SPHE Press Release: Midnight Express (Blu-ray)

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    Director Alan Parker and Writer Oliver Stone’s
    Oscar®-Winning 1978 Suspense Classic

    MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

    Debuts on Blu-ray™ High-Def July 21st




    Culver City, Calif. (May 12, 2009) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1978 highly-charged thriller Midnight Express as a deluxe Blu-ray High-Def book package including a 32-page photo and essay booklet on July 21, 2009. Based on a true story and winner of two Academy Awards®* and six Golden Globes® **, this gritty film follows the unsure fate of Billy Hayes (Brad Davis – A Small Circle of Friends, Heart), a young American caught at the Turkish border trying to smuggle hashish. With his future in the hands of a foreign government, Hayes faces uncertainty and fear – papers from the Embassy mean little and the Turkish government is set to use him as an example to deter other drug smugglers. With his options quickly dwindling, Hayes realizes the Midnight Express (inmate slang for “an escape” under cover of night) may be his last hope.

    Midnight Express also stars Bo Hopkins (The Road Home, Vice), Randy Quaid (Vacation) and John Hurt (Alien, No Limits No Control). Special features include four behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring the road to production, the making of the film, the world’s reaction to this groundbreaking motion picture, and more; a commentary by Director Alan Parker; Parker’s personal 32-page photographic journal and essay booklet from his on-set experiences; and more. Midnight Express will be available for the SRP of $38.96.

    *Academy Award Winner for Best Music Original Score (Giorgio Moroder) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Oliver Stone). Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Hurt), Best Director (Alan Parker), Best Film Editing and Best Picture.

    **Golden Globe Winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Acting Debut, Female; Best Acting Debut, Male; Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Original Score, Motion Picture; and Best Screenplay, Motion Picture.


    Midnight Express Synopsis
    With the Turkish government trying to crack down on drugs, terrorism and crime, Billy Hayes has the misfortune of being caught at the border with a hashish stash. At first sentenced to four years and two months for drug possession, his prison term grows to 30 years when the prosecution’s appeal finds him guilty of smuggling. Pleas from his parents, litigation from his lawyer and actions from the U.S. Embassy amount to nothing. Things get worse when Hayes is sent to a detention center for the mentally unstable after he bites off a warden’s tongue to prevent him from divulging his escape plans. Forced to struggle with daily violence, despair and abuse, he finally reaches his breaking point and is willing to do anything to escape. Knowing that he is on his own, Hayes has one risk left to take: riding his own Midnight Express.

    Midnight Express was directed by Sir Alan Parker (Bugsy Malone, Birdy, The Commitments), written by Oliver Stone (Wall Street, The Doors, Evita) and stars Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey and John Hurt.

    This title has a run time of approximately 121 minutes and is rated R. Artwork is available at Welcome to SPHE Connect. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at Sony Pictures.

    Blu-ray Disc™ Special Features
    · Featurettes:
    The Producers’
    The Production
    The Finished Film
    The Making of Midnight Express
    · Commentary with Director Alan Parker
    · Photo Gallery
    · Original Midnight Express Theatrical Trailer
    · Photo booklet & Essay from Parker’s on-set experiences


    BD Catalog #: 22948
    BD UPC Code: 043396229488
    BD Order Date: 6/18/09
    BD SRP: $38.96
     

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