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SPHE Press Release: RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway (DVD/Blu-ray)

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 25 2008 - 06:01 AM



The Final Performance of the Hit Broadway Musical
Arrives on Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD February 3, 2009

Features Appearances by Original Cast Members
And More Than 60 Minutes of Exclusive “Back Stage” Bonus Material

Culver City, CA (November 24, 2008) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway on Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD on February 3, 2009. The ground breaking Pulitzer and Tony® Award-winning musical thrived for an impressive 12 years on Broadway, and on Sunday, September 7, 2008, Sony Pictures Releasing’s new alternative programming division THE HOT TICKET was there to capture the final Broadway performance. Both the Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD are loaded with special features including numerous original featurettes, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $38.96 (Blu-ray Disc™) and $24.95 (DVD). This special release is timed to the launch of the National Theater Tour of RENT, which begins January 2009 starring original Broadway cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, and others.

Filmed by Radical Media utilizing the latest in high-definition video and digital audio technology, director Michael Warren takes us on an enhanced journey through the music, lyrics, and images of this historic piece of live entertainment. RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway allows viewers to experience the show like never before, not only from the best seats in New York’s famed Nederlander Theatre, but from the stage and wings, where cameras capture the raw emotion of the cast's performance.

Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary rock musical RENT provides a modern interpretation of the iconic opera La Bohème and tells the story of a group of friends struggling to live and pay rent against the gritty background of New York’s East Village while holding fast to their bohemian ideals and pursuits. Confronting poverty, addiction, illness and the AIDS epidemic, these young artists strive to get ahead, find acceptance, and above all, establish a connection to their world and each other.

RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway features Will Chase as Roger, Adam Kantor as Mark, Michael McElroy as Collins, Tracie Thoms as Joanne, Justin Johnston as Angel, Reneé Elise Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen and original cast members Rodney Hicks, who steps into the role of Benny, and Gwen Stewart as the “Seasons of Love” soloist. RENT was directed for the stage by Michael Greif.

DVD and Blu-Ray Special Features Include:
· "RENT: The Final Days on Broadway" – A Retrospective documentary featuring cast and crew
· "The Final Curtain Call" – Past/present cast members sing “Seasons of Love” on stage one last time
· "The Wall" – A rare look at the famous backstage wall
· "The Final Lottery" – Hundreds of fans turn out hoping to be one of the lucky few fans chosen to sit in the front 2 rows for the very last show
· National Marfan Foundation PSA

Special Features Exclusive to Blu-ray Include:
· "Home" - A Behind-the-Scenes look at the theater that was transformed into the home for RENT
· "Casting" - Bernard Telsey talks about casting the show for the past 12 years
· Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation PSA
· BD-Live™ functionality

The Blu-ray Disc™ version of RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway is BD-Live™ enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download exclusive content, register for rewards, give feedback through our survey and more!

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RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway
Rated: Not Rated
DVD Catalog #: 29791
DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-29791-3
DVD SLP: $24.95
Blu-ray Catalog #: 29795
Blu-ray UPC Code: 0-43396-29795-1
Blu-ray SLP: $38.96
Running Time: 152 minutes
Order Date: 1/1/09


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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted November 25 2008 - 12:37 PM

Sold. Love the show, saw the tour many years ago.

Now if only they would release The Hot Ticket version of Cirque du Soleil Delirium on disc. I like the idea of these "event" shows being broadcast in theaters for limited engagements, especially when they follow up with a home video release.

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#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Wayne_j


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Posted November 25 2008 - 01:59 PM

Saw it at the Hot Ticket event, will be buying.