“Interstellar” will sweep you away in March

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Paramount Home Entertainment has added Christopher Nolan’s box office hit Interstellar to its roster this weekend, scheduling a Blu-Ray and a DVD version for release in March.

Matthew McConaughey stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.  The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow.

The DVD version will be extremely simplistic, featuring only the movie itself in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

The Blu-Ray version fares a whole lot better, offering up the movie itself on one disc in a 1080p high definition presentation with DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio. A second disc will contain all the bonus materials for the release, starting out with The Science of Interstellar, which is an extended cut of the broadcast special. Also included is Plotting an Interstellar Journey, a featurette that discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs.

Life on Cooper’s Farm is designed to show you how the filmmakers were bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie. in The Dust you will learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm.

TARS and CASE is a closer look at the designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film, while Cosmic Sounds explores the concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable score. Also on the disc is The Space Suits, a look at the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them.

In The Endurance, explore this massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley, and in Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet you can travel with the cast and crew to Iceland and see the challenges they faced in creating two vastly different worlds in one country. The Ranger and the Lander offer you a look at the other two spaceships in the film, and Miniatures in Space allow you to marvel at the large-scale models used in the explosive docking sequence. The Simulation of Zero-G shows off the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment, and in Celestial Landmarks you can explore how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience.

Across All Dimensions and Time is a look at the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen, while Final Thoughts allows the the cast and crew to reflect back on their Interstellar experience.

The bonus material will be rounded out by the film’s Theatrical Trailers.

“Interstellar” will arrive in stores on March 17 for $39.99 as a Blu-Ray/DVD & DigitalHD Combo, or $29.98 as a bare-bones DVD.

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