If you like quirky comedies with a healthy wedge of Nazi parody then the Jojo Rabbit DVD, Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K UK release date (details below) might be one to look out for. Directed by New Zealand left-fielder Taika Waititi, it revolves around a young kid in the Hitler Youth who has conjured up a very unique version of the Fuhrer to act as his imaginary friend to chat with when life gets tough.
If you haven’t seen it on the big screen yet and that sounds a little too nuts to get your head around you can see it in action in the trailer below. It’s set during WWII with a story based on Christine Leunens’ book Caging Skies with a screenplay written by Waititi. If that isn’t enough auteur commitment to the film, he also stars as the wacky imaginary Hitler that helps Jojo through his times of crisis.Advertisement The story centres on Jojo’s discovery that his mum, played by Scarlett Johansson (Avengers Endgame), is hiding a Jewish girl in their loft, which shatters his worldview as a faithful young follower of the Third Reich. He then has to continue his normal life, at least normal for German kids during the early 1940s, with the burden of this knowledge as he attends the local Hitler Youth Camp, led by Fräulein Rahm and Captain Klenzendorf, played by Rebel Wilson (Cats) and Sam Rockwell (Moon).
If that isn’t enough to keep the kid busy, he’ll also have a visit from sinister Gestapo agent Deertz, played pretty villainously by Stephen Merchant (Logan). Reviews have been fairly positive, so it should be on a fair few DVD, Blu-ray and digital lists when it comes out, but it’s a banker for rental if you miss it on the big screen.
DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, iTunes or digital rental in the UK?Advertisement The Jojo Rabbit UK DVD and Blu-ray release date is expected in mid-late April 2020. The cast and the reviews should be enough to get it released on 4K Ultra HD too, which will be out for the same date.
However, the UK digital release will be a couple of weeks earlier, so you should expect it to arrive on iTunes, Amazon Video, PS4, Xbox ONE, Google Play and YouTube at the start of April. Only the HD version of the digital release will include special features, and we’ll update you with more details as they’re confirmed.
If you’re looking to rent the film, it’ll be out on the same date as the DVD and Blu-ray, but sans the bonus content.
Jojo Rabbit runtime and digital file size
Jojo Rabbit has a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes, which works well for a comedy set within the terrible confines of one of, if not the, most horrific regimes in history. This equates to digital file size of around 4.2 Gb at 1080p HD, and 1.65 GB for standard definition.
Age rating and parents guide
Jojo Rabbit has been given an age rating in the UK of 12 by the British Board of Film Classification. If you’ve seen the trailer and you’re wondering why the film is pitched so high in terms of the age rating, the parents guide notes from the BBFC include discrimination, violence, bloody images, sex references and strong language, so don’t expect it all to be a jolly prance in the Black Forest.Advertisement Cinema release date
Jojo Rabbit had a UK release date in cinemas on Wednesday 1st January 2020, which made it the first comedy film of the decade. It’s competition on the big screen was Guy Ritchie cockney gangster flick The Gentlemen, so it’s going to be interesting to see if either of them can come close to knocking Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker off the top spot in the Box Office.
You can check out our UK DVD and Blu-ray release dates page for more on upcoming films for home entertainment and see more on the satire at https://www.foxsearchlight.com/jojorabbit/, which is one of the cleverest movie websites in film history.
The trailer is a lot of fun with a lot of good gags. It mixes a good combination of the seemingly carefree spirit of the narrative with the more serious situation that surrounds Jojo, his mother and their attic hideaway.