Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Our Brand Is Crisis

Digital Release Date: Jan. 19, 2015, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 2, 2015
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Warner

From director David Gordon Green (Your Highness, The Sitter) and producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney (Argo) comes the satirical comedy-drama Our Brand is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Billy Bob Thornton (Faster).

Our-Brand-is-Crisis-Sandra-Bullock1_optA Bolivian presidential candidate (Joaquim de Almeida, Fast Five), failing badly in the polls, enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers..

Also starring Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Scoot McNairy (Gone Girl) and Zoe Kazan (What If), Green directs Our Brand is Crisis from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), suggested by the 2005 documentary by Rachel Boynton, which outlined the American political campaign marketing tactics employed in the real-life 2002 Bolivian presidential election.

Okay, now for the bad news—Our Brand is Crisis really stunk up the joint upon its wide release to U.S. theaters in late October, garnering a miserable 32% aggregate rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 114 reviews and ringing up a disastrous $7 million at the domestic box office.

That said, the Blu-ray and DVD contain a featurette on the film’s presumably unhappy leading lady Sandra Bullock.


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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.