“An exceptional film, about some exceptional people
- The New York Times, Vincent Canby
Winner of Four Academy Awards®
Including Best Picture!
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Blu-ray™ Book Debuts on July 10
Includes New Featurettes with Bonus CD Music Sampler
Burbank, CA, March 30, 2012 – Oscar® winner Chariots of Fire, the inspiring true story of two very different men competing in the 1924 Olympics, will become available on Blu-ray Disc™ for the first time on July 10 from Warner Home Video (WHV). The title’s release will coincide with this year’s Summer Olympics in London which begins at the end of July.
The four-time Academy Award®-winning film, named Best Picture in 1982, also won for Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score, and received three additional nominations. Ben Cross (Star Trek) and Ian Charleson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes) head a stellar cast, which also features British luminaries Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings series), John Gielgud (Gandhi, Arthur) and Lindsay Anderson (O Lucky Man), in this powerful and emotional true story of British sprinters Harold Abrahams (Cross) and Eric Liddell (Charleson). Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold, the son of a newly wealthy Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar® as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach.
Chariots of Fire will be offered in WHV’s premium Blu-ray book packaging ($35.99 SRP) with close to an hour of special features, and a Blu-ray book with rare insights into the film’s production and cast, including trivia and in-depth photos. In addition, there is a CD sampler featuring some of the most beloved songs from the film.
Chariots of Fire’s special features include:
- New Featurette: Paris, 1924 – Birth of the Modern Olympics
- New Featurette: David Puttnam, A Cinematic Champion
- New Featurette: Hugh Hudson – Journey to the Gold
- Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire
- Chariots of Fire: A Reunion
- Sprint Around the Quad
- Famous Opening Shot
- Commentary by Director Hugh Hudson
- Deleted Scenes
- Screen Tests
- CD Sampler
- “Abraham’s Theme”
- “Eric’s Theme”
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Street Date: July 10, 2012
Order Due Date: June 5, 2012
Run Time: 124 minutes
Price: $35.99 SRP
Catalog #: 1000114679
Special features subject to change.
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