Blu-ray, DVD Release: George Washington

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

George Washington movie sceneThe acclaimed 2000 drama George Washington is the first feature-length film by director David Gordon Green (Your Highness, The Sitter).

The film follows a group of kids growing up in a depressed rural town in North Carolina, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Nasia (Candace Evanofski). After breaking up with her show-off boyfriend Buddy (Curtis Cotton III), she withdraws from her delinquent friends and becomes romantically interested in a strange, introverted boy named George (Donald Holden) who is burdened by the fact that his skull never hardened after birth. Tragedy strikes when George accidentally kills Buddy, and the group, fearing punishment, decides to hide his body. In its aftermath, George takes up the unlikely role of town hero.

An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, Green’s movie features fine performances by its award-winning, young ensemble cast.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition of George Washington includes the following features:

• Restored high-definition digital transfer, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Commentary by director David Gordon Green, cinematographer Tim Orr, and actor Paul Schneider
• Deleted scene, with commentary by Green, Orr, and Schneider
• Two student shorts by Green: Pleasant Grove (1997), with commentary by Green, Orr, and Schneider; and Physical Pinball (1998)
• Charlie Rose interview with Green from 2001
• Interviews with cast members
• Clu Gulager’s 1969 short film A Day with the Boys, an influence on George Washington
• Trailer
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White and a director’s statement

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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.