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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 02 2013 - 09:19 PM

“A humorous chick flick for well-read audiences, Austenland is a novel concept.”

~ Claudia Puig, USA Today


Nominated for Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival



Starring Golden Globe Award® Winner Keri Russell

With JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge & Jane Seymour


On Blu-ray & DVD Feb. 11




Culver City, Calif. (Dec. 2 2013) – AUSTENLAND, the delightful romantic comedy starring Golden Globe® winner Keri Russell (TV’s “Americans”), arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 11th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale, AUSTENLAND presents a modern twist on the timeless tales of Jane Austen’s romance novels. The imaginative romantic comedy focuses on a woman named Jane (Russell), who is obsessed with the Regency era and the famed author’s fiction. AUSTENLAND premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the film not only celebrates Austen, but also reminds us of her iconic work in the year (2013) that marks the 200th anniversary of her first publication of “Pride and Prejudice.”


Austen enthusiasts everywhere can explore AUSTENLAND further with the Filmmaker Commentary included on the Blu-ray™ and DVD, featuring Jerusha Hess (co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) in her directorial debut, as well as producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight franchise). Also included is a cast Q&A on the making of the film, featuring the ensemble cast, including Keri Russell, JJ Feild (Captain America), Academy Award® winner Bret McKenzie (Best Original Song, The Muppets, 2011), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde), Georgia King (TV’s “The New Normal”), Ricky Whittle (TV’s “Single Ladies”), James Callis (TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”) and two-time Golden Globe® winner Jane Seymour (TV's “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”).


Directed by Jerusha Hess from a screenplay by Hess and Shannon Hale, based on Hale’s novel.  Produced by Stephenie Meyer, Gina Mingacci and Meghan Hibbett and executive produced by Dan Levinson and Robert Fernandez. 



Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life.  Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era.  Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins.  Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy. 


Blu-ray & DVD Special Features include:

·         Commentary with Jerusha Hess and Stephenie Meyer

·         Q&A with the Cast of Austenland – Hear from Russell, Coolidge, Seymour, McKenzie, King, Field, Whittle & Callis about their experiences making the film.


AUSTENLAND’s run time is about 97 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo. 



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Ronald J Epstein
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