Nov 5, 2008

Upcoming Spy DVDs: Burn After Reading

The Coen Brothers' recent spy comedy Burn After Reading hits DVD and Blu-Ray this December. That's a pretty quick turnaround. This was a hilarious send-up of the Intelligence Community, Tony Scott movies (and beepy text titles) and Washington culture starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and a whole cast of big stars and faces you'll recognize. It's Coen Light, but it's definitely good Coen Brothers, nonetheless. Extras are traditionally pretty minimal on Coen Brothers DVDs (since they generally refuse to participate in any serious way), and that's the case here as well, but at least Universal offers up a few features: "Finding the Burn" (the making of Burn After Reading from inspiration to the big screen), "DC Insiders Run Amuck" (creating the insular world of Washington, DC insiders), and "Welcome Back George" (a comedic piece focusing on Clooney's ongoing collaboration with the directors). The disc hits stores just in time for last-minute Christmas shoppers on December 21. [NOTE: The release date has been moved up to December 21.] Unfortunately (and as per usual), the studio has swapped out some of the best poster art of the year for a blander, more generic DVD cover plastered with pictures of the stars. Sigh.

Read my full review of the movie here.

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