Blu-ray, DVD Release: Roadie

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia

Roadie movie scene

Ron Eldard (l.) and Bobby Cannavale lend an ear to the rock'n'roll in Roadie.

Ron Eldard (Super 8) stars in the film that asks ‘Is there life after a backstage career in rock’n’roll?’ in the 2011 music-filled independent drama Roadie.

Eldard portrays Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary rock band Blue Oyster Cult, who is unceremoniously fired after touring with the band for more than 20 years. Broke and desperate and quite possibly fearing The Reaper, Jimmy has no other choice than to move back in with his mother (Lois Smith, Please Give) in Forest Hills, Queens. Soon he meets up with some of his hard-partying high school friends, including his former girlfriend (Jill Hennessy, Small Town Murder Songs) who happens to be married to his longtime nemesis (Bobby Cannavale, Win Win), who show him how little things can change.

Co-written and directed by Michael Cuesta (TV’s Homeland), the R-rated Roadie popped into theaters for a limited theatrical run in January, 2012, where it received so-so reviews from the critics, most of whom agreed that Eldard was quite fine in the title role.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include an HDNet featurette and a photo gallery.

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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.