Blu-ray, DVD Release: Captain Phillips

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Captain PhillipsTom Hanks (Cloud Atlas) finds danger at sea again in Captain Phillips, and this time it’s based on a true story.

The drama movie focuses on the relationship between Phillips, captain of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama and the Somali pirate captain (newcomer Barkhad Abdi) who takes Phillips hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast. Both men are at the mercy of forces beyond their control, leading up to the U.S. Navy’s rescue.

Based on the 2009 events, the film was nominated for four Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture, Paul Greengrass (Green Zone) for Best Director, Hanks for Best Actor and Abdi for Best Supporting Actor. The Screen Actors Guild also nominated Hanks and Adbi for its honors.

Rated PG-13, Captain Phillips also stars Catherine Keener (Trust), Michael Chernus (TV’s Orange Is the New Black) and Chris Mulkey (The Purge). The movie grossed a tidy $104 million in theaters, to huge acclaim from critics.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray contains these special features:

  • the documentary “Capturing Captain Phillips,” which contains three behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • commentary with director Paul Greengrass
  • and digital copy and instant streaming via 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.