Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Kino Video
- Note: Director supervised high-definition digital transfer from the 35mm interpositive
- Ballast Scene Development, a 37-minute making-of feature charting the evolution of several scenes through the improvisational sessions and two-month rehearsal process that gave form to the final film
- Original theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 08/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "Hammer's script is spare and pertinent, without a wasted syllable, giving his characters believable voices against the bleak and gray canvas of the Delta farmlands, stunningly photographed by Lol Crawley."
New York Times - 10/01/2008
"[An] austerely elegant, emotionally unadorned riff on life and death in the Mississippi Delta....It's a serious achievement and a welcome sign of an newly invigorated American independent cinema."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/10/2008
"BALLAST has images of pristine spareness that keep leaping forward....As the movie comes into focus, you feel the lives of the characters echoing backward through time." -- Grade: A-
Premiere - 10/03/2008
"In Lance Hammer's BALLAST, the director takes a page from the Terrence Malick playbook and constructs a poetic narrative out of bleak landscapes and majestic drama....The result is an exhilarating narrative."
Los Angeles Times - 11/07/2008
"BALLAST has the heft and substance its name implies....this austere, rigorous film has a sense of place, a feeling for reality so compelling it makes us feel like we're living it, not just watching on a screen."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/05/2008
"The film has a bedrock reality that could not be fabricated. It was filmed on locations in the Mississippi Delta, and uses actors who had never acted before, but who never step wrong. Few professional actors could convince us so deeply."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2011
"Hammer favours an air of mystery....A film whose craft and determined individuality achieve an intermittent bleak soulfulness..."
Total Film - 05/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "Powerful, semi-improvised performances brings us closer to the isolated characters, who movingly earn themselves the possibility of redemption."