Film

‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘American Pastoral’ get home-release dates

The two film will hit the box-office in a few weeks

Lionsgate set digital release-dates for two of its popular dramas, “Manchester by the Sea,” and “American Pastoral”.

“Manchester by the Sea” stars Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck in his Golden Globe-winning role. The film will arrive on Digital HD starting February 7, 2017, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand February 21, 2017. The film is already available to pre-order on sites like Amazon.com.

The award-winning 2016 Sundance Film Festival Official Entry follows Affleck’s character Lee, as he faces the ghosts of his past when he returns to his New England hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “Friday Night Lights,” 2006), Gretchen Mol (3:10 to Yuma), and Lucas Hedges (Moonrise Kingdom) also star in the film.

“Manchester by the Sea” was written and directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Lonergan. The drama was nominated for five Golden Globes this year, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Drama for Affleck, three Critics’ Choice Awards, including best actor for Affleck, as well as winning four National Board of Review awards including Best Picture. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 97% critic score.

The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, will hit Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand next month as well. The film was Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut.

The film will release on Blu-ray February 7, 2017, but it will first release on Digital HD on January 27, 2017. American Pastoral’s all-star cast includes Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting), Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001), Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga), Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck).

The screenplay was written by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer), and the home-entertainment release will include an audio commentary by Ewan McGregor, and a discussion with the cast about their characters.

Ewan McGregor directs and stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this acclaimed film adapted from Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Seymour “Swede” Levov (Ewan McGregor), a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to a former beauty queen, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly). When Swede and Dawn’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede’s perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos. “American Pastoral” is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com.