PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THREE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED MOVIES ON DVD THIS JUNE
"HAROLD AND MAUDE"
HOLLYWOOD, April 3, 2000 – Blackmail, murder, reincarnation and the meaning of life are on the menu as Paramount Home Entertainment delivers three favorite movies to DVD on June 27. DEAD AGAIN, starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, is the fascinating tale of a private investigator locked inside a baffling murder mystery that appears to involve reincarnation. The cult classic HAROLD AND MAUDE is a hysterical meditation on death and a decidedly unusual love story. The innovative film CLUE brings the beloved board game to life as a cast of colorful characters attempt to solve a suspenseful murder mystery. Each DVD is available for $29.99 S.R.P. in the U.S. and C$39.99 S.R.P. in Canada. Prebook is May 16.
DEAD AGAIN (1991) is directed by and stars Kenneth Branagh as Mike Church, an LA detective on the case of an amnesiac woman, played by Emma Thompson. Aided by Franklin Madison (Derek Jacobi), Church discovers that he and "Grace," his name for the uncertain woman, are somehow involved in a murder and Hollywood scandal that took place over 40 years ago. Induced by hypnotism, Church and "Grace" discover they are the reincarnations of Roman Strauss, a famous composer of the ‘40s and his beautiful wife Margaret, also played by Branagh and Thompson. DEAD AGAIN also stars Andy Garcia as newspaper reporter Gray Baker, who adds another twist to the story as he falls for Margaret on the day she exchanges wedding vows with Roman.
As original and offbeat today as it was when it was first released, HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) follows the unusual relationship forged between 20-year-old Harold (Bud Cort) and 79-year-old Maude (played by the legendary Ruth Gordon), in Harold Ashby’s brilliant black comedy. Introverted, yet desperate to attract his mother’s (Vivian Pickles) attention, Harold delights in staging suicide attempts for her benefit. Unfazed by his dismal stunts, Harold’s dominating mother enlists a psychiatrist and a computer dating service to change Harold and his outlook on life. Meeting the highly philosophical Maude on one of his hearse-driving expeditions to an anonymous funeral, "Harold and Maude" forge a deep connection through their fascination with the great circle of life and the joys of spontaneity.
Based on the ever-popular board game, CLUE (1985) is a comic free for all, as the likes of Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd) join up for a hilarious evening of blackmail, murder and mounting sexual attraction. When a group of strangers arrives at Hill House for a mysterious dinner party, suspicions and accusations fly when their host is murdered. Each character must prove their innocence while trying to keep themselves alive. Set during the 1950s, CLUE also stars Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet, Michael McKean as Mr. Green and Tim Curry as the Butler, and features three different surprise endings.
The DVDs of DEAD AGAIN, HAROLD AND MAUDE and CLUE are presented in widescreen format enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The DVDs use interactive menus and scene selection, are closed captioned in English for the deaf and hard of hearing, and are encoded with the Macrovision™ AntiCopy process.
DEAD AGAIN features two commentary tracks, one with director/star Kenneth Branagh, and another with producer Lindsay Doran and screenwriter Scott Frank, as well as a theatrical trailer. Audio tracks feature Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, English and French Dolby Surround. DEAD AGAIN is rated R in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America, and 14A in Canada, with a running time of approximately 107 minutes.
HAROLD AND MAUDE includes two original theatrical trailers and audio tracks with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, English and French Mono. The film is rated PG in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America, and 14A in Canada, and has a running time of approximately 91 minutes.
CLUE includes the three different surprise endings and the theatrical trailer; the audio tracks are Dolby Digital in English and French. The film is rated PG in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America and PG in Canada, and has a running time of approximately 96 minutes.
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Source: Paramount Home Entertainment