Seems like it's been awhile since our last post on The Help - quite possibly 2011's most polarizing movie, and not just here on S&A.

The film has grossed close to $160 million in ticket sales, making it the 12th highest grossing movie of the year; let me say that again... it's the 12th highest grossing movie of the year, in the same company as summer blockbusters like Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and others. It's made more money than X-Men: First Class and Super 8.

If I was asked to bet on how much box office the film would do, prior to its release, I don't think I would have even said $100 million. I know it's based on a best-seller, but that doesn't necessarily translate to blockbuster-like box office numbers. I thought it would probably do well enough, but not this well.

I should note that the next highest grossing film in 2011 that had a predominantly black cast is Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, which comes in at #44, grossing just over $53 million, which is about average for TP flicks.

And after that, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son comes in at #54 with a near $38 million box office take.

So there ya have it folks... the top 3 films of 2011 with a heavy black presence in front of and/or behind the camera. And that's all I'll say about that :)

Anyway... I just learned that The Help has an official DVD, Blu-ray & VOD date. Via the film's Facebook page, this was posted minutes ago:

Bring home “The Help” – on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download December 6.

Specs follow below.

You can preorder now on Amazon.com if its on your "to own" list. Given the release date, I expect to find it in some X-mas stockings. Sales, I'm sure, will be brisk.

And I'm going to call it right now - Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both get Oscar nominations next year. One of them might even win.

The 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) = $44.99 U.S./$51.99 Canada

Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:

* The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
* In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
*Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘Humiliated,’ ‘A Book About Jackson’ and ‘Johnny’s Home’ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
DVD Bonus Features:
* Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including ‘A Senator’s Son’ and ‘Keep On Walkin’
* “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada

Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:

* The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
* In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
* Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including ‘Humiliated,’ ‘A Book About Jackson’ and ‘Johnny’s Home’ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
DVD Bonus Features:
* Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘A Senator’s Son’ and ‘Keep On Walkin’
* “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada

Bonus Features:

* Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘A Senator’s Son’ and ‘Keep On Walkin’
* “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige
High Definition Digital Download = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
Bonus Feature:
* Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘Humiliated,’ ‘A Book About Jackson’ and ‘Johnny’s Home’ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
* “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

Standard Definition Digital Download = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada

Bonus Feature:

* Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including ‘Humiliated,’ ‘A Book About Jackson’ and ‘Johnny’s Home’ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
* “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige