UHV Press Release: "21 Grams"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Benicio Del Toro

    21 GRAMS
    Debuts on DVD and VHS on March 16, 2004

    "The crowning work of this year" - The New York Times

    Universal City, CA, February 12, 2004 - With thunderous acclaim, critics and audiences have weighed in on 21 Grams, one of the most talked-about and highly praised films of the year. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu's film will be released on DVD and VHS on March 16, 2004. Nominated for two Academy Awards(r), Best Actress (Naomi Watts) and Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), the gripping drama of redemption and hope has resonated around the world. Pre-order close is February 10 for the DVD and February 24 for the VHS.

    21 Grams is nominated for five BAFTA Awards (Britain's equivalent of the Academy Awards(r)): Best Actor (Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro), Best Actress (Naomi Watts), Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo Arriaga), and Best Editing (Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E.). 21 Grams has also earned two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Naomi Watts) and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Benicio Del Toro).

    For her stunning performance, Ms. Watts was voted Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, the Phoenix Film Critics Society, the Online Film Critics Society, the San Diego Film Critics, the Florida Film Critics Circle and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Mr. Penn received the jury prize for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival for his powerful portrayal.

    Powerful, Dramatic Story Captivates Viewers, Critics

    21 Grams is the new film from the Academy Award(r)-nominated director of Amores perros, Alejandro González Iñárritu. It is a story of hope and humanity, of resilience and survival.

    Whether you fear death or not, it comes, and at that moment your body becomes twenty-one grams lighter. Is it a person's soul that constitutes those twenty-one grams? Is that weight carried by those who survive us?

    The film has startled and impressed critics, such as Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, who writes, "It's a startlingly crafted movie, with several extraordinary performances...we're held in the grip of Iñárritu's somber passion." Christy Lemire of the Associated Press raves that the film "might be the year's most emotionally powerful film, and it's easily one of the best." The Today Show's Gene Shalit says, "Penn and Del Toro are indomitable and Naomi Watts' performance burns with such high wattage she will blow your fuse."

    21 Grams explores the emotionally and physically charged existences of three people over a period of several months. An accident unexpectedly throws their lives and destinies together, in a story that will take them to the heights of love, the depths of revenge, and the promise of redemption.

    College professor Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) and his wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg) find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally ill and awaiting a heart transplant, while she hopes to become pregnant with his child through artificial insemination. Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), having matured since her reckless past, is a beloved older sister to Claudia (Clea DuVall), a good wife to Michael (Danny Huston) and loving mother to two little girls. Her family radiates hope and joy.. Much farther down the socioeconomic scale, ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) and his wife Marianne (Melissa Leo) struggle to provide for their two children while Jack reaffirms his commitment to religion.

    A tragic accident that claims several lives places these couples in each other's orbit. In the aftermath, Paul confronts his own mortality, Cristina takes action to come to terms with her present and perhaps her future, and Jack's faith is put to the test. If spiritual equilibrium is to be regained by any one of them, it could come at great cost to the others. Yet the will to live, and the instinct to reach out to another person for support, remains ever-present among them all.


    Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
    Screenwriter: Guillermo Arriaga
    Producers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Robert Salerno
    Executive Producer: Ted Hope
    Associate Producer: Guillermo Arriaga
    Director of Photography: Rodrigo Prieto, A.S.C., A.M.C
    Production Designer: Brigitte Broch
    Editor: Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E.
    Cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo, Clea DuVall, Danny Huston


    Street Date: March 16, 2004
    Order Close: February 24, 2004
    Copyright: 2003 Universal Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Rating: Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence, and drug use.
    Suggested Retail Price: Priced for Rental
    Selection Numbers: 62366
    Running Time: 125 Minutes

    Street Date: March 16, 2004
    Order Close: February 10, 2004
    Rating: Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence, and drug use.
    Suggested Retail Price: $26.98 SRP / $19.95 MAP
    DVD Selection Number: 24166 Widescreen, 62625 DVD/VHS combo pack
    Running Time: 125 Minutes
    Number of Layers: Dual (Single Sided)
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widesreen (1.85:1)
    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / English DTS 5.1 Surround / French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / English Captions / French & Spanish Subtitles
  2. Sam E. Torres

    Sam E. Torres Second Unit

    May 31, 1999
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    are there absolutely no special features on this at all?
  3. Magnus T

    Magnus T Supporting Actor

    Jan 26, 2003
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    Was wondering the same thing.
  4. Bill J

    Bill J Producer

    Oct 27, 2001
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    Some DVD sites have shown main menu shots for the DVD and there was no section for bonus features. Looks like it might be barebones. [​IMG]
  5. ChrisBEA

    ChrisBEA Screenwriter

    Jul 19, 2003
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    Buty at least we'd get this absolutely wonderful movie! Although a commentary would be real nice....
  6. chris_clem

    chris_clem Second Unit

    Mar 9, 2003
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    This is a great movie and I'll definitely get this on the first day bare bones or not![​IMG]

    Hmm...no extras and DTS maybe this is a "superbit" release[​IMG]
    Seriously though, I think they are rushing this out to capitalize on the Oscar heat so I'll be getting this fully aware that a double-dip is almost inevitable. Hopefully they'll do a good job with the transfer in spite of rushing it a bit.

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