Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Host

Digital Download Release Date: June 25, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The HostAfter Twilight came the movie adaptation of novelist Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host, a sort of Invasion of the Body Snatchers romance for teens.

The science-fiction film stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) as Melanie Stryder, who must risk everything to protect the people she loves after an unseen enemy threatens to take over human bodies and erase their memories.

Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Chandler Canterbury (Repo Men) and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four) also star in The Host, which was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time).

The Host did not impress critics at all, who gave it only 9% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers liked it better, but only to 54%. Bad reviews kept interest low at the box office, not even attracting Meyer’s Twilight fans. The film earned $26 million in theaters.

If you try it on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo, you’ll also get these special features:

  • deleted scenes
  • behind-the-scenes featurette “Bringing The Host to Life,” including interviews with Meyer, Ronan, Irons and Abel
  • “Seeker PSA” feature commentary with Meyer, Niccol and producer Nick Wechsler.
  • The Blu-ray/DVD Combo also offers digital download and streaming of the film via UltraViolet.

Check out the trailer for The Host:

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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.