Fox Searchlight 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection Review: Brilliance In a Box

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When you think about what Fox Searchlight has accomplished in its 20 short years, it is extraordinary. To celebrate their 20th anniversary the studio has released an exquisite and must-own Blu-Ray collection of 20 of their greatest films. To have all of these in one package is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Fox Searchlight 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Each of the films in this package was hand selected by the people at Fox Searchlight for its cultural significance, awards cache and, yes, even box office success. Some of the films have even become cult classics that define a generation… just check out these Napoleon Dynamite quotes and we could not be more thrilled that flick is in this box set.

When the film studio started it found immediate success, something that is not always the case in Hollywood. Just a sample of their first four releases in this set shows that. The Brothers McMullen, The Full Monty, Boys Don’t Cry (which would earn Hilary Swank an Oscar) and 28 Days Later (a horror classic) show that they would not be confined by genre and, in fact, excel at pushing the envelope of each movie genre!

Napoleon Dynamite Picture

More proof of their Oscar moxie is seen with Little Miss Sunshine (Oscar for Alan Arkin and one for writing), The Last King of Scotland (Best Actor for Forest Whitaker), Crazy Heart (Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), The Descendants (Best Screenplay), Black Swan (Best Actress for Natalie Portman), Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave (both Best Picture winners!).

And don’t get us started on the numerous nominations their films have received. If there is one box set of films' finest to have in your collection, the 20th anniversary Blu-Ray set from Fox Searchlight is it.

What else is included?

What if we told you Zack Braff’s iconic Garden State, Sideways, the charming 500 Days of Summer, the riveting 127 Hours, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Yeah, right?!

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Other than the 20 films that are of the finest produced in the last two decades, you do not want to miss the bonus disc We Have Your Story, which has a stellar 98-minute documentary that takes viewers inside the magic of Fox Searchlight.

We get to see how these movies came together and their importance to the art of cinema from the filmmakers themselves, the stars of these movies and scenes from the films. Given how story is king, if you look at these 20 titles, and everything else Fox Searchlight has ever produced, how perfect is that title of the decades-chronicling documentary?

We Have Your Story may be the title of the documentary that highlights the Fox Searchlight 20th anniversary Blu-Ray collection, but it also is a perfect moniker to describe our feelings towards this box set and how each and every one of these stories touches our heart. These stories are our stories.

Garden State Poster

Want a tease of what’s in this astounding package? Watch Garden State online and then prepare to dive into the entire 20th anniversary Blu-Ray collection of Fox Searchlight. 

Fox Searchlight 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection Review

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