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Blu-ray Review: Midsommar

October 15, 2019

By John Corrado

The sophomore feature from Ari Aster, following up last year’s breakout hit Hereditary, Midsommar is an entirely unique folk horror movie set in broad daylight that offers further proof that the young director is a force to be reckoned with in terms of genre filmmaking. It’s now available on Blu-ray as of last week.

I was a fan of the film when I saw it in theatres, describing it as “a pagan cult breakup horror movie like no other,” and it’s carried by great performances from Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor. In addition, the film features great cinematography courtesy of Pawel Pogorzelski. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes the featurette Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar, which features interviews with Aster as well as different members of the cast and crew, offering a broad overview of the film’s characters, production design, cinematography, costumes, and the themes of co-dependency in Aster’s screenplay. One of the most interesting asides is that the film was actually shot in Budapest, standing in for Sweden. This is followed by the short promo video Bear in a Cage, which was released online this summer to advertise the sale of a novelty item on A24’s online shop. A digital copy of the film is also included in the package.

It’s worth noting that this release only includes the theatrical cut of Midsommar, and the director’s cut of the film, which was released in theatres later on in the summer, is not included on this release, which suggests that another edition will likely be coming somewhere down the line. While I do wish this disc had included the director’s cut as well, so some fans might want to hold out on a purchase, the film itself is still worth it on its own merits.

Midsommar is an Elevation Pictures release. It’s 147 minutes and rated 18A.

Street Date: October 8th, 2019

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