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PBS Press Release: Prohibition (DVD)

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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 21 2011 - 11:21 PM

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Enthralling Three-Part Documentary Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD October 4, 2011 Loaded with Over 90 Minutes of Special Features Including Interview Outtakes and Bonus Scenes


Release Timed with Premiere Airing on PBS on October 2, 3 & 4


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HOLLYWOOD, CA – Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s engaging, entertaining and enlightening documentary about the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment debuts on Blu-ray and DVD when PROHIBITION arrives on October 4, 2011 from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment.  A fascinating story that goes beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to raise profound questions about the proper role of government, individual rights and responsibilities, PROHIBITION delves deep into how a society founded on individual freedom became a nation of scofflaws and hypocrites.  Told through expert interviews, vintage footage and compelling images, the five-and-a-half hour film explores how the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality. 


PROHIBITION is narrated by Peter Coyote and features voiceovers by Patricia Clarkson, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow and Oliver Platt.  The Blu-ray and DVD both include over 90 minutes of additional footage, including a behind-the-scenes look inside the studio with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, bonus scenes and interview outtakes.


Blu-ray & DVD

The PROHIBITION Blu-ray is presented in 1080i high definition with English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Stereo and descriptive video.  The DVD is presented in widescreen with English 5.1 Surround, Spanish Stereo and descriptive video.  Total runtime is 5 hours, 46 minutes.  The DVD and Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 U.S./$42.99 Canada and $44.99 U.S./$47.99 Canada respectively.  Disc contents are as follows:


“A Nation of Drunkards”

“A Nation of Scofflaws”

“A Nation of Hypocrites”

Bonus Material:

Ø  Bonus Scenes

o   In the Studio

o   Owled, Edged, Jingled, Piffed…

o   Kentucky Bourbon

o   And I Caught Hell

o   He Never Did Get Caught

o   San Francisco Welcomes Visitors From Italy, 1921

o   Hoover’s Medicine Ball Cabinet

o   An Object of Ridicule

o   Ten Nights in a Bar Room

Ø  Interview Outtakes

o   Saloons

o   The Notion That Man Is Perfectable

o   It’s Better to Know the Judge

o   That’s Just the Way Life Was

o   Rebels of New York

o   Somebody Got a Pineapple

o   Kentucky

o   Capone

o   Roy Olmstead

o   Tabloid Heroes

o   You People Were Thirsty

o   Gangs

o   Bad Booze

o   Lessons



About PBS Home Video

PBS Home Video furthers PBS’s mission of lifelong learning by expanding the availability of PBS’s top-quality programs.  PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 355 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 73 million people each week. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for pre-K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be one of parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the most visited dot-org Web sites on the Internet. PBS is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.


About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.





Street date:                 October 4, 2011

Price:                           $44.99 U.S./$47.99 Canada (Blu-ray)

                                    $39.99 U.S./$42.99 Canada (DVD)

Runtime:                      5 hours, 46 minutes

U.S. Rating:                 NR

Canadian Rating:         PG (not recommended for young children, mature theme)




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