“THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE,” directorial debut of “BURIED” scripter, gets disc date


Usually, representatives of the Catholic Church get involved when someone’s possessed, but what happens when the U.S. government gets involved in such a case? Find out in THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, coming in to Blu-ray and DVD in January.

Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that ATTICUS INSTITUTE, written and directed by Chris Sparling (who scripted the chilling Ryan Reynolds confinement thriller BURIED), will hit disc January 20. DEXTER’s Rya Kihlstedt, THE GRUDGE’s William Mapother, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’s Harry Groener, John Rubenstein and Sharon Maughn star in the film, which was produced by THE CONJURING’s Peter Safran.

The synopsis: “Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities—ESP, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied—soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take measures to weaponize this force. But they soon discovered there are powers that exist in this world that simply cannot be controlled. Now the details of the inexplicable events that occurred within The Atticus Institute are being made public after remaining classified for nearly 40 years.”

Anchor Bay’s discs will feature 1.85:1 transfers with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks, plus “The Making of THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE” featurette and deleted scenes. Retail prices are $22.98 for the DVD, $26.99 for the Blu-ray. Look for a chat with Sparling about ATTICUS INSTITUTE in an upcoming issue of FANGORIA.

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