UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF NED KELLY Coming to DVD and VHS on July 27, 2004 Heath Ledger , Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and Oscar(r)-Winner Geoffrey Rush Star in this Action-Packed Adventure About an Outlaw Who Captivated a Nation "ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!" - Jeffrey Lyons "Heath Ledger rides into the performance of his career." - E! Online Universal City, CA, June 22, 2004 -- With a red-hot cast featuring Heath Ledger (A Knight's Tale), Orlando Bloom (Shine, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Naomi Watts (The Ring, 21 Grams) and Oscar(r)-Winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine), Ned Kelly brings to life the compelling story of a farm-boy-turned-rebel who became a populist hero in the spirit of Jesse James. Directed by Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers) and based on a novel by award-winning author Robert Drewe, Ned Kelly is a gripping look at a great legend. Universal Studios Home Video is pleased to announce Ned Kelly will be available on DVD and VHS on July 27, 2004. The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP; the VHS is $22.98 SRP. *Pre-order close dates are June 22, 2004 for DVD and July 6, 2004 for VHS. When the Law Tried to Silence Him, A Legend Was Born Audiences are learning the mythical status that Ned Kelly has developed -- he is seen as a hero or a murderous thug, depending on who you talk to. With their distinctive armor, Ned Kelly and his gang have become icons in culture, featured in films, books, and paintings. Critical Praise for Ned Kelly The Hollywood Reporter says: "With a mix of lyricism and muscular energy, Ned Kelly stirs together all of the best conventions of the Hollywood Western -- gunfights, horseback chases, bank robberies, compromised honor, loyalty and betrayal...Expertly combining the personal and the epic, Jordan has crafted an excellent historical saga...Held together by Ledger's earthy charisma and Jordan's vigorous mix of action and character, Ned Kelly is a striking, stately and ultimately deeply moving experience." Exciting Extras! The Ned Kelly DVD comes with fascinating bonus features including a mini-documentary Ned Kelly in Popular Culture and The Real Kelly Gang photo montage; plus, trailers, poster art and more! Synopsis Gripping action and powerful performances by some of today's hottest stars come together in this epic story of a real-life outlaw who defied the law and inspired his people. *Actor Heath Ledger (Monster's Ball, A Knight' s Tale) brings a raw intensity to the role of Ned Kelly, an innocent man driven to fight the corrupt authorities oppressing his people. *Joining Ned's legendary gang is his best friend, Joe, played with devilish charm by Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean). Sexy Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, The Ring) plays Ned's lover, Julia. * Overnight, the Kelly Gang become heroes to their people. *But as their popularity grows, they quickly find themselves the target of a ruthless lawmen, (Geoffrey Rush) and the most wanted men the world has ever known (To see the trailer and learn more about Ned Kelly log onto www.ned-kelly.com) CAST &*FILMMAKERS Director: Gregor Jordan Screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh Based on a Novel by: Robert Drewe Producers: Nelson Woss, Lynda House Executive Producers: Tim Bevan &*Eric Fellner, Tim White Co-Producers: Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin Associate Producer: Robert Drewe Director of Photography: Oliver Stapleton B.S.C Production Designer: Steven Jones-Evans Editor: Jon Gregory Cast: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Joel Edgerton, Laurence Kinlan, Philip Barantini, Kerry Condon, Kris McQuade and Geoffrey Rush TECHNICAL INFORMATION VHS Street Date: July 27, 2004 Order Close: July 6, 2004 Copyright: 2004 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved. Rating: R (for violence and brief nudity) Suggested Retail Price: $22.98 S.R.P. / $15.95 M.A.P. Selection Number: 61412 Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes DVD Street Date: July 27, 2004 Order Close: June 22, 2004 Copyright: 2004 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved. Rating: R (for violence and brief nudity) Suggested Retail Price: $29.98 S.R.P. / $19.95 M.A.P. DVD Selection Number: 23289 Running Time: 1 Hr 50 Minutes Number of Layers: Dual (single sided) Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Technical Info: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and DTS Surround / Captioned; Spanish Dolby Digital/Captioned; French Captioned Bonus Material: Ned Kelly in Popular Culture, Artist to Feature Comparison; The Real Kelly Gang; Poster Campaign; Theatrical Teaser Trailer; Theatrical Campaign Trailer; Front of Menu Trailers.