'Attack the Block' Gets Blu-ray/DVD Date

The London-set alien-invasion movie, directed by Joe Cornish, will come with five featurettes and also filmmaker and cast commentaries.
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Attack the Block, the best movie of the year no one went to see, will hit stores on Blu-ray and DVD October 25.

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Block is an alien-invasion movie set in London’s inner city tenements and focuses on a group of thugs who come across an extraterrestrial monster, kill it, then have to deal with more of beings who come looking for their mate.

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It's one of those rare movie that actually manages to capture the heart of an Amblin movie, but does so with a modern sensibility and with a British (or Londoners) point of view. It was directed by Joe Cornish,  who co-wrote the upcoming Tintin movie with Edgar Wright. Wright, the geek idol behind Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, godfathered the film.

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Despite winning the audience award for Midnighters at 2011 SXSW, the movie never found an audience when it was released by Screen Gems, who gave the movie a very limited release and threw almost no money for P&A. (The movie made under a million in the U.S.)

Hopefully the movie finds an audience on Blu-ray and DVD. If anything, it at least established Cornish as a director to watch and proved a breakout vehicle for young actor John Boyega.

When it hits shelves, the movie will come with five featurettes – under the monikers “Behind the Block,” “Creature Feature,” “Meet the Gang,” “Unfilmed Action,” and “That’s a Rap.” There’s also three filmmaker and cast commentaries, with Cornish leading one with his young cast, a second he conducts with the adult actors, and a third one he does with Wright.

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