DVD Release Date: Feb. 12, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A story of friendship, Robot & Frank is a charming movie with a great cast, so it’s a surprise that Sony has made it available only on DVD, with no Blu-ray.
The film stars Frank Langella (All Good Things) as, well, Frank, an ex-jewel thief who lives alone away from his two grown children (Armeggedon‘s Liv Tyler and Straw Dogs‘ James Marsden). Worried about his father’s wellfare, Marsden gives Frank a robot caretaker. At first, Frank resists his new roommate, but when he discovers the robot has some unique talents, Frank softens and the two begin to be friends. Until the law comes after them…
Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) also stars in the movie, as well as Jeremy Sisto (TV’s Suburgatory) and the voice of Peter Sarsgaard (An Education) as the robot.
Robot & Frank was highly acclaimed by critics. The Detroit News‘ Tom Long wrote that the film “hits all the right notes — romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet.” And we at Disc Dish couldn’t agree more. Langella delivers a fantastic performance, and Jake Schreier’s direction (his first feature film) and the script by Christopher D. Ford (The Fuzz) keep audiences laughing even as their hearts are breaking.
Sadly, Robot & Frank was released only in a limited number of theaters, but it still grossed $3.3 million. The DVD gives the PG-13-rated movie its biggest audience, but as it has some nice looking shots, it’s too bad a Blu-ray isn’t also being released.
The DVD has two special features:
•commentary with director Screier and writer Ford
•and Robot Poster Campaign Gallery.