Blu-ray Review: The Sessions

The Sessions was one of the best movies of 2012, but is the Blu-ray any good?

Helen Hunt earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as a sex surrogate in the movie, which is about the true story of paralyzed writer Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) attempting to pop his cherry. Hawkes was robbed of an Oscar nomination despite turning in one of the finest performances of the year, and the movie itself was largely ignored by Academy voters and audiences alike.

The Sessions did make the one list that counts, though – FilmJabber’s ten best movies of 2012.

Given the fact few people saw this movie, it’s no surprise that the Blu-ray is lacking bonus features. There are a couple deleted scenes and several featurettes, but combine them altogether and you barely get a full making-of documentary. The featurettes are very promotional in nature and rarely get beneath the surface, opting to show clips from the movie combined with small doses of “behind the scenes” action.

They are, in other words, a complete waste of time.

Still, The Sessions is a well made, dramatic and surprisingly funny movie that is well worth owning, or at the very least renting. The final two minutes are pretty terrible, but it’s an Oscar caliber film the rest of the time.

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Comedies, Drama Movies, DVD Releases, Movies, Romance Movies
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