New Release: Barney's Version Blu-ray/DVD

Barney's VersionComedy drama Barney’s Version came out only as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on June 28, 2011.

Sony made Blu-ray/DVD combo-only releases a strategy with its smaller but acclaimed films. The studio issued Another Year only on Blu-ray/DVD on June 7, 2011. Lionsgate tried out the strategy with Buried back in January.

The R-rated movie , which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup, won a Golden Globe award for Paul Giamatti’s perfomance.

Barney’s Version stars Giamatti (Pretty Bird) as a 65-year-old, politically incorrect, foulmouthed hockey fanatic and television producer who meets the love of his life at his wedding — and she’s not the bride. Throughout the film, Giamatti’s Barney reflects on his life and wives, including Minnie Driver (Conviction), Rosamund Pike (An Education) and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight Saga: New Moon), with his father, Dustin Hoffman (Little Fockers).

Scott Speedman (Underworld), Saul Rubinek (TV’s Warehouse 13) and Atom Egoyan (director of Chloe) also star in the movie, which is based on the novel by Mordecai Richler.

Priced at $38.96, the Blu-ray/DVD combo comes with a decent special features package. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • commentary with director Richard J. Lewis, writer Michael Konyves and producer Robert Lantos
  • featurette “Behind the Scenes of Barney’s Version”
  • featurette “Mordecai Richler: Barney’s Version” about the original book.
  • featurette “On the Red Carpet”
  • and 92nd Street Y Q&A with Giamatti and Annette Insdorf.

The movie also was made available for download and video-on-demand the same day.


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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.