“The Last Duel” Arrives on Home Video to Avenge Its Box Office Losses

After dying an ignoble death at the box office, The Last Duel will arrive on home video next month. That will kick off a discovery and reappraisal among the folks who missed it in theaters. Despite fantastic reviews, the film flopped hard in theaters. A variety of factors contributed to that, including lack of marketing, tough subject matter, and not being based on IP. But its acting and script (co-written by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener) received great acclaim, and in a very short time, audiences will be able to determine that for themselves. The film stars Emmy winner Jodie Comer as Marguerite, the wife of a nobleman (Damon) who accuses a knight (Adam Driver) of rape, and the violent battle that ensues.

Digital rental and purchase is up first, with a release on November 30. Two weeks later, the film arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD. The hi-def releases are billed as "Ultimate Collector's Editions," but that's quite a stretch, as the only special feature is a making-of documentary. (A commentary by a historian would have been quite informative.)

The Last Duel is currently in select theaters and arrives on physical formats on December 14.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.