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The Wildest Dream on Blu

For Immediate Release:

Presented by Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment
NARRATED BY ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE LIAM NEESON
FEATURING VOICEOVERS FROM NATASHA RICHARDSON,
RALPH FIENNES, HUGH DANCY AND ALAN RICKMAN

THE WILDEST DREAM

Available on Blu-ray and DVD March 15th

“Rife with authentic-looking re-creations and captivating black-and-white scenes of Mallory… well-cast celebrity voices lend gravitas to an already weighty subject.”– Chicago Sun Times

“Everest Film marks a high point… absorbing… Mallory lived a life that was more dramatic than most fiction”
— Los Angeles Times

“Spectacular… Awe-inspiring shots”
— Variety

New York, NY (February 23, 2011) – George Mallory was intent on becoming the first climber to reach the top of Mount Everest, but his 1924 climb would be his last, and his disappearance left the world in shock and disbelief.  Almost eight decades later, Mallory’s story takes a surprise twist, leading Conrad Anker in search for the truth behind the tragic tale, which continues to haunt and fascinate generations new and old.  Featuring a stellar cast of voices by Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List, upcoming The Hangover Part II), the late Natasha Richardson (Wild Child, Asylum), Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, The Reader, The Hurt Locker), Emmy nominee Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down, Confessions of A Shopaholic) and BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Die Hard), The Wildest Dream sheds new light on a story fueled by love, adventure, and determination.

Heralded as “An astonishing 90 minutes that whisks by as quickly as the Everest wind,” by The Seattle Times, and “An awe-inspiring, nail-biting climb,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Virgil Films & Entertainment has teamed up with National Geographic Entertainment to present the DVD and Blu-ray disc premiere of The Wildest Dream on Tuesday, March 15th, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 and $28.99 respectively.

Captivating audiences with its “heart-palpitation-inducing vistas at 29,000 feet” (The Washington Post), Director Anthony Geffen retraces Mallory’s deadly climb while illustrating his powerful love story through letters interwoven with never-before-seen photos and film archives.  Blended with personal accounts from Mallory’s family, fascinating interviews and vivid re-enactments, the film creates a “Breathtaking docudrama” (Bloomberg) that “everyone should see” (Parade Magazine).

Bonus Features on DVD and BD formats include raw interviews with Anthony Geffen, Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding; information on the Khumbu Climbing Centre; and photo gallery.

Synopsis – The Wildest Dream

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend.  His death stunned the world.

Seventy-five years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s after Anker found Mallory’s frozen body with all his belongings intact.  The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit.  Haunted by Mallory’s story, Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to unravel the mysteries surrounding Mallory’s disappearance.

More information can be found online at www.thewildestdream.com.

Virgil Films & Entertainment

Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories.  The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception.  Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include: Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell; Seven Days starring Yun-jin Kim (ABC’s “Lost”), Shoot The Hero! starring Jason Mewes, Nick Turturro and Danny Trejo; The Brazen Bull starring Michael Madsen and Rachel Hunter; Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut The Hungry Ghosts; and National Geographic’s Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo.   For more information, please visit: www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.

National Geographic Entertainment

National Geographic Entertainment is part of National Geographic Global Media and combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Kids Entertainment and  Music & Radio. National Geographic Global Media brings together all of the National Geographic’s editorial platforms to streamline collaboration and support the Society’s mission.   Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” National Geographic works to inspire people to care about the planet.   It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through magazines, books, digital media, television, radio, music, film and live events. It funds more than 250 research scientific research, exploration and conservation projects each year and supports an education program promoting geography literacy.   For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

Daniel Battsek is president of NGF; Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV; and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.

The Wildest Dream
Virgil Films & Entertainment
STREET DATE:  March 15, 2011
SRP: $19.99 DVD
$28.99 Blu-ray
Genre: Documentary
Director: Anthony Geffen
Cast:  Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Dancy, Alan Rickman
Running Time: 94 minutes
Format: Widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby 5.1
Rating: PG

Bonus Features: Raw interviews; Information on the Khumbu Climbing Centre; Photo Gallery
Media Contact:
Margarita Sophia Cortes, MSOPHIA PR
margarita at msophiapr.com

Mesrine Public Enemy #1

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Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

THE SECOND CHAPTER IN THE ACCLAIMED EPIC ABOUT THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JACQUES MESRINE, THE MOST FAMOUS CRIMINAL IN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE, STARRING AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR VINCENT CASSEL

Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

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Kick-Ass Trailer of The Week ‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’

Just because we love this trailer:

MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT

starring Vincent Cassel

 

 

Called “The French Scarface” (Total Film), this electric two-part gangster film features a riveting, award-winning performance by Vincent Cassel as the notorious real-life criminal Jacques Mesrine.

MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerald Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.

 

 

Maltin On Movies Discusses Hornet’s Nest

The guru of movies, Leonard Maltin, give his perspective of the Blu-ray release of the third and final installment of the Millennium Trilogy films.  The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is featured in last week’s episode of “Maltin On Movies” which airs on the Reelz Channel.

For those who do not get that channel, they are on hulu and you can check out his previous episodes and reviews.  We heart Leonard and think you should too…

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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 Mesrine: Killer Instinct

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR VINCENT CASSEL STARS AS JACQUES MESRINE IN THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE ACCLAIMED, REAL-LIFE UNDERWORLD SAGA OF THE MOST FAMOUS CRIMINAL IN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE

Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

February 22, 2011

Critic’s Pick! “A riveting, visceral entertainment that evokes a Gallic Scarface…” – The New York Times

“The best gangster film of the year. A splendid and stylish crime epic.” —Newhouse News Service

“The real-life career criminal Jacques Mesrine is seen in all his wild, scary, violent glory.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Mesrine: Killer Instinct
Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Jacques Mesrine was the last of the great French gangsters, his criminal career spanning more than 20 years of kidnappings, robberies, murders and prison escapes in some half-dozen countries. Mesrine’s criminal reign came to an end in a hail of bullets shot by police in the middle of Paris in 1979, a spectacular demise that put the crowing touch on his legend. Now, nearly 30 years after his death, the true story of Jacques Mesrine can be told in Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first film in an acclaimed two-part crime saga that’s received recognition around the globe.

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest Comes Home

For Immediate Release: (Updated January 4, 2011)

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

THE THIRD AND FINAL FILM OF THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY

Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

January 25, 2011

“Lisabeth is as compelling as any movie character in recent history.”

-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“Noomi Rapace has a singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She’s a movie star unlike any other.”

-Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

Chicago, IL (Updated 1.4.11) – The phenomenon of the internationally celebrated works of Stieg Larsson continues this January with the release of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest to the home entertainment market on January 25th. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, the film stars the inimitable Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, both of whom reprise their roles from the previous two films adapted from Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Rapace, the young Swedish starlet, has been lauded as “simply impossible not to watch” by Richard Corliss of Time Magazine and “spectacular!” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine, while her character of Lisbeth Salander has been described as an “uptight, ferocious, little gamin [who] has won our hearts” by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, and “one of the most original and electrifying characters in all of crime fiction” by Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter.  With a gamut of critical acclaim under her belt, the actress has Hollywood buzzing with Oscar talk while quickly snagging a starring role alongside Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming sequel to Sherlock Holmes.

Music Box Film presents the DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download and On Demand premieres of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest on January 25, 2011 with the suggested retail prices of $29.95 (DVD) and $34.95 (Blu-ray).

The third film to be adapted from Stieg Larsson’s acclaimed series of crime novels (which has sold over 11 million books in the U.S., 45 millions books worldwide, and show no signs of slowing down), The Girl Who Kick The Hornet’s Nest is the final chapter in the story of Larsson’s fiery heroine Lisbeth Salander, a pierced and punked-out, computer-hacking beauty. In the finale, Lisbeth calls upon all her intelligence, instincts and skills not only to prove her innocence in the case of three murders she did not commit, but also to fight back against those who nearly destroyed her life.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is currently enjoying a theatrical run in the country’s top 100 markets, following its’ sensational theatrical rollout across Asia and Europe earlier this years. Together with its two predecessors, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, the films of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy have grossed over $200 million dollars at theaters across the world.  Critics and audiences both agree that Stieg Larsson’s sensational novels and their equally acclaimed film adaptations have quickly become international pop culture landmarks, led by the spectacular, sexy and singular film star Noomi Rapace.

Swedish author Stieg Larsson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and successful authors. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest-his Millennium Trilogy-were all published after his death in 2004. Their popularity has since made him the world’s second best-selling author of 2008 and 2009.

