Like other films that were in wide release when movie theaters closed, NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures is bringing its movies to Digital early. The films available starting today include Emma. (rent at Amazon), The Hunt (rent at Amazon), and The Invisible Man (rent at Amazon), while Trolls World Tour will be available on April 10.
To promote the titles, there’s several watch-alongs and a Twitter Q&A happening. For Emma., actor Josh O’Connor participated in a Twitter Q&A on Focus Features’ Twitter handle.
For The Hunt, director Craig Zobel and producer Jason Blum are doing a watch-along at 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST today via the hashtag #TheHuntMovieAtHome. And for The Invisible Man, director Leigh Whannell is doing a watch-along at 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST today via the hashtag #TheInvisibleManAtHome.
The titles are available for 48 hours at a suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S. and the price equivalent in international markets. Given the rapidly evolving and unprecedented changes to consumers’ daily lives during this difficult time, the company felt that now was the right time to provide this option in the home as well as in theaters.
NBCUniversal will continue to evaluate the environment as conditions evolve and will determine the best distribution strategy in each market when the current unique situation changes.
“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception. Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable,” said Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Emma. is based on Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
The new movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells.
The film was directed by Autumn de Wilde from a script by Eleanor Catton. The producers are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Graham Broadbent, and Pete Czernin. The production companies behind the movie include Working Title Films, Blueprint Pictures and Focus Features.
Released in theaters on March 13th, The Hunt is an action-thriller from Blumhouse Productions that was directed by Craig Zobel and stars Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt.
In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do.
She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
The Hunt was written by Damon Lindelof and his fellow The Leftovers‘ collaborator Nick Cuse. Jason Blum produced for his Blumhouse Productions alongside Lindelof. The film was executive produced by Zobel, Cuse and Steven R. Molen.
Released in theaters on February 28, The Invisible Man stars Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax.
As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Jason Blum produced for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man was written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell. The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade, The Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno.