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Les Misérables available on Blu-ray and DVD in May

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Les_Mis_O-Ring_BD_UV_DC 3d PackshotLES MISÉRABLES is the critically-acclaimed box office sensation and definitive film version of the world famous story and longest-running musical of all time.  Featuring a star-studded castthe film is helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Cooper and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, creator of the original stage show.  A modern-day classic with a Number One soundtrack, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic, emotional experience that re-defines the musical genre, available to pre-order from 8 March 2013, and yours to own and treasure forever on DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition Blu-ray Digi-book complete with UltraViolet and Digital Copy from Universal Pictures (UK) on 13 May 2013.

 

LES MISÉRABLES features an acclaimed cast including Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Australia)Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, One Day), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Red Riding Hood)Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, The Other Boleyn Girl), Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech, Great Expectations), Sasha Baron-Cohen (Borat, Hugo)Samantha Barks (I’d Do Anything) andAaron Tveit (Gossip Girl).  This sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s tale is the musical experience of a lifetime, featuring groundbreaking live performances of beloved songs including I Dreamed a DreamBring Him HomeOne Day More and On My Own.

 

The film achieved an incredible UK box-office opening weekend of £8.1 million, the biggest ever for a musical, and won three Academy Awards® including Best Supporting Actress, after receiving an amazing eight nominations.  LES MISÉRABLES was also honoured with three Golden Globes® including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, as well as four BAFTA Awards®.

 

Set against the backdrop of 19th Century France, LES MISÉRABLES takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as it tells the enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.  Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.  When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

 

LES MISÉRABLES is released on fully-loaded Blu-ray disc, with almost an hour of bonus material, offering a fascinating insight into the both the source material and making of this epic and unique production, filmed on location in the UK and France.  Don’t miss out on the chance to own this powerful and thrilling film, truly a must-have for any film collection.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Blu-ray & Limited Edition Blu-ray Digi-book

 

·         The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s LES MISÉRABLES. This mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo’s classic, and how the filmmakers mined the novel to enrich the look and feel of the film  

·         LES MISÉRABLES: A Revolutionary Approach:

o   The Stars of LES MISÉRABLES.  Director Tom Hooper talks about casting the iconic characters, and the actors discuss why it was important to them to be a part of this groundbreaking version of LES MISÉRABLES

o   The West End Connection.  Meet the ‘godfather’ of the original stage production of LES MISÉRABLES, renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former LES MISÉRABLES theatrical stars who were thrilled to appear in supporting roles in the current film

o   LES MISÉRABLES on Location.  Filming rather than staging LES MISÉRABLES presents the opportunity to shoot in real-world locations: a massive dry dock on the English coast, a beautiful underground chapel in the heart of London and the ancient city of Winchester.  Members of the cast and crew talk about what it was like to discover and work in these incredible locations.

o   Creating the Perfect Paris.  Production designer Eve Stewart created a massive Paris set featuring real cobblestones and running water.  Take an intricate look into the detailed recreation of these Paris streets that no longer exist in today’s world

o   Battle at the Barricade.  Director Tom Hooper wanted the dramatic building of the barricade to be as visceral and intense as possible, so he had his actors build it in real time, literally hurling furniture out of windows to construct an actual barricade.  This featurette takes an in-depth look at the creation and filming of all the action on this remarkable set.

o   LES MISÉRABLES Singing Live.  The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks ultimately gave them the creative freedom to deliver nuanced, emotionally powerful performances

·         Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper