ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY SET DATE FOR AWARD-WINNING FILM
THE KING’S SPEECH ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD
Critically Lauded Film Starring Oscar® Nominees Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter
Due on April 19th, 2011
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the highly anticipated Blu-ray™ and DVD release of THE KING’S SPEECH, the first release under the two companies’ new agreement. Heading to retail on April 19th, 2011, THE KING’S SPEECH has dominated the nomination lists for the Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Critics Choice Awards and BAFTA awards, earning widespread critical acclaim and grossing over $73 million at the North American box office thus far. Its 2011 honors to date include two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth); the PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture; the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film (Tom Hooper); and the Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Colin Firth). A delicate portrait of humanity set during an earth-shaking time in history, THE KING’S SPEECH will be available on Blu-ray® for an SRP of $39.99 and on DVD for an SRP of $29.98.
Directed by Tom Hooper (Oscar® nominee, Best Director), THE KING’S SPEECH has been hailed as “a masterpiece” (The New York Observer), a “…crowning achievement…” (Rolling Stone), and “one of the finest moments in modern filmmaking” (Vogue).
After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) – who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life – is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually forge a genuine friendship. Through this unexpected bond, the new monarch will overcome his stammer to find his voice, inspire his people, and rally the world. THE KING’S SPEECH is cinematic royalty: a magnificent production, studded with glittering performances, based on a true story of friendship, triumph and, ultimately, glory.
THE KING’S SPEECH Blu-ray™ and DVD bonus features include an audio commentary with director Tom Hooper; a 20-minute “Making Of The King’s Speech”; archival footage of the actual King George VI; and much more.
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as GRINDHOUSE; LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE MIST; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; CLERKS II; FACTORY GIRL; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; the 2010 Oscar® winner INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and 2010 Oscar® nominees A SINGLE MAN and NINE; and the 2011 Golden Globe® Best Foreign Language Film nominee THE CONCERT.
Currently in release is Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, which has been nominated for twelve 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance’s Academy Award®-nominated BLUE VALENTINE; and John Wells’ feature directorial debut, THE COMPANY MEN. Recently wrapping is MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, Robert Rodriguez’s SPY KIDS 4, and the new installment of the SCREAM franchise, SCREAM 4. Currently in production is Douglas McGrath’s I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.
About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).
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