DVD, Blu-ray: The Motel Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $14.93, Blu-ray $19.97
Studio: Cinedigm


The Motel LifeEmile Hirsch (Bonnie & Clyde) and Stephen Dorff (Immortals) are brothers in trouble in independent film The Motel Life.

The drama movie is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin and focuses on Frank (Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Dorff) who are forced to race across the state to the home of Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Runaways) after Jerry Lee is involved in a hit and run accident.

Although they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee becomes increasing instable from grief, putting them all at risk.

Featuring animation from award-winner Mike Smith (ParaNorman), The Motel Life is the first feature film directed by Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, producers of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans.

Kris Kristofferson (Deadfall) also stars in the indie film, which got plenty of love from critics. Hollywood Reporter‘s Deborah Young called the movie “an evanescent piece of Americana.”

The Motel Life was screened at the Rome Film Fest in 2012 and won three awards: the Audience Award, Best Screenplay and the Associazione Italiana Montaggio Cinematografico e Televisivo Award.

Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include:

  • a making-of featurette
  • an illustration gallery
  • trailer.

And talking about the film’s trailer, check it out below. What do you think?

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About Sam 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.