Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The 33

Digital Release Date: Feb. 2, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Warner

The 2015 drama The 33 is based on a true story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 200 stories underground following an explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine.

The 33-large_optIn 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out…

Filmed on location in Chile’s Atacama desert just kilometers away from where the event took place, and deep within two mines located in central Colombia, The 33 is directed by Patricia Riggen. Its international cast is led by Antonio Banderas (Machete Kills), Rodrigo Santoro (I Love You Phillip Morris), Juliette Binoche (TCode Unknown), James Brolin (Bitter/Sweet) and Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba).

The PG-13-rated film didn’t exactly wow the critics, nor did it do bang-up business at domestic box office, ringing up a weak $12.5 during its wide theatrical release in November, 2015.

The 33 Blu-ray and DVD contain the following special features:

  • The Mine Collapse (Blu-ray only)
    · The 33: The World Was Watching
    ·  Theatrical Trailer
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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.