Blu-ray, DVD Release: Being Flynn

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Being FlynnThe drama movie Being Flynn stars three powerhouse actors: Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver), Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens) and Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right).

Based on the memoir by Nick Flynn, the film tells the story of a father, Jonathan (De Niro), and a son, Nick (Dano), who have not seen each other for 18 years. A writer, Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter to bring purpose to his life, and one night, Jonathan shows up looking for a bed. Reunited, Nick wrestles with whether to reach out to his father and give them both a chance at a future.

Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Lily Taylor (Brooklyn’s Finest) and Wes Studi (Avatar) also star in the movie, which is rated R. And it was directed and written by Paul Weitz, writer/director of the fabulous and touching comedy About a Boy.

Being Flynn Blu-ray boxDespite all that cache, Being Flynn only got a very limited release in theaters. And there, it got mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Newsday critic Rafer Guzman said, “Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.” Whereas Toronto Star‘s Peter Howell said the film “heads downward in every sense of the word.”

If you try out the movie on DVD or Blu-ray, you won’t have too much else for entertainment. Both discs contain just one main special feature:

  • “The Heart of Being Flynn” behind-the-scenes featurette including interviews with De Niro, Dano and Weitz.

The Blu-ray also has:

  • BD-Live access
  • Pocket Blu app to allow smart phones to interact with your Blu-ray player
  • and uHear, so you don’t miss any dialog.

Check out the trailer:


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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.