Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cinema Verite

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99
HBO/Warner Home Video

Cinema Verite movie scene

Tim Robbins and Diane Lane live their lives on camera in Cinema Verite.

Starring Tim Robbins (Green Lantern), James Gandolfini (Welcome to the Rileys) and Diane Lane (Secretariat), the 2011 HBO Original Film Cinema Verite is a fictionalized account of the production of the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family.

A revolutionary piece of television programming for it’s time, An American Family catapulted a seemingly ordinary family to notoriety and captivated audiences with their first taste of reality TV.

Believing that the lives of an everyday family would be relatable to Americans in a way that existing TV shows were not, a filmmaker (played by Gandolfini in the movie) sets out to chronicle the life of the Louds, a seemingly “perfect family” in Santa Barbara, Calif. Once filming begins though, the strain in Pat and Bill Loud’s (Lane and Robbins) marriage, the ups and downs of raising five children, as well as the criticism Pat receives for some of her actions come sharply into focus. An American Family ultimately makes the Louds a television sensation while leaving them unprepared for the consequences.

Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor), the drama film comes to DVD and Blu-ray with a making-of featurette and a filmmakers’ commentary as bonus features.

Check out the official trailer of Cinema Verite:


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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.