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May 6, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Art of the Steal' with Kurt Russell

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From Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Sobol comes the smart and captivating heist comedy film The Art of the Steal, which he wrote and directed. It features a star-studded cast that includes Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kenneth Welsh, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp and Devon Bostick.

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After a heist goes wrong, art thief Crunch Calhoun’s scheming half-brother Nicky sets him up to take the fall, landing Crunch in a Polish prison for 7 years. Upon his release in 5.5 years (for good behavior), Crunch gives up his past life and works as a third-rate motorcycle daredevil alongside his girlfriend Lola and apprentice Francie, barely making ends meet. When Nicky surfaces with a stolen Georges Seurat painting, Crunch is lured back into the con game for one last lucrative score.

With Francie at his side, Crunch meets with his old team -- the well-connected Uncle Paddy and master forger Guy -- and begrudgingly agrees to work with now seemingly remorseful Nicky once more. The plan is to steal Gutenberg’s second priceless historical book called the Gospel According to James from a Canada customs warehouse that will make them rich. As they make preparations -- using a large plastic sculpture of a woman’s genitalia as a transport compartment to swap a forgery for the real book, a suspicious, hot-headed Interpol field agent wannabe is hot on their trail with help from the former art thief Samuel Winter -- believing they have the Seurat painting.

Despite some hiccups and close calls, the crew successfully steal the book, but Nicky is up to his old tricks and double-crosses them. However, this time Crunch and the remaining gang, along with Lola, are ready with a counterplan to teach Nicky a lesson about honor among thieves and make this the job they will be remembered for.

The DVD and Blu-ray special features include audio commentary and two featurettes: "Doing the Crime: Making The Art of the Steal" and "The Making of The Theft of the Mona Lisa."

Cast:

  • Kurt Russell as Crunch Calhoun
  • Jay Baruchel as Francie Tobin
  • Chris Diamantopoulos as Guy de Cornet
  • Matt Dillon as Nicky Calhoun
  • Katheryn Winnick as Lola
  • Terence Stamp as Samuel Winter
  • Devon Bostick as Ponch
  • Jason Jones as Interpol Agent Bick
  • Kenneth Welsh as ‘Uncle’ Paddy MacCarthy
  • Karyn Dwyer as Ginger
  • Elle Downs as Female Border Guard
  • Durward Allen as Julius Friedman
  • Rob deLeeuw as Van Der Beer
  • Christopher Dyson as Ranking Officer
  • Jasmin Geljo as Detective Brodowski

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jonathan Sobol and Producer Nicholas Tabarrok
  • Doing the Crime: Making The Art of the Steal
  • The Making of The Theft of the Mona Lisa

Best Prices:

DVD - $11.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, $12.99 at Target, $21.23 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray - $14.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, $25.49 at Walmart.com

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