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'The Martian' Launches Onto DVD, Blu-Ray

'The Martian' on DVD and Blu-Ray
Scene from "The Martian," which came out on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 12, 2016. (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

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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Ridley Scott's epic space film "The Martian" showcases a lot of space hardware derived from actual NASA plans for interplanetary travel. See the spaceships of "The Martian" explained here. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

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Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.