A few people have been asking where they can watch The Young and Prodigious Spivet and when it will be released on DVD/blu-ray. I did a little digging and found this on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s official blog, dated 16th January 2014.
Sold worldwide, TS will only be on the screens in [countries other than France] as of May. This is due to the fact that a contract was signed with the famous American distributor Harvey Weinstein, which prohibits other countries from releasing the film before the USA. This is called a “holdback”. And this is why Spivet could not participate in all the international festivals it was invited to. Fortunately, this “holdback” ends in May.
As for the American release, no date has been set yet.
Because of this “holdback” the DVD and Bluray versions will be released in June instead of January as originally planned, to prevent English-speaking spectators from buying it on the Internet before the cinema release in their own country.
They are going to be brilliant: 3D version, 2D version, with a bonus “making of” that is more than an hour long by Julien Lecat, who was responsible for the “making-of” for ‘Micmacs’ and ‘A Very Long Engagement’, commentary for cut scenes, and a paper version of the storyboard in certain boxed sets.