‘The Martian’ on DVD!

A great book and a great movie which I both enjoyed (and loved) in 2015 was ‘The Martian’ and during my recent trip to the record store I saw that it was already out on DVD! Yeay!
For only P550.00, the DVD comes with Special Features, including an ad for Under Armour featuring Matt Watney, our favorite lonely astronaut. I actually missed out on the last few minutes of the film, since I was in a hurry to get to work, in fear of being late :p I also knew that Paul was going to love it and my sister-in-law is also a Bio-chemist 🙂 So-more reasons to get the DVD.
Also, with the film bagging the ‘Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)’ and ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for Matt Damon and being nominated for 7 awards in the upcoming Oscars, it was a no-brainer to add it to the collection.
There was a little surprise when I opened the DVD, apparently there’s a raffle contest for a chance to win a copy of ‘The Martian’ on paperback. Now, the book has a pretty interesting publishing history, when author Andy Weir couldn’t get the support he needed from literary agents, he put the book online in serial format one chapter at a time for free on his website. Fans urged him to make an Amazon Kindle version for c99 (the minimum requirement). The Kindle version went to the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling science-fiction titles and sold 35,000 copies in 3 months. This of course caught the attention of Crown Publishing who bought the rights in March 2013.
A year later, the book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. So-owning a physical copy of the book and adding it to the collection would be pretty neat! Hoping to win 🙂