Blu-ray, DVD Release: Byzantium

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: IFC

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Vampire Gemma Arterton takes a bite out of life in Byzantium.

Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) star in the arty 2012 vampire horror film drama Byzantium.

Clara (Arterton) and her daughter Eleanor (Ronan) have been sating their need for blood for 200 years. Sensitive Eleanor relies on the elderly to survive, but Clara is far less compassionate, working as a prostitute and bringing a violent end to those who would take advantage of women. When the trail of bloodless corpses left in their wake forces them to flee to a coastal town, Clara sees an opportunity to set up a brothel in an old resort and provide for her daughter. But Eleanor, unwilling to continue living on the run, yearns to tell her story of life in the past, not anticipating the grave consequences doing so may have.

Directed Neil Jordan (who’s no stranger to vampire tales as he directed 1994’s Interview with the Vampire), Byzantium deftly draws upon 19th century mythology to create a wholly contemporary gothic tale.

Well-received by the critics, the R-rated movie nonetheless stumbled upon its release to U.S. theaters in June, 2013, grossing only $80,000 on a dozen screens.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.