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“Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are brilliant” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in the mesmerizing epic REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray June 2, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Nominated for three Academy Awards® and four Golden Globes®, the emotionally gripping film has been called “amazing” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), “flawless” (Rex Reed, New York Observer) and a “masterpiece” (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle). Directed by Oscar® winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and adapted from the groundbreaking novel by Richard Yates, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD won Kate Winslet her first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Reuniting DiCaprio and Winslet for the first time on screen since Titanic, the incisive portrait of a 1950s American marriage unfolds as an enthralling drama that is moving, thought-provoking and “a revelation” (Clay Smith, “The Insider”).
The REVOLUTIONARY ROAD DVD and Blu-ray presentations include commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray also includes Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth.
The REVOLUTIONARY ROAD DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The discs include the following special features in high definition as noted:
- Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe
- Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road (HD)
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe (HD)
- Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth (HD)—Blu-ray only
All of the special features are presented in high def, which is a nice touch that doesn’t happen as often as it should. Close to 30 minutes of deleted scenes are included, with optional commentary by Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe. Two fairly standard featurettes on the making of the film and Yates’ novel, both clocking it at close to 30 minutes, are also present. The theatrical trailer and a full-length commentary track with Mendes and Haythe round out the extras.
Revolutionary Road probably won’t leave you with a bundle of good feelings, but it’s a spectacularly written, acted, and directed piece of work that’s certain to result in plenty of post-viewing conversation.