New Release: Attack the Block DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Nick Frost (.) and Luke Treadaway face an alien invasion in Attack the Block.

A low-income London housing project is turned into an intergalactic battleground in the British science-fiction comedy Attack the Block.

Yes, the story is that simple: a teen street gang in South London (Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, John Boyega) is attacking a pretty nurse (Jodie Whittaker) when they’re interrupted by an object falling from the sky and landing in a nearby car. Emerging from the vehicle is a small alien creature, which the gang subsequently kills. Hoping to gain fame and fortune, they take it to a local drug dealer (Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead) for advice. Unfortunately, all they end up getting is a fresh wave of bigger and angrier aliens, who drop down to Earth for payback and planetary domination.

Written and directed by first-time helmer Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), 2011’s Attack the Block has fast become a cult film favorite, winning the Audience Award for Midnighters at the SXSW Film Festival. It then enjoyed a limited run in U.S. theaters in July, 2011, where it grossed nearly $1 million.

The Blu-ray and DVD are well-supplemented with the following bonus features:

  • five featurettes:
    • “Behind the Block”
    • “Creature Feature”
    • “Meet the Gang”
    • “Unfilmed Action”
    • “That’s a Rap”
  • filmmaker and cast commentaries:
    • junior commentary with writer/director Joe Cornish with John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard and Leeon Jones
    • senior commentary with Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost

The tasty trailer gives you a good sense of the movie’s all about:


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