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SPHE Press Release: Yellowbeard

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    GRAHAM CHAPMAN, PETER BOYLE, CHEECH MARIN,
    TOMMY CHONG, JOHN CLEESE AND MORE STAR IN THE
    COMICAL SATIRE OF PIRATE LIFE

    YELLOWBEARD

    Available On DVD June 27


    CULVER CITY, CALIF. (April 17, 2006) – MGM Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the hilarious 1983 pirate parody Yellowbeard on DVD June 27. From Oscar®-nominated Director Mel Damski (TV’s The Practice) and co-writers Graham Chapman (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and Peter Cook (The Hound of the Baskervilles), Yellowbeard follows the journey of an infamous pirate who sets out to recover his treasure after 15 years in prison. Available on DVD for an SRP of $14.94, Yellowbeard features a stellar cast of queens, beggars, swashbucklers and pirates, including Chapman, Emmy®-winner Peter Boyle (TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond), Cheech Marin (Nice Dreams), Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke), John Cleese (And Now For Something Completely Different), Eric Idle (Monty Python and the Holy Grail), Peter Cook (The Princess Bride), Madeline Kahn (Paper Moon) and Marty Feldman (Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl) in his final film appearance.


    Synopsis:

    The high seas adventure follows the accounts of the infamous pirate Yellowbeard (Chapman) who finds himself incarcerated for tax evasion. Despite years behind bars, the tight-lipped pirate refuses to disclose the whereabouts of his vast treasure. In an effort to find the treasure, the Royal Navy comes up with a scheme to increase Yellowbeard’s sentence by 140 years hoping that he’ll break out of jail and lead them to his treasure trove. Falling for the ploy, Yellowbeard escapes and recruits a motley crew of companions to help him find the treasure. However, greed quickly sets in as Yellowbeard competes against his son and his old crew of shipmates-turned-traitors in a quest for the same gold. With the British Navy on their trail, the battle for the treasure ignites.

    Directed by Oscar-nominated Mel Damski and co-written by Graham Chapman and Peter Cook, Yellowbeard has a run time of 97 minutes and is rated PG. Artwork is available at www.SPHEPublicity.com. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.


    DVD Catalog #: 14968
    DVD UPC Code: 027616149688
    DVD Order Date: 5.25.06
    DVD SRP: $14.94
     
  2. Russell G

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    Neat! A bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Glad to pick this up.

    Stagger, stagger, crawl...
     
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    Will this be widescreen?
     
  4. Keith Paynter

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    At last, another MGM Orion release!

    Cover art can be seen at the Sony website. Sadly, it's Photoshop cover has the largest percentage of space devoted to Cheech & Chong. No specifics on site about aspect ratio.

    [​IMG]

    Their PR department needs a little work - Peter Cook was not in The Princess Bride, and Marty Feldman certainly didn't appear with the Pythons at "The Hollywood Bowl".
     
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    Yeah, what's with the giant Cheech and Chong heads? Ugh.

    Oh well, don't care, finally this is getting a release.
     
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    Peter Cook most certainly was too in THE PRINCESS BRIDE. He played the clergyman with the speech impediment.

    Looks like another would-be cash-in on that pesky upcoming big-budget pirate movie. And still no Hammer pirate movies. Or WITCHFINDER GENERAL.
     
  7. Keith Paynter

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    Oops, Jeffrey, you're right on the Peter Cook bit. But as far as that reprehensible cover, there are sites that offer better ones...
     
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    Ron,

    Sony continues to spout this marketing drivel, which is actually too funny to be taken seriously. As I've noted in the past, Sony Home Video needs an entirely new group of execs. A house-cleaning is needed from the top. They seem to have no background in, and certainly no interest in the entity we call cinema.

    Its simply software. They could just as easily, and probably just as poorly, be selling plastic combs.

    RAH
     

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