Blu-ray, DVD Release: John Dies at the End

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia


John Dies at the EndAfter a seven-year break, movie writer-director Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep) returns with John Dies at the End.

Based on the novel by David Wong, the horror-comedy movie is set in a time when a new drug, Soy Sauce, is out, promising an out-of-body experience with each hit. It’s supposed to make users drift across time and dimensions, but when they come back, they’re no longer human.

As a silent invasion happens, the world needs a hero, but the only people available are college dropouts John (Rob Mayes, TV’s The Client List) and David (Chase Williamson, TV’s Never Fade Away), who can barely hold down jobs.

The R-rated independent film also stars Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Clancy Brown (Cowboys & Aliens) and Glynn Turman (Super 8).

John Dies at the End got screened in a limited number of theaters, with critics giving it mixed reviews. The movie was lauded and rejected for the same things. Detroit News‘ Tom Lang said Coscarelli “leans on weird for weird’s sake,” by Minneapolis Star Tribune critic Colin Covert said the film has, “awesome craziness.”

You decide with the DVD and Blu-ray.

Bonus features on the discs are:

  • commentary with Coscarelli, producer Brad Baruh, and stars Mayes and Williamson
  • deleted scenes
  • “Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End
  • “Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce”
  • “Casting Sessions”
  • Fangoria interview with Giamatti
  • trailers.

And here’s the trailer for the film:

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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.