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Disney brings 'Call of the Wild' and 'Downhill' home early

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that two recent big screen releases, 20th Century Studios’ The Call Of The Wild and Searchlight Pictures’ Downhill, will be available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere beginning Friday, March 27, in the U.S.

Priced at $14.99, The Call of the Wild is adapted from the novel by Jack London, bringing to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team — and later its leader — Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

A live-action/animation hybrid, The Call of the Wild employs visual effects and animation technology in order to bring the animals in the film to life. Directed by Chris Sanders, the film stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi.

Priced at $9.99, Downhill follows a married couple who, having barely escaped an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, find their lives thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate how they feel about each other.

Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, Downhill is written by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Jesse Armstrong and stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.