More information on The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest can be found at the websites http://www.musicboxfilms.com/the-girl-who-kicked-the-hornets-nest and  http://millenniumfilmtrilogy.com/

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest — Synopsis:

In this last installment of the Millennium Trilogy, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

About Music Box Films:

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theatres, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on- Demand. Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s TELL NO ONE was the most popular foreign-language film of 2008 and in 2010, the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson trilogy of international mega sellers dominated the foreign-language film market. The first in the series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, with over $10 million in US box office was one the most popular international releases of the decade. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre , Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE:  January 25, 2011
Pre-book Date:   January 4, 2011
SRP:                   $ 29.95  DVD
$ 34.95                  Blu-ray disc
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp, Anders Ahlbom
Director:  Daniel Alfredson
Running Time: 148 minutes
Format:                   1.85:1
Sound Format:  Dolby Digital
Rating:                                     R
Country:                 Sweden
Language:                  Swedish with English subtitles / Dubbed in English

Media Contact:

Margarita Sophia Cortes, MSOPHIA PR

margarita [at] msophiapr.com

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Critically Acclaimed Doc RESTREPO on DVD and Blu-ray

Presented by Virgil Films & Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment

FROM DIRECTORS TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER
THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY THAT WON AMERICA’S HEARTS COMES HOME
RESTREPO

Available on Blu-ray and DVD December 7th
Packed With Special Bonus Features

“This one is exceptional…an outstanding new documentary.
It’s a fantastic movie. See it!”
– The New York Times

“deeply moving”
– Rolling Stone Magazine

“…a stunning piece of work”
– New York Magazine

New York, NY (September 30, 2010) – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the critically acclaimed documentary, Restrepo, makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this December. Directed by Tim Hetherington and award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Sebastian Junger (WAR, The Perfect Storm), the film has been revered nationwide as an intense study on modern warfare. The film took audiences and critics through “a riveting journey into combat” (New York Magazine) while filmmakers followed the deployment of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley during the course of twelve months.

RESTREPO (Virgil Films)
RESTREPO (Virgil Films)

Heralded as, “One of the boldest, most personal, and closest-to-the-action war documentaries you’re likely to see” by GetTheBigPicture.net, Virgil Films & Entertainment has teamed up with National Geographic Entertainment to present the DVD and Blu-ray disc premiere of Restrepo on December 7th for a suggested retail of $19.99 and $34.99 respectively.

Without political agenda, Hetherington and Junger capture the daily activities of American soldiers deployed at ‘Outpost Restrepo’, a location named after a fellow soldier who was killed during battle. Set in one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous valleys, viewers are presented with a raw portrait interspersed with up-close encounters between the comrades. From their playful antics -down to their heartbreaking moments of silence, Restrepo bares it all. As noted by The Wall Street Journal, this film “…will stir your heart and open your mind.”

Bonus Features on DVD and BD formats include: Extended and deleted scenes; Extended interviews; an Update on the soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne; and much more.

Synopsis – Restrepo
Directed by renowned author Sebastian Junger (the 1997 bestseller The Perfect Storm) and famed photographer Tim Hetherington, Restrepo is a feature-length documentary about the deployment of a troop of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, considered at the time to be one of the deadliest deployments in that country’s war. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, named “OP Restrepo” after a platoon medic who was killed in action. Restrepo is an entirely experiential film-the cameras never leave the dangerous valley, there are no talking head interviews with generals or diplomats, and there is no moral or political analysis. The only goal is to make viewers feel like as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. Restrepo is a film about war-the conclusions are up to you.

More info can be found online at www.restrepothemovie.com

Virgil Films & Entertainment
Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets, and other high profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me: Special Edition; Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell and Seven Days starring Yun-jin Kim (ABC’s “Lost”). Upcoming releases include: Shoot The Hero! starring Jason Mewes, Nick Turturro and Danny Trejo; The Brazen Bull starring Michael Madsen and Rachel Hunter; and Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut The Hungry Ghosts. For more information, please visit: www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com

National Geographic Entertainment
National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films (NGF), National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV), Kids Entertainment and Music & Radio. In 2005 NGF co-presented the Academy Award-winning “March of the Penguins.” National Geographic World Films co-presented both the 2004 Oscar-nominated film “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” which received the Director’s Guild Award for best documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award, and Lu Chuan’s “Mountain Patrol: Kekexili.” NGCV released the 3-D concert film “U2 3D” to critical acclaim and set giant-screen box office records with “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” In 2009 NGCV released “Amreeka,” which was nominated for the Best Picture Gotham Independent Film Award and the Independent Spirit Award. In 2010 NGCV released the critically praised “Restrepo,” which won the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Award. Currently in release is “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest.” NGE and ImageNation Abu Dhabi co-produced with Exclusive Media Group Peter Weir’s “The Way Back,” which premiered at this year’s Telluride Film Festival and will be released by Newmarket Films.

