The official word: Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of two-time Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes’ (Schindler's List, The English Patient) directorial debut, CORIOLANUS.
Fiennes, who also stars in the title role, was nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Award – Britain’s equivalent to an Oscar® – for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Based on the original play by William Shakespeare, the critically-acclaimed film features an award-winning cast that includes Gerard Butler (300, The Ugly Truth), Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howards End), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Tree of Life), and Emmy® Award winner Brian Cox (Bourne Identity, HBO’s “Deadwood”).
A fast-paced, action-packed film, CORIOLANUS heads to retail on May 29, 2012 for an SRP of $34.99 for the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and $26.98 for the DVD. In her review for Entertainment Weekly, film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum described Fiennes’ interpretation of CORIOLANUS as “an utterly arresting, creative modern-day adaptation.” David Edelstein, film critic for New York Magazine, wrote CORIOLANUS is “sensational and gripping,” adding “Brian Cox is superb and Jessica Chastain is riveting!” Wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Bennett, “Ralph Fiennes delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best,” while Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers exclaimed, “Ralph Fiennes, as star and commander, pulls off a triumph!”
The classic legend of honor and betrayal has been astonishingly re-imagined in this exhilarating action thriller that wields a profound relevance for today. Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (star and director Ralph Fiennes) is a feared and revered Roman General, suddenly pitted against his own city and fellow citizens. Rebelling against the power-hungry designs of his manipulative mother (Vanessa Redgrave) and rejected by his own people, Coriolanus incites a riot that expels him from Rome. The banished hero joins forces with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to exact his revenge — and determine his destiny.
The CORIOLANUS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD special features include an audio commentary with the film’s director and star, Ralph Fiennes, and a “The Making of Coriolanus” featurette. Note: Special features are subject to change.
Learn more about CORIOLANUS at: www.coriolanusmovie.net.