The animal magic of the Dolittle DVD, Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K UK release date is on its way with the film out in cinemas in early February 2020. Refreshing a classic like this is always a challenge, but if anyone was going to be able to bring it all together it was Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers Endgame), who stars as the animal chatting lead character.
However, reviews haven’t necessarily been particularly strong and the film didn’t do well in the US box office as a result, which is bound to have an impact on the UK release. It will also impact the success of the Dolittle DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, which is a shame, because the trailer had set things up well for a maniacal menagerie of an ocean adventure.
To throw a cautionary two-headed tail into the mix, the reality is that the 1967 Doctor Dolittle film doesn’t have great review scores either online, and it was a similar case for the 1998 Eddie Murphy reboot. Both of which have since gone on to be go-to family films for decades, so it’s possible that will be the case for the 2020 release.
One of the biggest points in its favour is the big-name cast that feature on the film alongside Robert Downey Jr. There’s everyone from Ralph Feinnes, Octavia Spencer and Emma Thomson to Tom Holland (Avengers Endgame), Rami Malek (No Time To Die) and Selena Gomez in the voice roles for the animals. The live action cast also features Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley and Jim Broadbent, so it’s hard to imagine that they all had a bad day at the office on this one.
DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, iTunes or digital rental in the UK?
The Dolittle UK DVD and Blu-ray release date is expected towards the end of May 2020. The critical response and lackluster performance at the US box office won’t really do it any favours, but as such a visually impressive film we’re still expecting a 4K release, but we’ll add in details when it’s confirmed. If it does go on to come out on 4K Ultra HD disk then it’ll be available on the same date as the DVD and Blu-ray.
The digital version will out two weeks earlier than the DVD, so it’ll get an iTunes, Amazon Video, PS4, Xbox ONE, Google Play and YouTube release in mid May 2020. You’ll be able to choose from standard definition, HD and 4K versions to buy, but the special features will only bundle with the latter two in the UK, and we’ll post details on the extras when they get announced.
If you’re just looking for the digital rental release for Dolittle, this will be available on the same as the DVD and Blu-ray.
Runtime and digital file size
The runtime is 1 hours and 41 minutes, which makes it a short-ish adventure story, in fact it’s a good 11 minutes shorter than the 1967 original adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s books. The runtime should give it a digital file size of around 4.73 Gb at 1080p HD, and 1.82 GB in standard definition.
Age rating and parents guide
Dolittle picked up an age rating of PG from the British Board of Film Classification in the UK. The parents guide notes include just mild threat and rude humour, so expect a scary tiger and pirate, plus the occasional bottom gag.
Cinema release date
Dolittle has a UK release date in cinemas the on Friday 7th February 2020, which sees it going head-to-head with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey, which is out on the same date in the UK. However, the slow performance and troubled reviews from the US box office for the Robert Downey Jr. film would imply that the number 1 spot will be there for the taking for Birds Of Prey, which is a shame because this had initially seemed like it was going to be a close one.
You can see more on the cinema release at www.tuppencemagazine.co.uk/dolittle-2020-uk-release-date-latest-news-age-rating-parents-guide-story-synopsis/ and visit our UK DVD and Blu-ray release dates page to check out more upcoming films for home entertainment. If you want to check out even more on the film, the official film website is www.dolittlethemovie.com.
The Dolittle is a little piece of cinema magic all by itself, introducing the excellent CGI, cast of characters, humour, pathos and potential of the film. Robert Downey Jr. looks like a great pick for the title characters and all of the hurdles he has in front of him make it seem like this is going to be an adventure worth seeing. It’s a pity the reviews don’t match up with the potential of the trailer.