Despite its limited release, I managed to catch The Rover in theaters. I was just in the right place at the right time. My wife and I took our kid to a waterpark, among other things, and I noticed that there were advertisements for The Rover at a theater that we passed on our way through town, so my wife and I left our kid with the in-law, and returned to check the movie out before we left town. My wife and I were the only two people in the theater. I sat, enthralled by this film, while she sat up in her chair, face glued to her phone’s facebook app. I absolutely loved The Rover, and I can’t wait to check it out again. Pattinson Pearce are both fantastic, and this is a gritty, realistic and ultraviolent post-apocalyptic Australian thriller. Lionsgate will release the film to DVD & Blu-ray on September 23rd. Check out the press release below.
Fueled by engaging performances from Golden Globe® nominee Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) and what Variety calls “a career-redefining performance from Robert Pattinson” (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis), The Rover arrives on Blu-ray™ Disc (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The tension-filled film, which was released theatrically by A24, was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Rover, directed by visionary writer/director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), also stars Scoot McNairy (TV’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” upcoming Gone Girl).
Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
The Rover Blu-ray Disc and DVD include a “making of” featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
“Something Elemental: Making The Rover” featurette
*Subject to change.
Year of Production: 2014
Title Copyright: The Rover © 2013 Rover Film Holdings Pty Limited, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the South Australian Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2014 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language and some bloody violence
Genre: Crime; Drama
Blu-ray Closed-Captioning: English SDH
DVD Closed-Captioning: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 102 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English5.1 Dolby Digital Audio