Tuesday, January 13, 2009

In the Electric Mist, based on the James Lee Burke mystery, Direct to DVD

We're not sure when it was first announced that In the Electric Mist, the movie adaptation of the mystery In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, was going straight to DVD, but we missed it. We stumbled upon an article in The Daily Iberian from January 9th reporting that the movie, which was filmed in and around New Iberia, Louisiana last year, is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 3rd with a limited release in local theaters sometime thereafter.

It's usually never a good sign when the studio elects to skip a national theatrical release, opting instead for direct to DVD. Even more so when the caliber of the stars is so high. Tommy Lee Jones plays Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux in what we think is a stroke of casting genius. The movie also stars John Goodman, Kelly Macdonald, Mary Steenburgen, and Ned Beatty.

Still, we're excited. Tommy Lee Jones is one of our favorite actors (though he tested us in , a movie we really didn't like, his character being the only redeeming feature) and James Lee Burke is about the best writer of atmospheric crime fiction. So rather than seeing it on the big screen, we'll settle for the DVD in the comfort of our own home.

Look for In the Electric Mist on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in early March.

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