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#1 of 1 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 18 2014 - 11:35 AM



“A Crime Drama with Thrilling Shoot-em Up Action!”

~ Nathan Swank, Flix66.com


Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart & 
Tom Berenger Star In the New Crime Thriller from 
The Boondock Saints Series Producer





On Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital on April 29

Featuring Deleted Scenes & “Taking Down An Empire: On The Set” Featurette




Culver City, CA (Feb. 18, 2014) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites action and suspense fans to discover BAD COUNTRY, the new crime thriller available April 29 on Blu-ray™ and DVD. This high-stakes drama tells the gripping tale of a Louisiana detective (Willem Dafoe) who teams up with a contract killer-turned-informant (Matt Dillon) to take down the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South. The cast starring alongside two-time Academy Award® nominee Dafoe (Best Supporting Actor, Shadow of the Vampire, 2001; Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1986) and Academy Award® nominee Dillon (Best Supporting Actor, Crash, 2006), includes Amy Smart (Crank), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Academy Award® nominee Tom Berenger (Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1986). 


Directed by Chris Brinker, producer of The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the Blu-ray™ and DVD feature deleted scenes and “Taking Down an Empire: On the Set,” an in-depth featurette on the making of this modern, film-noir thrill ride. Co-starring in BAD COUNTRY is Kevin Chapman (TV’s “Person of Interest”), Bill Duke (X Men: The Last Stand) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog). 


Synopsis: When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland’s ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss (Berenger) who ordered the hit. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough. Amy Smart, and Tom Berenger star in Bad Country, a gritty action thriller from director Chris Brinker, a producer of The Boondock Saints.


BAD COUNTRY was screen written by Jonathan Hirschbein (Road to Paloma) from a story by Mike Barnett, Bud Connor, Tom Abernathy and Hirschbein. It was produced by Chris Brinker, Kevin Chapman, Jim Crabbe, Scott Einbinder, Nancy Green-Keyes, and Matthew Rhodes. Executive producers are Mike Barnett, Mike Brinker, Justin Bursch, Don Carmody, Don 'Bud' Connor, Cole Hauser, David Krintzman, Jonah Loop, Patrick Newall, Jeff Steen, and Don Yesso.


The film has a run time of approximately 95 minutes.  It is rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use.


Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Material:

·         Deleted Scenes

·         “Taking Down An Empire: On the Set” Featurette – Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to hear about the process of taking the film from script to screen and shooting on location in Louisiana.



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Ronald J Epstein
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