Benjamin Button: Criterion Collection? Blu-ray?

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According to a report from Yahoo! Movies/ Reuters (click for link), David Fincher's Benjamin Button might just be receiving the Criterion Collection treatment:


"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button " will keep retailers curious no longer: "Button" DVDs will hit stores May 5.

The "Button" plans were sewed up during the weekend, and Paramount will announce the home-entertainment release date Thursday. The Brad Pitt / Cate Blanchett -starring film won three Academy Awards and is among the last of the high-profile Oscar pictures to set a debut on home video."

"In addition to its single-disc packaging, "Button" will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in two-disc Criterion Edition sets featuring more than three hours of special features. A documentary on the second disc follows the creative development of the literary adaptation and its many production challenges, including the elaborate, Oscar-winning visual effects.

Single-disc "Button" DVDs will sell for $29.99 in the U.S. and $36.99 in Canada. Two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets will be priced at $39.99 in the U.S. and $45.99 in Canada." -- Sheri Linden, Reuters

It's not unheard of for there to be a day/date Criterion release for a relatively high-ball feature -- take a look at Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou -- so this sounds rather likely for a picture that garnished hit-and-miss critical praise and an equally fervent-yet-partitioned fan base. With that in mind, and considering that it was likely my "favorite" film of 2008's Oscar-nominated pictures (barely edging out Slumdog Millionaire, which deserved the Best Picture accolades it earned) as discussed in this post (link), some excitement's brewing on this end for a confirmation on whether this statement is accurate -- and whether I'll be watching a Criterion Collection Blu-ray of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in May. Very enticing possibility.


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