New Release: Cell 211 DVD

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Prison life takes an even tougher turn in Cell 211.

Zeitgeist released the taut prison thriller Cell 211, the most acclaimed film to come out of the Spain over the past year, on DVD on Aug. 30, 2011, for a list price of $29.99.

The 2009 movie weaves the wild tale of prison officer Juan Olivier (lberto Ammann), who is knocked unconscious in a freak accident on his first day on the job. Juan’s co-workers carry him to an empty cell, but when he awakes, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high security cellblock, home to the prison’s most dangerous criminals. If they discover Juan’s a guard, he’s finished, so in order to survive, he poses as a prisoner and conspires with the riot’s vicious leader (Luis Tosar, The Limits of Control) to stay alive.

An international box office hit that has grossed nearly $20 million around the world, Cell 211 wasn’t released in theaters in the U.S., although it did pop up at a couple of film festivals.

Not that the U.S. isn’t interested in Cell 211; CBS Films is reportedly developing an American remake of the movie, with Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis (The Next Three Days) slated to direct.

Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, the film’s DVD includes a making-of documentary as a bonus feature.

Take a look at the hard-hitting trailer, with subtitles


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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.