WHV Press Release: Mark Twain

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER KEN BURNS'S RIVETING DOCUMENTARY MARK TWAIN AVAILABLE
    FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AND PBS HOME VIDEO JANUARY 8
    Special DVD Edition Offers Viewers Interview Outtakes, a "Making
    of"Interview with Ken Burns and Two Short Documentaries
    BURBANK, CA (October 4, 2001) -- He was considered, in his time, to be the
    funniest man on Earth. On January 8, 2002, Warner Home Video (WHV) and PBS
    Home Video offer the definitive story of this compelling genius, Mark Twain,
    as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Ken Burns. The fifth film in Burns's
    popular American Lives series and featuring interviews with Hal Holbrook,
    Arthur Miller and leading Twain scholars, Mark Twain will be broadcast on
    PBS as a two-part program on January 14 and 15, 2002 and is expected to draw
    14 million viewers nationwide. Timed to hit stores one week prior to the
    PBS airing, Mark Twain will be priced at $24.98 SRP for a double-cassette
    VHS and at $29.98 SRP for a single-disc DVD.
    A popular humorist, philosopher and social satirist, Mark Twain was the
    well-known nom-de-plume of writer Samuel Clemens, the nation's first
    literary celebrity. One of the most quoted men of his time, he was born in
    1835, the year Haley's Comet passed over, and vowed that he would not die
    until he saw the famous comet. He died in 1910 -- the day after the comet's
    return. Tracing Twain's rise from his humble birth in Missouri to his
    prosperous life in Connecticut as the nation's best-selling author, Mark
    Twain reveals a compelling portrait of the father of American literature.
    The DVD-18 edition of Mark Twain contains interview outtakes, twelve great
    Twain quotes and photographs, a "Making of" interview with Ken Burns and the
    short documentaries Ken Burns: Making History and A Conversation with Ken
    Burns.
    Exciting tie-ins and cross promotions, including the companion book Mark
    Twain (to be released in November 2001, by Knopf), the soundtrack CD (to be
    released in October 2001, by Sony) and the Connecticut Tourism Vacation
    Guide (in connection with the Mark Twain House, beginning February 2002),
    will lend great support to this title.
    SYNOPSIS:
    Nearly three years in the making and drawing from 63 hours of material,
    thousands of archival photographs and nearly 20 interviews with top writers
    and Twain scholars, Mark Twain is the story of an extraordinary life - one
    full of rollicking adventure, stupendous success and crushing defeat,
    hilarious comedy and unbearable tragedy. Told primarily through the words
    of Twain himself and narrated by Keith David (the voice of Jazz), viewers of
    all ages will be personally introduced to this compelling yet contradictory
    genius, who said with some justification, "I am not an American, I am the
    American."
     
  2. Bryan Farris

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    Dang, I thought for a second there you were announcing the release of "The Adventures of Mark Twain", the claymation movie where Twain, Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn chase Haley's Comet.
    Who the heck has those rights?
     
  3. Johnny Angell

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    And I was hoping it was the release of "Mark Twain Tonight" with Hal Holbrook. I was lucky enough to see Holbrook do Mark Twain twice. Would love to have it on DVD.
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  4. Dennis Nicholls

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    I picked this up last Tuesday, thinking that I must have missed this one when originally broadcast. Imagine my surprize when after watching the DVD my newspaper announced that this show would premier on PBS tonight! [​IMG]
    This is a fabulous DVD videowise. It's perhaps one of the finest 4x3 DVD's in my collection. Really impressive even shown at 80" by 60" with my Marquee 8501LC.
     
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    Wonderful DVD!
     

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