New Release: The Dilemma DVD and Blu-ray

The Dilemma movie sceneFunny men Vince Vaughn and Kevin James come together in director Ron Howard’s The Dilemma, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on May 3, 2011, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

With Vaughn and James, you might expect a laugh-fest ala Vaughn’s Couples Retreat or James’ Grown Ups, but instead Howard’s movie mixes comedy and drama. In the film, Vaughn and James are entrepreneurs under stress as they try to close a big deal. Meanwhile, Vaughn is trying to create the perfect proposal for his long-time girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly, Creation) but comes unraveled when he sees James’ wife (Winona Ryder, Black Swan) with another man (Channing Tatum, Dear John). The dilemma is whether or not to spill the beans. Queen Latifah (Just Wright) also stars.

With mixed reviews, PG-13 rated The Dilemma grossed $47.6 million in theaters, a lot less than its estimated $70 million budget.

The movie was priced at $29.98 on DVD and $39.98 on Blu-ray.

Here are the special features on the discs:


  • alternate ending
  • seven deleted scenes with introduction by Howard
  • gag reel
  • and featurette “This is The Dilemma,” with Howard and producer Brain Grazer talking about how the movie’s premise was conceived in a restaurant in Rome.

The Blu-ray has all those plus:

  • seven more deleted scenes
  • featurette “Tour Chicago” as Vaughn takes viewers to some of the city’s locations used in the film
  • featurette “On Ice” with Vaughn, James and Howard on the ice at Chicago’s United Center the year the Blackhawk’s won the Stanley Cup and Howard getting an ice hockey lesson from Blackhawk’s star Dave Bolland
  • and Universal’s usual interactive features: BD-Live
  • Pocket Blu
  • My Movies
  • My Scenes
  • and UHear.

Also, the Blu-ray includes a downloadable digital copy of the movie. The digital copy has a quick five-month expiration time, expiring on Oct. 31.

Check out the trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.