Napoleon is now available to watch at home

Napoleon can now be rented or bought via major digital retailers ahead of it joining the Apple TV+ later this year.

Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie puts Oscar-winning star Joaquin Phoenix in the role of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

From today (January 9), Napoleon is available to rent for £15.99 or buy for £19.99 from Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft Store and other digital retailers in the UK.

In the US, the movie is available to rent for $19.99 or buy for $24.99 from Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu and more.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly around the time of Napoleon‘s theatrical release last autumn, Ridley Scott said: “These kinds of films are like climbing a mountain. At the ground level, the peak looks a long way off.

“But as you climb up the hill with your partners in this ridiculously challenging Lego kit of information you’re trying to put together, sometimes pieces don’t fit and you’re already at 20,000 feet.

“It’s a continual day-by-day process, but that’s why I do it. I love it.”

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Meanwhile, during a separate interview with The New Yorker, the director discussed portraying Bonaparte’s fiery personality on screen.

“He is deeply vulnerable, and while doing his job he’s able to hide that under a marvellous front,” said Scott. “His forceful personality was part of his theatre… Who was this person, and why was he vulnerable? And it was this woman called Joséphine.”

Empress Joséphine is played by Vanessa Kirby in the film. Jodie Comer was originally cast in the role of Bonaparte’s first wife, but she dropped out due to commitments on her one-woman play Prima Facie.

Napoleon is available to buy or rent from Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft Store in the UK. It will stream later this year on Apple TV+.

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