Also, Brad has been nominated for several awards the last few weeks and has also won a few. Check the Awards section to get your update on Brad’s nominations and wins!
20th Century Fox has announced the 4K and Blu-ray details for Ad Astra. The Brad Pitt sci-fi film will arrive on digital on December 3rd and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 17th. The film follows astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who is sent on a mission to Mars to try and contact his astronaut father (Tommy Lee Jones) who disappeared decades ago in an attempt to contact intelligent life outside of our solar system.
The Blu-ray and 4K will contain two deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from director James Gray. Interestingly, one of the deleted scenes is the epilogue, and I’m curious to see how Gray had an alternate ending to his movie. The current epilogue is fine, but it feels a bit pat for such an emotionally complex film. It feels like the kind of scene that test audiences demanded, and while it doesn’t wreck the movie, I’m curious to see this alternate ending. The disc will also contain five featurettes as well as an audio commentary from Gray.
Here’s the full list of special features:
Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by James Gray
To the Stars
A Man Named Roy
The Crew of the Cepheus
The Art of Ad Astra
Reach for the Stars
Audio Commentary by Director James Gray*
Space Age: The VFX**
• x048 Candids 2019
• x014 September 24 – Lunch of Breitling watches – Los Angeles, CA
• x027 August 29 – Ad Astra (photo call) – Venice, Italy
• x002 August 29 – Ad Astra (portrait) – Venice, Italy
• x016 September 12 – Ad Astra (premiere) – Tokyo, Japan
• x007 September 16 – Ad Astra (screening) – Washington DC, WA
• x009 September 18 – Ad Astra (press conference) – Los Angeles, CA
• x047 August 12 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Mexico City, Mexico
• x041 August 29 – Ad Astra – Venice, Italy
PS. For all the september news, check the SB Forum please.
• x019 Photoshoots
• x012 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Stills & Promotional Photoshoots)
• x020 Television (The Today Show, Ellen, Good Morning America & Jimmy Kimmel)
• x010 Magazines (Covers 2019)
• x018 Ad Astra (Behind the Scenes, Promo & Stills)
• x006 September 16 – Space Operations Center at NASA Headquarters – Washington, WA
• x007 September 16 – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
PS. He sure has been busy and with that – keeping me and other BP fansites busy. But I am enjoying these updates. More soon!
Brad Pitt sat down with Cathy Kelley to talk about his new film, “Ad Astra,” and revealed whether or not he’d be up for stepping into the ring at a WWE event. – September 20, 2019
Actor Brad Pitt, who plays an astronaut in his latest film, “Ad Astra,” joins NASA to kick off a new series where NASA experts take your questions. Tune in for our full episode with Brad Pitt on Friday, Sept. 20, and more episodes with our subject matter experts starting Monday, Sept. 23. – September 19, 2019
What questions would you ask NASA? Actor Brad Pitt, who plays an astronaut in his new movie Ad Astra, helps us kick off our new #AskNASA YouTube series with a few questions about space exploration. What did you learn from watching astronauts on the International Space Station? Would you rather visit the Moon or Mars? – September 20, 2019
When Brad Pitt is on a panel with NASA officials, he’s the one with the questions.
“If we were going to make a trip to Mars, we would have to take off from the moon, because of the lack of gravity?” he hesitantly asked spacesuit engineer Lindsay Aitchison Monday afternoon, as part of a Washington Post Live event centered on Pitt’s latest film, “Ad Astra.” Joining them were the writer-director, James Gray; lunar scientist Sarah Noble; and panel moderator Ann Hornaday, chief film critic at The Post.
Aitchison’s affirmative response (“It’s helpful”), coupled with a distilled scientific explanation, was characteristic of much of her and Noble’s responses to Pitt’s earnest questions. He was soon outdone by an inquisitive Gray, who explained his granular knowledge of Neil Armstrong’s talk-show appearances by joking, “I don’t get out much.”
Gray’s commitment to portraying space with accuracy over allure is obvious throughout “Ad Astra.” The sci-fi thriller, set for a Friday release, takes place in the near future and centers on Maj. Roy McBride (Pitt), a skilled but emotionally worn astronaut recruited to determine and shut down the source of unbridled energy causing destructive power surges throughout the solar system. The source is believed to be near Neptune, which also happens to be the last known location of the Lima Project, a decades-old effort to discover extraterrestrial life commandeered by Roy’s father (Tommy Lee Jones).
Roy had long presumed his father to be dead, and the revelation that he might not be — and that the Lima Project might be causing the surges — leads Roy to embark on two journeys: the literal one to Neptune, and an equally harrowing exploration of solitude.