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Counting Down to <I>The Hours</I> June 24

24 Mar, 2003 By: Hive News

Paramount Home Entertainment won't wait another minute to announce the special edition of The Hours on home video, promising the set June 24 just hours after the movie won Best Actress honors for Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards.

Based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham and directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott) and starring Kidman (Moulin Rouge), Julianne Moore (Hannibal) and Meryl Streep (Adaptation), the story follows the intertwined lives and fates of three women from three different eras.

“We are thrilled that three of today's greatest actresses, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, have contributed a commentary track for the DVD of this extraordinary and intriguing film,” said Paramount Home Entertainment president Meagan Burrows. “This commentary enhances the overall viewing experience of what is already a magnificent film.”

Other special features on the double Golden Globe winner include commentary by director Stephen Daldry and novelist Michael Cunningham; five featurettes: “Filmmakers Introduction,” “Three Women,” “The Mind and Times of Virginia Woolf,” “The Music of The Hours,” “The Lives of Mrs. Dalloway”; and the theatrical trailer.

The DVD of is presented in a separate full screen version and in widescreen format enhanced for 16:9 televisions. Both versions feature Dolby Digital English and French 5.1 and English Dolby Surround and are sub-titled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired.

The release will get support from consumer advertising on national network, syndication and cable TV in the U.S. and in Canada. Print ads will run in People, Vanity Fair, Premiere, Ladies Home Journal and Biography in the U.S. and Elm Street, Chatelaine and Coup de Pouce in Canada. In addition, radio promotions will run in the top 50 U.S. markets and top seven Canadian markets.

The Hours is priced at $19.95 DVD, rental-priced VHS. It has a running time of approximately 114 minutes and is encoded with the Macrovision Anti-Copy process.

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