Christopher Nolan praises Oppenheimer’s "equally important" home release

Christopher Nolan has spoken about the home release for Oppenheimer, declaring it "equally important" to its record-breaking run in cinemas.

The historical drama depicted the life of the titular physicist J. Robert
Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy), charting his early beginnings through to the Manhattan Project and his subsequent court hearings.

The film garnered both critical and commercial success, with box office takings of over $950 million, but the director highlighted the importance of the home video release, which has preserved the meticulous sound and design.

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"Obviously Oppenheimer has been quite a ride for us and now it is time for me to release a home version of the film," said Nolan at a special screening of the film (via Variety).

"I've been working very hard on it for months. I'm known for my love of theatrical and put my whole life into that, but, the truth is, the way the film goes out at home is equally important. The Dark Knight was one of the first films where we formatted it specially for Blu-ray release because it was a new form at the time.

"In the case of Oppenheimer, we put a lot of care and attention into the Blu-ray version [by] trying to translate the photography and sound, putting that into the digital realm with a version you can buy and own at home and put on a shelf so no evil streaming service can come steal it from you."

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Nolan had spoken about the cinematography in a previous interview, whereby the decision to film certain sequences in black-and-white was dictated by the story, which contained two concurrent timelines.

"I knew that I had two timelines that were running in the film," he said. "One is in colour, and that's Oppenheimer's subjective experience - that's the bulk of the film. The other is a black and white timeline [which is] a more objective view of his story from a different character's point of view."

Oppenheimer will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on November 22.

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