Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Whiplash

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Dates: Feb. 24, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $34.99; DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony

The critically acclaimed drama Whiplash follows the journey of a young jazz musician with a passion for drumming and dreams of greatness, who meets his match/nemesis/inspiration in the form of tough-as-nails music teacher.

J.K. Simmons (l.) gives it to Miles Teller in Whiplash

J.K. Simmons (l.) gives it to Miles Teller in Whiplash

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller, That Awkward Moment) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (Jobs‘ J.K. Simmons, a recent Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for his role), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. As Andrew’s passion for perfection spirals into obsession, his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of his ability—and his sanity.

Winner of both the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Whiplash was first screened at the festival as a short film a year earlier to excellent reaction. Writer/director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) returned a year later with a full-length version, which captured the top prizes in Park City and continued on as a festival favorite throughout the year. Film critics took to the film immediately, as evidenced by a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Whiplash’s bonus features include commentary with J.K. Simmons and Chazelle and a Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is the original short film the movie was based on and a deleted scene, both of which include optional commentary and a 42-minute documentary featuring famous drummers who share stories and discuss their passion for the craft.


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About Laurence

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.