Daniel Battsek is president of NGF, Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.

NGE is part of National Geographic Global Media, bringing together all of National Geographic’s editorial platforms to streamline collaboration and support the Society’s mission. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” National Geographic works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through magazines, books, digital media, television, radio, music, film and live events. It funds over 250 scientific research, exploration and conservation projects each year and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
Restrepo

Virgil Films & Entertainment
STREET DATE: December 7 2010
SRP: $19.99 DVD
$34.99 Blu-ray
Genre: Documentary
Director: Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington
Running Time: 93 minutes
Format: Widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Rating: R

Bonus Features:
• FULL LENGTH FEATURE IN HD
• 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
• EXTENDED / DELETED SCENES
• EXTENDED INTERVIEWS
• UPDATE ON THE SOLDIERS OF 2ND PLATOON, BATTLE COMPANY, 173rd AIRBORNE
• COLLECTION OF YOUTUBE/ RESTREPO.COM VIDEOS
• PHOTO GALLERY
*Subject to change

Media Contact:
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Margarita [at] msophiapr.com

The Girl Who Played With Fire

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THE ACCLAIMED SEQUEL TO THE SMASH HIT FILM “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO,” BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING NOVEL BY STIEG LARSSON

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
October 26, 2010

“A ripping good thriller…Noir never has been this dark.”
-Kurt Honeycutt, the Hollywood Reporter

“Noomi Rapace is back in action and she’s spectacular!”
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

“More gripping than Dragon Tattoo!”
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Chicago, IL (August 27, 2010) – The phenomenon of the internationally celebrated works of Stieg Larsson continues this fall with the release of The Girl Who Played With Fire to the home entertainment market.

The second film to be adapted from Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy of crime novels following last year’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the highest-grossing European production of 2009 and a certified smash in the U.S. with its box office earnings of $9.9 million, The Girl Who Played With Fire marks the return of Lisabeth Salander, the pierced and punked-out computer-hacking heroine of Larsson’s celebrated series, which have sold some 40 million copies in nearly 50 countries around the world.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is directed by Daniel Alfredson and stars the inimitable Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, both of whom reprise their roles from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Described as “sharply written, superbly acted, and fast-paced” by Reel Views and as a film that “rockets along with pulse-pounding tension” by Paper Magazine, The Girl With Who Played With Fire will be available to home-viewing audiences in Swedish with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed version in English. Music Box Film presents the DVD and Blu-ray premiere of The Girl Who Played With Fire on October 26, 2010 with a suggested retail price of $29.95 and $34.95, respectively.

Currently enjoying a sensational theatrical release in the country’s top 100 markets, The Girl Who Played With Fire (current box office gross: $5 million) is on track to become one of 2010’s highest-grossing and well-received foreign language entries in the U.S., just as Music Box Films’ The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was earlier this year. Critics and audiences both agree that Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and its film adaptations have quickly become international pop culture landmarks, led by the spectacular, sexy and singular film star Noomi Rapace. The 30-year-old Swedish actress has been lauded as “an actress who brings a memorable literary character to indelible movie life, as Vivien Leigh did for Scarlett O’Hara” by Time, as “a movie star unlike any other” by The Wall Street Journal and as a unique performer “who belongs to another dimension altogether” by The New York Times.

Music Box Films will release the third and final film installment based on Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest October 29, 2010.

Swedish author Stieg Larsson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and successful authors. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest – his Millennium Trilogy-were all published after his death in 2004. Their popularity has since made him the world’s second best-selling author of 2008 and 2009.

More information on The Girl Who Played With Fire can be found on the film’s website.

The Girl Who Played With Fire — Synopsis:

Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander’s prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), Salander’s friend and Millennium’s publisher, is alone in his belief of Salander’s innocence. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society – as well as shocking details about Salander’s past. He is desperate to get to her before she is cornered- but no one can find her anywhere.

