Blake Lively’s turn as an addled, uninhibited hippie chick in Oliver Stone’s blood and guts movie about the Mexican drug trade is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in an unrated version that was too hot to be shown in theaters.
The crime thriller “Savages,” Stone’s take on the drug war, is comparable to his other compelling looks at war and Wall Street scandal, “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Platoon,” and “Wall Street.”
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features
Featured Commentary: Oliver Stone, producers Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Co-Screenwriter/Novelist Don Winslow, Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Shane Salerno and Production Designer Tomas Voth
Stone Cold Savages Documentary: A five-part profile of cast, crew and Oliver Stone, an unprecedented access to a master storyteller’s creative process.
UltraViolet Capable: Instantly stream or download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs.
Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from their choice of retail partners.
Pocket BLU App: For smartphones with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Mac computers.
Advanced Remote Control: Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline: Instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content and save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network.
The film unfolds as a couple of laid-back California pot growers Ben (Aaron Johnson) and closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, bump into a Mexican drug cartel led by Elena (Salma Hayek) and enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro).
When the duo rebuffs an offer they can’t refuse to join the cartel, all hell breaks loose. Lively’s character is kidnapped and the two pot dealers must enlist the help of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta) to fight off the drug gang.
The theatrical version was intense and graphic enough. But the DVD is promising even more graphic action. The Combo Pack includes exclusive deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette with the entire cast. The Combo Pack also includes a digital copy of the film compatible with most major phone and tablet computers, as well as UltraViolet, according to Universal Studios.
The combo pack and disc sets go on sale November 13, 2012. Pre-order through TheImproper at amazon.com and save 31 percent off the price of the Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet. It normally retails for $34.98, but by pre-ordering you pay $23.99, for a savings of $10.99.
Check out the special features above.