It's lonely up in space, but at least there are good movies to watch. Hot on the heels of getting to be among the first to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the current residents of the International Space Station will be getting a bevy of new film options to get them through the holidays.
Back in September, astronauts aboard the ISS were treated to an advanced screening of Ridley Scott's The Martian. That was no surprise, given that the movie is practically a feature-length commercial for NASA. For those who missed it the first time around, though, the film will be making a return visit and bringing some other options along with it.
According to a press release from Fox, a whole suite of Ridley Scott's films will be beamed aboard the space station today:
"On December 22, Fox Home Entertainment, in cooperation with NASA, will transmit to the astronauts living on the world's International Space Station, a special holiday gift containing Ridley Scott's most recent box office hit THE MARTIAN.
The film debuts on Digital HD that day and features never-before-seen content. The collection sent to the Space Station will include such well-known titles as The Martian, Prometheus, Alien, Thelma & Louise and Exodus. The films are some of Scott's most successful movies, which clearly demonstrate his talent and skill as one of Hollywood's most diverse filmmakers who’s known to have an eye for atmospheric visual style and themes."
What exactly the never-before-seen content may be is not expanded upon, but with the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the movie not hitting stores until January 12, it looks like the ISS will once again be getting a head start on those of us stuck down on Earth. Those without the benefit of a special NASA hookup will have to wait until after the new year to partake in the usual behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, commentary tracks, or whatever else the home releases of the movie will have to offer.
It's nice to see the astronauts get some options that don't directly involve space exploration as well. After all, nobody wants to be stuck only watching movies about their job. The inclusion of a movie whose tagline was "In space, no one can hear you scream" is a questionable choice, but Thelma & Louise is a more earthbound cinema classic and the Biblical epic Exodus was at least good enough for Screen Rant to declare it "palatable."
While being stuck in outer space apart from friends and family can be a lonely job, especially during the holiday season, at least the astronauts on board the ISS are not without entertainment options. After all, there is probably a limit to how long floating around in the weightlessness of space would continue to be the most awesome thing a person could possibly do. In theory.
The Martian will be released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on January 12th, 2016.
Source: Fox Home Entertainment