Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Cabin in the Woods

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012, Digital Download Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Lionsgate

The Cabin in the WoodsJoss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) brings his particular brand of twisted comedy and horror to the old teens-on-a-weekend-getaway genre in The Cabin in the Woods.

The movie’s group of teens consists of Kristen Connolly (TV’s As the World Turns), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anna Hutchison (TV’s Go Girls), Fran Kranz (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) and Jesse Williams (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), and they’re off to a cousin’s cabin in the woods for some much needed R&R before exams. The surprise is, we find out early on that they’re not you’re average dumb teens despite their good looks.

But the further surprise is, every move they make is being monitored by staffers in a some kind of bunker, headed by Richard Jenkins (Friends With Benefits) and Bradley Whitford (TV’s The Good Guys), with some muscle from Brian White (TV’s Men of a Certain Age). And they have an agenda for the teens’ weekend away.

Lauded by critics with a whopping 90% approval rating, according to Rotten Tomatoes, The Cabin in the Woods thrilled this critic to two viewings in theaters. Still, the film grossed a relatively low $42 million in the U.S., considering other horror comedies.

Take it from us: If you missed this movie in theaters, try it on DVD or Blu-ray. Plenty of bloodletting for horror fans, but for those who like to think a bit in their films, there’s plenty of campy comedy.

The Cabin in the Woods Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray and DVD come packed with special features:

  • commentary with writer/director Drew Goddard (writer for TV’s Lost in his first directing job) and writer/producer Whedon
  • documentary “We Are Not Who We Are: Making The Cabin in the Woods
  • featurette “The Secret Secret Stash”
    • “Marty’s Stash”
    • “Hi, My Name Is Josh And I’ll Be Your Guide”
  • Wonder-Con Q&A with Whedon and Goddard
  • featurette “An Army of Nightmares: Make-Up & Animatronic Effects”
  • featurette “Primal Terror: Visual Effects”
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie

The Blu-ray has one exclusive: Bonus View Mode “It’s Not What You Think: The Cabin in the Woods

The digital download also has the Wonder-Con Q&A.


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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.