Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hysteria

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

HysteriaSeeking to help poor doctors, Hugh Dancy (Martha Marcy May Marlene) accidentally helps generations upon generations of women in Hysteria.

The comedy movie tells the story of Mortimer Granville, the real-life inventor of the vibrator. A London doctor during the peak of Victorian prudishness, Granville created the electro-mechanical device as a treatment for cases of women’s hysteria, characterized by irritability, anger or unexplained tears, which had previously been cured through doctors … ahem … massaging their female clients by hand.

Directed by Tanya Wexler (Ball in the House), the R-rated film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nanny McPhee Returns), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Rupert Everett (Wild Target) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

Hysteria screened in a limited number of theaters, but the DVD and Blu-ray give the movie its biggest audience.

When it was in theaters, critics gave the romance film mixed reviews, some saying it’s funny and smart and others calling it puerile. You be the judge at home.

The DVD and Blu-ray come with a bunch of special features. Here’s the list:

  • deleted scenes
  • commentary with director Wexler
  • “An Evening With Tanya Wexler, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce”
  • featurette “Hysteria: Behind the Scenes”
  • featurette “Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm.”

The trailers definitely amusing. Here it is:


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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.