You can start planning a potato meal in front of the TV now, because "The Martian" has arrived on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD.
The home-media release of the movie — a fictional story about a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars — comes just days after the film won big at the Golden Globe Awards. "The Martian" took home Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actor, both in the comedy/musical category.
"During a mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (played by Academy Award winner Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. But Watney is still alive," a press release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment reads. "Against all odds, he must find a way to contact Earth in the hope that scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home." [Take a peak at the 'The Martian' Blu-ray Bonus Features]
Blu-ray and digital HD buyers will also get 90 minutes of special features, including — slight spoiler alert here — a "documentary" following the rescue seven years after it occurs in the story. The documentary features "The Martian" co-stars Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean.
Viewers can also enjoy five theatrical "in-world" pieces and special features about the casting, costumes, writing and direction of the film. The release also has a gag reel and production gallery.
"The Martian" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, written by first-time author Andy Weir. He is working on a new sci-fi novel called "Zhek" that involves aliens and faster-than-light travel, he said in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit last year.
"The Martian," which was released in theaters in early October, is director Ridley Scott's "highest-grossing film ever," said 20th Century Fox. As of Sunday (Jan. 10), the movie had grossed more than $595 million worldwide in sales, according to the website Box Office Mojo. "The Martian" is still playing in select theaters.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace