New Release: The Rite DVD and Blu-ray

The Rite movie sceneDo we ever get tired of demon possession movies? NEVER! The Anthony Hopkins-starrer The Rite was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 17, 2011, from Warner Home Video.

The Rite, which has the addition of being inspired by true events to add to its creep factor, tells the story of Catholic seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue in his first feature film starring role) who is sent to the Vatican to study exorcisms, despite his growing doubts about his faith. In Rome, he meets Father Lucas (the always cool Hopkins, The Wolfman), who has performed thousands of exorcisms. Battling his own skepticism, Kovak gets drawn into a particularly troubling case that proves even too much for Lucas, and Kovak is the only one who can help.

Alice Braga (Predators), Ciaran Hinds (upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Sword of War) in a nice role as Kovak’s estranged — and strange — father, are also in The Rite.

The Rite Blu-ray boxThe horror film grossed only $32 million in theaters, a much smaller amount than such other demon possession movies as 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose ($75 million) and slightly less than last year’s The Last Exorcism ($40 million). But, with a PG-13 rating, The Rite should find a bigger audience in homes.

The Blu-ray is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a downloadable digital copy of the movie and it includes these special features:

  • a “chilling alternate ending”
  • featurette “The Rite: Soldier of God,” in which fans can meet Father Gary Thomas, the Vatican-ordained exorcist whose life inspired the film. Cool! The featurette also goes inside the Exorcism Academy and shows eyewitness accounts of real-life exorcisms
  • and additional scenes.

Check out the trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.