Great news! ----------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ATTACHED WARNER HOME VIDEO HITS A HOME RUN WITH THE DVD PREMIERE OF DAMN YANKEES! The Legendary Gwen Verdon Stars in the Acclaimed Screen Version of the hit Broadway Smash Featuring Such Great Songs as "Whatever Lola Wants" and ‘Heart" Available October 12, 2004 BURBANK, CA (August 26, 2004) -- You might say, "the Devil made them do it," as Warner Home Video presents the DVD premiere of the 1958 classic musical Damn Yankees! on October 12, 2004. Remastered and restored for DVD, Damn Yankees! stars Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter with Ray Walston as the Devil, in this film version of the hit Broadway musical (which ran for an astounding, at the time, 1019 performances) was co-directed by George Abbott (who directed it on stage) and Stanley Donen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin' in the Rain). With a memorable score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross that includes such hit songs as "Whatever Lola Wants," "(You've Gotta Have) Heart," and "Two Lost Souls," Damn Yankees! is the story of a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. Damn Yankees! Damn Yankees will become another terrific addition to our stellar offering of musical titles being released in October that includes Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the That's Entertainment! Collection. The DVD is priced at $19.97. "For years consumers have been waiting for Damn Yankees! to become available on DVD. Now, timed perfectly with the fall playoffs--which will have baseball on everyone’s minds -- the wait is over!" said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior VP, Classic Catalog. In one of those rare instances, the film stars virtually the entire original Broadway cast in this musical adaptation of the novel The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant. Choreographed by Bob Fosse, (who also appears on-screen and un-credited with Gwen Verdon in the number "Who's Got the Pain,") the film also stars Russ Brown, Shannon Bolin, Nathaniel Frey, Robert Shafer, James Komack, and Jean Stapleton. Damn Yankees! has been fully restored for this DVD release in color, Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 audio, 16x9 anamorphic (1.77 aspect ratio) picture and has a running time of 110 minutes. Damn Yankees tells the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who would do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win. He's so desperate for the Senators to win, that he sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to become the greatest ballplayer in the world and to lead the Senators out of the cellar into a pennant race with their archrivals, the New York Yankees. When Joe Boyd leaves his loving wife to become Joe Hardy, his victories soon pale as he realizes that what he left behind was as important as what he has achieved. The Devil, not wanting to lose this soul, enlists the help of his top vixen, Lola, to tempt Joe to remain forever young.