The incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within. Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe® nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Smurfs 2).
Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.
Timed to the book’s sixth anniversary, and to Valentine’s Day, Wonder will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
I haven’t read the book Wonder by R.J Palacio but I have heard a lot of great things about both the book and movie. The movie is a wonderful choice for family viewing with an earnest and powerful message tied up in a “feel good” story of kindness, acceptance and friendship. It’s a message that everyone can relate to as most people have faced judgement and bullying from peers during childhood in some form or another, and I think most of us can get behind choosing kindness.
I enjoyed the choice to tell the story from the point of view of some of the film’s various supporting characters, although Auggie remains the main focus throughout. It gives a depth to the story that moves the film beyond the standard family drama film.
4K UHD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- “Summer of Fun” 5-Part Documentary
– “A (com)Passion Project” Featurette
– “Family Matters” Featurette
– “A Technical Wonder” Featurette
– “A Note of Kindness” Featurette
– “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives” Featurette
- “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” Featurette
- “What a Wonderful World” Featurette
- Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
- “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
- Wonder Soundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette