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March 11, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'Out of the Furnace' with Christian Bale

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From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes the gripping and gritty drama Out of the Furnace, which he co-wrote and directed. Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media, it features an impressive cast that includes Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.

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Russell Baze dreams of a better life with his girlfriend Lena while earning an honest living at the steel mill during the day and caring for his terminally ill father at night. Meanwhile Russell’s brother Rodney returns home from Iraq and has a gambling problem owing a sizable debt to local bar owner John Petty. Despite Russell’s best intentions to build a promising future, his world is turned upside down following a deadly drunk-driving accident one night that lands him in prison, missing his father’s funeral.

After Russell serves his time, he is further heartbroken to find Lena has become seriously involved with the local police chief Wesley Barnes and is pregnant with his child. Also he learns that Rodney has been having problems readjusting to civilian life after another tour in Iraq. Refusing to work at the steel mill like Russell, he competes in illegal fights for Petty to help repay his debt. When Rodney and Petty get mixed up with one of the Northeast's most ruthless crime rings and end up dead, heartache turns to anger after the police cannot help. Believing he has nothing to left to lose, Russell decides to take matters into his own hands. He devises a plan and lures the very dangerous fight organizer/meth dealer Harlan DeGroat into a trap to seek revenge for Rodney’s murder.

The DVD and Blu-ray include the “Inspiration” featurette. Exclusive to Blu-ray are three more featurettes: “Scott Cooper,” “Crafting the Fight Scenes” and “The Music of Out of the Furnace.”

Cast:

  • Christian Bale as Russell Baze
  • Casey Affleck as Rodney Baze, Jr.
  • Woody Harrelson as Harlan DeGroat
  • Zoe Saldana as Lena Warren
  • Forest Whitaker as Wesley Barnes
  • Willem Dafoe as John Petty
  • Sam Shepard as Gerald "Red" Baze
  • Boyd Holbrook as Tattooed Guy

DVD Special Features:

  • Inspiration
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Scott Cooper
  • Crafting the Fight Scenes
  • The Music of Out of the Furnace

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Best Prices:

DVD - $14.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target ($13.49 after Target Cartwheel coupon), $22.96 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $17.99 at Amazon.com, Target ($16.19 after Target Cartwheel coupon), $19.99 at Best Buy, $29.96 at Walmart.com

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