Anchor Bay Press Release: The King's Speech (Blu-ray)

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    ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY SET DATE FOR AWARD-WINNING FILM



    THE KING’S SPEECH ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD



    Critically Lauded Film Starring Oscar® Nominees Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter

    Due on April 19th, 2011



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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the highly anticipated Blu-ray™ and DVD release of THE KING’S SPEECH, the first release under the two companies’ new agreement. Heading to retail on April 19th, 2011, THE KING’S SPEECH has dominated the nomination lists for the Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Critics Choice Awards and BAFTA awards, earning widespread critical acclaim and grossing over $73 million at the North American box office thus far. Its 2011 honors to date include two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth); the PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture; the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film (Tom Hooper); and the Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Colin Firth). A delicate portrait of humanity set during an earth-shaking time in history, THE KING’S SPEECH will be available on Blu-ray® for an SRP of $39.99 and on DVD for an SRP of $29.98.

    Directed by Tom Hooper (Oscar® nominee, Best Director), THE KING’S SPEECH has been hailed as “a masterpiece” (The New York Observer), a “…crowning achievement…” (Rolling Stone), and “one of the finest moments in modern filmmaking” (Vogue).
    After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) – who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life – is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually forge a genuine friendship. Through this unexpected bond, the new monarch will overcome his stammer to find his voice, inspire his people, and rally the world. THE KING’S SPEECH is cinematic royalty: a magnificent production, studded with glittering performances, based on a true story of friendship, triumph and, ultimately, glory.

    THE KING’S SPEECH Blu-ray™ and DVD bonus features include an audio commentary with director Tom Hooper; a 20-minute “Making Of The King’s Speech”; archival footage of the actual King George VI; and much more.

    About The Weinstein Company

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as GRINDHOUSE; LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE MIST; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; CLERKS II; FACTORY GIRL; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; the 2010 Oscar® winner INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and 2010 Oscar® nominees A SINGLE MAN and NINE; and the 2011 Golden Globe® Best Foreign Language Film nominee THE CONCERT.

    Currently in release is Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, which has been nominated for twelve 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance’s Academy Award®-nominated BLUE VALENTINE; and John Wells’ feature directorial debut, THE COMPANY MEN. Recently wrapping is MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, Robert Rodriguez’s SPY KIDS 4, and the new installment of the SCREAM franchise, SCREAM 4. Currently in production is Douglas McGrath’s I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.

    About Anchor Bay Entertainment

    Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


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    THE KING’S SPEECH BLU-RAY™

    Street Date: April 19th, 2011

    Pre-book: March 23, 2011

    Cat. #: 0 1313 23135-9 7

    UPC: BD23135

    Run Time: 118 minutes

    Rating: R

    SRP: $39.99

    Format: Widescreen

    Audio: 5.1 DTS Master Audio
     
  2. AdrianTurner

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    I saw this movie last night in a multiplex in Britain. As a piece of writing and acting it was in the five-star class but on a technical level I thought it was terrible. It can't have been the print, surely, but what I saw looked fuzzy, bleached out, like those old 16mm dupes of yesteryear. The digital reconstructions of the opening Empire event at Wembley and the closing balcony scene at Buckingham Palace were, frankly, disastrous. I put this down to an aesthetic choice the director made, to make the movie look 'in period' or 'of the era' and that approach never really works in my view. Because everything was crisp and sharp in the 1930s and not like this. So why buy a Blu-ray of what I consider to be the worst photographed film I've seen in many years?
     
  3. Michael Reuben

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    Obviously you shouldn't, but not everyone shares your aesthetic judgment -- including the cinematographers who nominated the film's photography for an Oscar.


    I saw the film projected digitally, and it was neither "fuzzy" nor "bleached out". Certainly nothing like a 16mm dupe. Yes, it was stylized, but all photography is stylized, even when it looks "natural".
     
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    So, what's with The Weinstein Company being all over the place interms of who distributes their stuff digitally? I know they sold off their ownership in Genius Products, but first Sony, now Anchor Bay?
     
  5. Michael Reuben

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    As I understand it, TWC's role in The King's Speech was limited to distribution in the U.S. They were not one of the original production companies. They may not have had the final say over selection of a video distributor.
     
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    I saw the film in a 35mm print, and it didn't look that great either. None of the recent films I have seen in 35mm have looked that great. In digital, they look fine. I assume they're cutting corners on 35mm film printing to get 2000 of them out in a short period of time.
     
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    I don't think that would apply to The King's Speech, which had a gradual rollout. And if it were the reason for projection issues, shouldn't the problem have surfaced long ago? Print runs in the thousands are not a new phenomenon.


    I hate to speculate about what underlies complaints over projection quality. Too many variables, and no ability to go back and repeat the experience.
     
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    I'm not sure if the projection I saw was regular film or digital - but the image was consistently terrible, making everything look overly stylised, back-projected, and there was enough grain to feed the population of China. In particular the digital recreations of two big events - the Empire celebration at Wembley and the balcony scene at Buckingham Palace were so bleached out you couldn't see even into the middle distance, so the barrage balloons were all but invisible.


    In my view - and it's only a view - The King's Speech should have looked like the brilliant recent TV series Downton Abbey which I'm currently re-watching on Blu-ray and just gasping at the visual beauty of it all.
     
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    ^ It sounds like a problem with the print or something techincal on the theater's end. I saw it about a month and a half ago (in 35mm) and while it's not the most beautiful looking movie that I've ever seen, I didn't see the flaws that you've noted.
     
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    Back in early January, The Weinstein Company bought 25% of Anchor Bay's parent company STARZ. That purchase includes Weinstein releasing all their DVD's through Anchor Bay. Finally the dust has settled and they have one company to handle their titles. THE KING'S SPEECH is the first title to fall under that agreement.
     
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    I loved 'The King's Speech'. Definitely one of the best films of the year. But for me, it falls into that small and exclusive group of movies that were terrific on first viewing but don't really have a high re-watchability factor. The only reason I'd own this is to share it with friends that haven't seen it yet. But, at this point, I simply have zero interest in seeing it again. And, for once in our lives, my wife and I are in full agreement on this one. :)


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