New Release: 13 DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay

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Mickey Rourke (l.) and 50 Cent get down to business in 13.

The 2010 thriller movie 13 features one of the most testosterone-filled casts we’ve seen since The Expendables, unless you consider Jason Statham (The Mechanic), Mickey Rourke (Passion Play), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Set-Up), Ben Gazzara (Looking for Palladin), Ray Winstone (Tracker), Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s True Blood) and Michael Shannon (The Runaways) to be shrinking violets!

The independent film stars Sam Riley (Control) as Vince Ferro, a desperate man who assumes a false identity to secure a mysterious job that promises a potential fortune. Things don’t exactly go right for Vince after he finds himself conscripted as a numbered participant in an underworld Russian roulette competition, where gamblers place bets on who’ll survive when the trigger is pulled. The stakes are high, yes, but the payout is more than he can resist. What will it take to be the last man standing? And how can Vince hope to stay on his feet when he’s up against such a wide array of manly co-stars?!

Gela Babluani directed this remake of his own nerve-jangling 2005 French movie 13 Tzameti, which won the 2006 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Later that year, Babluani won Best Director at the Venice Film Festival.

Oh, and for those who looking for a lighter viewing experience, 13 also features such lovely actresses as Emmanuelle Chriqui (Women in Trouble) and Gaby Hoffman (Life During Wartime).

Released in theaters around the world over the past year-and-half, 13 is essentially a DVD and Blu-ray premiere in the U.S. after a quick limited release in theaters on Nov. 4, 2011.

The discs include a behind-the-scenes featurette as a bonus feature.

Check out the film’s trailer:


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About Laurence

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.