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Own it Early on Digital on March 3
Blu-ray and DVD debut on March 17
Burbank, CA, February 4 – What is reported as fact obscures the truth when “Richard Jewell” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Directed by legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood, “Richard Jewell” is based on the true story of the 1966 Atlanta Games bombing.
The film stars Oscar winners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Vice”) as Watson Bryant and Kathy Bates (“Misery,” TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Richard’s mom, Bobi. The film also stars Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) as the lead FBI investigator, Olivia Wilde (“Life Itself,” “The Lazarus Effect”) as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs and Paul Walter Hauser (“Late Night,” “I, Tonya”) as Richard Jewell.
Oscar winner Eastwood directed from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips,” “The Hunger Games”), based on the Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner. Eastwood produced under his Malpaso banner, alongside Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson and Jonah Hill.
Eastwood’s creative team includes director of photography Yves Bélanger (“Brooklyn,” “Dallas Buyers Club”), production designer Kevin Ishioka (“Avatar,” “Dunkirk”), longtime costume designer Deborah Hopper (“Changeling”) and Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”), who have worked with Eastwood throughout the years on numerous projects. The music is by Arturo Sandoval (“The Mule”).
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Malpaso Production, an Appian Way, Misher Films and 75 Year Plan Production, “Richard Jewell.”
The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 17. The Blu-ray and DVD features a Digital version of the movie.
“Richard Jewell” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Richard Jewell” via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 3.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” tells the story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Games and takes swift, heroic action, saving countless lives. But in a turn of events, he becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by the press and public alike. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Houser, Us Weekly calls the film “one of the most intriguing and powerful movies of the year.”
MY THOUGHTS: When this tragedy occurred, I was just graduating high school so I didn’t remember a lot of the details. My son, age 17, had never heard of it. We watched together, unbiased, with barely any prior info. I must say: we were amazed. Anyone who thinks that anything and everything they’re told from any media source is 100% accurate will receive the rudest of awakenings. It’s a shame, but sometimes product or profit comes before people. What Richard and his mother experienced was a national tragedy- plain and simple.
I was pleased that Mr. Eastwood put more emphasis on the story than of the violence of the bombing. The devastation of the event could’ve been center stage. Instead, viewers are focused on Richard and the things that were going on behind the scenes. The way in which the story is presented shows so many different points of view, so many ‘angles’ and it’s blatantly obvious who cared about the victims and who did not.
Both my son & I agree that Sam Rockwell was dynamite. His portrayal of Watson Bryant will make you a fan of his, instantly. Kathy Bates, as Richard’s mom, delivered one of her best performances defending her son in the fight of his life. I don’t think they could’ve found a closer match to the real Mr. Jewell in Paul Walter Hauser. His acting was spot-on and it was almost as if it was a documentary.
No matter what end of the political spectrum you’re on or whether or not you originally believed Richard Jewell, this movie will give you a better understanding of what happened, why the public was dangerously misled, and what happens when the court of public opinion convicts you.
I highly recommend this movie with a full 5 stars. If you’re going to be spending some extra time at home due to recent events, this is the perfect movie to get your mind off current events. Also, if you have high schoolers, consider letting them watch with you. In 1996, this was a HUGE event. It’s historic in a number of ways.
BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS
“Richard Jewell” Blu-ray contains the following special features:
The Making of Richard Jewell
The Real Story of Richard Jewell
“Richard Jewell” DVD contains the following special features:
The Real Story of Richard Jewell
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On March 3, “Richard Jewell” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A digital bundle including “Richard Jewell” and ‘The Mule” will also be available. On March 17, “Richard Jewell” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, English-ADS, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, English-ADS, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 131 minutes
Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief bloody images.
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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1,
Latin Spanish, Canadian French, English-ADS,
Brazilian Portuguese: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL
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