Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Houdini DVD and Blu-ray will include extra footage

Lionsgate has announced the details of their Houdini Home Entertainment releases. The miniseries will first be made available on September 3 as an HD digital download on all digital platforms, including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Apple TV. This is especially good news to those who don't have cable and won't be able to see it when it premieres on HISTORY September 1 & 2.

Then, on October 7, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release a 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray that will include the televised version as well as an extended cut with 24 minutes of extra footage! Here is the press release:

Prepare To Be Captivated

Oscar® Winner Adrien Brody Stars In An Epic HISTORY® Event
Available On Digital HD September 3rd From Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Extended Edition Available On Blu-ray and DVD October 7

SANTA MONICA, CA (August 18, 2014) – Following HISTORY®’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1st and 2nd, Houdini will be available on Digital HD the following day on September 3rd. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s House of Cards) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.

His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary - breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. HISTORY®’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s transformation from immigrant into the world’s first superstar. Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes.

The Houdini two-disc Blu-ray and two-disc DVD feature both the original HISTORY® televised version as well as a brand-new extended edition with over 20 minutes of additional film footage of the captivating series. The Houdini Blu-ray and DVD also include four behind-the-scenes featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively.

Houdini is based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D., and written by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Best Adapted Screenplay, 1976) and directed by Uli Edel, who directed the Academy Award®-nominated film The Baader Meinhof Complex (Best Foreign Language Film, 2008). Houdini is a Lionsgate/A+E Studios co-production.

  • “The Great Escapes” Featurette
  • “The Real Houdini “ Featurette
  • “Cheating Death” Featurette
  • “Houdini the Greatest” Featurette
*Subject to change

Year of Production: 2014
Title Copyright: Houdini © 2014 Lions Gate Television, Inc. and A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2014 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. and A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV on DVD
Genre: Adventure; Drama; History; Biography
Closed Captioned: English SDH
Subtitles: English
Feature Run Time Original Broadcast Version: 150 minutes
Feature Run Time Extended Version: 174 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital

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