Blu-ray, DVD Release: Interstellar

Digital Release Date: March 17, 2015, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 31, 2015
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

InterstellarWriter/director Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic Interstellar got much love from critics and fans alike when it was in theaters, earning more than $185 million at the box office.

The movie has a big-picture backdrop of the possible end of the world. Nature’s downfall has made our planet almost inhabitable, and scientists are trying to save life by finding a suitable new home in space.

But really the film tells the more personal story of a father who must give up a life with his children so he can ensure they will have a life of their own.

Matthew McConaughey (TV’s True Detective), who just seems to get better with every role he plays, is Cooper, an ex-pilot who must leave his quiet new life as a farmer and his young son and daughter to try to save humanity. But since his expedition will take him lightyears away, even if he does make it back to Earth, his kids will be grown.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace) play his children, John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is his father-in-law and Michael Caine (The Eagle Has Landed) the scientist with a crazy idea of saving people. The movie also stars Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Matt Damon (Elysium), Topher Grace (The Big Wedding), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Ellen Burstyn (Draft Day).

Interstellar Blu-ray boxInterstellar was nominated for five Academy Awards: production design, original score by Hans Zimmer (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects.

The DVD of Interstellar just has the standard-definition movie, but the Blu-ray Combo pack comes loaded with special features:

  • The Science of Interstellar—Extended cut of the broadcast special.
  • Plotting an Interstellar Journey—Discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.
  • Life on Cooper’s Farm—Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.
  • The Dust—Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm.
  • TARS and CASE—Designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film.
  • Cosmic Sounds—The concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable score.
  • The Space Suits—A look at the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them.
  • The Endurance—Explore this massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley.
  • Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet—Travel with the cast and crew to Iceland and see the challenges they faced in creating two vastly different worlds in one country.
  • The Ranger and the Lander—A look at the other two spaceships in the film.
  • Miniatures in Space—Marvel at the large-scale models used in the explosive docking sequence.
  • The Simulation of Zero-G—Discover the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment.
  • Celestial Landmarks—Explore how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience.
  • Across All Dimensions and Time—A look at the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen.
  • Final Thoughts—The cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar
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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.