USHE Press Release: Public Enemies (DVD)

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    JOHNNY DEPP LEADS AN ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDING

    CHRISTIAN BALE & MARION COTILLARD IN THE
    THRILLING SAGA OF LEGENDARY OUTLAW
    JOHN DILLINGER
    PUBLIC ENEMIES
    OWN THIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GANGSTER CLASSIC
    ON TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF & DVD WITH
    DIGITAL COPY FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY DECEMBER 8th, 2009
    “Explosive...Thrilling...Suspenseful!”
    Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    “This is star power acting with magnetism to spare.”
    Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    “Like no other American gangster film...
    a grave and beautiful work of art.”
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
    “Public Enemies is a gangster movie classic.”
    Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV
    Universal City, California, October 22, 2009 — Award-winning director Michael Mann (Last of the
    Mohicans, Heat, Collateral) transports audiences back to the era of the 1930s American gangster in the
    critically acclaimed crime saga Public Enemies, coming to two-disc Special Edition Blu-rayTM Hi-Def,
    two-disc Special Edition DVD, single disc DVD and digital download on December 8, 2009 from
    Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean
    series), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), Public
    Enemies places you in the center of the fast and dangerous life of outlaw John Dillinger (Depp), whose
    cascade of heists, breakouts and charismatic press conferences captivated a nation and won him the
    heart of Billie Frechette (Cotillard) who went along for the ride. Meanwhile, at the same time, he was
    being hunted nationwide by crime buster Melvin Purvis (Bale) and the FBI as the nation’s first Public
    Enemy No. 1.
    In Public Enemies, Mann recreates Dillinger’s glory days with ferocious clarity in an explosive saga that
    also stars Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Steven Dorff (Felon), Stephen Lang (Tombstone), Channing Tatum
    (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Emilie de Ravin (“Lost”) and Giovanni Ribisi (Perfect Stranger). Fans can
    experience every exhilarating moment of Public Enemies with perfect picture and the purest digital
    sound available on Blu-rayTM. Through the Blu-rayTM exclusive interactive timeline, audiences can also
    explore the amazing true-life events depicted in the movie. And, through Universal’s all-new acclaimed
    BD-LiveTM Center, fans can access additional content, movie trailers and more with a click of the
    remote!
    A BARRAGE OF THRILLING BONUS FEATURES
    Both the two-disc Special Edition DVD and the Blu-rayTM Hi-Def version include:
    • Larger than Life: Adversaries—Stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale face off in their
    portrayals of the real legendary gangsters shown in the film.
    • Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies—See Michael Mann work with his cast and crew
    including Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.
    • Last of the Legendary Outlaws—A look at the real John Dillinger and other notorious
    American gangsters including Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd.
    • On Dillinger’s Trail: The Real Locations—Compare the real locations used in the film
    through behind-the-scenes and archival footage.
    • Director’s Commentary—Feature commentary with director Michael Mann.
    • Criminal Technology—A study of the guns from the 1930s. Watch Johnny Depp and other
    cast members learn how to fire them realistically.
    • The Public Enemies Blu-rayTM and two-disc Special Edition DVD will also be available with
    Digital Copy for a limited time only. Transfer the digital copy to your iPod, Mac or PC and
    experience Public Enemies anywhere, anytime!
    Public Enemies on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def offers these exclusive bonus features:
    • U-Control™—Universal’s exclusive signature feature puts the viewer just one click away from
    going deeper into the making of the film without ever leaving the movie.
    • Picture-In-Picture—Dig deeper behind-the-scenes with production-related featurettes on
    how cast and crew brought Dillinger and his accomplices to life.
    • Interactive Timeline— Follow three timelines of a national crime spree that spanned 14
    months from 1933-1934 and view in depth coverage on Dillinger and his gang through
    archival materials, historians and family members
    • BD-Live™—Blu-ray viewers can access the BD-LiveTM Center through an Internet-connected
    player to download more exclusive content, the latest trailers and more!
    • My Chat—Use Internet-connected players to host a text chat while watching the movie
    with friends who also own Public Enemies on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def.
    • My Public Enemies Commentary—UniversalHiDef.com and the BD-LiveTM Center
    together offer the opportunity to create video, audio or text commentary that can be shared
    with others in the BD-LiveTM community.
    • My Scenes Sharing—Bookmark favorite scenes from the movie then share with BDLiveTM
    buddies!
    • Gangster Movie Challenge—Test your knowledge of some of Hollywood’s most
    infamous gangsters, then see how you rank on the leaderboard.
    The single disc DVD version of Public Enemies includes the “Larger than Life: Adversaries” bonus
    features as well as Director’s Commentary.
    UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS OFFERING UP A $100,000
    PRIZE TO CELEBRATE THE BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF AND DVD RELEASE OF
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    SYNOPSIS
    In Public Enemies, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and
    Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)—
    the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar
    Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the
    downtrodden public. No one could stop John Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His
    charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie Frechette
    (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country
    into the Great Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang—later including the
    sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi)—thrilled many, J.
    Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his
    Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger
    America’s first Public Enemy No. 1 and sent in Purvis, the dashing “Clark Gable of the FBI,’’ to bring
    him down. But Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis’ men in wild chases and
    shootouts. Only after importing a crew of Western ex-lawmen (newly baptized as agents) and
    orchestrating epic betrayals—from the infamous “Lady in Red’’ to the Chicago crime boss Frank
    Nitti—were Purvis, the FBI and their new crew of gunfighters able to close in on Dillinger.
    http://www.publicenemies.net/
    CAST AND FILMMAKERS
    Directed By: Michael Mann
    Screenplay By: Ronan Bennett and Michael Mann & Ann Biderman
    Produced By: Kevin Misher, Michael Mann
    Executive Producer: G. Mac Brown
    Based on the book by: Bryan Burrough
    Director of Photography: Dante Spinotti ASC, AIC
    Production Designer: Nathan Crowley
    Edited By: Paul Rubell ACE; Jeffrey Ford ACE
    Costumes Designer: Colleen Atwood
    Co-Producers: Bryan H. Carroll, Gusmano Cesaretti, Kevin De La Noy
    Music Composed By: Elliot Goldenthal
    Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Steven Dorff, Stephen Lang
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-rayTM Hi-Def
    Street Date: December 8, 2009
    Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 61105513
    Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
    Layers: BD-50
    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
    Rating: R for gangster violence and some language
    Technical Info:
    • Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc One:
    o English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    o Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    o French DTS Surround 5.1, French Subtitles
    • Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc Two:
    o Dolby Digital 2.0
    o English/Spanish/French subtitles
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Two-Disc Special Edition DVD
    Street Date: December 8, 2009
    Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 61111860
    Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
    Layers: Dual
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
    Rating: R for gangster violence and some language
    Technical Info:
    • Standard Definition Disc One:
    o English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    o Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    o French Dolby Digital 5.1, French Subtitles
    • Standard Definition Disc Two:
    o English Dolby Digital 2.0, English SDH
    o English/Spanish/French subtitles
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    DVD
    Street Date: December 8, 2009
    Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 61105315
    Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
    Layers: Dual
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
    Rating: R for gangster violence and some language
    Technical Info:
    • Standard Def Disc One:
    o English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    o Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    o French Dolby Digital 5.1, French subtitles
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