Best Picture Academy Award® Winners - Five Film Collection
With awards season in full swing, Lionsgate debuts five breathtaking films that nabbed Best Picture - the most prestigious and coveted Academy Award® - together for the first time with the release of the Best Picture Academy Award Winners - Five Film Collection on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The compilation includes Best Picture Oscar® winners Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Chicago, No Country for Old Men and Crash. In addition to winning the Best Picture statuette, these five films garnered a total of 19 additional Academy Award® wins and a total of 22 other nominations, further illustrating the mark that these pictures have left on movie history.
Shakespeare in Love Hailed as "pure enchantment," (New York Times), Shakespeare in Love garnered seven Academy Awards® in 1998, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. Co-starring Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Ben Affleck, the film captivated audiences with its intoxicating love story, endless wit and all-star cast. For the first time on Blu-ray Disc, the release will also include audio commentaries, a "making of" featurette, a look at the Oscar® winning costumes, deleted scenes and more.
Out of ideas and cash, a young Will Shakespeare (Fiennes), is in search of a muse to break his creative drought. After meeting the lovely Lady Viola (Paltrow), the two find themselves entangled in a secret romance that rejuvenates Will's creativity. His pen flows like never before until he uncovers two unexpected truths about his new lover - she's promised to marry someone else, and she's successfully impersonating a man to play the lead in Will's latest play.
The English Patient
An epic story of love during World War II, The English Patient received nine Academy Awards® (1996), including Best Picture. Given "****" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), the film is beautifully executed by veteran actors Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film was based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje.
At the close of the Second World War, Count Laszlo de Almásy (Fiennes) lays on his deathbed after a plane crash. Unrecognizable and without memory of who he is, the Count is cared for by a young nurse (Binoche). As she slips deeper in love with her ward, the Count's life and his great romance slowly comes back to him.
Honored with six Academy Awards® (2002) - Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound - the Broadway hit turned film sensation Chicago took audiences by storm. A multi-talented ensemble cast is led by Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones and also features Richard Gere, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly.
Roxie Hart (Zellweger) killed her boyfriend because he couldn't make her a star. Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) axed her husband and sister when she found them in bed together. These two murderesses find themselves on death row together in 1920s Chicago, but long for fame and fortune.
No Country for Old Men
Hailed as "an indisputably great movie" (Rolling Stone), No Country for Old Men received four Academy Awards® (2007) including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Performance by a Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem. The epic crime drama stars Bardem plus Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald. Adapted and directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit), the film is based on the bestselling novel by Cormac McCarthy.
While hunting in the Rio Grande, Llewelyn Moss (Brolin), stumbles upon more than two million dollars in cash and dead bodies. He grabs the cash, but not before witnessing another crime by the person who has come back for the money. Anton (Bardem), a ruthless murderer, will stop at nothing to retrieve the money, and Llewlyn must run for his life.
Challenging and thought provoking, Crash takes a provocative and unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles. Given "Two thumbs way up," by Ebert & Roeper, the drama features an all-star cast including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe among others. The film, which was awarded three Academy Awards® (2005) -- Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Film Editing - was co-written and directed by Paul Haggis (The Next Three Days).
Crash focuses on the lives of a Brentwood housewife and her DA husband, a Persian storeowner, two police detectives who are also lovers, an African-American television director and his wife, a Mexican locksmith, two carjackers, a rookie cop and a middle-aged Korean couple who live in LA, and during the next 36 hours, their lives will all collide. This compelling urban drama follows the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast of characters as they struggle to overcome their fears, while reminding us of the importance of tolerance.
Pricing: DVD - $39.98
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc $54.99