Licorice Pizza gets Blu-ray and DVD release dates with bonus content
Director Paul Thomas Andersonit’s Licorice Pizza will be available for purchase on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time on May 17, featuring never-before-seen bonus content and a limited-edition poster. The coming-of-age love story was nominated for three Academy Awards, in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Anderson himself was nominated in all three categories.
New arrivals Cooper Hoffman (the son of a regular Anderson collaborator, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alana Haim of the pop group HAIM, Licorice Pizza was among the most acclaimed films of 2021, earning a spot on the National Board of Review’s annual Top Ten list and earning major BAFTA and various Guild Award nominations.
The film told the (mildly controversial) story of a teenage actor and his courtship with an older woman in the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s. film also featured memorable cameos from tom is waiting, Sean Penn and bradley cooper.
Many were disappointed that Haim was not nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, despite nods at several precursor events. Collider Matt Goldberg called Licorice Pizza Anderson’s “sweetest, funniest movie” in his review, noting, “It’s filled with so many winning vignettes, you feel like you’re listening to someone tell the crazy stories of their youth.”
The Blu-ray and DVD will take viewers behind the scenes with all-new bonus features such as camera tests, a deleted scene, and in-universe commercials featuring the cast and crew.
Here is an overview of the special features:
1. Camera tests – Pre-production camera tests and unused takes
2. The handyman scene – A deleted scene from the movie
3. The Fat Bernie ad – An in-universe advertisement for Fat Bernie’s photographed by Gary Valentine
4. Behind the scenes – A behind-the-scenes look at Licorice Pizza through a collection of on-set photos and videos
Anderson is perhaps one of America’s most acclaimed filmmakers. All but two of his nine feature films have been Oscar nominated. Anderson himself has been nominated for eleven Oscars. He is best known for his psychological dramas such as there will be blood, The master and ghost yarnbut has also taken detours into comedic territory, with films such as Licorice Pizza, inherent viceand boogie nights. More recently he has been busy directing music videos for artists such as HAIM and Radiohead.
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