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BBC to Bow Little-Known Daniel Day-Lewis Titles on Disc

25 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

BBC Home Entertainment is set to release on disc for the first time four lesser-known movies starring three-time Best Actor Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis.

The titles, My Brother Jonathan and Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature: How Many Miles to Babylon?, The Insurance Man and Dangerous Corner will be released at retail March 12.

Day-Lewis Feb. 24 picked up his record third Oscar for Lincoln, portraying the country’s 16th president during the contentious passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

In My Brother Jonathan, which is based on the Edwardian romance book by Francis Brett Young, Day-Lewis plays Jonathan, the ungainly, neglected eldest son of a family living in the Black Country. His younger brother Harold is everything he is not — athletic, handsome and clever. Despite the favoritism shown to Harold, the two boys build a close friendship that lasts a lifetime and ends in tragedy.

In one of his earliest screen appearances in the BBC adaptation of Jennifer Johnston’s novel How Many Miles to Babylon?, two Irishmen — Alex Moore (Day-Lewis), a Protestant, and his childhood friend Jerry (Christopher Fairbank, Jack the Giant Slayer), a Catholic — enter World War I as soldiers and see their friendship tested as they experience the harsh realities of war.

The Insurance Man is an unpredictable tale of well-intentioned deeds with disastrous results, written by Alan Bennett (The History Boys). Told through flashbacks, the story follows Franz, who recounts a mysterious skin condition he suffered as a factory worker before the First World War. At Prague's infamous insurance company, Franz meets Kafka (Day-Lewis), an insurance bureaucrat whose intelligence and compassion are out of place amid the apathy that surrounds him.

Dangerous Corner is a thriller in which Day-Lewis plays publishing executive Gordon Whitehouse. While gathered with his coterie of high-society friends and co-workers at the country estate of his business partner, one guest makes a surprising remark about a musical box. This seemingly harmless comment produces a string of shocking revelations with devastating repercussions.

“We are thrilled we can bring these amazing titles showcasing the beginning of Daniel Day-Lewis’ career to the marketplace,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP home entertainment and licensing for BBC Worldwide. “He is an extremely talented actor and we are ecstatic that he has once again been recognized by the Academy for his incredible work.”

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