THE TREE OF LIFE to Be Released Exclusively on Blu-Ray Combo Pack

     August 30, 2011


While Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life didn’t completely work for me, it was beautifully shot from beginning to end and as a must-own Blu-ray for the visuals alone.  Fox Searchlight apparently agrees with me because they’ll be releasing on only Blu-ray Combo Pack.  The combo pack includes the Blu-ray, the DVD, and a Digital Copy, but that the only way you can get the DVD and the digital copy.  There will be no other releases at this time.  It’s a bold decision for a film that already had a limited appeal to a wide audience.  If I had to guess their line of thinking, it’s that the film appeals most to cinephiles, cinephiles tend to own Blu-ray players, so why incur the cost of producing a DVD that will be mostly ignored by mainstream audiences?

The Blu-ray also includes a 30-minute documentary exploring Malick’s legacy and featuring interviews with David Fincher and Christopher Nolan.  The Tree of Life hits Blu-ray on October 11th.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

tree-of-life-blu-ray-cover-artHere’s the press release:

Los Angeles, CA (August 30, 2011) – Bring home acclaimed writer/director Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) thought provoking film experience THE TREE OF LIFE, available exclusively on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack October 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Through stunning cinematography and raw emotional power Malick’s hymn to life excavates answers to the most haunting and personal human questions through a kaleidoscope of the intimate and the cosmic, from the raw emotions of a family in a small Texas town to the wildest, infinite edges of space and time, from a boy’s loss of innocence to a man’s transforming encounters with awe, wonder and transcendence.

The Blu-ray Disc presentation utilizes maximum bit rate encoding and 7.1 audio and a 2.0 stereo mix to bring Malick’s visually stunning masterpiece to life providing consumers with a premium cinematic viewing experience for the home. An exclusive 30-minute documentary on the making of the film, Exploring The Tree of Life, allows fans to dig even deeper into Malick’s visionary work and his cinematic legacy through interviews with his collaborators and cast members as well as with directors Christopher Nolan and David Fincher who share an appreciation for his work.

Under Malick’s careful direction THE TREE OF LIFE showcases complicated and haunting powerhouse performances by Academy-Award® nominee Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) and newcomer Jessica Chastain (The Help).

An impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950′s, the film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

THE TREE OF LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a bonus DVD and Digital Copy version of the film. Pre-book date is September 14.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and River Road Entertainment present THE TREE OF LIFE, written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. The producers are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill.

  • Awesome Barnhart

    I’m a cinephile and I don’t own a Blu-ray player. I didn’t get a chance to see this in theaters, so I was hoping to see it on DVD. So I’m upset that they are putting a DVD in the Blu-ray edition but not putting out a single DVD edition, I mean they have already made the DVDs why not just sell them too.

    • Burt

      Right. You’re definitely a cinephile if you’re not watching movies they were meant to be seen in the best presentation possible. Definitely.


      • AYBG

        Not all people have the money for a Bluray player and the costly addons required to get anything from it (HDTV, sound system). Consider that before you call people idiots, idiot.

        Anywho, article missed a trick. The industry is pushing Bluray, hence the very existence of combo packs, which non-Bluray-owners are encouraged to buy instead of DVDs at a small increase in price. This, it is intended, will prove an incentive for buying a player (and more importantly, an HDTV) at a later date. That’s how I’ve been persuaded into buying a few. Releasing exclusively that way is a more aggressive tactic, but a logical one.

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  • Carlos

    I’m a cinephile and I hated this movie.

  • Rashy

    I loved this movie. Bluray is amazing. How can anyone not have one. LED Tvs are the sheeeeeeeet. I was hoping this would be the special 5 hour edition but I guess I will have to wait for the Criterion Collection to release it.. I could watch the first hour of this movie once a week for the rest of my life.

  • PatLang

    I’m surprised that they’re doing a DVD/Blu-ray only version. I’m sure that they would probably release a 1-disc DVD edition like they did with Avatar.

  • PatLang

    If they wanted to do the 5-hour cut, they would probably release it few months afterwards as they had done with the Avatar extended cut.

  • mrbatmatt

    Can’t wait and love the bold initiative or a Blu only release, time for more major releases to do the same. As a veteran from then video rental industry I’d doubt the wide appeal this movie would have had anyway, namely the title is too long. Sadly most people would read as far as “Tree of…” before saying “screw it, I’m renting Showgirls.”

  • seattlejohn

    since they’re including all the add-ons I hope they include subtitles so you can understand what they are whispering about (all those techno wizards on board and I couldn’t hear 90% of the dialogue) …plus a smart little airline pillowette for the multiple times you will most likely take a nap …this doesn’t need a 5-hour extended version as it already feels at least that long… yawn…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (I did like the dinosaurs but they really could have used some space robots to mix it up with and apparently Transformers 3D had all the battling robots unavailable and under contract – and was the more entertaining movie as a result)

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  • Terry

    Terrence is a fucking hack film maker. He did the same bullshit on The Thin Red Line. I couldn’t believe I sat through that shit. One lady stood up, it was a packed theatre because of the, IMHO, all star cast and said “this shit is boring”. It was. To the effing max!!!!

    • BJM

      I know! Films exploring the persecution and perseverance of the soul as it exposed to the inferno of war should be accurate, well-acted, realistic, and–not least of all–exciting!!! Why spend so much time exploring the subtle aspects of the human soul as it is torn apart when you could focus on more important, interesting and intelligent aspects of war–like explosions, flying limbs and the ol’ ultraviolence!

      More importantly, why try to faithfully adapt the spirit of one of the greatest war novels of that era when one could just as easily concentrate on delivering more bomastic multiplex meainstream films that entertain me rather than challenge me or ask me to invest more time. After all, the war itself lasted hundreds and even thousands of days–every one of which was experienced by the soldiers who fought in it! So why should I be forced to sacrifice 3 whole hours of my life to watch a film about it?!?!? Couldn’t they have added more special effects, reduced the time to two hours, and made a movie exactly like every other war movie; that way I know exactly what to expect, and might not even have to watch it at all!?!

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