Blu-ray, DVD Release: August: Osage County

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment

August: Osage CountyAugust: Osage County has an all-star cast, headlined by Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love), no less.

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay, the drama movie tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, including Roberts, Julianne Nicholson (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) and Juliette Lewis (Conviction). Their lives have diverged, but a family crisis brings them back together to the house where they grew up and to the woman (Streep) who raised them.

August: Osage County is the second feature film directed by John Wells (The Company Men), who’s better known as the executive producer and showrunner of TV series ER, Shameless and Southland.

August: Osage County Blu-ray boxThe R-rated movie’s A-list cast also boasts Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Sam Shepard (Mud), Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness).

All those names didn’t overly impress critics, though, who gave the film mixed reviews. Generally, they applauded the performances of the cast, but criticized the uneven script and melodramatic moments. August: Osage County grossed $37 million in theaters.

The DVD and Blu-ray carry these special features:

  • deleted scenes
  • commentary with John Wells and cinematographer Adriano Goldman
  • featurette “The Making of August: Osage County
  • and featurette “On Writing With Tracy Letts.”

Here’s the trailer for the movie:

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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.