Blu-ray, DVD Release: Gambit (2012)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.99
Studio: Sony


This season’s “How Could This One Have Possibly Gone Wrong” DVD and Blu-ray release is Gambit, a 2012 crime comedy starring the impressive likes of Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Stanley Tucci (Jack the Giant Slayer).

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Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth in Gambit.

In the movie, fine art curator Harry Deane (Firth) spends most of his days taking abuse from his boss, something that’s about to change.  Pushed to the brink, Deane decides to show his employer (Rickman), England’s richest man, that his real expertise is in the art of revenge.  The plan – trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting with the help of an eccentric Texas rodeo queen (Diaz). The risks are huge, but so is the payback…though a finely-crafted con is only as believable as its artist.

A remake of the likeable 1966 caper comedy of the same name starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, the new Gambit was directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) from a screenplay by the great Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man, True Grit).

But even with the outstanding pedigree, Gambit was DOA when it was released in theaters in Europe and Asia in November, 2012 through the summer of 2013. It didn’t even make it to the U.S. until last month, where it opened on a screen or two in New York and L.A. before getting ready for its Blu-ray and DVD release. Oh yeah, the critics really hated it—just check out its reception on Rotten Tomatoes.

All that said, we gotta say we’re curious…!!! I mean, how BAD can it be?!
 

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.