A colleague of mine in Chicago mailed me a copy of the Nativity Story soundtrack album on December 6. It arrived here in Vancouver today. That’s right, it took 43 days to get here. I know there were two or three statutory holidays in that time, and the mail can be sluggish around that time of year, but still…
Anyway, hearing Mychael Danna’s score for the first time since I last saw the film — and that was back in November — got me wondering when the film might come out on DVD. I hadn’t heard anything about a video release date, but I typed the name into Amazon.com to see if anything would come up. And sure enough, it’s available for pre-order, and it’s due to come out March 20.
Hmmm, that’s just in time for the Feast of the Annunciation.
In the United States, it’s being released by Warner, sister company to New Line Cinema, the studio that produced the film; and in Canada, it’s being released by Alliance Atlantis, which handles all of New Line’s films on this side of the border, via Universal.
No word yet on what bonus features the disc might have, though apparently it will include both widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film. I do hope it has those deleted scenes that director Catherine Hardwicke talked about, though — among other things.
JAN 19 UPDATE: Sigh. It seems that the only bonus feature will be the “theatrical trailer“. (Only one? There were at least two, if you count the teaser, and the film’s official website has five featurettes, besides. Couldn’t they have included those on the DVD?)