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Blu-Ray Review: THE DESCENDANTS

Out on Blu-Ray/DVD today, The Descendants is a heartbreakingly real look at a family during devastating times. Featuring amazingly strong performances from George Clooney and the young Shailene Woodley, it’s no wonder this was nominated for five Academy Awards.

George Clooney is a movie star, plain and simple. Going beyond his charm and good looks, he is a well-crafted actor that can deliver on meatier roles such as this. While Clooney didn’t win for Best Actor, this is one of his best performances in years. Deftly switching between remorse and anger over his family’s situation, viewers truly feel for the King clan and are invested in their journey through the Hawaiian islands to find his wife’s lover as well as sell his family’s precious land.

The Blu-Ray is a must own for fans of the film because of the wealth of extra features. Check out the full plot synopsis and list of extras below.

 

Official Synopsis:

From director Alexander Payne, creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, The Descendants, featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Descendants is a must-have on Blu-ray and DVD. The release is packed with must-see deleted scenes, behind the scenes extras and exclusive featurettes to bring you even further into the story.

Blu-ray Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with introductions by the director
  • Everybody Loves George
  • Working with Alexander
  • The Real Descendants
  • Hawaiian Style
  • Casting
  • Working with Water
  • Music Videos
    • “Will I Ever See You Again”
    • Postcards from Paradise
    • “Honolulu’s Whisper
  • Waiting for the Light
  • The World Parade – Hawaii (Silent Film)
  • A Conversation with George Clooney and Alexander Payne
  • Digital Copy of the Film
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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.