Cocaine Bear – 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD


Despite a number of truly bonkers films over the years its true stories that prove stranger than fiction and Cocaine Bear was one such story. Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it proved a story ripe for the big screen and writer Jimmy Warden’ script grabbed the attention on the strength of its title alone

The script was a wild dark comedy that  finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fuelled rampage for more blow … and blood. Lots of blood because the film certainly ramped up the horror with some notably gory effects. Read our review HERE

A comedy – horror, that rare genre that’s difficult to get the balance right, starred Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Margo Martindale (American Crime Story), and the late Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) in what would be one of his final films. Out on a ‘ Maximum Rampage edition  the disc includes a number of bonus features including the following

  • Alternate Ending  
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes 
  • Gag Reel 
  • All Roads Lead to Cokey: The Making of COCAINE BEAR – Meet the hilarious ensemble brought together to bring the movie of what is soon to be the world’s most famous bear to life.
  • UnBEARable Bloodbath: Dissecting the Kills – From rigging to special effects makeup, to some of the actors doing their own stunts, we’ll get a bears-eye view into some of COCAINE BEAR‘s hilarious and gory kill scenes.
  • Doing Lines – Cast and filmmakers read lines from the script to COCAINE BEAR, which was a work of art unto itself.

The alternate scene is more of an end credit extra than anything else which would enable one of the characters seemingly killed in the film to return in any sequel and for once the gag reel is better than the usual array of actors forgetting their lines. But the making of is more of an EPK than a proper  ‘how the film came to be’ and the Dissecting the Kills doc is slightly better with an insight into how the CGI bear was realized on set by a man on stilts!  Director Banks has always had comic flair but turning her hand to horror shows she’s equally adept with the gore and this is a decent enough film for a Saturday Night in front of the TV

Related feature : What’s the true story behind Cocaine Bear?

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Here’s the Cocaine Bear trailer…..

Cocaine Bear is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital Download


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