New on DVD and Blu Ray today is the Oscar-winning film, The Big Short.
Writer/director Adam McKay (who recently won the Oscar for best screenplay) adapted Michael Lewis’ best-selling book that details the events leading up to the 2008 Financial Crisis. The film sports quite the impressive cast including Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt. McKay attacks the material that could be somewhat dull and boring by infusing his wicked sense of humor and makes it an enjoyable yet informative ride for the audience.
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.
The Big Short contains several featurettes and deleted scenes. A DVD copy of the film and a voucher for a UV/iTunes digital copy are included with purchase.
In the Tranches: Casting (1080p, 15:51): A piece that looks through the main character roster and reveals the qualities the actors brought to the roles.
The Big Leap: Adam McKay (1080p, 11:31): In this piece, the tables are turned from the cast as the cast and crew talks up the director (who himself interjects at times) and explores his love of the project, transition from Comedy to more serious material, and technical work on the film.
Unlikely Heroes: The Characters of The Big Short (1080p, 11:28): A closer look at the characters and their roles in shaping and advancing the story.
The House of Cards: The Rise of the Fall (1080p, 14:01): A recap of the housing bubble and market collapse.
Getting Real: Recreating an Era (1080p, 11:13): This piece offers technical insight into the shoot, including a good recap of film’s benefits over digital, at least for a film of this nature. It also examines costumes and editing.
Deleted Scenes (1080p): Vennett’s Call/The Real Danny Moses – Extended (0:49), Florida Visit (0:55), Burry Homelife(0:54), Burry Aspergers (2:59), and Danny Heart Attack (0:50).
For exclusive interviews with Adam McKay and the cast click the link at the top of the page.