New Release: Super 8 DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

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A train crash unleashes a sense of wonder in Super 8.

Writer/director J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek) science-fiction adventure movie Super 8 offers an almost Spielbergian sense of wonder and adventure. And it’s no wonder, as the 2011 summer hit is co-produced by the legendary Steven Spielberg (Jaws) himself.

The film’s story follows a group of kids in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash one night while they’re filming a Super 8 movie. When the group realizes that the crash was more than just an accident, they set out to find the truth — which turns out to be something more shocking than any of them could have imagined.

A lively blend of adventure, action, mystery, science-fiction, humor and, yes, some Spielberg-ish heart, the PG-13-rated Super 8 stars Kyle Chandler (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Gabriel Basso (TV’s The Big C), Zach Mills (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and Ron Eldard (TV’s Blind Justice), along with newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee.

Released wide to theaters to generally positive reviews from critics, Super 8 rang up a  healthy $126 million at the domestic box office.

While the DVD edition of Super 8 only includes the feature film and a digital copy, the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack offers the following bonus features:

  • commentary by writer/director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong
  • behind-the-scenes featurettes
    • “The Dream Behind Super 8″
    • “The Search for New Faces”
    • “Meet Joel Courtney”
    • “Rediscovering Steel Town”
    • “The Visitor Lives”
    • “Scoring Super 8
    • “Do You Believe in Magic?”
    • “The 8mm Revolution”
  • Deconstructing the Train Crash
  • deleted scenes


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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.