Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Pompeii

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray 3D $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

PompeiiDirector Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Retribution) tackles the classic tragedy of Pompeii in this 2014 movie.

Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington stars in the film as Milo, a stave-turned-gladiator who’s trying to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning, Sucker Punch) from being forced to marry a corrupt Roman Senator … all while Mount Vesuvius erupts, pouring lava and ash over the city.

Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento) and Keifer Sutherland (Melancholia) also star in the film, which is rated PG-13.

Critics did not care for Pompeii much, giving it only 24% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers liked it only minimally better with 46%. The reviews could be why the movie came and went from theaters, grossing only $23 million.

Pompeii Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:

  • filmmakers’ commentary
  • cast and character featurette “The Assembly”
  • special effects featurette “The Volcanic Eruption.”

The Blu-ray adds a bunch of exclusives:

  • 20 deleted and alternate scenes
  • stunts featurette “The Gladiators”
  • production design featurette “The Journey”
  • costume design featurette “The Costume Shop”
  • and “Pompeii: Buried in Time,” going behind the scenes of the historic disaster.

Check out the film’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.