Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD: In the Heart of the Sea

Digital Release Date: Feb. 23, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 8, 2016
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner

Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), the action-adventure film In the Heart of the Sea is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex, a New England whaling ship.

InTheHeartoftheSea1In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would go on to inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story as the movie reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (Rush) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (Inception) as second mate Matthew Joy; Tom Holland (The Impossible) as young seaman Tom Nickerson; Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) as the same man, 30 years later; and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.

Despite its impressive credits, In the Heart of the Sea was not a favorite with critics or audiences, ringing up a soft $25 million at the domestic box office during its wide release in December, 2015.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition.

The In the Heart of the Sea Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray contain the following special features:

  • Whale Tales: Melville’s Untold Story
  • The Hard Life of a Whaler
  • Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage
  • LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick
  • Commanding the Heart of the Sea
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Ron Howard: Captain’s Log

The DVD’s supplements only include the Chase & Pollard featurette.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.