When I first saw Jeremy Saulnier’s Murder Party, I thought for sure that he would soon become a household name. Of course, I thought the same thing about Toby Wilkins after I saw the awesome Splinter, and look how that turned out. Turns out, I’m not much of an entertainment industry speculator. Unfortunately, years and years moved by, and no word about a film in production by Saulnier surfaced. In 2013, if I recall, Heather from Viewer Discretion Advised put together a list of her most anticipated films of 2014. Blue Ruin was featured on this list, and that was honestly the first time I had ever been exposed to the news that it was coming soon. Immediately it jumped to the top of my list as one of my most anticipated titles, and when the film hit VOD a while back, I jumped on it instantly. Blue Ruin is a different kind of revenge movie. It takes the tired, classic formula of that type of film, and changes it up in so many different ways that a film from a sub-genre that has become almost as prevalent as the found footage film, felt fresh and original. Radius TWC and Starz/Anchor Bay have finally brought said film to DVD & Blu-ray.
From the Press Release:
BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story, following a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home, determined to carry out an act of vengeance. His inexperience as an assassin lands him in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family in this critically-acclaimed new thriller by director Jeremy Saulnier (MURDER PARTY). Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves and Eve Plumb.
Granted, the story doesn’t end when Dwight executes his target, the story becomes deeper, with more players involved than originally thought, and several twists and turns along the way. The film actually ends in a way that couldn’t be more perfect. Of course, I’m not going to share that information with you, because I expect you to click this link, and purchase a copy of the film so that you can experience it for yourself. But, suffice it to say, this is a satisfying experience from start to finish, and goes to great lengths to infiltrate an already established sub-genre, and break it wide open. Saulnier, the DP and Macon shot a “Camera Test” to set the look, feel and tone of the film when they were shopping it around prior to production, and they did a great job sticking to that concept. The camera test has been made available as an extra on this disc, and it is well worth watching before, or after you watch the full film. Also included is a behind-the-scenes documentary called “No Regrets: The Making Of Blue Ruin” which is mandatory viewing if you end up loving the film. There are also some deleted scenes, as well as a feature-length commentary with director Jeremy Saulnier and lead actor Macon Blair. This is a beautifully photographed film, and that beauty is translated well in the Blu-ray release of the film. No noticeable issues with either PQ or AQ. This is one of 2014’s must-own Blu-rays, so get it now while it’s relatively cheap. Blue Ruin is now available on DVD & Blu-ray from Radius TWC and Starz/Anchor Bay.