Embargoed until Monday, October 20 Oscar’s® on Blu-ray™ amadeus director’s cut & a history of violence

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Embargoed until Monday, October 20

Oscar’s® on Blu-ray™



Two Critically-Acclaimed Academy Award® Films Debut
on Blu-ray Hi-Def February 10 in time for Awards Season!

Burbank, Calif., October 20, 2008 – Celebrate the 2009 Awards season with the Blu-ray Hi-Def releases of Amadeus Director’s Cut (winner of eight Oscars® including Best Picture) and
A History of Violence (Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor).
Amadeus Director’s Cut, with an additional 30 minutes which includes deleted scenes and extended scenes, will be the Blu-ray Hi-Def version of the title and will be presented with an exclusive bonus book packaging with 35 pages of insightful essays, beautiful photography, trivia and details about Mozart and his music. The Blu-ray Hi-Def also includes a special CD compilation from the Best Sound Oscar-winning original film soundtrack created especially for this release. Also included will be a digital download copy of the film for use with Windows Media and iPod portable devices.

Nominated for eleven Oscars and winner of eight, Amadeus was directed by Milos Forman from the Peter Shaffer screenplay. Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Jeffrey Jones, and Christine Ebersole, among others, starred in the film based on events in the life of classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A History of Violence, the tough, groundbreaking film from director David Cronenberg, with a screenplay by Josh Olson, also debuts on Blu-ray. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Ed Harris and Maria Bello and was nominated for two Oscars -- Best Supporting Actor (Hurt) and Best Screenplay.
Director’s Cut will sell for $35.99 SRP and A History of Violence will sell for $28.99 SRP. Orders are due January 6, 2009.
About The Films
Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. This is the incredible, mostly true story about the relationship between two composers in 18th century Vienna -- Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), the successful court composer for Emperor Joseph of Austria, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), a child prodigy who, while vulgar and irritating, writes the greatest music the world has ever heard. The film unfolds in a series of flashbacks, as Salieri is consumed with jealously by Mozart’s natural talent, and is unable to accept the knowledge that he will never possess the genius of a man he cannot stand.

Special Features:

  • Director’s Cut commentary by director and writer

  • The Making of Amadeus documentary

  • Theatrical trailer

  • BONUS DISC: Soundtrack Compilation CD

  • Digital download copy of the Director’s Cut (run time: 180 minutes)

CD Sampler Track Listing:

  1. W.A. Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384), Chorus of the Janissaries (arr.)/Ich möchte wohl (Ein Deutsches Kriegslied), K.539 (arr.) 4:30, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

  2. W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K.365; 3rd movement 7:15 Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Imogen Cooper, Anne QueffelecCpianos.

  3. W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, Act IV, Ah Tutti Contenti 2:19, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

  4. W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Aria (No. 14), “Queen of the Night” (Die Hölle Rache Kocht) 6:53, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Louisa KennedyCsoprano.

  5. W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in D minor, K.466; 2nd movement (Romanza) 12:21, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Imogen CooperCpiano.

  6. W.A. Mozart: Symphonie Concertante, K.364; 1st movement 13:38=, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Levon Chilingirian Cviolin; Csaba ErdélyiCviola.

  7. W.A. Mozart: Six German Dances (Nos. 1-3), K. 509. 2:52, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

  8. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni, K.527; Act II, Commendatore scene 6:56, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Ambrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthyCdirector. Richard Stilwell (Don Giovanni), John Tomlinson (Commendatore), Willard White (Leporello).

A History of Violence (2005)

Everyone has something to hide. This is the story of a mild-mannered man named Tom Stall (Mortensen) who lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife (Bello) and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. One night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner and becomes a local hero through this act of violence. The resulting media spotlight unwittingly changes the lives of Tom and his family in ways they never could have foreseen.

Special Features:

  • Feature commentary with director David Cronenberg

  • Violence’s History:  United States version vs. International version - A look at scenes that were altered for violence in the United States

  • Too Commercial for Cannes - This piece follows the cast and crew to Cannes for the film’s showing  

  • Acts of Violence - A look at several central scenes within the movie

    • Act 1 – Random

    • Act 2 – American Hero

    • Act 3 – Bully

    • Act 4 – Eye for an Eye

    • Act 5 --  Lies

    • Act 6 — Gangster Sex

    • Act 7 — Sibling Rivalry

    • Act 8 — Hope

  • Additional footage

    • Scene 44 with optional commentary by director David Cronenberg

    • The Unmaking of Scene 44 - Featurette detailing the creation of Scene 44

  • Trailers


Street Date: February 10, 2009

Order Due Date: January 6, 2009

Amadeus Director’s Cut

Run Time: 180 Minutes

Dolby TrueHD

Rated PG

$35.99 SRP
A History of Violence

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Dolby TrueHD

Rated R

$28.99 SRP

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Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
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