Blu-ray, DVD Release: Moonrise Kingdom

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Moonrise KingdomAcclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited) scored with critics and audiences with his comedy movie Moonrise Kingdom.

Set in the 1960s, the film about first love tells the story of 12-year-olds Sam and Suzy (newcomers Jared Gilmna and Kara Hayward) who run away together from camp on an island off the coast of New England. Various authorities search for the young lovers while a violent storm is brewing, all threatening to turn the coastal town upside down.

Moonrise Kingdom boasts a first class, including Edward Norton (Red Dragon), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Frances McDormand (Almost Famous), Tilda Swinton (The Man From London), Bruce Willis (Red), Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver), Bob Balaban (Howl) and Anderson film staple Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore).

As well as directing, Anderson wrote the script with Roman Coppola, who also paired up on The Darjeeling Limited (along with Schwartzman).

Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray boxThe PG-13 romance movie grossed a tidy $42 million in less than 1,000 theaters, scoring high praise from both critics and moviegoers, a whopping 94% and 90%, respectively, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD contain these special features:

  • “A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom
  • “Welcome to the Island of New Penzance” with Balaban narrating a series of guided tours from the movie’s locations, featuring Willis, Norton, Murray and Anderson
  • “Set Tour With Bill Murray”

The Blu-ray, a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, also adds Universal’s usual Blu-ray extras:

  • Pocket Blu app, connecting the Blu-ray player and smartphones
  • uHear feature so no dialog is missed
  • BD-Live access
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie
  • and instant streaming with UltraViolet.


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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.