Blu-ray, DVD Release: Warrior

Blu-ray, DVD Release Date: Dec. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Lionsgate

WarriorSports movie Warrior takes sibling rivalry to the extreme.

The drama film stars rising actors Tom Hardy (Inception) and Joel Edgerton (The Thing) as brothers who have been estranged since they were teens, when differing feelings about their alcoholic father (Nick Nolte, Cape Fear) tore them apart. Hardy returns to his hometown to get his father to train him for a big MMA tournament, but Edgerton, who’s about to lose his house due to economic struggles, becomes an underdog in the same tournament. As they fight for money, they must also fight their own family history.

The film is directed and co-written by Gavin O’Connor, who knows something about inspirational sports movies as he also helmed 2004’s Miracle, about the U.S. hockey run in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Warrior also stars Jennifer Morrison of TV’s Once Upon a Time.

Warrior didn’t do well at the box office, grossing only $13.6 million, but the movie had good reviews from both critics and audiences, scoring 84% and 93%, respectively, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Warrior Blu-ray boxNew Yorker‘s Bruce Diones said about Warrior, “The movie is so skillfully made, and the performances are so convincingly real (Hardy is sensational), that, as it reaches its cathartic winning finish, it achieves a surprising compassion and honesty.”

The DVD and Blu-ray include these special features:

  • audio commentary
  • making-of documentary
  • mixed martial arts strategy
  • gag reel
  • deleted scene.

The Blu-ray also contains an Enhanced Viewing Mode for the movie.

Check out the movie’s heavy-hitting trailer:

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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.