New Release: The Cider House Rules Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 4, 201
Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Lionsgate

The Cider House Rules movie scene

Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron look back before moving forward in The Cider House Rules.

The acclailmed 1999 drama-romance movie The Cider House Rules is based on John Irving’s best-selling 1985 novel.

The film tells the story of Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire, Pleasantville), an orphan who is eager to leave the confines of his orphanage to explore the world. A favorite of the facility’s director, Homer has been groomed to be the successor to Dr. Larch (Michael Caine, Dressed to Kill), a doctor who provides safe, albeit illegal abortions. After meeting Wally (Paul Rudd, Dinner for Schmucks) and Candy (Charlize Theron, The Road), the doctor performs the procedure on the pregnant Candy, and Homer leaves with them to work on Wally’s apple farm. Drawn in by her beauty, Homer falls in love with Candy, which leads to Homer learning powerful lessons about life and love.

Directed by Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog) and written for the screen by novelist Irving himself, The Cider House Rules was nominated for seven Academy Awards and subsequently brought home two statuettes: one for Michael Caine for Best Supporting Actor and one for Irving for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Blu-ray disc contains the following bonus features, all of which were issued on previously released DVD editions of the movie:

  • filmmakers’ commentary
  • featurette
  • deleted scenes
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