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USHV Press Release: The Legacy Series (The Sting/To Kill A Mockingbird/Deer Hunter


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#1 of 15 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 30 2005 - 08:05 PM

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

THE LEGACY SERIES:

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
THE STING
THE DEER HUNTER

THREE MULTIPLE OSCAR® WINNING FILMS ACCLAIMED FOR
THEIR MASTERFUL STORYTELLING AND CULTURAL IMPACT
KICK OFF UNIVERSAL'S NEW LEGACY SERIES

Available September 6, 2005

Universal City, California, June 29, 2005 - To Kill A Mockingbird, The Sting and The Deer Hunter, three unforgettable Academy Award®-winning films that remain as vibrant and enthralling today as when they first appeared on the silver screen, inaugurate Universal Studios Home Entertainment's new The Legacy Series product line on September 6, 2005. Presented in lovingly created Limited Edition two-disc DVD sets, these critically-acclaimed Hollywood gems are each digitally remastered for unsurpassed state-of-the-art picture quality. They feature fully restored audio with all-new enhanced 5.1 tracks, collectible packaging and unique extras bringing even more value to this one-of-a-kind series. Each DVD set is priced at $26.98 SRP. Pre-order deadline is August 2, 2005.


To Kill A Mockingbird
Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, To Kill A Mockingbird won three, including a Best Actor Oscar® for Gregory Peck's brilliant performance as a Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape. This inspiring and endearing film adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel evokes a time, a place, and above all, a mood, that sets it apart as a masterpiece. It was named by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the Top 100 Films of All Time and Peck's character, the unforgettable Atticus Finch, was named the #1 Hero in 100 Years of Film History. Bonus features on this two-disc edition include:
* A documentary produced by Gregory Peck's daughter, Cecilia Peck, that takes you into the personal life of the beloved star.
* Peck's memorable 1963 Academy Award® Best Actor acceptance speech.
* Peck's 1989 speech after he was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the AFI.
* An interview with Mary Badham, "Scout," about her experience working with Gregory Peck.

The Sting
Oscar® winners Robert Redford and Paul Newman team up in The Sting, winner of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Considered one of the greatest con artist-heist movies ever made, The Sting also features an all-star supporting cast including Robert Shaw (Jaws), Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon), Ray Walston ("My Favorite Martian," Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Eileen Brennan (Murder by Death, The Last Picture Show), Harold Gould (Silent Movie, Stuart Little) and Dana Elcar ("Baa Baa Black Sheep", "MacGyver"). This fast-paced, funny and clever classic will be available on a two-disc edition DVD with all new bonus material including:
* The Art Of The Sting - Retrospective on the making of The Sting with interviews from the cast and filmmakers.

The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter tells the story of three close friends and the devastating toll a tour in Vietnam takes on them all. Nominated for nine Oscars® and winner of five including Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Cimino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), The Deer Hunter was also included in the AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time. This critically-acclaimed drama is now available in an all-new two-disc edition, filled with new bonus material:
* Deleted and extended scenes.
* Feature commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher.



SYNOPSES
To Kill A Mockingbird
In a dusty Southern town during the Depression a white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though the man is obviously innocent, a guilty verdict is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him. Except, that is, for Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), the town's most distinguished citizen. While his compassionate defense costs him many friendships, it earns him what he values most, the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.
The Sting
When budding con artist Johnny Hooker's (Robert Redford) mentor is killed by coldhearted mob boss Doyle Lonigan (Robert Shaw), Hooker turns for help to Henry Gondof (Paul Newman), a one time master con-man who has recently fallen on hard times. Together they seek revenge on Lonigan with an elaborate "sting" that stands as one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history, complete with an amazing surprise finish.

The Deer Hunter
This extraordinarily powerful film tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. Robert De Niro gives an indelible performance as Michael, the natural leader of the group. The Deer Hunter is a searing drama of friendship and courage - and what happens to these qualities under the hardships of war. It is a shattering emotional experience you will never forget.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION
To Kill A Mockingbird
Street Date: September 6, 2005
Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $26.98 SRP
Selection Numbers: 27866
Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Discs: 2
Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Rating: Not Rated
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; English DTS 5.1 Surround/Captions; French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

The Sting
Street Date: September 6, 2005
Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $26.98 SRP
Selection Numbers: 27902
Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Discs: 2
Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)/Single (Single-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Rating: PG
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captions; French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

The Deer Hunter
Street Date: September 6, 2005
Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $26.98 SRP
Selection Numbers: 26739
Running Time: 3 Hours 4 Minutes
Discs: 2
Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)/Single (Single-Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
Rating: R
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captions; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

 

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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted June 30 2005 - 09:52 PM

I'm buying all three of these titles. A couple of them are among my favorite films of all-time. Apparently, the OAR and OAF is present on all three dvds, however, I need to check again to make sure.








