Blu-ray/DVD Release: Restless

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012
Price: Blu-ray/DVD $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


RestlessWith Restless, Sony continues its pattern of releasing smaller movies as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with no individual DVD.

The quirky coming-of-age love story, directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), stars newcomer Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) as the unlikely romantic couple.

Hopper’s Enoch Brae has given up on life and spends his time talking to the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from World War II and going to the funerals of strangers. Wasikowska’s Annabel Cotton is a terminally ill girl who has a deep love of life and the natural world. When they have a chance encounter at a funeral, they find unexpected common ground.

Restless, which is the first feature film written by Jason Lew, also stars Jane Adams (TV’s Hung) and Ryo Kase (Letters From Iwo Jima).

Rated PG-13, the drama was released in a handful of theaters, but the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack gives the movie its biggest audience.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes with a heap of special features, more than usual for a drama of this kind. Here’s the list:

  • Gus Van Sant’s Silent Version of Restless
  • “Enoch & Annabel: One Love”
  • “Enoch & Hiroshi: The Best of Friends”
  • “Gus Van Sant: Independent Voice”
  • “Being Restless
  • “Coming to Life: This is Restless
  • and deleted scenes.

Critics gave the film mixed reviews, some calling it insipid and others saying it’s heartwarming. You be the judge.

    Check out the trailer, which looks sweet enough:

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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.