Blu-Ray News: When to See the 2011 Oscar Winners at Home

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CHICAGO – If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night and ran to your local Redbox or whatever you use to watch Blu-rays and DVDs in 2011, you may have been struck by a bit of a shock — none of the acting winners are currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Get your calendar. We’ll let you know when to expect the 2011 Oscar winners.

The Fighter will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 15th, 2011
The Fighter will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 15th, 2011
Photo credit: Paramount Home Video

Excluding the shorts, which are available on iTunes for the record and currently playing in some theaters in two programs, ten films won Academy Awards this year. Half of them are currently available on Blu-ray and DVD including “The Social Network,” “Inception,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wolfman,” and “Toy Story 3.” Other major nominees (not winners) currently available include “Winter’s Bone,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Town.”

But what about the winners?

Foreign Language Film winner “In a Better World” will get a theatrical release soon and won’t hit the home market until well after the rest of the winners.

Christian Bale and Melissa Leo will now forever have “Academy Award winner” in front of their name and their film “The Fighter” will land on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount in just two weeks, on March 15th, 2011.

Bale and Leo’s searing work won’t technically be the next winner on the market though as “Inside Job,” winner for Best Documentary, releases from Sony Pictures Classics on March 8th, 2011.

The divisive film that won an Oscar for the lovely Natalie Portman, “Black Swan,” hits the market a few weeks later on March 29th, 2011.

Finally, the big winner of the night, “The King’s Speech” is taking its time, landing in stores everywhere on April 19th, 2011. The controversy over its win can start up again with the spring. content director Brian Tallerico

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