DVD Release: Fireflies in the Garden

DVD Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Fireflies in the Garden2008 drama movie Fireflies in the Garden has a whopping cast led by Julia Roberts (Sleeping With the Enemy), Willem Dafoe (Daybreakers) and Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up) and yet it sat on shelves for years before being released in the U.S.

Inspired by a poem by Robert Frost, the film looks at three generations of the Taylor familyand the dysfunctional relationships between the domineering father (Dafoe) and his novelist son Michael (Reynolds), sister-in-law Jane (Emily Watson of Equilibrium and Hayden Panettiere of Scream 4) and others. Roberts plays Dafoe’s wife, who’s involved in a fatal  accident on the way to a family reunion.

The cast also includes Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four).

Rated R, Fireflies in the Garden is the first feature film written and directed by Dennis Lee.

The movie did the rounds in theaters overseas, but it didn’t debut on the big screen in the U.S. until October 2011, when it had a very limited showing.

Despite the heavyweight cast, the film didn’t get approval from critics, who called it “glib, rushed and underdeveloped” (J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader), “trite” (Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News) and “cliche” (Lou Lumenick of the New York Post).

Not being released on Blu-ray for now, Fireflies in the Garden has only one special feature on its DVD:

  • “A Flash of Life: The Making of Fireflies in the Garden.”

The trailer looks suitably dramatic. Here it is:

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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.