WHV Press Release: The Nativity Story (Blu-ray Combo)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    “Your family will love this inspirational film.”

    - Jeffrey Lyons, NBC - Reel Talk



    THIS EASTER, EXPERIENCE THE MOST TIMELESS OF TALES WHEN

    THE NATIVITY STORY

    MAKES ITS BLU-RAY™ DEBUT IN A 2-DISC COMBO PACK MARCH 5

    FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO



    Burbank, Calif. (November 5, 2012) – The inspirational and cherished family film about the most timeless of all stories makes its Blu-ray debut in a 2-disc Combo Pack March 5 from Warner Home Video. Available at retail just before the Easter holiday, The Nativity Story (directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Twilight fame) 2-disc Combo Pack will contain both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film and will have an SRP of $19.98. Orders are due January 29. The Nativity Story is also available for download and on demand from online retailers.

    The Nativity Story stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), the youngest actress ever to be nominated for a Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award® (for Whale Rider in 2003), and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Sucker Punch). The only film to ever premiere in Vatican City, Italy, The Nativity Story earned the highest rating, 5 out of 5 Doves, from the Dove Foundation, which recommends the film for ages 12 and over.

    “The cinematography in this film is breathtaking and the acting is solid throughout, with Keisha Castle-Hughes making a lovely and caring young Mary.” – Dove Worldview

    For more information about the Dove Foundation’s rating for The Nativity Story, visit dove.org.


    About the Film
    It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod's torturous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman's faith is put to the test. Join Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) on an incredible journey of hope and discovery. Epic in its scope, yet intimate in its portrayal of this historical family, this “wonderful film” (Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times) is “a family feature that will be cherished for years to come!” (Greg Russell, WMYD-TV, Detroit).


    The Nativity Story 2-disc Combo Pack Elements:

    · The Nativity Story: A Director's Journey (featurette)
    · Theatrical trailer
    · Feature film on both Blu-ray and DVD

    Note: All enhanced content is subject to change.



    The Nativity Story

    2- Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray and DVD included)

    Street Date: March 5, 2013

    Order Due Date: January 29, 2013

    Rated: PG

    Run Time: 101 minutes

    SRP: $19.98

    Mat # / UPC: 1000336870 / 794043162718

    Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

    For more information visit: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com/
     
  2. Brian McHale

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    "Available at retail just before the Easter holiday"
    I wonder why it's not being made available for the Christmas season... How many people will be watching this at Easter time? I can only guess that it got delayed and they didn't want to wait until late 2013.
    Regardless, I'm glad to see this coming out.
     
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    The notable thing about this film is that it brings out two aspects of the story that are almost never shown.
    First, we see how Mary's family and friends must have reacted to her pregnancy when the baby was obviously not her husband's. Nobody says anything; it's just shocked expressions and then the shunning of her by the village.
    The second aspect concerns Joseph. He is usually just that (not very important) guy kneeling near the manger, kind of hidden by the three wise men. It's definitely a small supporting role -- what William Goldman calls "the Elisha Cook Jr. part." Here Joseph is brought to the fore. After being visited by the angel, he ignores other opinions (and no doubt derision) and accepts both Mary and her unborn child. He also takes action, protecting Mary and the child, going without food so Mary, the baby and the animal carrying them can eat. He's definitely the man of the house.
    All told, a very good film that deserved better box office attention than it got.
     

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