Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Awakening

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $26.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


The AwakeningBritish movie The Awakening is an “I don’t believe in ghosts” ghost story.

Rebecca Hall (Everything Must Go) plays Florence Cathcart, a hoax exposer in post World War I England. She’s invited to a boarding school to expose the alledged sightings of a ghost there. But as she investigates, everything she believes begins to unravel.

The first feature film helmed by British TV director Nick Murphy, The Awakening also stars Dominic West (Appropriate Adult) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).

The movie, which is rated R, was screened in a limited number of theaters in the U.S. and got mixed reviews from critics. Globe and Mail‘s Chris Berube called it “a dull British import,” but New York Post‘s Sara Stewart said the film is “an enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of The Others and The Orphange.”

The Awakening Blu-ray boxBoth the DVD and Blu-ray come with these special features:

  • deleted scenes introduced by director Nick Murphy
  • featurette “A Time for Ghosts”
  • featurette “Anatomy of a Scene: Florence and the Lake”

The Blu-ray also contains these extras:

  • “Anatomy of a SCREAM”
  • “Behind the Scenes”
  • and an extended interview with Murphy.

Check out the film’s spooky trailer:

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About Sam 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.