Blu-ray, DVD Release: About Time

Digital Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

About TimeThe writer of such great romantic comedies as Notting Hill, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis, is behind About Time, which stars Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory) and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley from Harry Potter) as the lovers with obstacles.

Domnhall Gleeson plays Tim, a guy who’s lower on the social chain. But the night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim gets some interesting news from his father (Bill Nighy, Wild Target): They can travel through time, not to change history, but to change things in their own life.

Tim decides to use his newfound power to get a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But the more he travels through time, he discovers his gift can’t always save him from the ups and downs of life.

About Time Blu-ray boxRichard Curtis also directed the R-rated movie, which grossed only $15 million at the box office probably because of less than stellar reviews. Film Threat‘s Elias Savada did have one good thing to say: “In the end, it’s a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis’ previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride…”

Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain these special features:

  • deleted scenes with introductions by writer/director Richard Curtis
  • “Blooper Reel: Making Movies is a Serious Business”
  • featurette “The ‘Luckiest’ Music,” about why Richard Curtis chose Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” for About Time
  • music video for Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You?”
  • commentary with Curtis and cast members Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Vanessa Kirby (Charlie Countryman), Lydia Wilson (Never Let Me Go) and Tom Hollander (Hanna).

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo also carries three featurettes:

  • “About Tim and Time Travel” with a guide to the mechanics of time travel and where the idea came from
  • “The Look — Style and Locations” about the London and Cornwall locations
  • “The World of Richard Curtis” about how About Time fits into the writer/director’s work.

Check out the film’s fun trailer:

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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.