Under the Radar

Home Video: 'Get Out'

Get Out, marketed as a horror movie by low-budget scary movie masters Blumhouse Productions, turned out to be a wicked social satire and it became a massive hit and a possible contender for Best Picture at next year's Oscars. Written and directed by Key & Peele comedy veteran Jordan Peele, the movie is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and it's closer to early '70s creepy movies like the original versions of  The Stepford Wives or The Omen than it is to modern post-Saw gorefests.

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Get Out is really about "post-racial" America. Peele said he was inspired to write it when everyone was congratulating themselves for electing a black man to the White House and it mercilessly skewers the educated, NPR-listening suburban white folks who don't think they're racist.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) has been dating Rose (Allison Williams), a white girl from upstate New York. She takes Chris to visit her parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) and tells her boyfriend not to worry, since her father "voted for Obama" twice.

As Chris grows more uncomfortable with the increasingly strange behavior of Rose's family and friends, he stays in touch with his best friend, the fearless TSA agent Rod (Lil Rel Howery). Rod has all kinds of outlandish ideas about what might really be going on and some of it turns out to be true.

If you've managed to make it through the last four months without spoilers, you might be surprised at the end. Even if you know what happens, the scares are effective and the performances are effectively hilarious or creepy, depending on your reaction.

The Blu-ray includes a commentary track from Jordan Peele and a very different alternate ending that also comes with a commentary in which Peele explains his decision to rework the end of the film. There are several alternate/deleted scenes and Peele lets the entire scene play out each time even though there might just be a change to the punchline.

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