I Can Only Imagine -- the faith-based hit that surprised Hollywood – has a home video release date.
The film will arrive on digital platforms June 5 and on a Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo package on June 12.
Directed by brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin (Woodlawn, Mom’s Night Out), the movie finished in the top five its first three weekends and had grossed more than $81 million as of May 8 – far beyond its $7 million budget, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com data. Among the top 10 films on opening weekend in total gross, its per-theater average ($10,503) was No. 1.
The movie tells the true story behind MercyMe’s song I Can Only Imagine, which was penned by lead singer Bart Millard after he saw his abusive father come to Christ late in life. It stars newcomer J. Michael Finley, Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid, singer Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traded) and Priscilla Shirer (War Room).
Andrew Erwin told ChristianHeadlines.com that I Can Only Imagine is powerful because Millard’s story itself is powerful.
“With Bart’s story, people will watch it and say, ‘There's no way that could happen,’” Erwin told ChristianHeadlines.com. “… [But] it happened. It's the power of the Christian testimony.”
Movies, Erwin added, enable he and his brother to bring the gospel to non-Christians.
“It is an amazing tool for engaging culture and for being able to step in and introduce people to Christianity that might not darken the doorway of a church,” he said. “And so there's definitely an agenda behind it to be able to introduce people to the Gospel. … But it starts with the story. It's got to be a great story. I can't ask somebody to give that amount of time [in the theater] if it's just there for a message. And so we go out and find stories first, and when that story captivates my heart as a storyteller and Jon's heart, then we're like, we have to tell the story.”
The combo package will include seven deleted scenes, seven featurettes, and audio commentary.
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Publication date: May 8, 2018