DVD Release: Collaborator

DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98
Studio: Entertainment One

Collaborator movie scene

Who's zoomin' who?: Martin Donovan (l.) and David Morse star in Collaborator.

Iconic indie actor turned formidable mainstream presence Martin Donovan (Trust) makes his feature film directorial and screenwriting debut with the 2011 independent drama-thriller Collaborator. He also co-stars in the film, which contains its share of laughs.

Robert Longfellow (Donovan) is a famous playwright who can’t seem to catch a break, his recent Broadway play having met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage being tested by the re-appearance of an old flame (Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer). Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond, Brazil), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse, TV’s Treme). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert’s polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge, building to a climax that will leave both men forever changed.

The unrated Collaborator was screened at a slew of festival in the U.S. and around the world, and opened for a limited Stateside run in theaters in July, 2012. It received generally positive reviews from critics, garnering a 6.1/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews.

As a bonus features, the DVD contains an interview with Donovan and Ms. Williams.

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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.