Blu-ray, DVD Release: Side Effects

Digital Download: May 7, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


Side EffectsSteven Soderbergh reunited with a bunch of former cast members for thriller movie Side Effects.

First there’s Jude Law, who was in Soderbergh’s Contagion, Catherine Zeta-Jones was in Soderbergh’s Traffic and Channing Tatum was in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.

The newcomer in Side Effects is Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), who plays Emily Taylor, a woman who suffers from terrifying anxiety when her husband (Tatum) is released from prison after doing time for insider trading. Mara turns to psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (Law) for help, and he prescribes an experimental drug that has chilling and deadly … er, side effects.

The film grossed $30 million in wide release in theaters, which is relatively low considering the rave reviews critics gave it. Perhaps audiences were scared off after critics lauded Magic Mike, which had as many holes in its story as it did scenes of nearly naked hot men.

Soderbergh’s movie are hit or miss, but Side Effects was called one of the director’s best by Toronto Star critic Peter Howell, who said the film features “electric performance by Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.” If that’s the case, hopefully the movie is closer to Traffic and Contagion, which rank at the top of Soderbergh’s filmography. And maybe the performances alone are a reason to watch.

The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack contain these special features:

  • “Behind-the-Scenes of Side Effects
  • Aliza Website Experience
  • commercial for Ablixa, the fictional drug portrayed in the movie
  • and commercial for Intenin.

Check out the movie’s trailer:

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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.