Parasite DVD, Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K release date UK

Parasite DVD, Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K release date UK

Winning an Oscar for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards is only going to add to the anticipation for the Parasite DVD Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K release date in the UK. For anyone that has missed out on all of the media attention over the last year, it’s essentially a darkly comic thriller that tells the story of two families from very different background colliding to fuel the gripping social narrative.

The Kim family are poor, but when they come across the wealthy Park family they do everything they can to latch on to them with everything that they’ve got. Their plan is to all get jobs at the Park’s sizeable household, so they each pretend not to be related and make a play for any positions they can wangle.

It may seem like a pretty sedate scheme, but you can see from the trailer at the bottom of the page that things get pretty intense before the curtain comes down on the piece. It’s been a whirlwind year for director Bong-joon Ho having premiered the film at Cannes 2019 in May where it went on to win the Palme d’Or and with four Academy Awards in the bag, including best director, it’s built a big platform for the DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and digital release.

It’s a little surprising that none of the stars of Parasite were nominated in any of the acting categories, which is a real rarity for a Best Picture Oscar winning film. However, reviews have been very impressed with the performances across the board and with Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film to complete the haul this is definitely worth catching on rental in the very least. 

DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, iTunes or digital rental in the UK?

The Parasite UK DVD and Blu-ray release date has, rather strangely for a film only just out on the big screen, already been confirmed. It’ll be available to buy on the 1st of June and continuing the oddity, it’s currently not going to be available on 4K Ultra HD.

The digital purchase versions will out a couple of weeks before the DVD and Blu-ray, so it’ll be out on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and YouTube in mid May. We’re not expecting an abundance of special features, if the 4K omission is anything to go by, but the will more than likely only be available on HD digital and Blu-ray in the UK. We’ll update you with a post on the details for the bonus content when they’re out.

Finally, there’s the digital rental release, and as usual this will be out on the same date as the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD comes out.

Runtime and digital file size

The Parasite runtime is 2 hours and 12 minutes, so it’s weighty without being too much of a beast. That will equate to a digital file size of around 5.4 Gb at 1080p HD, and 2.37 GB in standard definition.

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Age rating and parents guide

Parasite has been given an age rating of 15 in the UK, which adds to the dark expectation for the story. If that isn’t enough, the parents guide notes from the British Board Of Film Classification include strong bloody violence, language, sex, and sex references, so if you’re hoping for a South Korean walk in the park, this isn’t it.

UK cinema release date

Parasite had a UK release date in cinemas is Friday 7th February 2020, and which was a little ahead of the Oscars, so you could argue that it didn’t get a chance to make the most out of the accolades. Admittedly, it had all of its previous awards by then, but the Academy Awards are the biggies and they hadn’t come in time for the opening weekend. 

It also had both Birds Of Prey and Dolittle as competition out in the same week, so it could well be in for its best results in the UK with the home entertainment release.

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The trailer pulls no punches and there’s no element of sugar coating the dark reality of Parasite.