Blu-ray, DVD Release: End of Watch

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

End of WatchJake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs) and Michael Pena (Everything Must Go) try to serve and protect in End of Watch.

The crime movie delves into the gritty, dangerous world explored in another movie written by writer/director David Ayers, Training Day.

In End of Watch, Gyllenhaal and Pena play young, enthusiastic cops Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, respectively, who form a brotherhood to ensure they both go home at the end of their watch. But that gets more difficult after they perform a routine traffic stop and confiscate some money and firearms. Turns out, the items belonged to a notorious drug cartel, and they put a price on the cops’ heads.

The thriller film also stars Natalie Martinez (TV’s Detroit 1-8-7), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Frank Grillo (The Grey) and America Ferrera (The Dry Land).

End of Watch Blu-ray boxAyers shot the R-rated movie switching from the points of view of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, dash cams and citizens caught in the line of fire to add more grit to the story.

End of Watch grossed $40 million in theaters, a little more than half the take of 2001’s Training Day. But critics lauded End of Watch as “edgy” and “exciting,” especially the two lead actors. Wrote Detroit News critic Tom Long, “Gyllenhaal and the perpetually under-rated Pena have a wonderful way of bouncing off one another, and Ayers is wise to make this the energy that drives the movie instead of mere violence.”

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack includes a downloadable digital copy and instant streaming via UltraViolet, both redeemable through April 30, 2015.


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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.