Bring home ‘Summerland’ on Blu-ray or DVD

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

If you’re looking for an entertaining film that will make your hours of staying in due to COVID more enjoyable, check out Summerland. The story takes place during World War II and stars Gemma Arterton as a writer in the countryside who takes in a young London boy during the time of the blitz.

Alice is a loner. But when she discovers that she is going to be caring for a young boy being relocated from London, she is outraged. She does not want him but agrees to take him for a week while other arrangements can be found.

Frank (Lucas Bond) is a nice boy and feels strange being away from his home and mother, and especially with a woman who knows nothing about kids and does not want him there in the first place.

During the week Alice starts to bond with the young boy and when it comes time to send him to his new home, she decides it is best for both of them to stay together. Alice opens up and Frank thrives in the little town. While the war rages in London and Europe, their idyllic countryside is rocked only by the emotional traumas that have been inflicted on the two. And when there is even more tragedy, the duo become closer than ever.

This is a story of love and friendship with the backdrop of the war and the mores of the time. There is a little plot twist that makes this a sentimental and emotional story that will touch the hearts of viewers.

There are plenty of bonus features on this Blu-ray release. There are interviews with the entire cast (Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay, Lucas Bond, and Dixie Egerickx, as well as the writer/director Jessica Swale. Viewers learn how the story came to be and how everyone involved was happy to be part of this great work of storytelling with strong female characters. The actors discuss their characters and their relationship to the story. And Lucas Bond tells a cute story of having cold legs during the filming of the movie because his character is always dressed in shorts. There is also a look behind the scenes where viewers see how the filmmakers set up the shots and how the scenery added greatly to the film.

This is truly a wonderful movie. Summerland is rated PG for thematic content, some suggestive comments, language, and smoking. It’s available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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