Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: High Rise

Digital Release Date: Aug. 2, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Price: DVD $27.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Magnolia

The drama-thriller High Rise is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by British writer J.G. Ballard.

Tom Hiddleston gets reflective in High-Rise

Tom Hiddleston gets reflective in High-Rise

The movie stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller, American Sniper), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans, Immortals), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss, TV’s Mad Men); and Mr. Royal (Jeremy Irons, Margin Call), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Directed by Ben Wheatley, the film was received generally positively by critics upon its limited release to theaters in April, 2016, wrangling up a 6.4/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based upon 149 ;published reviews. But the R-rated film barely a made a dent in terms of hard cash, earning less than $250,000 at the domestic box office.

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