About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s “TELL NO ONE” was the most popular foreign-language theatrical release of 2008 and the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.


The Girl Who Played With Fire
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: October 26, 2010
SRP: $ 29.95 DVD
$ 34.95 Blu-ray disc
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sofia Ledarp, Peter Andersson, Micke Spreitz, Georgi Staykov, Yasmine Garbi
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Running Time: 129 minutes
Format: 1.85:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Rating: R
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish with English subtitles / Dubbed in English

Media Contact:
Margarita Sophia Cortes, MSOPHIA PR
Margarita@msophiapr.com


OSS 117: LOST IN RIO

Music Box Films Home Entertainment Announces

COOL, CUNNING AND STILL COMPLETELY CLUELESS
SECRET AGENT OSS 117 RETURNS IN
OSS 117: LOST IN RIO

Available on DVD August 31st

“4 Stars! Possibly the 2nd funniest spy spoof ever!”
— BoxOffice.com

“If you are a fan of inspired silliness, you won’t want to miss OSS 117: Lost in Rio!”
— Vogue

“I don’t know that we actually need Agent OSS 117, but the
world is a slightly better place with him around.”
— Los Angeles Times

Chicago, IL (June 10, 2010) – He’s James Bond, Inspector Clouseau and Matt Helm all rolled into one…and he’s back to save the Free World one more time! We can only be talking about the womanizing, ethnically insensitive and wholly imbecilic French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, otherwise known as OSS 117. Cool, cunning and clever-or so he thinks!–and still completely clueless, the Pride of the French Secret Service returns in OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Following its 2010 national theatrical release in the U.S.’s top 25 markets, Music Box Films presents the DVD premiere of OSS 117: Lost in Rio, boasting impressive bonus features, on August 31st for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, OSS 117: Lost in Rio is the much-demanded sequel to the 2006 satirical spy spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which was a smash in its native France and a major cult hit in the U.S. OSS 117: Lost in Rio, once again stars French comedy sensation Jean Dujardin as the ever-absurd Agent OSS 117. In his latest outing, it’s 1967 and OSS 117’s mission finds him partnering with a sexy Israeli Mossad agent (Louise Monot) and traveling to swinging to Rio de Janeiro to track down a roll of elusive microfilm and capture a high-ranking Nazi officer (Rüdiger Vogler) who has gone into exile in Brazil.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio is a jubilantly designed and stylized love letter to a long-gone movie genre: the Sixties spy thriller. Embellished with such delicious Sixties-era flourishes as colorful jet-set locales, split-screen cinematography, a Bossa Nova-flavored retro score and state-of-the-decade fashions-not to mention a bunch of insanely overwrought gunfights and chase scenes and a healthy dollop of cleavage. It’s a movie that happily presents to audiences a ridiculously politically incorrect “hero” who could give Maxwell Smart and Austin Powers a run for their secret decoder rings!

Described as “a very funny French comedy of a variety that usually doesn’t make its way here” by the San Francisco Chronicle, proclaimed “larky, snarky fun” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and lauded as “naughty, silly, and wildly non-PC!” by The Guardian (UK), OSS 117: Lost in Rio is an exuberant, knowing and hysterical parody that demands to be seen.

Special features on the disc includes: a making-of featurette, blooper reel, and deleted scenes.

More information can be found on the film’s website at Music Box Films


Oss 117: Lost in Rio – Synopsis:
Twelve years after his Egyptian excursion in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, French operative Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, otherwise known as Agent 117 (Jean Dujardin) returns for a new mission on the other end of the world. Sent to steamy Rio de Janeiro by his government to track down a roll of microfilm that contains a list of World War II French collaborators, France’s most famous secret agent must team up with sexy Israeli Mossad agent (Louise Monot) who’s determined to capture a high-ranking Nazi officer (Rüdiger Vogler) who has gone into exile in Brazil. The pair embarks on a death-defying adventure that takes them from the luxurious Amazonian rain forest to a bikini-filled Brazilian luxury hotel to a secret underground grotto to a climax atop Rio’s famed Corcovado Christ statue. And it’s all up to Agent 117, armed and abetted with his Sixties-styled chauvinism, ethnic insensitivity, wanton womanizing and overall cluelessness, to save the Free World from others who may very well be even more foolish than he is!

