KStew and The Runaways Rock On DVD July 20th

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-06-06 16:38:39
While millions have been fawning over Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga, she’s been up to other things, other things that I’ve quite enjoyed. Not only did she star in the February limited release The Yellow Handkerchief, but another small-scale film as well, The Runaways.

Based on the true story of the world’s first female rock band, The Runaways stars Stewart as Joan Jett, a talented guitarist who refuses to conform, walking out on a tutor who tells her that girls don’t play the electric guitar. Joan teams up with an eccentric, but brilliant music producer, determined to makes her dream a reality. He assembles an all-girl group, topped off with lead singer Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), and from there, The Runaways become a worldwide sensation. Of course, with fame and fortune come egos and vices and for some, those attributes are just too strong to overcome.

Sony has announced that the DVD and Blu-Ray are coming our way on July 20th and will cost $27.96 and $34.95 respectively. It’s looking like the DVD will be the way to go unless you’re in need of movieIQ+sync with The Runaways playlist. Otherwise, both versions are the same, coming with commentary with Jett, Stewart and Fanning, as well as two featurettes, “Plugged In: Making the Film” and “The Runaways.”

Either way, picking up The Runaways is a win; the film is an absolute blast. Even though the bonus feature list has been kept short, it’s sweet. Not only does Jett likely have tons of true stories to offer in conjunction with the film, but Stewart and Fanning went through quite a lot of preparation for their roles. While the tabloids were focusing on Stewart’s new do, she was hard at work with Jett, ensuring she had every guitar strum and mannerism down to a tee. Plus, I’m quite interested to see where the “The Runaways” goes. If you’ve read Curries’ book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, upon which the film is based, you’ll notice a handful of omissions. Perhaps these moments, some of which are particularly profound, will get some attention in the featurette.
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