‘Tolkien’ opened in May, but quickly came and went. If you missed it in theaters, you can catch it next week when it is released on digital on July 23. If you prefer a physical copy, it will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 6. Fox/Disney is NOT releasing this picture on 4K at this time.
Dome Karukoski directed this biopic, which starred Nicholas Hoult as famed ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien. Lily Collins portrayed Edith Bratt, who would eventually become his wife.
The young J.R.R. Tolkien is different from most kids his age. He finds himself an outcast and an orphan as he lands at a special school. Among the classmates Tolkien is able to find a select group that will help him to learn about true friendship. The relationships of Tolkien’s younger years go on to have a profound impact on the literary work that would ultimately make him one of history’s most revered authors.
Karukoski provided a full-length commentary for the film, as well as for the deleted scenes, which will be included on the home video releases. Other extras are a Gallery and a “First Look” (although I don’t know of what).
‘Tolkien’ was produced under the Fox Searchlight Pictures banner, but after 20th Century Fox was bought out by Disney, this was the first picture released under that studio’s regime. It appears that it was released at the wrong time, in the thick of the spring/summer movie season, when ‘Detective Pikachu’ ruled. But ‘Tolkien’ didn’t even make a ripple, opening at #9 with only $2.2 million, and making $7.7M total worldwide by the end of its theatrical run. Its production budget was $20M, so this was an expensive flop. It got mixed reviews– 51% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Once again, ‘Tolkien’ will be available on digital on July 23, and DVD and Blu-Ray on August 6.