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Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
Arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on
Digital March 26, 2019 and on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019
Based on the Bestselling Book!
BURBANK, CA (March 22, 2019) The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase on Digital starting March 26, 2019 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019. Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and “Alice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case! The film carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital, $19.98 for the DVD and $28.98 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack.
SYNOPSIS: After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!
“Nancy Drew has been a source of inspiration to countless girls as she has her wits and ingenuity to solve intriguing mysteries. Now, Nancy is back in an all-new film from Ellen DeGeneres,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. “Cast perfectly with Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew, this mystery has a modern-day edge as Nancy learns about responsibility and friendship while solving mysteries.”
Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase is produced by A Very Good Production and A Red 56 Productions. Based on the novel by Carolyn Keene, the film is Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams (Free Ride), with Jeff Kleeman (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Chip DiggIns (A Walk In The Woods) serving as producers and Rachel Abarbanell (“Splitting Up Together”) as Co-Producer. Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) directed from the script written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera (“The Handmaids Tale”).
A Sleuth, A Girl and an Inspiration (Featurette)
Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms (Featurette)
Street Date: April 2, 2019
Total Runtime: Approx. 89 minutes
DVD: $19.98 SRP
BD: $28.98 SRP
MY THOUGHTS: I loved the Nancy Drew book series when I was younger. Honestly, I may have read all that were available, as did my sister. I was blessed enough to get to watch ‘Hidden Staircase’ with 3 of my favorite people, my mom (71), Aunt (68), and son (16). With 4 different age groups represented, I figured I’d get a mixed bag of reviews. I was pleasantly surprised that we all liked it very much.
Mom enjoyed the ‘off the cuff’ adventures that the teens got themselves mixed up in. She gave it 4 stars.
My Aunt enjoyed the ‘cool characters’, especially the handsome deputy. She felt the acting was good, but did agree with its PG rating. Showing the teens blatantly breaking rules concerned her and she recommended that it be viewed by preteens and teens old enough to know better. She also gave 4 stars.
My son noticed the pretty actresses immediately! While, mentioning that he particularly like Helen, he wished Nancy’s friends had a bigger part in the movie. He scored it a 4 stars.
As for me, the movie got off to a bit of a slow start. Things picked up quickly and ended up being a good, family film. Not many movies can cross that many age groups and come out with the same rating each time. But, we all said 4 stars and agreed we’d like to see a sequel.
Bottom line: If you loved Nancy in her books, you’ll thoroughly enjoy her on-screen.
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