After making big-budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth over the past few years, director M. Night Shyamalan returned to his thriller roots last year with The Visit. The filmmaker teamed up with producer Jason Blum for this low-budget story that features largely unknown actors. With The Visit arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we have an exclusive preview where the filmmaker discusses his casting approach.
The director addresses the notion that 80% of a director's job is casting, revealing that his first decision was to only cast actors who weren't "super-famous." He talked about his approach to casting The Visit, stating that he wouldn't let anyone be around him while he was making his decisions, and that he thinks the result is "a perfect constellation of actors." The filmmaker adds that stars such as Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie were chosen with purity.
A family visit takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are in The Visit, a found documentary-style suspense thriller currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, as well as On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The first collaboration from Academy Award-nominated writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and Academy Award-nominated producer Jason Blum, The Visit Blu-ray and DVD are packed with exclusive bonus features including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, and a suspenseful alternate ending.
When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents' secluded Pennsylvania farmhouse for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. Critics rave the latest heart-pounding thriller from the director of The Sixth Sense and Signs and the producer of Paranormal Activity and The Purge is a "deliciously creepy triumph." (Scott Mendelson, Forbes.com)
The Visit earned $65.2 million domestically and $97 million worldwide, which aren't blockbuster numbers by any means, but it was produced on a miniscule $5 million budget. In case you didn't get a chance to see The Visit in theaters, take a look at our exclusive preview below, where director M. Night Shyamalan explains his casting process. Will you check out The Visit on Blu-ray and DVD this week?