DVD Releases For June 24, 2008
A remarkably striking animated film, PERSEPOLIS was filmed in French and features the voice talents of Chiara Mastroianni (READY TO WEAR), Academy Award nominee Catherine Deneuve (1993 Best Actress, INDOCHINE, DANCER IN THE DARK) and Danielle Darrieux (NOUVELLE CHANCE, 8 WOMEN).
The DVD of PERSEPOLIS will also include a dubbed English version, with Mastroianni, Academy Award winner Sean Penn (2004 Best Actor in a Leading Role, MYSTIC RIVER, DEAD MAN WALKING), Deneuve, Academy Award nominee Gena Rowlands (1981 Best Actress in a Leading Role, GLORIA; 1975, Best Actress in a Leading Role, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE) and rocker/actor Iggy Pop (COFFEE AND CIGARETTES).
PERSEPOLIS is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power -- forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.
As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. In addition, Marjane has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick.
Though it means putting on a veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, all the while continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.
DVD/Blu-Ray Bonus Features Include:
--English Language version of the film featuring the voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands and Iggy Pop
--"The Hidden Side of Persepolis" Featurette: The making of the French version
--"Behind the Scenes of Persepolis": The Recording of the English version
--Audio Commentary by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud and Chiara Mastoianni on select scenes
--Animated Scene Comparisons with Commentary by Marjane Satrapi
--2007 Cannes Film Festival Press Conference Q&A with Cast and Crew
10,000 BC On DVD And Blu-Ray
Roland Emmerich directs 10,000 BC, the eye-filling tale of the first hero, out on DVD June 24 from Warner Home Video. That hero is young hunter D'Leh who sets out on a bold trek to rescue his kidnapped beloved and fulfill his prophetic destiny. He'll face an awesome saber-toothed tiger, cross uncharted realms, form an army, and uncover an advanced but corrupt Lost Civilization. There, he will lead a fight for liberation -- and become the champion of the time when legend began.
The director's demanding vision led the vfx team to push the boundaries of visual effects technology, especially in terms of fur simulation. Double Negative (170 shots) and MPC (150 shots) shared the bulk of the workload. Machine and The Senate Visual Effects provided additional effects, while Nvizage handled previsualization.