The Purge [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray] [2013]

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  • Release Date: 05/26/2015
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (373 out of 414)

Special Features


  • Surviving the night: the making of The Purge - featuring exclusive interviews with Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and more!

Synopsis


The Purge
A family living in a gated community fight to defend their home against vicious attackers during the one night each year when all crime is legal in this high-concept thriller from writer/director James DeMonaco (Staten Island). In the not-too-distant future, rampant crime and prison overcrowding have inspired the U.S. government to implement a unique solution to restore the peace: Each year, for a 12-hour period, any and all crime becomes permissible as police put their jobs on hold, and hospitals close their doors. It's called the Purge, and remarkably, the annual event leads to drastically reduced crime and record-low unemployment levels throughout the rest of the year. But this year, as suburban parents James (Ethan Hawke) and Mary (Lena Headey) place their home on lockdown for the annual event, a desperate man finds his way into their neighborhood while fleeing a sadistic gang of masked killers. In a moment of compassion, James and Mary's adolescent son (Max Burkholder) unlocks the door, offering sanctuary to the frightened stranger. Unfortunately for the entire family, that act of kindness may also be their very last, because now the killers who were pursuing the man have surrounded the house, and have vowed to kill everyone inside unless they are willingly given the man they are hunting within an hour. As the clock begins to tick, the family face a difficult dilemma -- do they sacrifice the life of a stranger in hopes of saving themselves, or attempt to stand their ground until the Purge expires? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ethan Hawke
    Ethan Hawke - James Sandin
  • Lena Headey
    Lena Headey - Mary Sandin
  • Adelaide Kane
    Adelaide Kane - Zoey Sandin
  • Max Burkholder
    Max Burkholder - Charlie Sandin
  • Edwin Hodge
    Edwin Hodge - Bloody Stranger



Overall customer rating

4.2
91%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An intense, surprisingly well-executed film depict

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    Ctron84
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    The opening scenes introduce us to a dystopian futuristic America in which we have overcome staggering recessions, unemployment and crime rates. Everyone seems happy and at peace with the means that provide this thriving economy. So what do they have to thank? The Purge. The Purge is a 12-hour period during which all crime is legal and all police, medical and emergency services are suspended. Radio and news casts bombard viewers with soma-popping Brave New World mantras about "unleashing the beast within" to "cleanse [or purge] our inherently violent nature." What's most interesting about this society is that The Purge is embraced by most everyone. Sure, there are media debates on how The Purge "targets" the poor who can't afford to defend themselves, but even the wealthy--with their armored home security systems--socialize, talk about what they're doing during The Purge or "purge" together in hunting parties. All of the pro-Purge political views are presented through an upper class filter--more specifically, the pro-Purge mindset of James Sandin (Ethan Hawke; Sinister, Daybreakers), a home security system salesman who lives in a ritzy neighborhood full of fake, well-to-do smiling neighbors. This year, instead of attending a party, James is spending a quiet purge with his wife Mary (Lena Headey; Game of Thrones, Dredd, The Cave, The Brothers Grimm), son Charlie (Max Burkholder) and daughter Zooey (Adelaide Kane). James' family is less embracing of The Purge than the rest of the neighborhood but, for fear of death, they abide by the social standard but do not themselves partake. Catching more of our attention is James. His security system sales are booming, he's boat shopping and he talks a big game about supporting The Purge but when he justifies its value or explains to his son why he has never felt the urge to purge there is more than a dash of a hesitation in his tone. Things begin to go wrong for the Sandins when Max sympathizes with an injured man. He hears his cries for help on the surveillance system and disarms the security for long enough to let the man into the house for safety. Shortly thereafter, a group of over-educated young adults led by polite stranger with an intensely striking sense of rich kid entitlement demand that the Sandins release the injured victim into their lethal care as a Purge tribute. If the Sandins don't, the strangers threaten to penetrate the security system and kill everyone. That's what you get from the preview and I won't give you any more except to say that things get interesting, intense, gory, fun (for violent film fans) and equal parts predictable and unpredictable. I thought all of the actors did a fine job. Solid performances across the board! Some may consider the polite stranger (Rhys Wakefield) to be pretty hammed up, but I thought his supervillainous, sociopathic and zealous mentality helped separate this strong film from the likes of The Strangers, which carried no social commentary or message whatsoever. As extreme as the premise may seem in The Purge, I must admit that it got me thinking. Not necessarily "agreeing," but thinking. I went into this movie excited because of the preview, but nervous as to how it would play out. In the end I feel that all of my positive expectations were met and none of the bad came to fruition. I was very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to the new America!