About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s TELL NO ONE was the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009, while The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the most highly anticipated DVD release of 2010. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

OSS 117: LOST IN RIO
Music Box Films Home Entertainment
STREET DATE: August 31, 2010
SRP: $29.95
Cast: Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies), Louise Monot (MR 73, The Wedding Cake), Rüdiger Vogler (Effi Briest), Alex Lutz, Reem Kherici
Running Time: 97 minutes
Format: Widescreen 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Rating: Not Rated
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

BONUS FEATURES:
• Making of Featurette
• Blooper Reel
• Deleted Scenes

Media Contact:
Margarita Sophia Cortes, MSOPHIA PR
Margarita@msophiapr.com

North Face Comes To DVD

MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

ONE OF THE MOST DARING AND RIVETING MOUNTAIN CLIMBS OF THE SWISS ALPS COMES TO DVD

NORTH FACE

German Film Academy Award Winner

DVD Debuts May 11, 2010

The suspense is relentless, the excitement almost unbearable at times.”
– The Washington Post

“Stunning! Takes you along on one of the great adventures of the 20th century.”

– Jeffrey Lyons, KNBC/Lyons Den Radio

“Wickedly suspenseful!”
-The San Francisco Chronicle

“Riveting and Exhilarating”
-The Los Angles Times

Chicago, IL (April 20, 2010) -The North Face side of the Swiss Alps’ Eiger Mountain, also referred to as the “murder wall”, was once one of the most deadliest walls to scale, and in 1936, a small group of German mountain climbers decided to face the incredible challenge head-on without ever looking back.  Bringing their story to life in the award-winning film, North Face, Director Phillip Stölzl has captivated audiences across the world with an epic tale that is “one of the best mountain climbing movies ever made” (Seattle Times) and “the most exhilarating thriller of the season” (East Bay Express).  Winner of the German Film Critics Award for “Best Screenplay”, “Best Cinematography” and “Best Sound Design” in 2009, the film makes its nationwide debut with the DVD premiere presented by Music Box Films on May 11, 2010 for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

Hailed as a Critic’s Pick by the NY Times, Stephen Holden declared the film a “transfixing life-and-death adventure tale.” Shot on location, the story of the 1936 expedition gives viewers an up close look at the amazing true story of German mountaineers racing to the top of the deadly mountain.  Filled with excitement and suspense, “This is a film done right by just about every measure.” (The Los Angeles Times) and “includes some of the most adroit and effective climbing sequences ever staged” (San Francisco Chronicle). The film features an all-star cast including: Benno Fuermann (Jerichow) and Johanna Wokalek (The Baader Meinholf Complex), and Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon, The Lives of Others)

The Seattle Times gave North Face “4 STARS!” exclaiming it was, “Perfectly cast, well-written and almost excruciatingly realistic at times” while the NY Daily News described it as “A genuinely gripping drama.”

North Face — Synopsis:

Based on a true story, North Face is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz (BENNO FÜRMANN) and Andi Hinterstoisser (FLORIAN LUKAS), to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall.

While preparing themselves at the foot of the North Face, Toni and Andi unexpectedly run into Luise (JOHANNA WOKALEK), the early love of Toni. Now a journalist, she has come with her boss Arau (ULRICH TUKUR), a loyal Nazi, to report about the first ascent. Toni begins the ascent of the North Face with Andi, closely followed by two Austrians Willy Angerer (SIMON SCHWARZ) and Edi Rainer (GEORG FRIEDRICH). All goes well at first as both rope teams make good headway but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and the forces of nature begins.

More information can be found online at www.northfacethemovie.com

About Music Box Films:

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films serves the viewing interests of sophisticated US movie audiences in select cinemas nationwide, on DVD and Blu-Ray, on cable TV and on emerging VOD delivery formats. With a focus on foreign-language cinema, Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s “TELL NO ONE” was the most popular foreign-language theatrical release of 2008 and the most popular foreign-language DVD of 2009.  Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.

North Face

Music Box Films Home Entertainment

STREET DATE: May 11, 2010
Cast: Benno Fuermann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur
Director: Phillip Stölzl
Running Time: 121 minutes
Format: 2.35:1
Sound Format: Dolby digital
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Germany
Language: German with English subtitles