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USHE Press Release: Oliver Stone's Savages


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#1 of 9 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 21 2012 - 02:34 AM






UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed director Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of JulyPlatoonWall Street) plunges deep into the brutally violent world of Mexican drug cartels in the crime thriller Savages, coming to Blu-ray(™ )Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand on October 23, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available through Digital Download. Based on Don Winslow’s audacious 2010 novel, Savages is an intense and graphic drama set against the harsh, swift justice of the illicit drug trade as a pair of peace-loving Southern Californians find themselves locked in an all-out war against a merciless drug lord.

The Combo Pack and DVD include an Unrated Edition of the film not shown in theaters. In addition, the Combo Pack also includes exclusive deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette with the entire cast that reveals the secrets of the visceral and sexy film that Ty Burr of The Boston Globe calls “a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller.” The Combo Pack includes a Digital Copy of the film that is compatible with iPhone(®), iTunes(®), iPad(®), iPod(®), iPod(®) touch, Android(™) or online retail partners, as well as UltraViolet(™).

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Savages features an all-star ensemble cast of international players including Oscar(®) nominees John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) and Salma Hayek (Frida), Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), and three of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars, Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Blake Lively (The Town) and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass). With a killer soundtrack and wall-to-wall action, Savages is an exhilarating and explosive spectacle.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™and DVD

  • Feature Commentary with Oliver Stone
  • Feature Commentary with producers Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Co-Screenwriter/Novelist Don Winslow, Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Shane Salerno and Production Designer Tomás Voth

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray™

  • STONE COLD SAVAGES–A five-part profile of the film showcases the entire cast and crew as Oliver Stone pushes his loyal and talented company far past their limits in order to bring this story to life. From concept to completion, viewers get unprecedented access to a master storyteller’s creative process.
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  • Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from their choice of retail partners, to watch on an array of electronics and portable devices including computers, iPad(®), iPhone(®), iPod(™) touch, Android(™) and more!
  • pocket BLU(™) App: The popular free pocket BLU(™) app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad(®), Android(™) tablets, PC and Mac computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high-resolution displays.
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™ enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
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SYNOPSIS

Three-time Oscar(®)-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, based on Don Winslow’s bestselling crime novel, one of The New York Times‘ Top 10 Books of 2010. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) raise and sell some of the best marijuana ever developed, while sharing a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). Their idyllic life is shattered when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands that the trio partner with them. But the cartel’s merciless boss, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bonds among these three friends. Ben and Chon–with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta)–launch a seemingly unwinnable war against the drug lords that escalates into a savage, high-stakes battle of wills.

FILMMAKERS

Cast: John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Demián Bichir
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Screenplay By: Oliver Stone, Shane Salerno, Don Winslow
From a Novel By: Don Winslow
Produced By: Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff
Executive Producers: Todd Arnow, Shane Salerno, Fernando Sulichin
Director of Photography: Dan Mindel
Production Designer: Tomás Voth
Edited By: Joe Hutshing, Stuart Levy, Alex Marquez
Costume Designer: Cindy Evans
Music By: Adam Peters

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
BLU-RAY
Street Date: October 23, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved
Selection Numbers: 61120677 (U.S.); 61123275 (CDN)
Running Time: 2 hours 11 minutes/2 hours, 22 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS(2) 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD
Street Date: October 23, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved
Selection Numbers: 61120678 (U.S.); 61123274 (CDN)
Running Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes/2 hours, 22 minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/ DVS(2) 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish



 

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Ruly2

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Posted September 04 2012 - 09:44 AM

Savages [DVD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] Release Date: Nov 13 2012 http://www.amazon.ca...dp/B008JIJN76/C

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Posted September 05 2012 - 08:13 AM

Savages came and went so fast I didn't have the chance to see it in a theater. I hope the Blu-ray will be available by itself. I don't need the DVD, I have no use for digital copy and I don't like paying for them.

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Posted September 08 2012 - 03:40 PM

We saw Savages opening weekend and, to be honest, I'm not sure what I expected.  This may have been my first or second Oliver Stone movie in the theater.  Savages is definitely R-rated and lets us know that during the opening credits.


Without getting into specifics (spoilers), there are two choices Stone makes in the movie which sink it for me: first is the structure of the film and the second is the ending.

It makes no sense for the girl to provide a voiceover for the movie (including actions she is not present for) from beginning to end.  If she is a hostage, how does she knows what the guys are planning to do to help her?  Or their conversations with Travolta?  There's no way they could have relayed all that information to her, based on what we see in the real ending.

As for the ending: why include the "best case scenario" dream sequence instead of just showing the truth?  Maybe Stone is playing with our perceptions of ourselves and abilities; I just didn't like it since it felt like a shameless way to end the movie in a gunfight.



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Posted September 09 2012 - 01:17 PM

Jason_V, I had very similar frustrations with the film. Regarding the Blu-ray, it is interesting Stone is including a longer version, because I actually think a shorter version of the film would have worked much better. Also, I am not sure why both Blake Lively and Taylor Kitsch keep getting such prominent movie roles; IMO neither is compelling on screen

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Posted September 09 2012 - 01:49 PM

Heh...I forgot to mention the longer cut last night.  Yep, some movies don't need longer...they need shorter.



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Posted September 09 2012 - 02:05 PM

I made the mistake of reading up on this film today. I should never do that. A couple of points made in interviews with certain members of the cast do not appeal to me. Suddenly my interest is dwindling.

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Posted September 09 2012 - 03:03 PM

Originally Posted by Richard--W 

I made the mistake of reading up on this film today. I should never do that. A couple of points made in interviews with certain members of the cast do not appeal to me. Suddenly my interest is dwindling.


It's certainly not for everyone.  I'm not easily repelled by sex, profanity, drug use and sexuality, but Savages tested me.



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Posted September 09 2012 - 03:35 PM

I have to be careful what I say here. I'm absolutely certain that female nudity is a good and healthy thing in the cinema up to a point. Films should not be rated R because there is female nudity. I wouldn't avoid a film that has profanity, although I get tired of hearing it and films with an abundance of profanity lose my interest real fast. I reject torture porn and gore. I make an exception for George Romero's living dead films; I don't like the gore but it doesn't sicken me the way other films do. Better stop there.




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