(June 26, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – Consumers will find out what happens when a film critic becomes entangled in his own murder mystery when Warner Home Video releases the TNT original movie, "A Slight Case of Murder," on DVD September 26. Written by and starring Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor William H. Macy, the one-disc DVD will retail at $19.97. Order due date is August 22, 2006. “If you’re going to commit a murder – and I don’t recommend it – one thing you should definitely not do is sleep with the investigating officer’s wife. It just makes for a lot of unnecessary complications,” advises Terry Thorpe, played by William H. Macy ("Fargo," "Door to Door") in "A Slight Case of Murder," the comedic murder mystery which TV Guide has called “a smart comic thriller beautifully written and acted, especially by William H. Macy.” Laura Penney (Stephanie Belding) accidentally fell in her apartment and died. Or perhaps she was pushed. Just a little. Either way, on-air film critic Terry Thorpe figures he’s Suspect #1 because he was there. But maybe he’s seen enough crime movies to bamboozle the cops. Whatever the outcome, what follows is a hilarious who done it that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Two-time Emmy® Award winner William H. Macy plays Thorpe in this delicious caper based on a novel by bestselling thriller writer Donald E. Westlake. With seat-of-the-pants desperation, Thorpe skims the hurdles of his perfect crime. Among the hurdles: a detective (Adam Arkin) eager to slip his screenplay to the critic, a girlfriend ("Desperate Housewives’" Felicity Huffman) with gnawing suspicions and a private investigator (James Cromwell) who puts the squeeze on for $35K. Thorpe should get every acting honor in the world if he pulls this off. Or maybe he’ll just get 30 to life. Based on the book by Donald E. Westlake and directed by Steven Schachter, Macy and Schachter penned the screenplay which uses film noir clips, frequent quotes, and references to the 30s and 40s, making "A Slight Case of Murder" a comedic murder mystery offering a send-up to classic film noir films. The film was originally broadcast on TNT in September 1999. The DVD release of "A Slight Case of Murder" will coincide with the third season premiere of Huffman’s smash-hit series "Desperate Housewives." “William H. Macy is one of today’s premier actors and he delivers another brilliant performance in this wonderful, clever film. We think viewers will enjoy this movie because it offers a smart, engaging storyline filled with dark humor and lots of intricate twists and surprises that keep the audience engrossed through to the end,” commented Tehya Kopp, WHV Executive Director, Special Interest Marketing. She added, “You don’t have to be a fan of the murder/mystery genre to enjoy this film. It’s a terrific dark comedy any movie collector would want to include in their library.” The Credits With operations in 90 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.
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