Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Whistleblower

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The WhistleblowerNot a remake of the 1987 thriller of the same name starring Michael Caine, this The Whistleblower is based on a true story and stars Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones).

The movie tells the story of Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz), a Nebraska police officer who takes a job as a peacekeeper for the U.N. in post-war Bosnia. She believes she’s going to be doing good, helping to rebuild the devastated country, until she discovers corruption and cover-ups in a world of private contractors and multi-national diplomatic doubletalk.

Rated R, the film also stars Vanessa Redgrave (Letters to Juliet), Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and David Strathairn (The Firm) — a solid cast.

The Whistleblower was released in a few theaters between August and October 2011, but this DVD and Blu-ray by far gives the movie its biggest audience.

The Whistleblower Blu-ray boxWhen it was in theaters, The Whistleblower, the debut film by writer-director Larysa Kondracki, grossed $1.1 million and got favorable reviews from critics. Orlando Sentinel‘s Roger Moore said of the movie: “A first-rate one-woman-against-the-system drama, a film benefiting from grim recreations of an ugly reality and a stellar cast determined to expose it.” High praise indeed.

20th Century Fox hasn’t put much on the DVD and Blu-ray in the way of special features. The versions only include cast and crew interviews. A short documentary on the actual events and how closely they are followed in the movie would have been nice.



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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.