Posted: 01/01/2012

 

Contagion

by Del Harvey




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Steven Soderbergh’s meditation on disease and paranoia, Contagion, comes to Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on January 3 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. It stars some of the best actors working today: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Laurence Fishburne.

The problem with disease is, it’s everywhere. If you touch something in a restaurant, at a public washroom, even just putting your hand on an escalator rail or opening a door, you can come into contact with germs. Putting the end of a pencil in your mouth, kissing someone, or even just breathing can expose you to germs. So, what do you do?

Well, if you’re one of the characters in Contagion… no, that would be telling. Let me just say, it is far easier to catch something than it is to get rid of it.

An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus. One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted.

When Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Damon) they have no idea why. Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms, hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage, and ultimately, death. The numbers quickly multiply as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day. A global pandemic explodes.

As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD SKUs include an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the movie via WiFi to compatible computers, Android, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

Special features include -

Blu-ray Combo Pack:
·False Comfort Zone: The Reality of Contagion
·The Contagion Detectives
·Contagion: How a Virus Changes the World

DVD:
·Contagion: How a Virus Changes the World

Buy it 1.3.11 on BluRay Combo Pack with UltraViolet Digital Copy and Download to own. For further information, visit Warner Home Entertainment’s site here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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