Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pawn Shop Chronicles

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay


Pawn Shop Chronicles movie scene

Matt Dillon (l.) and Elijah Wood each pay a hefty price for what they want in Pawn Shop Chronicles.

A group of people may be pawning far more than they bargained for in the 2013 Southern-fried action-comedy film Pawn Shop Chronicles.

The film offers three tales that are all connected by items found in a Southern small-town pawn shop. In the first, a group of strung-out, white-supremacist meth heads (Contraband‘s Lukas Haas and Fast Five‘s Paul Walker) attempt to rob a meth lab; the second finds a newly remarried man (Matt Dillon, Armored) desperately searching for his kidnapped wife; and the third zeroes in on an Elvis impersonator (Brendan Fraser, Journey to the Center of the Earth) trying to make sense of the strange goings-on at the carnival where he struggles to find an audience who enjoys his act.

Directed by Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) and written by Adam Minarovich, the movie co-stars Norman Reedus (TV’s The Walking Dead), Thomas Jane (TV’s Hung), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket).

The R-rated Pawn Shop Chronicles (which contains “violence, sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use”) opened this month in a limited release to U.S. theaters to so-so reviews, with many critics comparing the film to a Nineties-era Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)  flick.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack includes an audio commentary by director Kramer and writer Minarovich.

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