New Release: The Company Men DVD and Blu-ray

The Company MenDrama movie The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck (The Town) and Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves), was released DVD and Blu-ray on June 7, 2011, from The Weinstein Company and distributor Anchor Bay.

The R-rated film follows three men who have been laid off thanks to corporate downsizing, a valid topic, but maybe a bit close to home for many viewers in the current economy.

The independent film, which grossed $4 million in a limited release in theaters, also stars Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men and Maria Bello (Grown Ups).

Timing of the subject matter aside, this film looks like a good little drama, especially with this stellar cast — one of those quiet movies that makes you think, laugh, etc. Indeed, Time Magazine‘s Richard Corliss said The Company Men is “rich and thoughtful,” and Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman called it, “Grade A. Juicy, timely and terrifically engrossing.”

Well-received by critics, the drama, according to its website, “is not the recession movie, but rather a film that traces the journey back home — to family, to love and to the joy that comes from building something from the ground up.” That’s good.

Writer/director John Wells (TV’s ER) reportedly wrote The Company Men after the economic recession in the early 1990s and is loosely based on the experiences of his friends and family of various socio-economic backgrounds. The Company Men is Wells’ feature film directorial debut.

The DVD was priced at $29.98, with the Blu-ray at $39.99. Both include these special features:

  • audio commentary with writer/director John Wells (TV’s ER)
  • making-of featurette
  • and deleted scenes.

Is it one you’d like to buy? Or maybe a renter?

Here’s a montage of scenes from the movie:

 

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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.