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'We're the Millers' DVD packs in extras

November 24, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 24--"We're the Millers," the locally filmed drug-smuggling road trip comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudekis, hit Blu-ray, DVD and digital download Nov. 19, bringing with it new footage not shown in theaters.

The raunchy summer comedy from director Rawson Marshall Thurber follows a small-time drug dealer (Sudekis), who gets in a tight spot with his supplier and is forced to smuggle drugs from Mexico to pay back a debt. Devising a plan not to raise red flags at the border, he enlists a stripper (Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts) and a lonely teenage boy (Will Poulter) to pose as his All-American family to throw off border patrol.

The release includes an extended cut of the film that's nearly 10 minutes longer than the version shown in theaters.

Among the special features are seven small segments titled "Stories from the Road" that focus on certain aspects of the production, including what Aniston's costars thought of her racy role and how the cast felt about filming long days in the RV.

"I've never gone on a trip in an RV and I never want to get in another RV after this movie because we were sometimes in that RV for 12 or 15 hours a day," Roberts said in the segment called "Road Trippin' with The Millers."

Several of the features include brief glimpses of footage from the local production, which shot in and around Wilmington last summer. In "The Millers Makeover," which talks with costume designers about the cast's evolving wardrobe, Sudekis and Poulter are seen filming on Front Street, where several of the film's opening scenes were filmed.

The only direct mention of North Carolina comes in a segments called "Don't Suck Venom," which talks about filming the scene where Poulter's character is bit by a spider on his genitals.

"It was a little embarrassing for him and how could it not be? We are literally right off the side of a highway in North Carolina," Sudekis said.

The rest of the special features include outtakes, a segment on the cast talking about how ad-libbing made the film funnier and a few lengthy deleted scenes that didn't make either cut of the film.

"We're the Millers" enjoyed a highly successful box office run beginning in August when it earned $28 million opening weekend. Good word of mouth among audiences helped make the film the summer's sleeper hit, reaching more than $150 million in the United States and $266 million worldwide. It's the second highest-grossing comedy of the year behind "The Heat."

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