Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Purge

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 8, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The PurgeWhat if all crime was legal for 12 hours a year? That’s the premise behind horror movie The Purge.

Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers) stars as James Sandin, father and husband to Mary (Lena Headey, TV’s Game of Thrones), who lives in a gated community that goes into yearly lockdown during the free-for-all 12 hours that America allows.

When an intruder breaks in, James and Mary must survive the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

The Purge Blu-ray boxR-rated The Purge grossed a tidy $65 million in theaters, but the movie didn’t get great reviews from critics. Variety‘s Leslie Felperin called it “disappointing,” and Hollywood Reporter‘s Neil Young wrote the “gimmicky chiller lacks the robustness and distinction needed to support its social commentary ambitions.”

The DVD and Blu-ray only contain one special feature: “Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge.”

But the Blu-ray/DVD Combo also offers a downloadable digital copy of the film and instant streaming through UltraViolet.

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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.