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    vhscollector
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    The opening title screen says it best. "America. 2022. Unemployment is at 1%. Crime is at an all-time low. Violence barely exists... with one exception." By redesigning the government with the new political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, the new national holiday, known as the Purge, the United States has become a utopia for many. On this night, there are no rules; anything goes. As the story follows a rich, upper-class family prepare for the Purge, we see the country lockdown as the sirens and EBS sound. But then, an unexpected turn of events occur. The son disarms the security system to the house and lets a homeless man being chased by a group of masked purgers into the house. As the purgers make their message clear, "Give him to us, or we'll kill all of you," the Sandins must decided whether to give in and participate in the Purge, or defend themselves from the evil that has gripped the country. The Purge offers many things that modern films don't, and with the The Purge: Anarchy on its way this June, it's not a film that many should pass on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea but not Delivered

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    therealdjnugz
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    In this day of age, original horror films are hard to come by. It seems as if the same ideas keep getting recycled over and over again. When I first heard of The Purge, I was excited. It's story was something fresh and original. Unfortunately after seeing the film, that excitement was quickly dismissed. The story was a great idea but failed to deliver. It just didn't work. It needed something more. I believe with a better plot, The Purge could of been a classic. I was honestly dissapointed I purchased this film. It has no replay value what so ever. Watching it once is enough, after that there's really no point. As far as audio and video quality are concerned with the blu ray, Ths Purge delivers. Picture is clear and the blacks look good. The surround speakers do their job with great accuracy and good atmospheric sounds. Overall, I wouldn't reccomend buying this film. It's worth a watch, but do yourself a favor and rent it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A step in the right direction

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    Fan4Movies
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    I believe The Purge made some headway into being an excellent suspense/horror movie. It had some flaws, but compared to what all is released in the genre it would easily be one of the better ones. The concept of the movie isn't all that original, but they do a modern take on it and I think it is successful. I really enjoyed it and was excited they they have turned it into a franchise now. It is a great initial setup that can easily be built upon for future movies (which it does). All in all, if you are interested in a good movie with a suspense aspect to it, you should pick up a copy of The Purge.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Watching The Purge makes you a dirty participant

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    Stylez
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    Family man who makes a living selling home security finds himself a victim of his own success in a yearly free for all called The Purge. It's a horrid, bloodthirsty movie, more real than Night of the Living Dead without the zombies. I found it shocking in that i couldn't turn it off making myself too a participant in the wanton killing. Strangely the younger children in the family and the trapped homeless stranger were the ones to show sense and compassion. By the movie's end I felt dirty just for watching it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Creepy thought

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    taramae79
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    I can't imagine living in a world where this kind of behavior would be tolerated and encouraged, it would be scary for sure, lol. I love horror movies and suspense, this movie definitely gets points for being different than most of what's going on in horror right now. I like how a guy who makes his living selling security at a high price learns the hard way he's the one really paying the high price when all his security measures are so easily destroyed by a simple act of mercy from his son. This movie kinda makes you think.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Weapons or Flowers?

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    carrieb3ar
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    I think the idea behind the annual Purge is pretty simple... 12 hours a year, all crime is legal and emergency services are unavailable. Being able to release all the violence and hatred, crime has gone way down, and the world is essentially a better place. Overall, awesome movie. More of a thriller/suspense than a horror. It's not really scary, but there is a lot of violence and blood.If you're squeamish, or one of your biggest fears in home invasion, you probably shouldn't watch this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Purge - Great Buildup, Laggy Ending

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    JPark
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    The movie concept was really intriguing to me, and the beginning of the movie really pulled me into the story. But, then, all of a sudden, it just became a simplistic "blood and guts" movie with non-stop violence. There was a lot of subtext that was introduced, but never followed up on. Then the ending was basically, "Okay, now it's over." I left feeling a little disappointed. I would say that it was good for a single viewing and had I known, I would have rented it online.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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