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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Sergio A

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Posted June 30 2005 - 10:11 PM

The region 2 release of DEER HUNTER has extras developed by Blue Underground including interviews with Savage and Cimino, who also provides a good commentary.

#4 of 15 OFFLINE   Larry Gardner

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Posted July 01 2005 - 01:27 AM

I'm surprised that The Deer Hunter, that won Best Sound Oscar, is only getting Dolby Stereo while all the others are getting Dolby 5.1/DTS 5.1.

Any reason?

I hope this is a sign that Universal has awakened from it's long sleep and seen the value in their invaluable library of films. With remastered Brat Pack coming out (Breakfast Club, Weird Science, ...), maybe we will finally get remastered catalog titles (Earthquake, Batteries not Included, Harry and the Hendersons, ...) if OAR and anamorphic releases.


#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted July 01 2005 - 01:41 AM

I'm interested in all three, and thankfully they're not double -sided (I prefer my discs to workPosted Image ).

I don't see any mention of the doc. from the current TKAMB though. This would be a major oversight, and enough to prevent my double-dipping if it is left off.

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Patrick.C

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Posted July 01 2005 - 02:11 AM

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With remastered Brat Pack coming out (Breakfast Club, Weird Science, ...),


Larry - I haven't seen anything yet that says the three movies will be remastered - what have you seen? I'm curious to know if these really are being remastered or if its just a re-release of the "High School Reunion" set.

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted July 01 2005 - 02:48 AM

I was about to post the same thing Patrick.

I've been hard pressed to find the original High School Reunion box set in stores lately (save for maybe one last remaining overstock all dented and banged up) and was assuming that the set had been discontinued and that this would simply be a repackaging.

What leads you to believe that these will get a remastered treatment? How was the pq on the first editions?

#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted July 01 2005 - 09:28 AM

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With remastered Brat Pack coming out (Breakfast Club, Weird Science, ...)

I finally found where I too saw a blurb about them being remastered. From dvdfile.com:

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Universal is prepping The Brat Pack Collection for release on 1 November, a box set featuring The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science . List price is $39.98. Each movie will get a new 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS mixes. Extra features have yet to be determined. Stay tuned…

Personally, if these are remastered, I am not re-buying them. I swear the High School Collection just came out! I'm happy with the PQ, and I can't believe Universal would focus on this rather than a Flash Gordon re-release. Yeah, yeah, I know all about the *potential* new Flash Gordon movie. I don't want to hear it. Nah, nah, nah, nah, I can't hear you. Posted Image
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The Jackal
, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#9 of 15 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted July 01 2005 - 10:48 AM

They already had Dolby and DTS mixes... I'm skeptical and don't really believe that these will be NEWLY remastered but we'll see. If I had to put money on it, I'd bet Universal is just reissuing/porting over the existing transfer from the current set. They're getting a little trigger happy with all these lackluster reissues but since I don't have the first box I'm happy it's coming...

#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Chris Cheese

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Posted July 01 2005 - 03:37 PM

Saying that these three titles are "kicking off" the Legacy Series gives me much hope that sometime before too long they'll be adding Double Indemnity to it.

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   Jing_B

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Posted July 01 2005 - 03:40 PM

yeah i hope Double Indemnity comes soon along with a new edition of Touch of Evil and All Quiet on the Western Front

#12 of 15 OFFLINE   JohnMor

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Posted July 01 2005 - 04:16 PM

Great news! Finally, a proper Sting. And the other 2 flicks are okay, too.Posted Image

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 01 2005 - 05:40 PM

Posted Image Dead on, John!

Its gonna be a tough day for my wallet! I'll be picking up all three!

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Posted July 01 2005 - 10:39 PM

great news and I am especially looking forward to The Sting
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#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

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Posted August 08 2005 - 01:55 PM

I'm all over The Sting. One of my favorite flicks.
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