Blu-ray, DVD Release: Beautiful Creatures

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video


Beautiful CreaturesAnother young adult book series made its debut on the big screen with Beautiful Creatures.

Based on the novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the fantasy movie tells the story of Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich, Stoker) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert, In Fear). Ethan wants to escape his small town of Gatlin, which he thinks is boring and dead end. His view changes when Lena moves to Gatlin, but she has secrets, namely strange powers that have kept her at a distance from other people in her life.

As Lena and Ethan are drawn together, their romance is threatened, however. Lena’s a Caster and her family has Dark powers. And on her 16th birthday, Lena must do the Claiming, which will decide her fate between Light or Dark.

Rated PG-13, Beautiful Creatures also stars Jeremy Irons (The Words), Viola Davis (The Help) and Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3).

Despite the love fans have for the book, the romance film didn’t come close to the phenomenon that Twilight became, grossing $19 million in theaters. The lack of audience attention could have been because of the movie’s reviews, which were more on the negative than positive. Twilight paved the way for that too, but Times-Picayune critic Mike Scott said of Beautiful Creatures: “Trying to become the next Twilight, it is a better film in most respects than any entry in that franchise – although that’s damning it with faint praise.” Indeed.

Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack comes with these special features:

  • “Book to Screen”
  • “The Casters”
  • “Between Two Worlds”
  • “Forbidden Romance”
  • “Alternate Worlds”
  • Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes”
  • book trailer for Icons by author Margaret Stohl
  • download and instant streaming through UltraViolet, redeemable before May 21, 2015.

 

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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.