Blu-ray, DVD Release: This Must Be the Place

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay

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Sean Penn goes the Robert Smith route in This Must Be the Place.

Sean Penn (Milk), Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Judd Hirsh (A Beautiful Mind) star in the 2011 comedy-drama film This Must Be the Place.

When legendary Goth rocker Cheyenne (Penn), long-retired in Dublin with his firefighter wife, Jane (McDormand), learns his estranged father is dying, the childlike recluse travels to New York to seek reconciliation – only to arrive too late. Upon discovering his father’s unfulfilled quest for revenge against an ex-Nazi war criminal taking refuge in America, Cheyenne embarks upon his own journey of reawakening…

Written and directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), This Must Be the Place received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was also nominated for a Palm d’Or Cannes. It made it’s U.S. debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before its limited rollout to Stateside theaters in November, 2012, where it rang up $142,000.

As for the critics, the R-rated film earned a fair 6.2/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 79 published reviews.

This Must Be the Place looks like its worth catching, at the very least to check out Penn sporting black clothes, dark eyeliner, bright red lipstick and a shaggy goth-styled hair-do.

Oh, the movie takes its title from the same-named 1983 Talking Heads song written by David Byrne, who pops up in the movie portraying himself.

No bonus features are on the DVD or Blu-ray.

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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.