Blu-ray, DVD Release: Safe House

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Safe HouseDespite mixed reviews from critics, Safe House scored a tidy $122.6 million at the box office. Of course, the action movie does have Denzel Washington (Unstoppable) and Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up).

Washington plays rogue CIA operative Tobin Frost, who escapes from bad guys into the hands of the American government. He’s taken to a safe house for questioning and young CIA agent Matt Weston (Reynolds) is charged with looking after him. But when the safe house is compromised, Reynolds goes on the run with Frost and must figure out who he can trust.

Rated R, the movie was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Outside Love) and stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Sam Shepard (Days of Heaven) and Robert Patrick (Cop Land).

Both the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with special features:

  • featurette “Making Safe House,” including interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with Espinosa, Washington, Reynolds and more
  • featurette “Hand-To-Hand Action,” showing fight choreographer Olivier Schneider (Taken) training the actors and talking about how the fight scenes were designed based on the characters
  • featurette “Building the Rooftop Chase,” with cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and a first-person perspective of Washington’s rooftop run
  • featurette “Inside the CIA,” with 30-year CIA veteran Luis Falcon III giving a tour through the CIA offices and explaining how the film matches reality.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack are these:

  • featurette “Behind the Action” with stunt coordinator Greg Powell, fight choreographer Olivier Schneider and tactical advisor Dan Hirst going through key action sequences involving driving stunts, gun play and fights
  • featurette “Safe Harbor: Cape Town,” about the popular tourist destination in Africa and why the filmmakers chose to set the movie there
  • featurette “Shooting the Safe House Attack,” containing interviews with Academy Award-winning production designer Brigitte Broch and the film’s cast and crew
  • pre-vizualization and storyboard comparisons
  • UltraViolet allowing the movie to be streamed on TV or portable device
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie
  • the Pocket Blu app with “Journey Inside the Safe House” Second Screen, looking at the location on portable devices while the movie plays
  • BD-Live
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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.