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    The Possession Coming To DVD/Blu-ray from Lionsgate 1/15/2013

    Another press release from Lionsgate...

    The horror hit of the summer, The Possession, produced by celebrated horror filmmaker Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Evil Dead), along with Robert Tapert (Drag Me to Hell) and J.R. Young (The Messengers) arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Digital Download and On Demand on January 15th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Headlined by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Golden Globe® winner Kyra Sedgwick (TV's "The Closer"), the supernatural thriller is directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch), and written by Juliet Snowden (Boogeyman) & Stiles White (Knowing). The chilling tale is based on a true story and co-stars Natasha Calis (TV's "The Firm") as a young girl whose body has been taken over by a murderous evil spirit.

    The Blu-ray and DVD both include an extensive featurette focusing on the eerie true story behind The Possession,along with separate audio commentaries with Bornedal and the film's writers. The Possession will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

    Clyde (Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em (Calis) becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

    -Audio commentary with director Ole Bornedal
    -Audio commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White
    -"The Real History of the Dibbuk Box" featurette
    *Subject to change

    Street Date: January 15, 2013
    Price: $39.99 Blu-ray / $29.95 DVD
    Title Copyright: The Possession © 2011 Box Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2013 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences
    Run Time: 92 minutes
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Genre: Horror
    Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
    DVD Closed Captioned: English
    Subtiles: English and Spanish
    Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
    DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
    Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS Master Audio an Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
    DVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
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    Just finished watching this. I admit I'm a sucker for supernatural and possession themed horror films. This one fits that bill. I also like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, he seems like a cool guy to have a beer with. So I was kind of pre-disposed to like this. Throw in the fact that it's based on a weird Jewish folk story, and that I have an interest in stuff like that, and this should have been a contender, at least in my book. As it stands, it's not horrible. There are logic gaps, there are bits that borrow from other, better movies and one character simply disappears for no reason. The connection to the Hasidic guy is rushed and not properly explained and there is some CGI that definitely feels out of place.

    With that said, it's entertaining enough. Don't go in looking for depth or originality or a tight adherence to logic and you'll walk away at least having killed 90 minutes with some moderately solid atmosphere and a few jump scares. Nothing lasting, really, but decent performances and some good moments. I don't think I'd ever watch it again but I don't hate myself for having watched it once.
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