Blu-ray, DVD Release: J. Edgar

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

J. EdgarLeonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island) portrays former FBI hear J. Edgar Hoover in this biography film, directed by Clint Eastwood (Hereafter).

As Hoover dictates the course of his career and his building of the FBI to junior agent after junior agent, he remembers his life, the good and bad: his domineering mother (Judi Dench, Jane Eyre), his attempt at a relationship with his secretary (Naomi Watts, Fair Game) and his long-time relationship with his number two agent (Armie Hammer, The Social Network).

J. Edgar is a gritty film, and it wasn’t received well by critics. Tom Long of Detroit News called the drama movie “epic and empty,” while Globe and Mail‘s Rick Groen said, “usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him.”

The R-rated movie, which also features Dermot Mulroney (Jolene), Lea Thomspon (Back to the Future) and Josh Lucas (Daydream Nation), grossed $35.7 million when it was in theaters. It’s a respectable domestic gross and in line with Eastwood’s most recent films but far lower than his older titles, such as Gran Torino ($148 million) and Million Dollar Baby ($100 million).

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo includes instant streaming of the film with UltraViolet Digital Copy, redeemable before Feb. 21, 2014.

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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.