Blu-ray, DVD Release: W.E.

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98 Blu-ray $39.99
Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

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Love is in the air in W.E.

The 2011 romantic drama W.E. represents the feature film directorial debut of Madonna.

Co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare), the film looks at two different love stories intertweined across the decades: The love affair of King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy, Age of Heroes) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough, Happy-Go-Lucky) in the 1930s, and a modern romance between a married New York woman (Abbie Cornish, Sucker Punch) and a Russian security guard (Oscar Isaac, Drive) at Sothebys Auction House.

Though it received a handful of honors, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for Madonna’s song “Masterpiece,” W.E. didn’t make much of an impression on critics or audiences. It’s limited run in U.S. theaters in February, 2012 garnered a feeble $500,000 at the box office, along with a slew of bad reviews. (Of the 95 reviews gauged on Rotten Tomatoes, 83 were negative!)

The W.E. Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD special features include a “The Making of W.E.” featurette.

Hmmm, based on the movie’s reception, maybe an “Unmaking of W.E. featurette” would have been a better idea!

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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.