DVD Release: Bel Ami

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Bel AmiRobert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) gets rid of his sparkly skin and vampire teeth for the 2012 period movie Bel Ami.

Based on the classic novel by Guy de Maupassant, the drama film stars Pattinson as penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy, who uses the wealthiest and most influential women in turn of the century Paris to rise in power. In his lustful quest, he seduces Madame de Marelle (Christina Ricci, TV’s Pan Am), marries Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction), the wife of a former comrade, and conquers Madame Walter (Kristen Scott Thomas, Sarah’s Key).

Rated R, Bel Ami was only screened in a limited number of theaters, so the DVD release gives the movie its biggest audience.

Critics didn’t think much of the film, which is the first feature directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and written by Rachel Bennette.

But it wasn’t the newcomers behind the camera who were criticized by critics. They mostly had a problem with Pattinson’s performance. Newsday‘s John Anderson said, “Pattinson’s passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.”

The DVD has only one special feature: a behind-the-scenes featurette.


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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.