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"Around the World in 80 Days"
Two-Disc Special Edition DVDs Arrive May 18, 2004

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Warner Home Video Date: February  28, 2004 
Todd-AO in all its 70mm 30 fps splendour. Picture: Thomas Hauerslev

Take Dad on a (Digital) Adventure for His Special Day
Around the World in 80 Days

Two-Disc Special Edition DVDs Arrive May 18 in Time for Father’s Day 

Long Awaited DVD Debut of "Around the World in 80 Days" Presented in its Complete Widescreen Version for the First Time since its Theatrical Release
Further in 70mm reading:

"Around the World in 80 Days" original release

The 65mm negative

Discoveries from the "Around the World in 80 Days" Collection

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Newly remastered Two-Disc Special Edition DVD

80 Days DVD1.JPG (850971 byte)Click to see enlargement "Around the World in 80 Days"

Burbank, Calif., February 23, 2004 – "Around the World in 80 Days", – great action/adventure titles from Warner Home Video (WHV) – will be released May 18 as deluxe, newly remastered Two-Disc Special Edition DVDs, with "Around the World in 80 Days", (one of the most requested DVDs ever) making their DVD debuts (in widescreen). In plenty of time for Father’s Day (June 20th) gift giving, the film will be priced at $26.99 SRP/$19.95 MAP and orders are due April 20.

“Consumers have asked for this title repeatedly -- it´s a great movies for Dads… perfect for Father’s Day,” says Michael Radiloff, WHV’s Vice President of Theatrical Catalog Marketing. “In addition, awareness and want-to-see for the original "Around the World in 80 Days" will be especially high with the Jackie Chan theatrical remake being released in June. For decades, TV and video versions of "Around the World in 80 Days" were edited or reformatted to fit standard 4x3 television sets. We’re thrilled that DVD has enabled us to present this ever-popular epic in the way its creators intended it to be seen – uncut and remastered in beautiful widescreen format.”


Best Picture Academy Award®-winning 1956 blockbuster

"Around the World in 80 Days" – This celebrated Best Picture Academy Award®-winning 1956 blockbuster finally makes its DVD debut after years atop the most requested DVD wish lists, with the complete and uncut 182 minute widescreen version. Boasting an international crew of nearly 2600, a 44-member all-star cast headed by David Niven; Cantinflas, the famous Mexican comedic actor; Shirley MacLaine and 68,894 extras, this film launched the big-budget, big special effects era in Hollywood. 

While producing "Around the World in 80 Days" Mike Todd invented the term "cameo" calling them “gems etched in celluloid by stars,” and then enticed Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Peter Lorre, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, among others, to enhance his film by doing tiny roles. He also convinced newscaster Edward R. Murrow to narrate the prologue. 

Adapted from the Jules Verne novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can actually travel "around the world in 80 days," the film premiered with one of the most massive PR campaigns in movie history, scoring record box-office numbers and a 16-month run that kept many theaters completely sold out for weeks. The film went on to win eight Academy Award® nominations and five Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Editing and Best Musical Score.


DVD Extras

Exxtra content includes:

Disc 1 

· Introductions by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne
· Feature-length commentary by Brian Sibley of BBC Radio
· Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
· Outtakes
· Stills gallery
· 1956 original and 1983 reissue theatrical trailers 
· DVD-ROM link to Michael Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days Almanac

Disc 2 

· Introductions by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne
· Around the World of Mike Todd (1968): narrated by Orson Welles, this profile of the film’s producer features reminiscences by Elizabeth Taylor, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman, Lowell Thomas and others
· Playhouse 90: Around the World in 90 Minutes (excerpts): Elizabeth Taylor hosts this live October 17, 1957 telecast of the a star-studded gala from Madison Square Garden celebrating the one-year anniversary of Around the World in 80 Days’ world premiere. 
· March 27, 1957 Academy Awards® ceremony highlights
· Newsreels: the Los Angeles premiere and the opening in Spain 

DVD will be available in widescreen format [16x9 2.4:1]

In support of the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD releases of "Around the World in 80 Days", a national media campaign utilizing TV, print and online media will target Father’s Day gift givers and DVD enthusiasts. Television advertising will include network and national cable on stations such as TNT, TBS, HGTV and Lifetime. Print publications will include Time, People, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere.

Father’s Day Two-Disc Special Editions
$26.99 SRP/$19.95 MAP
Street date: May 18, 2004
Order due date: April 20, 2004


Warner Home Video

With operations in 89 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

Publicity Contacts:
Warner Home Video
Ronnee Sass, 818/977-6439
Carl Samrock Public Relations
Karen Penhale, 818/260-0777
E-mail requests to karenpenhale@cs-pr.com / Photos available

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