'Braveheart' To Be Released On DVD

Wed. June 7, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

Hollywood, CA - Mel Gibson's Academy Award-winning epic "Braveheart" charges onto DVD for the first time ever on Aug. 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

One of the most requested DVD titles of all time, "Braveheart" is a full-scale historical spectacle, a story of the timeless struggle for freedom, based on the life of legendary Scottish hero William Wallace.

Unparalleled battle scenes, spectacular in their intricacy and scope, stunning cinematography and a breathtaking cast of thousands have made this film a favorite of fans and critics alike, leading to the film's being honored with Oscars(R) in 1996 for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Makeup and Sound Effects.

In surveys conducted by online retailers and daily newspapers, "Braveheart" ranks as one of the top three most eagerly anticipated DVD releases among consumers. The "Braveheart" DVD is priced at $29.99 (S.R.P.) in the U.S. and $39.99 (S.R.P.) in Canada.

In "Braveheart," as a boy, William Wallace witnesses a brutal execution of his Scottish countrymen by the order of England's cruel King Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). This defining moment marks the beginning of Wallace's (Gibson) dedication to the struggle for Scottish independence.

Returning from an education abroad, Wallace falls in love with the beautiful Murron (Catherine McCormack) and the two are wed in secret, to avoid the barbaric English law that allows a nobleman to take a Scottish bride from her husband on her wedding night.

Murron is shortly accused of a false crime and killed by an English magistrate. Now bitterly hardened against his oppressors, and fueled by his secret romance with Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau), Wallace vows to lead his fellow Scots in a unified revolt against Longshanks and his army.

The DVD of "Braveheart" is presented in widescreen format enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. It features a commentary by director and star Mel Gibson, as well as "Braveheart: A Filmmaker's Passion" -- a 28-minute featurette and two theatrical trailers. The DVD includes interactive menus and scene selection, while the audio tracks feature Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround, English and French Dolby surround. It is closed-captioned in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.

"Braveheart" is rated R in the United States by the Motion Picture Association of America, and 18A in Canada. It has a running time of 179 minutes and is encoded with the Macrovision(TM) AntiCopy process.

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