Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Seeking to help poor doctors, Hugh Dancy (Martha Marcy May Marlene) accidentally helps generations upon generations of women in Hysteria.
The comedy movie tells the story of Mortimer Granville, the real-life inventor of the vibrator. A London doctor during the peak of Victorian prudishness, Granville created the electro-mechanical device as a treatment for cases of women’s hysteria, characterized by irritability, anger or unexplained tears, which had previously been cured through doctors … ahem … massaging their female clients by hand.
Directed by Tanya Wexler (Ball in the House), the R-rated film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nanny McPhee Returns), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Rupert Everett (Wild Target) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
Hysteria screened in a limited number of theaters, but the DVD and Blu-ray give the movie its biggest audience.