Blu-ray, DVD Release: 4:44 Last Day on Earth

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: IFC/MPI

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Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh cope with impending doom in 4:44 Last Day on Earth.

The 2011 film 4:44: Last Day On Earth is a science fiction-tinged drama-fantasy by the inimitably independent and ferocious Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York).

The movie hinges on the idea that tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end, brought about by the destruction of the ozone layer. As panic hits the Earth’s population, two lovers – actor and recovering drug addict Cisco (Willem Dafoe, Antichrist) and painter Skye (Shanyn Leigh, Public Enemies) – seclude themselves in their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours of existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, Cisco and Skye take care of some personal business—they call their families to say goodbye, they make love, they order Chinese takeout—and discover more about themselves and each other in a few short hours than they would have had the world not been on the brink of ending.

Relatively quiet and pensive unlike other end-of-the-world movie and other titles in Ferrara’s canon, 4:44: Last Day On Earth is Ferrara’s first narrative film since 2007’s Go Go Tales. The last five years have found the Bronx-born filmmaker behind the camera for a trio of documentaries, including 2009’s Chelsea on the Rocks and the Italian-language Napoli, Napoli, Napoli and 2010’s Mulberry Street.

Released to only three theaters in the U.S. in March, 2012 following its 2011 premiere at the Venice Film Festival and subsequent festival screenings, 4:44 didn’t make much noise at the box office. Nor were critics overly fond of the film, though A.O. Scott of The New York Times apparently liked what he saw, embracing “the beauty of what [Ferrara] does with that camera and the grace with which he imagines a strange, terrible and sublimely ordinary series of moments.”

No bonus materials are on the discs of the unrated film.

Here’s the trailer:


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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.