From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Beginners

EWAN MCGREGOR AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER STAR IN THE FUNNY, TOUCHING BEGINNERS

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15, 2011

ON BLU-RAY™, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND ON-DEMAND FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

"FOUR STARS!" - USA TODAY

Sep 14, 2011, 08:30 ET from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OVERVIEW:  From writer and director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) comes Beginners, Focus Features' film about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments.  Starring Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episode I, II and III, The Ghost Writer), Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Beginners is a "funny, touching and altogether extraordinary" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) film that explores the hilarity, confusion and surprises of love.

Oliver (McGregor) meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.  Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor and hope that his father taught him.  Beginners, "a revelation about modern love" (Lisa Rosman, Marie Claire) will be available on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand on November 15, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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BONUS FEATURES AND FEATURETTES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):

  • A SHORT FILM ABOUT MAKING BEGINNERS
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR MIKE MILLS
  • BEGINNERS PROMO

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™:

Street Date:  November 15, 2011

Copyright:  2011 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number: 62117654

Running time:  1 Hour, 44 Minutes

Layers:  BD-50

Picture Format : Widescreen  

Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1

Rating:  R for language and some sexual content

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1


TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:

Street Date:  November 15, 2011

Copyright:  2011 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number: 62117653

Running time: 1 Hour, 44 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Rating:  R for language and some sexual content

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0


CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Cast:  Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Directed by:  Mike Mills

Screenplay by: Mike Mills

Produced by:  Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen

Co-Producers:  Fran Giblin, Geoff Linville

Director of Photography:  Kasper Tuxen

Production Designer:  Shane Valentino

Film Editor:  Olivier Bugge Coutte

Costume Designer:  Jennifer Johnson

Music by:  Roger Neill, David Palmer, Brian Reitzell




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