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New DVD Releases: Tuesday April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20th, 2009

These are the movies being released on DVD this Tuesday.

Frost/Nixon (Drama)

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Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (“The Queen,” “The Last King of Scotland”) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: “Frost/Nixon.” Reprising their roles from Morgan’s stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity–ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

“Frost/Nixon” not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed…all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

“Frost/Nixon” is a collaboration between Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films, with Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard joining Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers. Joining Langella and Sheen as the colorful real-life personalities who provide the men counsel is a formidable roster of actors including Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen.

Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell; Director: Ron Howard

Notorious (Drama)

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About the life of legendary hip hop rap artist Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Cast: Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton, Jamal Woolard, Charles Malik Whitfield, Marc John Jefferies, Antonique Smith, Sean Ringgold, Kevin Navayne, Osas Ighodaro; Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

The Wrestler (Action/Drama)

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Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.

Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling.

Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring.

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry; Directed by: Darren Aronofsky


Frost/Nixon – Movie Review

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon” garner rave reviews from Jim Vejvoda (IGN) and gets 8 out 10 stars. Not bad.

The hugely successful stage play Frost/Nixon comes to the big screen courtesy of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan, who also penned the play. The story recounts the 1977 television interviews between disgraced President Richard M. Nixon (Frank Langella) and British talk show host David Frost (Michael Sheen). Both Langella and Sheen reprise their roles from the original stage production.

The story is essentially a dance between two once powerful men who discover they’re more alike than either would care to admit. Both men are on the outs with their respective professions — Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal, while Frost’s TV gigs are drying up — and need to make a comeback. Both men view these interviews as a chance to repair their reputations and get back in the game. With the networks passing and sponsors dropping out, Frost invests his own money in the project. He is, as he tells his girlfriend Caroline Cushing (Rebecca Hall), “in this for all he’s got.”

Nixon’s team includes loyal aide-de-camp Jack Brennan (Kevin Bacon) and literary agent Swifty Lazar (Toby Jones). Frost is prepped for his interviews by James Reston, Jr. (Sam Rockwell), Bob Zelnick (Oliver Platt), and John Birt (Matthew MacFadyen), all of whom harbor doubts about whether Frost has what it takes to get what they all want out of Nixon: a confession of guilt over his role in Watergate.

Much to the dismay of Reston and Zelnick, Nixon not only gets the upper hand of Frost in the first three interview sessions but he actually begins to redeem himself in the eyes of many observers. Frost must rise to the occasion if he is going to nail Nixon in the fourth and final session. But the more he gets to know the former President, the more Frost begins to realize that perhaps he’s not so different from his subject.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Frost/Nixon
Release date: Friday December 5, 2008
Genre: Drama
Director: Ron Howard
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Eric Fellner, Ron Howard, Tim Bevan
Screenplay: Peter Morgan
Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell
Official Site: frostnixon.net
Rating: R for some language
Available film art: Frost/Nixon movie posters

Synopsis
Adaptation of the hit Peter Morgan play based on a series of televised interviews that David Frost secured with former President Nixon in 1977. The final interview ended with Nixon tacitly admitting his guilt regarding his role in the Watergate scandal. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are reprising their Broadway roles as Nixon and Frost, respectively.


 
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