- The Washington Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s horror thriller Green Room (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Rated R, $24.99, 95 minutes) debuts on Blu-ray and plays out a nightmare scenario for a punk band stuck in the Pacific Northwest.

The hardcore Ain’t Rights band members need cash to get back to the East Coast, and they decide to take a gig at a remote neo-Nazi skinhead bar — a gig that turns into a fight for survival.

The movie highlights the effort of Sir Patrick Stewart as the overtly calm leader of the hate group who directs his minions to take care of, by any means necessary, the unfortunate busybody musicians.

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A digital transfer keeps the rainy doom and gloom of the locations and inside of the rancid bar crystal clear while spotlighting some very gory moments as the band fights to escape.

Best extra: A very frank and refreshing optional commentary track with writer and director Mr. Saulnier has him quickly explain that “it’s important to know that idiots can make movies, too.”

His revelation contradicts what follows as the smart creator intuitively explores near all the minutiae of his efforts.

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He also often feels guilt for the dedicated production crew that faithfully stuck to the script with little compromise while dealing with a small budget.

The director specifically laments having to spend money to buy 2 acres of corn for a shot or the price tag associated with reversing hinges on a door.

Although, he just as quickly compliments his young actors in the band (led by the late Anton Yelchin) that actually had to learn how to play instruments and play a Dead Kennedy’s song live during the movie.

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