WHV Press Release: "Once Upon A Time In America"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Robert De Niro and James Woods Star In
    Sergio Leone's Internationally Acclaimed Masterpiece
    Once Upon A Time In America

    Debuts on Highly Anticipated Two-Disc DVD Special

    Edition June 10 from Warner Home Video

    Featuring Footage Never-Before-Seen in North America Theaters

    " ....it isn't just the echoing moments that keep you absorbed. *It's those
    reverberant dreamland settings and Leone's majestic billowing sense of film
    movement; the images seem to come at you in waves of feeling ... The movie
    has a pulse, it's alive." Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

    "The acting is stunning. *Robert De Niro, who turns understatement into a
    spectacle, and James Woods play the gang leaders ....they're supported
    brilliantly ...."
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Ralph Novak, People Magazine

    "....may be the definitive gangster picture. *Rarely equaled." David N.
    Meyer, New York Times

    Burbank, Calif., May 20, 2003 - *Warner Home Video (WHV) releases one of the
    most sought after films not yet available on DVD, when Once Upon A Time In
    America debuts June 10 in a special two-disc DVD presentation. *The film has
    been described as a masterpiece by cinephiles around the world, recognized
    by director Martin Scorsese as a major influence on his career, and noted as
    one of the greatest movies ever made by star James Woods.

    The international release, with footage never-before-seen in North American
    theaters, features commentary by noted film historian Richard Schickel, a
    making-of documentary: Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone and theatrical
    trailers. The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99. *

    "This film represents Leone's passion and dedication as no other in his
    filmography," stated Arnon Milchan, founder of New Regency Productions and
    producer of Once Upon A Time In America. *"We have taken painstaking care to
    maintain the integrity of the film as Leone intended, including remixing and
    remastering the original sound tracks. * With more than a year dedicated to
    the digitally remastered and restored Once Upon A Time In America, the film
    is being presented the way it was meant to be seen. * *It's wonderful to
    once again experience on DVD." *

    *"We have captured the original look and feel of this engrossing homage to
    the gangster film on DVD for both new and current fans of this masterpiece
    to appreciate," said Michael Radiloff, WHV vice president of DVD marketing.
    "Now a whole new generation of film lovers will have an opportunity to see
    one of the most talked about motion pictures of all time and also own a
    piece of film history." *

    Released in 1984, the film received two Golden Globe(tm) nominations, best
    director and best original score; won the British Academy of Film and
    Theater Arts (BAFTA) Award for best score and best costume design; and
    earned best supporting actress, *best director, and best cinematography
    nominations for Tuesday Weld, Sergio Leone and Tonino Delli Colli. *Composer
    Ennio Morricone's haunting score won the Los Angeles Film Critics
    Association Award.

    The film had its premiere screening at the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York
    on Sunday, May 11 to sell-out *audiences. * On Tuesday, June 3 the American
    Cinematheque in Los Angeles will present a special screening followed by a
    panel discussion featuring star James Woods, producer Arnon Milchan,
    executive in charge of production Fred Caruso and others.

    Synopsis

    Sergio Leone, the Italian filmmaker whose artistic sensibilities created new
    interpretations of the American western with his landmark productions of
    "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For A Few
    Dollars More," and who brought international stardom to Clint Eastwood,
    crafts an unparalleled saga about two friends and the complex urban
    underworld in which they live.

    Starring Robert De Niro as David "Noodles" Aaronson and James Woods as Max,
    the boyhood cohort with whom his life becomes inextricably meshed, Once Upon
    A Time In America chronicles the ruthless ambitions that drive them. *The
    compelling story embraces a world of gritty realities, raw emotions, secret
    longings, explosive conflicts, and the volatile passions that destroy them
    and those who love them. *Directed by Sergio Leone, the film follows Noodles
    and Max and their cadre of Jewish gangsters in New York from their early
    1900's childhood, through the glory years of prohibition and their
    subsequent reunion 35 years later.
    * * * * * * * *
    Once Upon A Time In America features a stellar cast of well-known and
    respected actors, including the debut of Academy Award(tm) winner Jennifer
    Connelly (A Beautiful Mind). *Such stars as Elizabeth McGovern, Treat
    Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello, and William
    Forsythe play roles exquisitely interpreted in Leone's masterpiece.

    With a haunting score by Ennio Morricone, Once Upon A Time In America marks
    a milestone in cinema history as the ultimate saga about the life of early
    urban gangsters and lasts in memory long after the last frame.

    The two-disc DVD special features include:

    * * * * ** * * * Commentary by film historian and critic Richard Schickel
    * * * * ** * * * Making-of documentary *- Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone
    * * * * ** * * * Theatrical trailers

    The DVD will be offered in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1]. *It will also
    include English and French languages (dubbed in Québécois) and subtitles in
    English, French and Spanish.

    Once Upon A Time In America
    $26.99 SRP
    STREET DATE: June 10, 2003
    RATING: R
    RUNTIME: 229 minutes
     
  2. oscar_merkx

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    at long last will this be released

    Thanks WB

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  3. Craig: Mclaren

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    Great film [​IMG]
     
  4. Gordon McMurphy

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    I guess I'll be the third Scot to reply to this thread! [​IMG]

    Will Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone be the full-length version, or just an edited version focusing on ... In America? The UK press-release stated it is only 20 minutes long. Hmmm.

    This is a must-buy. [​IMG]

    There will probably be reviews up on the Net on tuesday for all four Warner SEs.


    Gordy
     
  5. Craig: Mclaren

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    wow fellow scots [​IMG]
    I've got no idea about the documnentary but if its only 20 minutes long then i guess it must be edited [​IMG]
    Any news as to the potential of the UK release having the material cut by the BBFC when it was released orignally?
     
  6. oscar_merkx

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    There is a specific thread on this somewhere else in the Software Forum where it was 1/3 of the full Sergio Leone docu. Perhaps the other 2/3 would be on the release of Once Upon A Time in the West in november

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  7. Jon Robertson

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    As a side-note, the film will be split over two discs, won't it? I'll be very concerned if it isn't.
     
  8. oscar_merkx

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    yes Jon it is split over two discs

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  9. Jon Robertson

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    Cheers, pal! [​IMG]
     
  10. oscar_merkx

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    cheers, did you receive your copy yet

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