Blu-ray, DVD Release: Mama

Digital Release Date: April 23, 2013, VOD, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

MamaJessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) stars in her first true horror movie in Mama, which has the pedigree of being executive produced by horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The film tells the story of two girls (Resident Evil: Retribution‘s Megan Charpentier and Whitewash‘s Isabelle Nelisse) who vanish the day their parents are killed. When they’re found two years later in a decrepit cabin, their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, TV’s Game of Thrones) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) take them in. As the new family tries to get comfortable, strange things happen that makes Annabel believe that someone or something came with the girls.

Mama was directed and co-written by first-time feature filmmaker Andres Muschietti, who also wrote and helmed the short film this movie was inspired by.

Mama Blu-ray boxRated PG-13, the film got mixed reviews, with critics praising its spooky style but shaking heads at its convoluted script. Still, Mama grossed a decent $71 million in theaters.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain these special features:

  • deleted scenes with commentary by Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti
  • the original short film with an introduction by Del Toro and commentary by Andy and Barbara Muschietti
  • featurette “The Birth of Mama: Mama” about the original short movie, with interviews with Del Toro and the filmmakers
  • commentary with Andy and Barbara Muschietti.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack also has these exclusive extras:

  • “Matriarcal Secrets” about the movie’s visual effects
  • downloadable digital copy
  • instant streaming via UltraViolet.


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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.