Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Inherent Vice

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: April 28, 2015
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner

With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, the crime mystery neo-noir Inherent Vice—okay, let’s throw “comedy” in there, too—is the seventh feature film from Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Benicio Del Toro and Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice

Benicio Del Toro and Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

The film’s all-star cast includes Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) as Doc Sportello, Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (TV’s Boardwalk Empire), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Benicio Del Toro (Savages), Martin Short (Three Amigos) and Jena Malone (Sucker Punch).

Though the critics appeared to get a kick out of it, the R-rated Inherent Vice didn’t really kick it with audiences, ringing up $8.2 million at the domestic box office during its limited theatrical release in February, 2015.

The Inherent Vice Blu-ray and DVD contain the following special features:

  • Los Paranoias
    · Shasta Fay
    · The Golden Fang
    · Everything In This Dream
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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.