“Empire of Light” Will Be Available On Blu-ray and DVD in February

Searchlight Pictures’ and Sam Mendes’ moving drama Empire of Light will be available next month on Blu-ray and DVD.

What's Happening:

  • From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall) comes the moving and Academy Award nominated Empire of Light.
  • This deeply personal tale of love, friendship and compassion set around a fading cinema in an English coastal town in the 1980s, has been described as “an achingly lovely film – the best Sam Mendes has yet made” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) and features an acclaimed performance from Olivia Colman as a cinema manager coping with mental health issues.
  • The film arrives on Digital February 7 and Blu-ray and DVD on February 21, with never-before-seen bonus content featuring Sam Mendes and the cast that uncovers the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema.

Empire of Light Synopsis:

  • From director and writer Sam Mendes (1917 and Skyfall), Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times.
  • Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity.
  • Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

Bonus Features:

  • Featurette- Creating Empire of Light – Go behind the scenes of this personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes, and uncover the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema. See how the perfect location was found to rebuild a classic movie theater that had the cast in awe.


  • Olivia Colman as Hilary
  • Micheal Ward as Stephen
  • Colin Firth as Mr. Ellis
  • Toby Jones as Norman