New Release: A Dog Year DVD

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) delivers an Emmy-nominated performance in the HBO original film A Dog Year, which HBO Home Entertainment released on DVD on Dec. 7, 2010, for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

Based on the memoir by New York Times best-selling author John Katz, A Dog Year tells the story of a writer (Bridges) in the middle of an existential crisis. He adopts an abused dog, a well-bred but high-strung border collie, who turns his life upside down. At first, the dog wreaks chaos on the suburban inertia that Katz shares with two older, mellower Labrador Retrievers.

Suffering from writer’s block and a touch of misanthropy, Katz attempts to rein in the school bus-chasing new dog but with little success, despite a reality check visit from his college-age daughter Emma (Lauren Ambrose, HBO’s Six Feet Under). A move to a rural farmhouse, combined with insightful lessons in animal behavior from a tough-love trainer (Lois Smith, HBO’s True Blood), begin to yield healing for the dog and, more importantly, for Katz. Ultimately, the experience transforms both man and dog in meaningful, though unexpected ways.

Bonus materials on the DVD for A Dog Year includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with an interview by Bridges.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.