It’s that time of the year, the DVD Screeners of 2019. Sent out to a select jury, they all tend to end up on the internet at some point. And we are here to alert you to when and where.
Last year we had a bunch of great titles, from The Shape of Water to The Disaster Artist. This year is no different, and we’re tracking all releases which have been either confirmed or are very likely to get sent out. We’re avoiding movies which has already been released, but are still being promoted by the studios. Movies such as The Quiet Place, Blackkklansman and Mamma Mia 2.
Confirmed Oscar Screeners for 2018 & 2019
The following titles have been confirmed as sent out to jury members.
- Beautiful Boy
- Colette (Update: Released before a screener surfaced)
- First Man (Update: Leaked early, ripped from a Korean VOD)
The following titles have yet to be confirmed, but are likely to be sent out.
- A Star Is Born (Update: Leaked early, ripped from a Korean VOD)
- Boy Erased
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- The Front Runner
- The Favourite
- Fahrenheit 11/9
- Green Book
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Mid90s (Update: Set for an official retail release on December 21, 2018)
- Mary Queen Of Scots
- Vox Lux
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Gallery: Anticipated Highlights
When are they being released online?
Pirate group CM8 dropped many of the titles late last year, and early this year. It’s likely either CM8, or someone else with access to a jury member, will make these available to stream and torrent in December and January.
What is an Oscar DVD? Why aren’t they BluRays?
DVD screeners are made by movie studios to promote their movie in hopes of get an Oscar nomination. Just being nominated often results in a huge boost in sales since Oscar buzz is still a big deal for the industry. These copies intended for the Oscar jury are so called “screeners” and are often sent out as DVDs, rather than high quality BluRays. It’s a way to combat piracy and not have leaked copies effecting physical and stream sales. And since the focus is on the movie itself, its script, actors and directors, the audio and video comes second hand in most cases. Especially since they tend to be dramas, rather than special effect heavy blockbusters. Sometimes the directors haven’t even finished mastering the audio or video, and the DVDs are labeled as a-work-in-progress. They also include custom watermarks throughout, to prevent jury members from sharing them online.
But as hundreds of copies are being distributed, it’s difficult for the studios to avoid having the titles shared in advance. The Oscars are too important for the industry, the studios are almost forced to send them out, even if they they will get pirated.
Which are the big Oscar contenders for 2019?
The biggest buzz comes from Bradley Coopers and Lady Gaga’s massive hit A Star Is Born. In the same genre we got a massive hit, but with less Hollywood buzz – Bohemian Rhapsody, maybe due to the messy production. In the actor category we got performance from Wolveriene in The Front Runner, Viggo Mortensen in the Green Book and Gosling in First Man. And there is more testosterone filled acting in form by Black Panther and the Vice President.
But we do have some powerful women lined up for the Oscar hype as well, beginning with Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me directed by Marielle Heller, most known for directing and writing The Diary of A Teenage Girl. She also had a small part in McGruber, a movie which should have won all the Oscars, forever.
And then we have the power trio in The Favourite with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. A movie which has the most creative poster this year. And to top it off, Natalie Portman kills it in Vox Lux – Which has to be this year’s I, Tonya.
And while some of you might haven’t heard of Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), you will by the end of this season. We also got If Beale Street Could Talk, which is Barry Jenkins second movie. Yes, the guy who did Moonlight.
I haven’t mentioned many of the excellent movies already out on retail and torrents, including Hereditary, First Reformed, Incredibles 2, BlacKkKlansman and more. Or the movies which sadly haven’t had much Oscar buzz, including the return-to-form Nicolas Cage in Mandy.
Which titles have I forgotten? Which movies are you waiting for? Let me know in the comments below.