Friday, January 18, 2013

THE MASTER, That Movie That's Not About Scientology, Arrives on Blu/DVD

Paul Thomas Anderson, Scientology

I still haven't seen The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's highly acclaimed film that at one point was loosely based upon the origins of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology and then wasn't.  Regardless of what it's origins are, Anderson remains one of the most exciting and interesting filmmakers working today.  With such a strong cast led by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern, The Master is one of the few titles from 2012 that I regret missing theatrically and I anxiously await the opportunity to check it out on Blu-ray.



“One of the great movies of the year.”
~ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Mind-Bending Cinematic Landmark.”
~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“5 Stars.  Simply Unmissable”
~ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY MESMERIZE AUDIENCES WITH THE COMPELLING AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM
THE MASTER
ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD

Nominated for Three Academy Awards® and Three Golden Globes®

Directed by Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson,
THE MASTER Heads To Retail On February 26, 2013!

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson, Scientology

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of THE MASTER, the innovative film that has won over audiences and critics alike.  Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), the 1950s-set drama centers on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “The Master” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Moneyball) who creates a belief system which catches on with other lost souls – and a young WW-II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator) who becomes his right-hand man.  In addition to Hoffman and Phoenix, the film also stars Amy Adams (Doubt) and Laura Dern (Little Fockers). THE MASTER heads to retail on February 26, 2013 for an SRP of $39.99 for the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and $29.98 for the DVD.

Haunted by his past, WW-II veteran and drifter Freddie Quell crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd aka “The Master” and his wife Peggy.  Their twisted relationship is the core of this film that is “a glorious and haunting symphony of color, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting that defy comprehension (A.O Scott, The New York Times).”

Joe Neumaier of The New York Daily News declared THE MASTER, "the season's first Oscar contender." THE MASTER received the following 2012 Academy Award® nominations -  Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.  The film received three Golden Globes® Nominations including Best Actor in a Drama Joaquin Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams.

Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, THE MASTER is a film “that casts a spell like a fever dream (David Ansen, Newsweek).”  

Stunningly photographed in 65mm, THE MASTER stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past?  Will The Cause help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature be civilized?  Or is man, after all, just a dirty animal?

THE MASTER Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD special features include: “Back Beyond” which features outtakes and additional scenes edited to music by Johnny Greenwood; “Unguided Message,” an 8 minute short / behind the scenes; Teasers/ Trailers.  The Combo Pack also includes an additional special feature “Let Their Be Light (1946), John Huston’s landmark documentary about WW-II veterans.”  Note: Special features are subject to change.
 


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