Oscar winners' DVD prospects bright
'Slumdog,' 'Button' among honorees not yet on videoComing out of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, only six films, representing eight Oscars, are on the home video radar for film fans.
Five of the films are currently available, with the sixth, "Milk," due March 10 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
That leaves the two most-honored films -- "Slumdog Millionaire" (eight Oscars, including best picture) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (three awards) -- set to reap the full marketing advantage of their Oscar wins when they are announced for home video over the next few months.
Currently available Oscar winners include best animated feature "WALL-E," from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," best supporting actress winner for Penelope Cruz, from Genius Products; costume design winner "The Duchess," from Paramount Home Entertainment; best documentary "Man on Wire," from Magnolia; and "The Dark Knight," available from Warner Home Video, which won for best sound editing and a posthumous best supporting actor award for Heath Ledger.
The upcoming "Milk" won best actor for Sean Penn and best original screenplay.