Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The Night Before

Digital Release Date: Feb. 9, 2015, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 1, 2015
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Sony

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogen in The Night Before.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogen in The Night Before.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk), Seth Rogen (This is the End) and Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Age of Ultron) star in the R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before.

Ethan (Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Rogen) and Chris (Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Directed by Jonathan Levine from a screenplay by Levine and Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir & Evan Goldberg, the film also features Lizzy Caplan (TV’s Masters of Sex), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Mindy Kaling (TV’s The Mindy Project) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).

Though it received generally positive notices from the critics, audiences didn’t exactly jump on board, with the film grossing a so-so $43 million at the domestic box office in December, 2015.

The Night Before Blu-ray boxBonus content on the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD releases include a gag reel, 20 minutes of on-set shenanigans in the featurette “Making One Epic Party,” an extended look at the strip club scenes with Jillian Bell and Seth Rogen almost unable to get through a take without laughing in “Whale Juice.”

The Blu-ray and Digital exclusive bonus content include deleted and extended scenes, as well as more, more, more glorious moments with the one and only Mr. Green in “Mr. Green Line-O-Rama.”


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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.