New Release: The Waiting City DVD

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Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton get the lowdown on Calcutta from Samrat Charkrabarti in The Waiting City.

Entertainment One released the 2009 cross-cultural drama The Waiting City, starring Radha Mitchell (The Crazies) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), on DVD on May 31, 2011.

In the movie, Mitchell and Edgerton star as Fiona and Ben Simmons, a well-to-do Australian couple who head to Calcutta to pick up their newly adopted daughter Lakshmi. Being a lawyer, Fiona has no choice but to take her work with her on the trip, while Ben, a once-successful musician, is obviously more excited about the future that awaits them. The young couple’s journey begins to be overtaken by the allure and mystique of India as the pair start to rediscover themselves and learn the meaning of true happiness.

The film looks to us to have the kind of appeal for the exotic that we saw in Wes Anderson’s 2007 travelogue The Darjeeling Limited.

Written and directed by Claire McCarthy, The Waiting City made a theatrical pit stop in Los Angeles last August, but it is essentially premiering in the U.S. on DVD, where it will carry a list price of $24.98.

Bonus features on the DVD include the following:

  • commentary by director Claire McCarthy and actors Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton
  • featurette
  • cast and crew interviews

Check out the movie’s trailer:


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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.