Blu-ray, DVD Release: Austenland

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


AustenlandFor anyone who can’t get enough of Mr. Darcy and the other characters in Jane Austen’s books, welcome to Austenland.

In the movie, Keri Russell (TV’s The Americans) plays Jane Hayes, one such devoted fan, who has saved all her money for a trip of a lifetime — to the eccentric resort Austenland, where fans can live out the Regency era of the books.

Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane aims to avoid spinsterhood, but her difficulties come in figuring out where the fantasy ends and real life  — and maybe love — begins.

Rated PG-13, Austenland also stars Jane Seymour (Love Wedding Marriage), Jennifer Coolidge (American Reunion), J.J. Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bret McKenzie (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The film was directed by first-time helmer Jerusha Hess on a screenplay by Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Shannon Hale, based on Hale’s novel. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer produced.

Austenland had a small release in theater, grossing $2 million, but it might be worth checking out on disc. Critics were lukewarm about the film, but moviegoers who saw it had a better time, giving it 70% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

The DVD and Blu-ray special features include:

  • commentary with Jerusha Hess and Stephenie Meyer
  • Q&A with the cast, including Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and Bret McKenzie.

 

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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.