Blu-ray, DVD Release: Child’s Play

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Child's Play movie scene

James Mason (l.) and Beau Bridges star in Child's Play.

Based on the stage play by Robert Marasco, the 1972 drama-mystery Child’s Play is lesser-known film directed by the great Sidney Lumet (Network, 12 Angry Men).

A young teacher, Paul Reis (Beau Bridges, The Descendants) arrives at an exclusive Catholic boy’s school that he had attended as young man, where he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems. Reis suspects that one of the older professors in responsible for the school’s increasing incidents of cult-like violence and brutality. Could it be Joe Dobbs (Robert Preston, Victor/Victoria), the easy-going, popular English instructor? Or perhaps Jerome Malley (James Mason, Bigger Than Life), the widely disliked and feared Latin and Greek teacher? Or maybe even someone else…?

Screenwriter Leon Prochnik adapted Marasco’s play, which was produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1970.

Olive’s editions of the PG-rated film represents Blu-ray and DVD debut.

There are no bonus features included.

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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.