Blu-ray, DVD Release: Liberal Arts

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: IFC


Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Radnor engage in some Liberal Arts.

Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) star in writer/director/star Radnor’s 2012 romantic comedy-drama movie Liberal Arts.

When Jesse (Radnor) , a 35-year-old New York college admissions adviser, is invited back to his Midwestern alma mater to attend his favorite professor’s retirement dinner, he falls back in love with the university life of ivy-covered buildings and intellectual adventures. But when he meets 19-year-old student Zibby (Olsen), the bright, beautiful, book-loving daughter of his professor’s friends, he suddenly finds himself caught in a moral dilemma: Does he pursue a perhaps inappropriate relationship with this kindred spirit, or does he break her heart and return to the “real world”?

The PG-13-rated Liberal Arts features such familiar (and busy!) co-stars as Zac Efron (New Year’s Eve), Richard Jenkins (Let Me In), Allison Janney (The Help) and Elizabeth Reaser (Young Adult).

The independent film received generally positive reviews from the critics—it garnered a 6.8/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 68 published reviews—and rang up approximately $325,000 at the box office as of Dec. 1, 2012 during its limited release to U.S. theaters in September. The presence of up-and-comer Olsen undoubtedly played a major part in its reception.

No bonus features are on the Liberal Arts DVD or Blu-ray.

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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.