Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic set for Feb. 2 digital release, later on Blu-ray & DVD
Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic will first come to home screens via a digital release from Universal Pictures on Feb. 2, with Blu-ray and DVD versions shipping on Feb. 16.
The disc editions of the movie will come with special bonuses, including a behind-the-scenes feature and two separate commentary tracks. The first is with Boyle, while the second is with writer Aaron Sorkin and editor Elliot Graham.
The timing is likely not a coincidence, as the Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 28. Several people involved with the movie — including Sorkin, and stars Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet — have already been nominated for Golden Globes. The Globes are often seen as foreshadowing which movies will win Oscars, though there are regularly exceptions.
Universal's schedule may also be an accelerated one because of the movie's poor performance in theaters. It grossed $16 million in the space of a month, despite costing somewhere over $30 million to make — both small amounts for a Hollywood film with an A-list ensemble.
The exact platforms for the digital release haven't been identified, though it will presumably be available through iTunes, Google Play, and other download/rental options. The only confirmed one is the industry-backed UltraViolet.