Blu-ray, DVD Release: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Beasts of the Southern WildIndie fantasy movie Beasts of the Southen Wild proves that big- name actors and directors don’t have to be involved for a movie to be acclaimed.

Based on the stage play Juicy and Delicious by co-writer Lucy Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the first feature film of Alibar, director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin and the majority of its cast, including the wonderful young Quvenzhane Wallis and her movie father Dwight Henry.

In the film, Wallis plays 6-year-old Hushpuppy, the adorable daughter of Henry’s tough but loving Wink, who both live in the wilds of an island off the coast of New Orleans with others living off the grid. When Wink suffers from a mysterious illness, Hushpuppy goes on a journey to the outside world, until her quest is stopped when the melting ice caps unleashes prehistoric beasts.

Played in a limited number of theaters, the movie still grossed $11 million and won the Cinematography Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as honors at other festivals. Beasts of the Southern Wild also scored applause from critics, with Miami Herald‘s Rene Rodriguez calling the film, “a beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence.”

The DVD offers just a making-of featurette, but the Blu-ray/DVD Combo has that plus these special features:

  • deleted scenes with commentary by director Zeitlin
  • “Glory at Sea”
  • “Music”
  • “The Aurochs”
  • audition footage for Wallis, Henry and the movie father and daughter together
  • and downloadable digital copy of the film.


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