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[2012] Savages

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 23, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Filmmaker Oliver Stone (Platoon) takes on drug cartels in Savages.

Based on the novel by Don Winslow, the crime film follows two budding pot entrepreneurs, Ben (Aaron Johnson, Albert Nobbs) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch, John Carter) and their shared girlfriend Ophelia (Blake Lively, Green Lantern). Ben’s all peace and love, Chon’s a former Navy SEAL and Ophelia’s happy with a credit card and a mall.

All’s good in marijuana-growing paradise until the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by Salma Hayek (Frida), decides it wants in on Ben and Chon’s business. When Ben and Chon turn down the Cartel and Hayek responds by sending henchman Benicio Del Toro to kidnap Ophelia, the peaceful pot entrepreneurs must delve into violence to make everything right.

Savages Blu-ray boxShea Whigham (Take Shelter), Emile Hirsch (Killer Joe) and John Travolta (From Paris With Love) also star in the movie.

Rated R, Savages grossed $47 million in theaters, a little more than its estimated budget of $45 million. It’s not a huge box-office count for acclaimed director Stone, who scored $70 million and more with World Trade Center, Any Given Sunday, JFK and others.

But both critics and moviegoers had mixed views of the film, complaining about the ending, the characters and more.

On DVD and Blu-ray, Savages is delivered with the version that ran in theaters as well as an unrated version that’s 11 minutes longer.

The Blu-ray, a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, also includes a downloadable digital copy and instant streaming of the theatrical film via UltraViolet, redeemable before April 30, 2017


Because it’s always illuminating to hear what films Harvey Weinstein is loving this year that aren’t his, Elvis Mitchell had the movie mogul on his radio show this week to wax rhapsodic about some of the entries coming for awards season. Here’s what he had to say about Savages and especially Blake’s performance.

But it’s Savages that really earned his ardor: “Oh my god Elvis, it’s so good. Oliver [Stone] just kicked butt. Blake Lively? I mean, wow. Just wow. She stepped out of Femme Fatale,” said Weinstein. “So sexy, so brilliant, and so hard-lived, the performance. Really great. Stunning. Astoundingly.”


I haven’t been able to find the whole interview anywhere but here is a short clip of Blake and Oliver mainly during the Charlie Rose interview.


Entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL, run a lucrative, homegrown industry – raising some of the best weed ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town… until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena and her enforcer, Lado, underestimate the unbreakable bond of the three friends, Ben and Chon – with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent – wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

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