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SPHE Press Release: A River Runs Through It (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 18 2009 - 07:47 AM

“… Robert Redford has directed one of the most ambitious, accomplished films of the year.”
- The New York Times, Caryn James

Academy Award Winner® for Best Cinematography
Stunningly Beautiful and Moving Classic
Debuts On Blu-ray Disc™ July 28

Academy Award® Winner Robert Redford Directs Oscar® nominees
Brad Pitt and Brenda Blethlyn, with Tom Skerritt and Emily Lloyd

Loaded with Extra Content Including Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing,
Rescue of Montana’s Blackfoot River and an In-Depth Exploration of the Film’s Creation,
Plus Never before seen Deleted Scenes and Screen Savers

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 17, 2009) -- A River Runs Through It, the stunningly beautiful and moving family drama set against a background of fly fishing and the Montana wilderness, debuts on Blu-ray Disc July 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award® winning director Robert Redford[1], the film won high praise for bringing to the screen the lyrical and spiritual splendor of Norman Maclean’s much-loved autobiographical novella. Two-time Oscar® nominees Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Twelve Monkeys)[2] and Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies) [3], along with Tom Skerritt (Steel Magnolias, TV’s “Brothers & Sisters”) and Emily Lloyd (Wish You Were Here) star in A River Runs Through It which captured a 1992 Academy Award in 1992 for Best Cinematography and received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

Sony’s high-def set is packaged in a 32-page book with photos, talent files and three pages of the Oscar-nominated screenplay. It also contains exclusive bonus features, including a how-to lesson from master fly fisherman Brandon Boedecker; a documentary on the restoration of the Blackfoot River with the help of Redford and his film crew; a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production; selected deleted scenes and BD exclusive screen savers of the beautiful Montana landscape. The Blu-ray Disc will be available for $38.96 SRP.

Narrated by Redford, A River Runs Through It revolves around two brothers, their minister father (Skerritt) and the river that comes to shape their lives. Brothers Norman (Craig Sheffer, TV’s “One Tree Hill”) and Paul (Pitt) are very much alike, but also strikingly different. Norman emulates his scholarly and morally upright father while Paul is daring and much more of a rebel.

As the sons grow in different directions, the tough stoicism they’ve inherited from Norman makes it impossible for them to express their feelings for each other. However, through the sport of fly fishing, they find a discipline that irrevocably links them to nature; and in its beauty, they discover a harmony that ultimately brings them together.

A River Runs Through It Blu-ray Disc Special Features:

Never Before-Released Deleted Scenes
All-New Featurette: Casting a Line: The Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing
Hosted by master fly fisherman Brandon Boedecker, this segment takes us step by step through the process of fly fishing.
All-New Featurette: The Blackfoot Challenge: Rescuing a River
The compelling true story of the destruction of Montana’s Blackfoot River, and how a committed group of volunteers (assisted by Robert Redford and the film crew) helped generate enough money to restore this natural treasure.
All-New Featurette: Deep Currents: Making a River Runs Through It
In an in-depth exploration of the movie’s creation, Redford talks about his long and challenging journey to turn Norman Maclean’s evocative book into a transcendent piece of cinema.
BD Exclusive: On The Blackfoot River Hi-Def Looping Screen Savers

Artwork and digital clips are available for download at Welcome to SPHE Connect. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at Sony Pictures.

A River Runs Through It on Blu-ray Disc
BD Catalog # 28635
UPC# 0-43396-28635-1
Order Date: 6/25/09
Street Date: 7/28/09
SLP: $38.96

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