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Format: DVD
Sku: 203936275
UPC: 025192867620
UPC 14: 00025192867620
Category Keywords: Supernatural  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Past Never Dies. It Kills.
Joanna mills, a travelling businesswoman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.

"...emphasis on subtle atmospherics rather than cheap scares...  Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"...haunting...the violence of the past bleeds into the present.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"The minimalist style keeps the suspense warm.  Kyle Smith, New York Post

Editor's Note
In 2001 British director Asif Kapadia's debut feature, THE WARRIOR, a lyrical, beautiful movie set in the Himalayas, was named Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. For his second film, Kapadia headed to Hollywood for the suspenseful horror flick THE RETURN, written by first-time screenwriter Adam Sussman. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Joanna Mills, an aggressive young woman who works as a successful saleswoman in the trucking industry. She pushes hard to go after a big deal in Texas, even though she had previously deemed the state off limits--something that happened to her when she was a little girl has kept her away from her hometown for many years. Filled with fear, trepidation, and determination, she goes back to Texas, even visiting her estranged father (Sam Shepard). As she sees familiar places, she has frightening flashes of deja vu, remembering bits and pieces of a tragic incident involving an ex-con (Peter O'Brien), an unseen man, and a bad traffic accident. The visions haunt her dreams, sending her back to her childhood (where she's played by Darrian McClanahan). Reunited with an old friend (Kate Beahan), Joanna tries to move forward, but her unfinished past keeps dragging her back. Kapadia keeps things at a slow, suspenseful pace, every scene adding another piece of the plot--as well as a touch more mystery. Gellar, who has also starred in such horror films as THE GRUDGE, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, and SCREAM 2, plays Joanna with an involving sense of dread that is echoed by Dario Marianelli's score.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/5/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 62028676
Video UPC UPC: 00025192867620
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam Scott
Video Cast Info Kate Beahan
Video Cast Info Sam Shepard
Video Cast Info Sarah Michelle Gellar
Video Cast Info Aaron Ryder - Producer
Video Cast Info Adam Sussman - Writer
Video Cast Info Asif Kapadia - Director
Video Cast Info Claire Simpson - Editor
Video Cast Info Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jeff Knipp - Art Director
Video Cast Info Marc D. Evans - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Roman Osin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steve Joyner - Art Director

Professional Reviews

Variety 5 of 10
Sarah Michelle Gellar finds herself experiencing visions related to another woman's unsolved murder years earlier in supernatural drama "The Return." Time-killer chiller reps an undistinguished U.S. debut for U.K. helmer Asif Kapadia, though the undernourished script may be most at fault. Forgettable PG-13 pic will particularly strike fans of harder-edged recent horror pix as much ado about not much...With its bleak settings and drained color palette, "The Return" is more self-consciously somber than the script's logic gaps, uninspired character writing and general familiarity can justify...Aussie TV star O'Brien has presence, though the pic doesn't do much with it (and doesn't bother changing his character's appearance at all for 15-years-earlier flashbacks). - Dennis Harvey 6 of 10
Asif Kapadia's The Return is a visually sumptuous but emotionally stillborn thriller that may be a bit too modest for its own good. It's the kind of film that would have worked well as the bottom half of a double bill in the 1940s - the story is slight but intriguing, and though the movie doesn't make much sense, it has style to burn and a few truly scary moments. Unfortunately, the concept of the B-theatrical feature has been more or less dead for over 50 years now, and The Return feels anticlimactic in the age of more ambitious recent horror releases like The Descent and Hostel...subtlety isn't always a virtue in a thriller, and Kapadia's low-key approach gives way to lethargy in the movie's final third. - Jim Hemphill

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Product attributeActor:   Shepard,Sam
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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