Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Brokeback Mountain on DVD Today

Academy Award® nominees Heath Ledger (The Patriot, Lords of Dogtown) and Jake Gyllenhaal** (Jarhead, Donnie Darko) star in the seminal film, Brokeback Mountain, the sweeping epic of two men who forge an intense, secretive bond, available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment today, April 4, 2006.

Ang Lee’ s (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) skillfully nuanced direction, which earned him an Academy Award®, shapes Brokeback Mountain into a landmark story that is powerfully affecting. Also starring Academy Award® nominee for Best Supporting Actress Michelle Williams (The Station Agent, Prozac Nation) and Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries, Ella Enchanted), this DVD unfolds against the raw beauty and splendor of the American West.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment) and his collaborator Diana Ossana (Johnson County War) adapted the brilliant Academy Award® -winning script from a short story by Annie Proux, herself a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The film’s haunting soundtrack features performances by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Rufus Wainwright, among others.

Winner of three Academy Awards®, including Best Director (Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay (McMurtry & Ossana) and Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla), Brokeback Mountain tells the story of Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), two young men dispatched to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain in the summer of 1963. During their experience, Ennis and Jack are drawn into an unexpected life-long relationship, filled with love and loss. The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.


Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys, and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in “a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time " (Clay Smith, "The Insider” ).
For more information: www.brokebackmountain.com.

* Academy Award® Winner Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana) and Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla)
** Academy Award® nominated for Best Actor (Heath Ledger) and for Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal)