Blu-Ray Review: Savages

After a lackluster theatrical run that found the $45-million Savages earning only $77 million worldwide – hardly a profitable venture after marketing and print costs are taken into account – the Oliver Stone action-thriller tears its way onto Blu-ray and DVD.

Savages is not for everyone. It’s extremely violent. The protagonists are drug dealers. They also share a girlfriend.

It’s vintage Oliver Stone, a love-it-or-hate-it affair. I thought it was a blast (read my Savages movie review). Other people hated it, calling it stupid and absurd.

I’m right, they’re wrong, but I see where they’re coming from.

The Savages Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/Ultraviolet combo pack doesn’t add a whole lot to the party, unfortunately. Aside from some bland deleted scenes, the Blu-ray boasts only a five-part making-of featurette called Stone Cold Savages, which sounds impressive until you realize all five parts add up to just over half an hour of footage. There are some interesting nuggets to be found, but the featurette generally lacks substance or value.

The Blu-ray does come with two versions: the theatrical cut and an unrated version, which adds 11 minutes of additional footage.

While the movie is a blast, it isn’t necessarily a film I am eager to watch over and over again, despite the presence of Blake Lively. Its questionable repeat value combined with lackluster bonus features makes Savages a worthwhile rental, but a suspect purchase.

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Crime Films, DVD Releases, Movie Reviews
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