Christopher Nolan's time-tripping thriller can be viewed from the safety of your home in time for the holidays.

By Nick Romano
November 05, 2020 at 03:48 PM EST
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Warner Bros. has finally revealed home-release plans for Christopher Nolan's Tenet, the time-tripping thriller and one of the first major studio films to hit theaters during the pandemic.

Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki, Tenet will be available via 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms staring this Dec. 15. Pre-orders will be available starting Nov. 10.

According to Warner Bros., the Blu-Ray (priced at $35.99) and 4K combo pack ($44.95) will come with an hourlong behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tenet as told by the cast and crew. DVD copies are priced at $28.98 each.

In-door theaters in the U.S. that had been shut down since the first lockdown ordinances came down in March began the first phase of reopening by the end of August. Twentieth Century Studios' The New Mutants arrived on the big screen on Aug. 28, followed shortly by Tenet on Sept. 3 in the U.S., sans openings in New York and Los Angeles. (The film had previously screened in other territories, including Canada, by Aug. 27.) Nolan was adamant about keeping the film's theatrical release plan intact, and Tenet soon became one of the most closely monitored films in Hollywood as other studios tried to figure out new release plans.

Tenet follows a secret agent (Washington) tasked with stopping a Russian oligarch Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh) from inciting World War III, which he and his ally Neil (Pattinson) does by traveling through and inverting time.

Since its theatrical premiere, Tenet has grossed $350 million to date, a feat Nolan seemed happy with in speaking to its box-office performance.

"Warner Bros. released Tenet, and I’m thrilled that it has made almost $350 million," the director said. "But I am worried that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from our release — that rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue, they’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting — or rebuilding our business, in other words."

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