Detroit, one of this year’s most critically acclaimed films, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 12 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The project spotlights the civil unrest which impacted the city in 1967. A huge portion of the film details the Algiers Motel Incident in which police officers used abusive questioning tactics to several Black teenagers and a white woman. Dubbed the Detroit Uprising, the event claimed the lives of 43 people and led to the burning and looting of over 2,500 stores. Algee Smith (Earth to Echo), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) co-star in the feature.
Extras on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include five featurettes (“The Truth of Detroit,” “The Cast of Detroit,” “The Invasion of Detroit,” “The Hope of Detroit,” “Detroit – Then and Now”) and the music video “Glow” (featuring Algee Smith and Larry Reed from The Dramatics).
Opening in theaters tomorrow, EARTH TO ECHO is a family-friendly sci-fi adventure that, while aimed directly at the kids, should prove to be an entertaining distraction for adults as well. Utilizing the ‘found-footage’ meme, the film incorporates a sweet coming-of-age tale while telling the story of three inseparable teen besties who get wrapped up in a techno-mystery involving a stranded robotic alien while facing separation because of the demolition of their suburban neighborhood.
Directed by DAVID GREEN from a script by HENRY GAYDON, the film will undoubtedly conjure up memories of such classic faves as E.T., EXPLORERS and, even, SUPER 8 (STEPHEN KING’S last line in STAND BY ME also jumped to mind: “I never had any friends later on, like the ones I had when I was twelve…Jesus….does anyone?”).
We recently sat down with GREEN and GAYDON, who were quick to point out that they wanted this to be a film that doesn’t talk down to kids and one that the whole family could enjoy together. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)