Blu-ray Review: Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle Blu-ray boxSTUDIO: Universal | DIRECTOR: George Gallo | CAST: Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Beau Bridges, Kevin Pollak
BLU-RAY & DVD RELEASE DATE: 3/6/2012 | PRICE: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $26.98
BONUSES: none
SPECS: PG-13 | 86 min. | Thriller | DTS-HD audio | English, French subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

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Selma Blair (r.) and Amy Smart don't like what they see in Columbus Circle.

Director George Gallo (Middle Men) turns the tables on his audience with Columbus Circle, a fun little thriller filled with name actors.

The movie centers around Selma Blair (The Family Tree), an abused heiress who disappeared from society years ago and has been holed up in a penthouse apartment in New York’s Columbus Circle. Her only contact with the outside world is with the building’s manager (Kevin Pollak, The Big Year) and her doctor (Beau Bridges, The Descendants).

But when the old lady across the hall dies, Blair’s agoraphobia is challenged when she must deal with the police (Giovanni Ribisi, Contraband) and her new, very loud neighbors (Amy Smart of Dead Awake and Jason Lee of Almost Famous), as her neighbors’ problems bleed into her own life.

Although a little over the top in places, the acting is fine, with Pollak doing a nice little Columbo routine.

There’s some good humor in the film, including a phone ringing in the pocket of a buried body, and the Gallo keeps the pace well.

The story is a bit predictable, but some nice twists can be found in the third act. And it’s always nice to see the bad guys beaten at their own game.

The Blu-ray doesn’t have any special features.

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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.