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Paramount Sees 'Reds' to DVD

28 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Paramount Home Entertainment, on a hot streak since summer when it dominated the sales and rental charts with such releases as Failure to Launch and She's the Man, now is ratcheting up its special editions.

The studio is preparing for the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed Warren Beatty political epic Reds with a lavish special-edition DVD release Oct. 17. The DVD debut of the film, about a radical American journalist embroiled in the Bolshevik revolution, will be preceded by a red-carpet event at the prestigious New York Film Festival Oct. 4, followed by a week-long theatrical run at the Landmark E Street Theater in Washington, D.C.; the Village East Theater in New York; and the Arclight Cinema in Los Angeles.

“This release not only celebrates the 25th anniversary of this modern classic, but also is perfectly timed for audiences to discover the unique parallels of this film in connection with current events,” said Kelley Avery, president of worldwide home entertainment for Paramount Pictures.

Initially, Paramount catalog titles were conspicuously light on special features. But in recent years, the studio has stepped up its extras and given more of its classic movies the true VIP treatment, packing films such as The Warriors and Grease with bonus materials. Grease even came in two different sleeves, one a miniature black-leather jacket.Accordingly, Reds will arrive on DVD in a two-disc package filled with hours of special features, including a making-of documentary, an introduction to the cast, a discussion about the “witness” featured in the film, and featurettes on the locations, sets, editing, scoring and audience reaction.

The set also includes new interviews with Beatty, co-star Jack Nicholson, composer Stephen Sondheim and others.

Reds was written, directed and produced by Beatty, who also plays the lead character, journalist John Reed. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and took home three, including best director for Beatty. In addition to Beatty and Nicholson, Reds stars Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Gene Hackman, Paul Sorvino and Maureen Stapleton, who won for best supporting actress.

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