Green Room – Limited Edition 4K UHD/BLU-RAY box set

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Sir Patrick Stewart, probably best known to audiences as the fine upstanding Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek, went very much against type when he appeared in Green Room where he played Darcy who runs a club for live bands. He also happens to be the leader of a group of neo Nazi’s and the band, the Ain’t Rights, take a much needed booking to play their wholly unaware. So perhaps it was not the best venue to perform one of their songs, Nazi Punks f**k off! – a song that never seems to be performed on The Masked Singer- with their being repercussions. And those repercussions have murderous results as the band cower in the Green Room in a bid to stay alive.

Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier it was developed from his own interest in garage bands and the punk movement but it was a film that came within two weeks of being pulled from going into shooting until Patrick Stewart, who shared an agent with Saulnier got to read the script and relished the chance to take on the role that was so against type. As his unwitting nemesis would be the late Anton Yelchin in what would be one of his last roles before he was killed in a tragic accident in June 2016. Alongside him would be Imogen Poots who had just come off the failed blockbuster Need for Speed and this would be a far grittier and brutal film than she had previously been known for and would sport one of cinema’s great bad haircuts in the process

Green Room has been described as a horror but its far more of a thriller though it’s not without some particularly gruesome scenes, a hallmark of Saulnier previous film, ‘Blue Ruin’, a quite brilliant revenge film that’s often shocking violence and served a purpose far more than just to shock (and it’s a film well worth seeking out). Green Room is more commercial but is no less gripping and as ever Second Sight have given this new disc release their usual stellar treatment with a range on excellent bonus features that include

  • Dual format edition including both UHD and Blu-ray with main feature and bonus features on both discs
  • UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR
  • New audio commentary by Reyna Cervantes and Prince Jackson (no – us neither!)
  • Audio commentary by Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier
  • Going Hardcore: a new interview with Jeremy Saulnier
  • Punk Rock: a new interview with Actor Callum Turner
  • Rocking Out: a new interview with Composers Brooke & Will Blair
  • Going Green: a new interview with Production Designer Ryan Warren Smith
  • Nazi Punks F*ck Off: Thomas Caldwell on Green Room
  • Archive featurette: Into the Pit – Making Green Room

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Adam Stothard
  • 120-page book with new essays by Eugenio Ercolani and Gian Giacomo Petrone, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Josh Hurtado, Jolene Richardson, Shelagh Rowan-Legg and Thomas Watson
  • 6 collectors’ art cards

The commentary to go with is Salunier’s own and the new interview with him about the making of the film and it’s a mark of how much Anton Yelchin meant to him and so many others that he becomes so upset and breaks down as he talks about working with the actor. Yelchin affected everyone he worked with and the other interviews are testament to this. The disc does of course miss an interview with Patrick Stewart and maybe a paired commentary with Saulnier would have made what is already a food disc release even better but this doesn’t spoil what is already a decent package of bonus features.

Green Room didn’t do great business when it opened and is one of these under rated films that deserves to be seen by a far wider audience. Take that opportunity here.

Green room Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray Box set is released on 18th March 2024

related feature : Director Gareth Evans answers the question, ‘Are you going to make ‘The Raid 3’?

related feature : Anton Yelchin – Obituary

Here’s the Green Room trailer….

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