DVD Release: California Solo

DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

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Robert Carlyle gets organic in California Solo.

The always-engaging Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon A Time, Trainspotting) rocks as a one-time Britpop rocker in the 2012 independent film drama California Solo.

Former rock star Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) has settled into a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm just outside Los Angeles. By day he travels to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce to people like Beau (Alexia Rasmussen, Our Idiot Brother), a lovely struggling actress. By night he drinks himself into a stupor until he retires to his shabby apartment where he records a podcast about great musicians. But everything changes after Lachlan pulled over one night for drunk driving and is subsequently threatened with deportation. Disconsolate and fearful, Lachlan is forced to confront his decadent past and the demons that continue to plague him.

Written and directed by Martin Lewy, the unrated California Solo received a limited release to U.S. theaters in November, 2012 following a rollout at film festivals around the world, including Sundance and fests in Moscow, Edinburgh, Deauville, Mumbai, Haifa and Stockholm, among others. The film received generally fair notices from the critics, garnering a 6.6/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 published reviews.

Bonus features on the DVD include behind-the-scenes footage and a deleted scene.

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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.