New Release: Higher Ground DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Jan. 10, 2012
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Vera Farmiga gives herself over to a radical church in Higher Ground.

The drama film Higher Ground, directed by and starring the talented Vera Farmiga (Source Code) is based on the memoir This Dark World by Carolyn S. Briggs.

(Unofficially, the movie also shares the same name as my favorite Stevie Wonder song.)

Pregnant, married and awkward at 18 years old, Corrine Miller (played as a teen by Taissa Farmiga and as an older woman by Vera) grows more and more interested in Jesus, eventually giving herself over to a radical New Testament church.  Amidst her community of self-described “Jesus Freaks,” Corrine’s daily life consists of hours of Bible study, alternative family practices and bracing for the oncoming Rapture.  It’s only when her marriage begins to unravel that Corrine dares to question the religious dogma she has embraced for her entire life.

An official 2011 selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival, Higher Ground also stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Donna Murphy (Tangled) and Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married).

Released on a limited basis to theaters in the U.S. in August to fair reviews from the critics, the R-rated Higher Ground grosses some $800,000 at the box office.

Bonus features on the combo set include the following:

  • Commentary with Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard and producer Renn Hawkey
  • “The Making of Higher Ground”
  • Deleted Scenes
  • L.A. Film Festival Q & A
  • Here’s the 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.