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


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#1 of 10 Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 24 2003 - 08:54 PM

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™ 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™ 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

Ronald J Epstein
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#2 of 10 oscar_merkx

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Posted May 24 2003 - 10:33 PM

at long last will this be released

Thanks WB

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#3 of 10 Craig: Mclaren

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Posted May 25 2003 - 01:46 AM

Great film Posted Image

#4 of 10 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted May 25 2003 - 02:44 AM

I guess I'll be the third Scot to reply to this thread! Posted Image

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. Posted Image

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


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#5 of 10 Craig: Mclaren

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Posted May 25 2003 - 03:53 AM

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

#6 of 10 oscar_merkx

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Posted May 25 2003 - 05:35 AM

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 of 10 Jon Robertson

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Posted June 02 2003 - 02:30 AM

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 of 10 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 02 2003 - 06:17 AM

yes Jon it is split over two discs

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#9 of 10 Jon Robertson

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Posted June 02 2003 - 01:25 PM

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#10 of 10 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 03 2003 - 09:54 PM

cheers, did you receive your copy yet

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