Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cosmopolis

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 1, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Entertainment One


Cosmopolis movie scene

Robert Pattinson lives by limo in Cosmopolis.

Robert Pattinson took a step away from Twilight superstardom to star in David Cronenberg’s (A Dangerous Method) 2012 film adaptation of Cosmopolis, a drama based on Don DeLillo’s  2003 novel of the same name.

In the movie, Pattinson stars as 28-year-old billionaire financier Eric Packer, who spends one long day riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut. As Packer’s limo is luxurious, spacious, sound-proofed and filled with television screens and computer monitors so that he can continue working, it shouldn’t be a problem that there’s heavy traffic all over the city. But between a handful of strange events and even stranger encounters with a host of people, Packer’s day devolves into a dangerous odyssey that starts to tear his world apart.

Cronenberg’s R-rated film—which joins Naked Lunch (1991) and Crash (1996) in his “Tricky Novels Adapted to The Screen” gallery—also stars Juliette Binoche (Elles), Jay Baruchel (Goon), Samantha Morton (The Messenger) and Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version).

Despite a star turn by heartthrob Pattinson and a high-profile limited release to theaters in August, 2012, Cosmopolis rang up a disappointing $750,000 at the domestic box office. Perhaps the mixed Stateside reviews were to blame…The film performed considerably better around the world, earning some $6 million.

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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.