Win a Blu-ray of the Tom Hanks-starring Western ‘NEWS OF THE WORLD’!


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing the new gripping and tender Tom Hanks-starring Western NEWS OF THE WORLD on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on March 23.

Fresh Fiction has some Blu-ray copies to give away! Information on how to get yours is below, along with information on the release.


The rules are simple:

  • Email with your NAME and MAILING ADDRESS that you’d like the code to be sent. (Note: U.S. addresses only and no PO boxes.)
  • Title your email subject: “NEWS Movie Giveaway.”
  • In the body of email, tell us the greatest news you’ve ever received in your life.
  • The giveaway is active now until next Thursday, March 25 @ 12 PM CT.

Preston Barta’s Synopsis/Review:

If ever John Krasinski had someone turn the feelings felt in his sanity-saving YouTube series, Some Good News, into a movie, this Paul Greengrass-directed Western would be pretty close to being it. These fine two hours of cinema capture the influential power that positive news and storytelling can have on people. It showcases another terrific Tom Hanks performance, an endearing father-daughter type of relationship, and a feel-good story about broken people coming together.

Set in the wake of the Civil War, New of the World sees Hanks as Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a former infantryman who travels around Texas to read lively accounts of events that have happened nearby and far. A new task comes his way after he discovers 10-year-old Johanna (Helena Zengel) along his travels. Johanna is a German immigrant raised by the Kiowa people after her parents’ died six years earlier. Like a good Mandalorian would, Capt. Kidd accepts the duty of helping Johanna find her last remaining relatives.

News of the World is a classic journey that picks up so much beauty along the way. Other filmmakers would likely focus on the death and brutality of the times. But like the angle Capt. Kidd takes with his news readings, Greengrass keeps his own material in the light. It’s an unabashedly sincere drama that will put a lot of pep in your step. It’s lovely, and you’ll treasure the wisdom it imparts.

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in NEWS OF THE WORLD. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.


  • PARTNERS: TOM HANKS & HELENA ZENGEL – Witness the successful (and very fun) working relationship of movie veteran Tom Hanks and newcomer Helena Zengel.
  • WESTERN ACTION – Explore the creation of NEWS OF THE WORLDs most exciting and challenging scenes.
  • PAUL GREENGRASS MAKES NEWS OF THE WORLD – A look at how director Paul Greengrass assembled the very best filmmaking team to realize a lifelong ambition of making a western.
  • THE KIOWA – Filmmakers explain why the authentic representation of the Kiowa was so important to them.

NEWS OF THE WORLD will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app thatsimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit
About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.