After the surprise news of Allen’s new, 2016 film being purchased by Amazon, we’ve got a couple of follow up tidbits. We have a revised release date for France, and we look at one question we’ve been asked a lot since yesterday – will there be a DVD?
First up, Mars Distribution is Allen’s French distributor for many years. Their chairman Stephane Celerier was quick to reassure with a French release date, on Twitter. Previously September, the film will now be released on 12th October. The Amazon deal only says North America. It is unclear how it will affect the rest of the world, if at all.
Le nouveau film de W.Allen avec K.Stewart, J.Eisenberg, S.Carell & B.Lively sortira en France le 12 octobre 2016. pic.twitter.com/Y6EHs4P5PR
— Stephane Celerier (@stephanecel) February 19, 2016
The Amazon deal marks an end to Allen’s six film run on Sony Pictures Classics. The SPC era saw highs and lows, but the relationship worked best on two massive hits for Allen, Midnight In Paris and Blue Jasmine. According to Deadline, SPC will not be partnering with Amazon on the new film. Although Amazon has the rights, they don’t actually have a theatrical business. For example, the new Amazon film Elvis & Nixon is being distributed into cinemas by Bleecker Street – who seem likely to team up on this one as well.
One question that has popped up a few times in comments and on Facebook is whether there will be a DVD release. The answer is, we don’t know. Amazon’s TV shows don’t make it to DVD – but it seems like films work a little differently. Chi-Raq, the latest Spike Lee film distributed by Amazon, is out on DVD. We can imagine outside of the US, there will be a DVD and other home editions.
Allen will be working with Amazon all year. His 2016 Film, followed by the 2016 Amazon series starring Miley Cyrus and Elaine May.
Now, we want to know your thoughts. Will you be signing up to Amazon Prime?