(January 24, 2011 – Burbank, CA) – It's the greatest escape! Golden Globe-nominee Steve McQueen (“Papillon,” 1974) and Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man,” 1988 and “Kramer vs. Kramer,” 1979) team for the spectacular true-life adventure of the man who defied “inescapable” Devil's Island. Presented by Warner Home Video, “Papillon” (1973) arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time with a collectible 32-page Blu-ray Book featuring fascinating film information, archival photos, and an examination of the controversy surrounding the film. Orders are due April 19 (SRP $34.99). From the director of “Patton” and “Planet of the Apes,” “Papillon” is based on the bestselling novel of French ex-convict Henri Charriére – a true classic based on actual events following a petty criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder and his constant struggle to escape to freedom from the brutal French penal system in Guiana's infamous Devil's Island. The film is considered to be one Steve McQueen’s more compelling performances, a nuanced portrayal of a tortured and tormented soul representing a departure from his usual “cool guy” roles. “Papillon” is a thrilling film that also gives combined hope and courage, making for very compelling entertainment. About The Film:
“One of the greatest behind-bars movies ever.” - Clark Collis, Empire Magazine
They called him Papillon, meaning butterfly. If only he had wings to go with the name. Unable to fly, Henri Charriére virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape Devil’s Island. Based on Charriére’s bestseller and shot in Spain and Jamaica, Franlin J. Schaffner’s film version of “Papillon” united two stars at key career junctures. After a decade of fine work in “The Great Escape,” “The Sand Pebbles” and “Bullitt,” Steve McQueen found in Charriére another ideal tough-guy role. Coming off “The Graduate,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “Little Big Man,” Dustin Hoffman again distinguished himself as Dega, Charriére’s scruffy friend.
Vintage Featurette: “The Magnificent Rebel”
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