Blu-ray, DVD Release: Bernie

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $28.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Millennium

Bernie movie scene

Jack Black cares for Shirley MacLaine in Bernie.

Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels), Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) and Mathew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer) star in the critically acclaimed 2012 comedy Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused).

Bernie is based on the true story, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Black), one of the most beloved citizens of small town Carthage, befriends crusty widow Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), the town’s least popular citizen. Marjorie quickly becomes fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggles to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continues to handle her affairs, and the townspeople go for months without seeing Marjorie. When Marjorie disappears and it’s subsequently reported that she’s been dead for some time, things take a turn for the bizarre as the townspeople rally around Bernie when he is tried for her murder.

Adapted from his article by journalist Skip Hollandsworth, Bernie has garnered high praise from audiences, receiving a 92% fresh rating from Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It received a limited rollout to theaters in the U.S. in April, 2012, ringing up some $7 million at the box office as of this writing.

The Blu-ray and DVD of the PG-13-rated film contain the following features:

  • “True Story to Film” Featurette
  • Special performance of  “Amazing Grace” by Jack Black
  • “The Gossips” Featurette on the real-life townspeople of Carthage, including interviews and their auditions for the film


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About Laurence

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.