Blu-ray, DVD Release: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Martha Marcy May MarleneThe acclaimed psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene looks at the aftermath of a woman’s time in an abusive cult.

The movie follows Martha (relative newcomer Elizabeth Olsen, Silent House), who runs away from a cult where she was living as Marcy May for two years. Her sister (Sarah Paulson, TV’s Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy, Confessions of a Shopaholic) take her in and try to help her assimilate back into a normal life. But Martha has trouble separating dreams from reality when memories of her past resurface and haunt her, making her paranoid.

Rated R, the film stars John Hawkes (Contagion) as the cult leader.

The first feature film written and directed by Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene was released in a limited number of theaters, grossing $2.8 million, but the DVD and Blu-ray represent the movie’s biggest audience.

Martha Marcy May Marlene Blu-ray boxCritics hailed the film as a “purposely disturbing portait of a damaged psyche” (Detroit News), “the most unsettling and outright disturbing film of the year” (Cinema Crazed) and “one of the indie gems of 2011” (OK! Magazine).

The DVD includes just one special feature, Durkin’s short film “Mary Last Seen.”

The Blu-ray has that plus these extras:

  • “Spotlight on Elizabeth Olsen”
  • “The Story”
  • “The Making of Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • “A Conversation With Filmmakers”
  • “The Psyche of a Cult”
  • “Marcy’s Song” music video by Hawkes
  • and the movie’s trailer.

Speaking of the trailer, here’s one to check out:


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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.