Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: By The Sea

Digital Release Date: July 5, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 5, 2016
Price: DVD $16.99, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Universal


Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and Angelina Jolie Pitt (Maleficent) share the screen for the first time since 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the drama-romance By the Sea.

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds and village locals, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

ByTheSea1Written, directed and produced by Ms. Jolie Pitt, the film also boasts an international supporting cast including Mélanie Laurent (Hidden Love), Melvil Poupaud (Hideaway), Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover).

The film was sneered at by the critics, led by J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader, who declared that “the movie is destined to rank with such celebrity-couple fiascos as Gigli (2003) and Shanghai Surprise (1986).” The R-rated production was also was ignored at theatres, grossing less than $1 million at the domestic box office during its limited release in November, 2015.

Still, Austrian director of photography Christian Berger’s cinematography is stunning—he’s a regular collaborator of Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon)—and Brad and Angie aren’t without their followers, so this one has got us a little curious…

The discs contain the following bonus features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making By the Sea
  • Gena Rowlands: An Inspiration
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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.