The Tale of The Princess Without Voice comes home.
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water has been roaring success for the filmmaker since its debut at the Venice Film Festival last year. The story of a mute woman and a fishman has swept both critics and audiences off their feet between the solid box office numbers and critical/awards praise it’s been getting, not to mention the film being the most nominated nominee at the Oscars this year with as whopping 13 nominations, including Best Director for Del Toro and Best Picture. And seeking to capitalize on the success, Fox is seeking to put the film out on video pretty quickly, with a release date for DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K formats on the 13th of March (with a Digital release coming out on the 27th of February).
First up the cover art. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a picture on the 4K copy but it is confirmed that both the standard release AND the UHD will have the same cover art.
Next up are extras which given a Del Toro release are probably pretty meaty but surprisingly, no audio commentary will be available for the film. According to the man himself, he felt one was not necessary and that “the film speaks for itself”. Anyway, here what will be on the disc for your viewing pleasure:
- A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
- Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue
- Anatomy of a Scene: The Dance
- Shaping the Waves: A Conversation with James Jean
- Guillermo del Toro’s Master Class
- Theatrical Trailers
Audio will be a standard 5.1 mix, encoded in DTS-HD-MA. I’m also surprised that this wasn’t in 7.1, considering Del Toro always tries to sneak one on into his home releases and that the DCP details seem to say the film had one.
Coming from a big fan of Del Toro, I came away frustrated by The Shape of Water. It had all of the craft, sincerity and care of his other films but it felt like a jumbled mess instead of the typical organic mastery he shows in his other films. It tries to be a fantasy romance, a period drama about discrimination and a Cold War thriller but only one of these stories worked for me emotionally. Still, I am willing to give the film a second chance on video to see if I feel differently. And at the risk of sounding like an asshole, anyone who says this is better than or on par with Pan’s Labyrinth is lying out of their ass. Nothing compares to that film. Nothing.