Paramount Home Media has added prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s latest comedy — a love-affair for all-things Los Angeles — Digging for Fire to its Nov. 3 DVD release package.
Already in place on that date are a trio of multi-disc, full-series collections — Californication: The Complete Series (a 14-disc set), I Love Lucy: The Complete Series (a whopping 33 discs) and a remastered presentation of Star Trek: The Complete Original Series (the Enterprise, Kirk and Spock boldly go on adventures spread over 25-discs).
Tim (Jake Johnson — Jurassic World, as Nick in the New Girl sitcom series, plus such films as Neighbors, The Pretty One, Drinking Buddies, etc.) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt — Rachel Getting Married, Your Sister's Sister, Kill the Messenger) are a thirty-something L.A. married couple — with a kid — who are stressed to the max. So when the opportunity to house-sit away from their digs to the luxury of a secluded Hollywood Hills abode comes their way they jump at it.
It would have been the perfect getaway, but the bickering starts and Tim has to get the family taxes done, so Lee packs up the kid and heads across town to hang with her parents (cameos by Judith Light and Sam Elliott). Before she heads out Tim discovers what appears to be a human bone and rusty revolver … and that discovery will eventually get the best of him.
Digging for Fire is an “actor’s actor film,” meaning that Swanberg has his friends populate his films as ensemble players … he’s not quite there in his art, as say a Robert Altman or a Woody Allen, but that will come in time. Digging for Fire is a major milestone along that path (especially as an indie film; The Orchard handled the film festival and arthouse runs, with Paramount picking it up for the home entertainment market place).
His set-up here neatly diverges into two storylines. Lee gets a night off from her three-year old son, but that doesn’t go as planned as she instead spends the evening with a sensitive and well-meaning chef (played by Orlando Bloom).
Meanwhile, Tim abandons the taxes in favor of a BBQ, beer bust and treasure hunt with a trio of his buddies — Phil (Mike Birbiglia), Ray (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Steve Berg) — which soon finds more arrivals, including “Max” (Brie Larson — best know as Kate in the United States of Tara sitcom, plus such films as Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street, The Gambler, Trainwreck), winsome beauty that catches Tim’s eye.
Will Tim and Lee survive their L.A. adventure? That’s the big question … and what of that rusty gun and the bone?
With Universal Studios announcing a release date for Amy Schumer’s hit comedy Trainwreck (Nov. 10) this past week, it was only natural that Comedy Central and Paramount would be all over that with an Amy Schumer announcement of their own. Two weeks later, Nov. 24, look for Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3, a double-disc collection of ten episodes. Guest stars include the likes of Paul Giamatti, Patricia Arquette, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Hader (her Trainwreck co-star) and Jerry Seinfeld.
Bonus features include a blopper reel, outtakes, an unaired sketch titled “Engagement Photographer” and four extended video sessions.
Also added to Paramount’s release calendar this week are both DVD and Blu-ray editions of Zoo: The First Season. Slated for delivery on Dec. 1, this 13-episode sci-fi series is based on the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 2012 novel of the same name and follows the research of zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk — Mad Men, The Crazy Ones, etc.). He’s become convinced that animals are becoming more and more aggressive in their attacks upon humans … even organized in their efforts.
Bonus goodies include a video session from the Comic-Con launch, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more.