LOS ANGELES, CA October 16, 2012 – Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION, 1971) and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY) take a trip into a Texas trailer park underworld in KILLER JOE, arriving on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Friday, December 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. KILLER JOE will also be available on EST December 14, one week prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video On Demand release. This twisted and darkly humorous story of Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has electrified audiences with its audacious spirit for deep-fried noir.
Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from McConaughey, Killer Joe’s all-star cast also includes Emile Hirsch (INTO THE WILD), Juno Temple (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), Gina Gershon (THE INSIDER) and Thomas Haden Church (SIDEWAYS). An official selection of the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival, KILLER JOE was also a Time Out New York critic’s pick. The film was released theatrically through LD Entertainment.
The Unrated Director’s Cut of the film will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. There will also be an R-rated DVD version. The Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials will include a behind-the-scenes featurette plus the Director intro and Cast Q&A from SXSW. The Unrated Director’s Cut will also feature an audio commentary with Director William Friedkin. The KILLER JOE Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Killer Joe Cooper (McConaughey) is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hit man with the charm of a southern gentleman. Chris (Hirsch) hires Joe to kill his mother in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. Unable to pay for the service upfront Joe takes Chris’ sister Dottie (Temple) as a retainer until he can be paid.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· “Southern Fried Hospitality: From Stage to Screen” featurette
· SXSW Q&A with Cast
· SXSW Intro by William Friedkin
· Red Band Theatrical Trailer
· Audio Commentary with Director William Friedkin (Unrated Version Only)
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time: Unrated Director’s Cut – 102 minutes
R-rated Version – 101 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital
*Subject to change
As I previously mentioned in my review of the film, KILLER JOE is a fun ride, and definitely one of Friedkin’s best films. I’d highly recommend picking this one up on the 21st.