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Five Oscar nominees you can watch at home now

By Sean Stangland
Daily Herald News Service
Posted on 2/27/2017, 5:00 AM

Five of the nine nominees for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards are already available for home viewing on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD platforms such as iTunes, vudu, Amazon Video and more. They are:

"Arrival," the intelligent, emotional sci-fi tale from nominated director Denis Villeneuve. Devotees of the Amy Adams film are best suited by the Blu-ray, which includes five short documentaries on the making of the film.

"Hacksaw Ridge," Mel Gibson's true-life World War II epic about army medic Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield, nominated for his performance), who refused to carry a gun into battle. The Blu-ray and digital HD packages contain a 69-minute documentary, "The Soul of War," featuring conversations with Gibson and Doss' son.

"Hell or High Water," the uncommonly smart bank heist flick with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. The Blu-ray and digital copies contain a 30-minute Q&A with Bridges, Pine and director David Mackenzie.

"Manchester by the Sea," Kenneth Lonergan's drama in which Casey Affleck's janitor becomes the guardian of his 16-year-old nephew. The included extras are spare, though the Blu-ray adds a commentary with Lonergan, who is nominated for both best director and best original screenplay.

"Moonlight," a Miami coming-of-age story in which three actors portray the protagonist at three different times in his life. Barry Jenkins' film has eight nominations, including best director and supporting nods for Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris.

You'll still have to head out to the theater to see "Fences" (March 14 home release), "Lion" (March 21) and the two biggest hits of the Oscar race, "La La Land" and "Hidden Figures" (no release date announced).