Blu-ray, DVD Release: Les Miserables (2012)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Les MiserablesNominated for eight Academy Awards, director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) 2012 Les Miserables is the latest adaptation of the timeless stage musical, which is based on Victor Hugo‘s classic novel.

Hooper loaded up the movie with a bunch of big stars. Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) as Jean Valjean, the 19th century man who’s being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe, The Next Three Days). Valjean’s decision to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet), daughter of factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs), changes their lives.

The film also stars Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn).

Both Jackman and Hathaway were nominated for Oscars for their performances, Jackman as a leading role and Hathaway as supporting. Les Miserables also was nominated for its costumes, makeup, the original song “Suddenly,” production design, sound mixing and the biggie, Best Motion Picture of the Year.

The movie grossed $144 million at the domestic box office, on generally good reviews from critics, although some reviews called it preachy and bloated.

Les Miserables Blu-ray boxBoth the Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:

  • “The Stars of Les Miserables” including interviews with Hooper and the actors
  • “Creating the Perfect Paris” with an intricate look at the recreation of Paris streets that no longer exist by production designer Eve Stewart
  • “The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables” mini-documentary about the historical backdrop and themes of the classic story
  • feature commentary with director Hooper.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo also has these exclusives:

  • Les Miserables Singing Live” with the cast and production team discussing the challenges of singing live instead of lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks
  • “Battle at th Barricade” about the creation of the scene when actors are building the barricade themselves in real time
  • “The West End Connection” with West End stage producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming
  • Les Miserables on Location” about the movie’s locations, including a dry dock on the coast of England, an underground chapel in London and the ancient city of Winchester.


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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.