its first week at major retailers, including Amazon. Universal released a statement saying they were working to replenish stock as quickly as possible. Some limited edition copies were fetching more than $200 on eBay. It was a sign that, for some people at least, nothing beats that feeling of holding a copy of something you love in your hand or seeing it on your shelf.

Perhaps it’s not that surprising. If anyone can inspire fervour over a release – in any format – it’s Nolan, and the DVD and Blu-ray release includes three hours of bonus footage. Then there’s the fact that, prior to its release, Nolan himself encouraged fans to embrace “a version you can buy and own at home and put on a shelf so no evil streaming service can come steal it from you”.

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