The Big Picture
- Christopher Nolan emphasizes the importance of owning a physical copy of his film Oppenheimer on Blu-ray or DVD, warning against the potential removal of the film from streaming platforms.
- Nolan believes in the value of owning a physical copy of a movie for perpetual possession, rather than depending on streaming platforms that can easily remove films without notice.
- Oppenheimer will be available for purchase on 4K Blu-ray DVDs from various retailers and will also be available for streaming on digital storefronts.
Christopher Nolan is enjoying himself quite a bit right now, and was caught making fun of the so-called “streaming wars” as he prepares for next week’s launch of his latest film, Oppenheimer. At a Los Angeles screening on November 13, the director emphasised the importance of owning a physical copy of the movie on Blu-ray or DVD which would provide fans with access to the Universal film irrespective of its streaming destination (such as Peacock) and, probably more importantly and pertinently, the potential subsequent removal of said film from those streaming platforms.
Nolan underscored the value of owning a physical copy of the movie as a means of ensuring perpetual possession, warning movie fans against becoming dependent on streaming platforms that, while providing you with a film for a time, can decide on a whim to pull said film from the platform only for it to never be seen again without tremendous uproar.
Obviously ‘Oppenheimer’ has been quite a ride for us and now it is time for me to release a home version of the film. I’ve been working very hard on it for months. I’m known for my love of theatrical and put my whole life into that, but the truth is, the way the film goes out at home is equally important.
‘The Dark Knight’ was one of the first films where we formatted it specially for Blu-ray release because it was a new form at the time. And in the case of ‘Oppenheimer,’ we put a lot of care and attention into the Blu-ray version […] and trying to translate the photography and the sound, putting that into the digital realm with a version you can buy and own at home and put on a shelf so no evil streaming service can come steal it from you.”
Why Did Christopher Nolan Leave Warner Bros.?
Nolan has previously shown his disdain for streaming platforms, and famously ended his twenty-year relationship with Warner Bros. in 2021 after the studio announced they would be releasing all theatrical films on their streaming platform, known as HBO Max at the time, on day-and-date. Nolan released a withering putdown at the time, declaring that many directors believed they were “working for the greatest movie studio” but instead working for the “worst streaming service.”
Movie lovers will be able to buy Oppenheimer on 4K Blu-ray DVDs physically from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. Digital storefronts, like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu, Xfinity, YouTube, Microsoft, and Verizon, will also make the film available to stream on November 21.
The story of American scientist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.
- Release Date
- July 21, 2023
- Christopher Nolan
- Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr.
- Main Genre