Action-Packed World War II Miniseries Uprising Arrives on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video December 18 Double-Disc DVD Features Behind-the-Scenes Documentary and Interviews with Actual Survivors of the Warsaw Uprising UPRISING Epic Production Stars Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland and Cary Elwes Stephen Moyer, Sadie Frost, Radha Mitchell, Mili Avital and Alexandra Holden Also Star BURBANK, Calif., November 6, 2001 - On December 18, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release a double-disc DVD and double-cassette VHS of NBC's miniseries Uprising, the heroic true stories of Jewish resistance fighters who battled the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The action-filled epic, drawn from accounts of survivors, stars Emmy nominee Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc, Eyes Wide Shut), three-time Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria (Tuesdays with Morrie, "The Simpsons"), Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer ("Friends," "Band of Brothers"), Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, Pearl Harbor), Emmy Award winner Donald Sutherland (Space Cowboys) and Cary Elwes (Twister). The miniseries was also directed and executive-produced by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close and Personal), written by Paul Brickman (Risky Business) and Jon Avnet and filmed in Bratislava, Slovakia. The miniseries is augmented for DVD and VHS with "Breaking Down the Walls: The Road to Recreating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising," a documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. In addition, the DVD includes a historical background documentary entitled "Resistance," about actual survivors of the Warsaw uprising, audio commentary with Avnet, and a second audio commentary with cast members Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer and Jon Voight. The Uprising DVD is available for $24.98 SRP/$19.98 MAP and VHS will be sold for $19.98 SRP/$14.95 MAP. "This film has been seven years in the making," said Avnet. "It has been a very, very long journey and a very enriching one personally. These people are truly inspiring, and I've made every attempt to be as accurate as possible in a non-documentary situation." After Germany invades Poland in 1939, the Nazis decree that 350,000 Warsaw Jews be forcibly moved into a cordoned area known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Idealistic teacher Mordechai Anielewicz (Azaria) decides the Jews must rise up against the Nazis and creates the Jewish Fighting Organization (JFO). He tries to secure the support of Adam Czerniakow (Sutherland), the morally conflicted head of the Warsaw Ghetto's Jewish Council, but Adam declines because he knows that any act of resistance will provoke the Germans to retaliate by killing innocent Jews. Determined to mobilize a resistance alone if he has to, Mordechai recruits his friends and covert couriers whose ability to pass as Aryan helps them smuggle in arms and explosives from the Aryan side of the city, building up an arsenal to fight the Nazis. When the Germans begin deporting 300,000 Jews to the Treblinka death camp, the JFO begins acts of resistance that culminate with ghetto fighters firing their first gunshots against the Nazis. When it becomes clear that the JFO is a force to be reckoned with, the German High Command sends in General Stroop (Voight), who is determined to end the uprising in two or three days. Capturing the horror that unfolds is Fritz Hippler (Elwes), a filmmaker assigned by Hitler's chief propagandist to promote anti-Semitism with a film about Jewish life in the ghetto. When the Nazis continue to suffer more casualties in their battle with the ghetto fighters, General Stroop decides to raze the ghetto. But even that can't stop the JFO. Forced to go underground into bunkers but energized by their success, the resisters fight on, ultimately holding off the Nazi army longer than the entire country of Poland. They're determined to live with honor - and if need be, die with honor - while lighting the torch for resistance in the occupied territories. The Uprising double-disc DVD also includes the following special features: * "Resistance" - a historical documentary about real Uprising survivors Kazik and Eddleman * "Breaking Down the Walls: The Road to Recreating the Warsaw Ghetto" documentary with behind-the-scenes footage *Also on VHS * Web enabled for DVD-ROM PC users * Audio commentary by director and executive producer Jon Avnet * Audio commentary with Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer and Jon Voight * English, French and Spanish subtitles * Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound * 16X9 Aspect Ratio Screen format Marketing Support Warner Home Video will support the release of Uprising with a multi-million dollar television and print campaign. Print advertising includes People, Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, and Time. The campaign will also include a nationwide in-school campaign and Internet campaigns in conjunction with AOL and Yahoo. The Uprising DVD and VHS is not rated. Feature running time is 180 minutes. Pre-order date is November 20. With operations in 78 international territories - more than the video division of any other studio - Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. WHV's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Home Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Video.