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April 8, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'August: Osage County' with Meryl Streep

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From six-time Primetime Emmy-winning filmmaker John Wells comes the darkly hilarious and deeply touching film August: Osage County. Produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the screenplay was written by Tracy Letts and is based on his 2008 Pulitzer Prize–winning play of the same name. The powerful ensemble cast features some of the biggest names in Hollywood, with Meryl Streep as the matriarch of an extended clan that includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Julianne Nicholson. August: Osage County garnered two Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Streep and Best Supporting Actress for Roberts; both actresses also had received similar Golden Globe nominations.

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August: Osage County tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston clan. When the patriarch Beverly Weston dies, the diverged family is brought back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and the remaining matriarch Violet who is suffering from mouth cancer and has a prescription drugs addiction. Arriving home are her three daughters: Barbara with her separated husband Bill, Ivy the only one who lives locally, and wild child Karen with her sleazy fiancé Steve. Also Violet’s sister Mattie Fae and her husband Charles bring along their son “Little Charles.” As the clan gathers for the services and for support, bickering, jealousies, old truths and family secrets surface. Their reunion leads each of them to confront their past hurts and future fears, exposing the dysfunctionalities of human life.

DVD and Blu-ray special features include feature and deleted scenes commentary with director John Wells and cinematographer Adriano Goldman, a making-of featurette and “On Writing With Tracy Letts” featurette.

Cast:

  • Meryl Streep as Violet Weston
  • Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston-Fordham
  • Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham
  • Chris Cooper as Charles Aiken
  • Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as "Little Charles" Aiken
  • Juliette Lewis as Karen Weston
  • Margo Martindale as Mattie Fae Aiken
  • Dermot Mulroney as Steve Heidebrecht
  • Julianne Nicholson as Ivy Weston
  • Sam Shepard as Beverly Weston
  • Misty Upham as Johnna Monevata

Special Features:

  • Feature and Deleted Scenes Commentary With Director John Wells and Cinematographer Adriano Goldman
  • The Making Of August: Osage County
  • On Writing With Tracy Letts

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DVD - $17.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target ($14.39 after Target Cartwheel coupon), $25.48 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $22.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target ($18.39 after Target Cartwheel coupon), $33.99 at Walmart.com

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