There’s a very good chance you didn’t get to see The Death of Stalin. Despite the film’s acclaim, it was released in a limited market, and thus easy to miss out depending on where you live. Don’t fret, however, as you’ll get the chance to check it out in the comfort of your own home on June 19th:
Proclaimed “the funniest political comedy of the year” (The Daily Beast) and banned in Russian cinemas, the brutally executed parody THE DEATH OF STALIN arrives on DVD and Digital June 19, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will also be available for sale or rental from cable, satellite and telco providers through IFC Films.
Written and directed by Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci (“Veep,” In The Loop), THE DEATH OF STALIN follows the tyrannical ruler’s hapless inner circle in the days after his death. As they scramble to come up with the next evolution of the revolution, it’s clear everyone is really out for themselves. The “hilarious…riotous farce of doublespeak” (Time Out) stars Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Palin.
THE DEATH OF STALIN DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “Dictators, Murderers, and Comrades…Oh My!”, as well as deleted scenes.
While the bonus feature content seems a tad on the light side, this might still be worth picking up on its own merits. I’m really struggling to figure out why there’s no mention of a blu-ray for this release and why it’s only being listed on DVD. As such, digital might be the way to go on The Death of Stalin for the best quality possible.