If you missed the chance to watch Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, you are probably already aware you missed one of the year’s most original movies to grace our screens. Our original review pegged it as “a work of demented genius” that “with its sense of Kubrickian ker-azy, social commentary and eye popping aesthetic… is well worth the ascent.” A dystopian satire adapted from JG Ballard’s book, this is not the kind of film you can casually watch while munching down your dinner. In fact, eating of any kind while viewing is strongly discouraged.
With great performances by all of its cast (special mentions to Sienna Miller and, of course, Tom Hiddleston once again proving he has what it takes to be a lead), the story of a doctor who moves into a self-sufficient building built by an utopian architect can be seen and interpreted with so many meanings, that a single viewing is just not enough. So luckily for all of us, StudioCanal is releasing the film not only on DVD & Blu-ray from next week (18th July), but will also make digital downloads available right now, so you don’t have to wait to (re)view it.
If you’re the patient type, the DVD offers an excellent audio commentary by director Ben Wheatley, producer Jeremy Thomas, and Tom Hiddleston, as well as a JG Ballard Featurette and interviews with key cast, while the blu-ray has all of the above, extra cast and crew interviews, some alternative artwork (worth it as High-Rise visuals are definitely one of its strongest points) and 6 limited edition art cards.
High-Rise will be on DVD and Blu-Ray from July 18th, and available for digital download from July 11th. For our review of High-Rise, please check http://critics-associated.com/high-rise-review/