Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced today that the year's best reviewed and most talked about film, The Social Network, debuted at # 1 making it the top selling Blu-ray and DVD and the top home rental for the week ending January 16th, according to reports from Home Media Magazine. The collector's edition 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD were released in stores on January 11th.
The film explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented and how its overnight success and wealth changed the lives of the classmates who created it. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly describes the film as, "The best picture of the year. It stands as vital proof - to the world and to Hollywood - that a brashly original movie can still connect powerfully with a popular audience. It's the first Hollywood movie to really capture the metaphysical spirit of the digital age. The popularity of The Social Network and the wry, exhilarating relevance of it are two branches growing out of the same tree. It touches a chord of timely passion." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls it, "A generation-defining, era-defining American landmark."
The Social Network has become a cultural touchstone, recently winning four Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score; and four Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score. The film also garnered Best Picture awards from a vast majority of critics groups including the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. The Social Network is also recognized by its peers with nominations for awards from the PGA for Best Picture, DGA for Best Director, WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay, SAG for Best Cast and Best Actor, ACE for Best Editing, ASC for Best Cinematography, CAS for Best Sound Mixing and ADG for Best Production Design.
The Social Network is currently playing on 400 screens nationwide. Since its theatrical re-release on January 7th, the hit film surpassed the $200 million mark for worldwide box office.
Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network stars an ensemble that boasts some of the finest new actors of their generation: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Rooney Mara. Extensive bonus materials include commentaries with Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and the cast, as well as the four-part feature length documentary How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? which covers the making of the film from the book through production. The Social Network is currently available on Blu-ray for $34.95 and DVD for $28.96 SRP.
David Fincher's The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website's unfathomable success. With a complex, incisive screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a brilliant cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, David Fincher bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unraveled the friendship of its creators.