Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks has been cleared for a simultaneous release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on February 2, 2016.
Bridge of Spies enjoyed moderate success at the box office this past fall. Domestically the thriller earned $70.6 million while international business pushed the worldwide total to $146.7 million. That’s not too shabby considering Spielberg shot the film with an estimated $40 million budget, a far cry from the usual blockbusters he’s attached to.
Tech specs for the Bridge of Spies Blu-ray combo pack with DVD and Digital HD including 1080p video and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
You can pre-order Bridge of Spies on Blu-ray combo at Amazon.com for nearly 40 percent off its list price.
A trio of bonus features are included as outlined below:
- A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war. This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.
- U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film
- SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.
Here’s some additional visual to accompany the Bridge of Spies Blu-ray announcement including the trailer, a sneak peek at a bonus feature and the cover art.