Thursday, February 19, 2009

Exclusive - Rod Lurie confirms, comments on DVD release for Nothing But The Truth

First off, a hearty thank you to Sony Pictures for arranging the DVD (and Blu Ray, I presume) release of Rod Lurie's Nothing But The Truth. As you recall, just as the film was getting critical raves and picking up steam as an Oscar contender (especially for stars Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga), its theatrical release and awards campaign were effectively ended by the sudden bankruptcy of Yari Film Group last December.

"I think what's toughest for myself and my producing partner Marc Frydman and Kate (Beckinsale)," stated director and writer Rod Lurie, "has been that we keep hearing all this praise, (to) keep getting this or that accolade, and knowing that the only people that will see it on a big screen are festival goers".

I personally only saw the film because I called Yari and asked for screeners, literally days before the company collapsed. You can read my review here, but the film is well worth catching up with in two months. Commenting on the inexplicable situation of having your distribution studio going under right before release, Lurie called the experience "akin to a drive-by shooting".

"One day all is fine and the next day, through no fault of your own, you're riddled with bullets. On the other hand, the DVD will be fully loaded and the Sony folks have just been the coolest. I think that they may give it some kind of extra push. Its a great opportunity for them - and this also applies to What Doesn't Kill You* - a full on commercial film that is still virgin territory for the film buff." According to Lurie, the DVD will contain a commentary track, deleted scenes, and at least one documentary.

*What Doesn't Kill You was the other major 'Oscar bait' picture that fell victim to the studio's death (it will also be released on April 28th). Sony Pictures deserves major props for rescuing both of these fine dramas and giving them the home theater releases they deserve.

Scott Mendelson

1 comment:

Actionman said...

Wow, this is great. Wanted badly to see both of these movies. Really looking forward.


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