Blu-ray, DVD Release: Vampire Academy

Digital Release Date: May 9, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Home Entertainment/Starz

Vampire AcademyAnother teen vampire movie, Vampire Academy didn’t find nearly the audience that the Twilight series did.

Vampire Academy stars Lucy Fry as a 17-year-old Moroi princess (a mortal and peaceful vampire) and Zoey Deutch as her 17-year-old Dhampir (half vampire/half human) guardian-in-training, and they’re hunted by Strigoi (immortal and evil vampires).

Lissa Dragomir (Fry, TV’s Mako Mermaids) and Rose Hathaway (Deutch, Beautiful Creatures) are on the run when they’re captured and taken back to St. Vladamirs Academy, the place where they think their lives are threatened.

Based on the novel by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy also stars Gabriel Byrne and was directed by Mark Waters (Mr. Popper’s Penguins).

Vampire Academy Blu-ray boxThe PG-13 film split critics and moviegoers, with critics panning it to 10% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and moviegoers giving it 70%. Of course, many of those moviegoers might have been fans of the book, but their love didn’t translate into much in box office receipts. Vampire Academy grossed only $8 million in theaters.

The Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:

  • alternate opening
  • deleted scenes
  • featurette “A Conversation With Richelle Mead.”

The Blu-ray also offers a downloadable digital copy via UltraViolet.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

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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.