New Release: Tanner Hall DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Dec. 13, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay

Tanner Hall movie scene

Rooney Mara thinks it over in Tanner Hall.

The 2009 independent drama film Tanner Hall takes a peek into the rarefied world of a privileged all-girls boarding school.

The first film written and directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, the movie introduces us to the shy and studious Fernanda (Rooney Mara, The Social Network) as she’s entering her senior year at Tanner Hall, a sheltered boarding school in New England.

Fernanda finds she’s got a bit more to contend with during her final year, beginning with the arrival of a manipulative childhood acquaintance named Victoria (Georgia King, One Day). It doesn’t take too long for trouble to begin brewing for Fernanda and her crew of BFFs, which includes adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen, TV’s United States of Tara) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson, Garden State). And Fernanda’s relationship with an older family friend who happens to be a man (Tom Everett Scott, TV’s Southland) makes things even more complicated.

The R-rated Tanner Hall received a very limited release to five U.S. theater screens in September 2011, eliciting average reviews from movie critics.

What makes Tanner Hall most appealing to us is the presence of Ms. Mara, who’s the star of the hotly anticipated Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher (The Social Network) and slated to open in theaters in December 2011.

The Blu-ray and DVD include a commentary track by writers/directors Gregorini and von Furstenberg.

Here’s the film’s theatrical trailer:

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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.