Friday, January 14, 2005

"Vanity Fair" on DVD

Reese Witherspoon in "Vanity Fair."

Reese Witherspoon stars as social climber Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, based on the classic novel by William Makepeace Thackeray coming to DVD and VHS on February 1, 2005. Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) directs. The DVD's bonus features include behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as deleted scenes. The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP; the VHS is $23.98.

Nominated for two Satellite Awards including Best Art Direction & Production Design (Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald) and Best Costume Design (Beatrix Aruna Pasztor), and nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actress (Eileen Atkins), the film features a supporting cast including Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge!), Oscar® nominee Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa, Maid in Manhattan), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend it Like Beckham, Alexander), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Assault on Precinct 13), Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle, Rory O'Shea Was Here), and Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain, Gosford Park).

The Vanity Fair DVD includes bonus features:

· Welcome to Vanity Fair - A behind-the-scenes look at bringing this timeless story to the big screen.
· The Women Behind Vanity Fair - Reese Witherspoon, Mira Nair, and producers Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, and Lydia Dean Pilcher discuss how a team of women brought this story to the screen.
· Deleted Scene
· Audio Commentary with Director Mira Nair

Synopsis The film tells the story of Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), who yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. Becky schemes and seduces her way to the top of society by any means possible, deploying all her wit, guile, and sexuality. But intrigue and romance collide as Becky's schemes turn a society that would not accept her into one that could not resist her.

Director: Mira Nair
Screenwriters: Matthew Faulk & Mark Skeet and Julian Fellowes
Based on the Novel By: William Makepeace Thackeray
Producers: Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Executive Producers: Jonathan Lynn, Howard Cohen, Pippa Cross
Co-Producer: Jane Frazer
Director Of Photography: Declan Quinn
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Editor: Allyson C. Johnson
Costume Designer: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Music: Mychael Danna
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan, James Purefoy, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Street Date: February 1, 2005
Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 M.A.P.)
Selection Numbers: 25001 (Anamorphic Widescreen), 26246 (Full Frame)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1.33:1 (Full-Frame)
Running Time: 2 hours and 21 minutes
Discs: 1
Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)
Technical Info:
- English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Captions
- French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Subtitles
- Spanish: Subtitles
Rating: PG-13 (for Some Sensuality/Partial Nudity and a Brief Violent Image)

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