Director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s smash end-of-summer comedy, We’re the Millers, will be ready for some Thanksgiving viewing as either a double-disc DVD product offering or a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (all SKUs come with UltraViolet) on Nov. 19.
The ARR comes in at 102 days and ticket sales at local multiplexes amounted to an impressive haul of $142.4 million.
When news first arrived (via theatrical trailer) that Jennifer Aniston was starring in yet another comedy (she’s made like 50 of them so far, right?), the knee-jerk reaction was that this was going to be a late summer (Aug. 7 debut) throwaway. Maybe a chick flick; a date night bit of fluff.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. The plot elements — mainly from writers Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (who previously teamed for the Wedding Crashers) — are just goofy enough to make We’re the Millers a fun ride with a nice edge to it.
And when you add to that a solid cast, toplined by Aniston and her co-star from Horrible Bosses and SNL alum, Jason Sudeikis, who are joined by Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew, Aquamarine, etc.) and Will Poulter (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) — as the rest of the “Miller” family — you have an ensemble cast that generates plenty of comedy chemistry.
Bonus nuggets are led by an extended cut of the film — an extra nine minutes of trims to get the final theatrical cut to an R-rating!!! That’s right, an R-rating, which leaves one to wonder if these edits were for comedy timing or for content (Aniston’s character is a stripper and she does has some nice “moves” for an “aging” actress, including a well executed strip tease sequence … at 44 years of age, Hollywood can be so cruel).
There are deleted scenes, a gag reel, outtakes (“Miller’s Unleashed: Outtakes Overload”), the multi-part featurette titled “Stories from the Road” and two additional production features — “Livin’ It Up with Brad” and “When Paranoia Sets In.”
Also getting a DVD and Blu-ray (both with UltraViolet) push on Nov. 26 is producer/director Courtney Solomon’s Getaway, which teamed Ethan Hawke with both Selena Gomez and Rebecca Budig in a high-octane chase and rescue thiller.
The ARR is 88 days and the box office take came in $10.5 million.
Bonus features include five production featurettes — “Crash Cams,” “Destroying a Custom Shelby,” “Metal and Asphalt” “Selena Gomez: On Set” and “The Train Station.”
One last note, on Oct. 1 — flying home under the radar — was the long-awaited DVD debut of director Robert Florey’s 1946 atmospheric horror thriller, The Beast with Five Fingers.
Peter Lorre stars as an increasingly unhinged killer who imagines that a crawling hand is stalking him in an eerie old house. Robert Alda, Andrea King and J. Carrol Naish co-star.
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