It happens every year. A film is lauded with praise by critics and garners an array of awards nominations before a vocal backlash hits the film as the big night of the Oscars gets nearer. Last year, it was La La Land. This year, it’s writer-director Martin McDonagh’s bitter drama of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film has generated all sorts of conversations about the themes swirling around McDonagh’s small town drama drenched in black comedy, some of it negative and some of it positive. Ahead of the Oscar ceremony, where it’s nominated for seven Academy Awards, Fox Searchlight will release Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Digital HD on February 13, 2018 and a Blu-ray release on February 27, 2018.
Frances McDormand, who is the frontrunner for the Academy Award and has already taken home a Golden Globe, stars as Mildred Hayes, a mother still grieving over the unsolved murder of her daughter. Mildred then takes matters into her own hands, renting out three billboards on the outskirts of town that describe in graphic detail the unsolved crime and calling out Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). Those three billboards set of a media frenzy, divide the town with people gossiping and choosing sides, all the while enraging the simple minded and bigoted police officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell). Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri delves into some dark territory while maintaining a grip on the audience with the unpredictable drama unfolding before your eyes.
My personal choice for the best film of 2017, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will ignite further debate with each and every awards statuette is collects on Oscar night. Tempers might flare on either side of the debate over a controversial piece of art. But you’ll have a chance to make up your own damn mind if you missed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in theaters when it lands on home video (Feb. 13 for Digital HD and Feb. 27 for Blu-ray/DVD). Three Billboards is one bitter pill, and it’s that way on purpose. I suspect people aren’t going to stop talking about this one for quite some time.
The special features on the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Blu-ray include:
Featurette: “Crucify ‘Em: The Making of Three Billboards”
Six Shooter (Short Film)
For those unaware, Six Shooter is Martin McDongah’s short film from 2004 which took home the Oscar in 2006 for Best Short Film, Live Action.