"The Help" Gets A DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Release Date After Impressive Box Office Run

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 5, 2011 4:50 AM
7 Comments
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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

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7 Comments

  • Jug | October 6, 2011 1:50 AMReply

    LMBAO I figured it was that, but I wanted to be sure. Yeah, folks wanted to hate because of the subject matter, whether or not it was a good film. The debate about white folks and their issues regarding Jim Crow south & American history, in this case, is separate to me.

  • CareyCarey | October 5, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    Well Jug, I was going with your flow that many people had problems with this movie -- outside of it's artistic and entertainment value. You pointed out exactly what those problems consisted of. You know, there was a lot of finger pointing, blaming and pontificating, before the movie even game out. Thus, I said, "I got that and the boogie man didn't do it"..

    I probably could have simply said, "I agree", I can't even blame the rain, it's sunny and 70 degrees. . But noooooo, I was just being a black jerk by attempting to stick out my tongue (in a coy and sly way) at those that had "bad" things to say about The Help".

  • Jug | October 5, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    "Well, nuff said, I got all of that. I mean, when it’s all said and done, the boogie man is not at fault - huh? :-)"

    Carey, not sure what you mean by your response? Rain has me a little slow today LOL

  • CareyCarey | October 5, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    "Regarding the “lightness” used for the tone of the movie (which I hear upset some people), I get that. They wanted it to be super serious, treat it as the dehumanizing slavery which it was. Some people wanted to see some old WOMEN OF BREWSTER’S PLACE type stuff, deep hardcore drama make your guts hurt for a week. Well, I get that too"

    Well, nuff said, I got all of that. I mean, when it's all said and done, the boogie man is not at fault - huh? :-)

    "I think sometimes we get so caught up in making “Art” & “telling the truth” we forget we do want people to see it the damn thing (I mean, c’mon, we ain’t making movies in our bathrooms-that’s practicing LOL). There has to be some JOY, somewhere. Otherwise it’s a two hour admonishment & court sentence"

    Yes sir, that's a tough titty, but sometimes, for entertainment sake, we gotta suck it and laugh a little.

  • Jug | October 5, 2011 8:23 AMReply

    LMAO Carey I was just talking about Olivia & Viola's performances. This is one of those movies that, while a good movie with some super-saccharine MOW moments, it has some excellent performances. Those two are so damn good, folks forget that Allison Janney, Sissey Spacek & Jessica Chastain tore it up. It's like GLORY, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman & Andre Braugher could have EASILY gotten Oscar noms.

    Regarding the "lightness" used for the tone of the movie (which I hear upset some people), I get that. They wanted it to be super serious, treat it as the dehumanizing slavery which it was. Some people wanted to see some old WOMEN OF BREWSTER'S PLACE type stuff, deep hardcore drama make your guts hurt for a week. Well, I get that too. But I think for this film, an ANTOINE FISHER approach works best. Denzel said that in sitting with Antwone Fisher & his screenplay, they had so much material of awful & horrible happenings they had to tone it down.

    at the 8:30 mark:

    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/2222

    I think sometimes we get so caught up in making "Art" & "telling the truth" we forget we do want people to see it the damn thing (I mean, c'mon, we ain't making movies in our bathrooms-that's practicing LOL). There has to be some JOY, somewhere. Otherwise it's a two hour admonishment & court sentence. It's not about lying either, but it's about being strategic & selective in how much of & in what direction to tell a story before it becomes fractured storytelling or massive sensory overload & then it's "tune-out" time...like drinking too much :-O

    That said, I liked the movie & more so I loved the fact that not one tween star or explosion was to be had & the thing was a hit! Yes, it is a story we've seen before (& Black folks know this sort of film all too well). But these films usually aren't done as films with great acting & exceptional moments, they're usually what Tambay & Sergio call the "castor oil" flicks, all over the top working extra hard to correct a wrong, an omission from history. There's a nail & it's the hammer & well, you know the rest. Guess this time it's white folks' turn for that good medicine

    And for perspective's sake, America is only 200+ years old, some stories are gonna get recycled ya know LOL

  • CareyCarey | October 5, 2011 6:33 AMReply

    Come on Jug, you know I can't let you get away with that. *smile*

    You can't be done. I want to hear your impression of the whole movie. I mean, I've read Tambay's and Armond White's opinions/reviews, but now I want to hear your take.

  • Jug | October 5, 2011 5:25 AMReply

    I finally saw it....

    "Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both get Oscar nominations next year"

    Done, Done & Done!

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