I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital) of Jordan Peele’s latest nightmare, US, on Tuesday, June 18. Fresh Fiction has some Blu-ray copies to give away. Information on how to get yours is below, along with information on the release.
The rules are simple: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full mailing address (Note: U.S. addresses only and no PO boxes). Title your email subject: “US Movie Giveaway.” In the body of email, tell us about an experience you’ve had when you encountered someone who looked strangely similar to you. The giveaway is active now until next Wednesday, June 19 at noon, central time.
Preston Barta’s Synopsis
US is about Adelaide Wilson (a knockout Lupita Nyong’o), accompanied by her husband (Winston Duke) and two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex), returning to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by her traumatic past, Adelaide becomes increasingly concerned as a series of coincidences and scary things happen. Hell comes (literally) knocking at her door when a doppelganger family puts their survival instincts to the test.
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURE ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM & DIGITAL:
· Scene Explorations – The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason’s abduction and Adelaide’s underground flashback.
o Seven Second Massacre
o It’s a Trap
o I Just Want My Little Girl Back
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:
· The Duality of US – Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in US – including Doppelgängers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence.
· The Monsters Within US – Examine how the great cast were able to find their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers.
· Tethered Together: Making US Twice – Making of a movie is hard. Making a movie where all the main cast play dual roles can be downright mind-bending. In this piece, filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss some of the technical challenges to making the film, as well as some of the design choices for the characters.
· Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand of Horror – In the space of two films, Jordan Peele has set himself apart as an invaluable artistic voice. Hear cast and filmmakers highlight what makes him so unique, as well as Jordan’s own thoughts on his inspirations and the relationship between horror and comedy.
· Becoming Red – Using behind-the-scenes footage from between takes, we take a closer look at Lupita Nyong’o’s intense and mesmerizing performance as “Red.”
· Deleted Scenes
o I Am Not Even Near You
o Rabbit Season
o That’s Badass
o The P is Silent
o I Wanna Go Home
· We’re All Dying – Hilarious outtakes from the conversation between Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker on the beach.
· As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux – An extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass.
US will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, June 18. It’s available today on Digital HD.