'Button' hole: May 5


"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" will keep retailers curious no longer: "Button" DVDs will hit stores May 5.

The "Button" plans were sewed up during the weekend, and Paramount will announce the home-entertainment release date today. The Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett starrer won three Academy Awards and is among the last of the high-profile Oscar pics to set a debut on home video.

Fox Home Entertainment will release Oscar best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire" on March 31.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's "Milk," for which Sean Penn copped a best actor statuette, hit retail shelves March 10. USHE has set an April 21 street date for its political drama "Frost/Nixon," which, like "Button" and "Milk," was a nominee for best picture.

The fifth nominee — the Weinstein Co.'s Nazi-themed drama "The Reader," for which Kate Winslet was voted best actress — will be released by Genius Products on DVD. No date has been set.

Paramount Home Entertainment also set a June 2 release date for DVDs of two other Oscar-nominated pics: "Revolutionary Road," starring Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Daniel Craig-toplined "Defiance."

In addition to its single-disc packaging, "Button" will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in two-disc Criterion Edition sets featuring more than three hours of special features. A documentary on the second disc follows the creative development of the literary adaptation and its many production challenges, including the elaborate, Oscar-winning visual effects.

Single-disc "Button" DVDs will sell for $29.99 in the U.S. and $36.99 in Canada. Two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets will be priced at $39.99 in the U.S. and $45.99 in Canada. (partialdiff)
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