(January 27, 2004 – Burbank, CA) – On April 20, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s acclaimed Tony®-Award winning Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” Warner Home Video (WHV) will introduce to DVD the groundbreaking 1982 television version, which starred Angela Lansbury and George Hearn and won three Emmys® and three Cable Ace Awards®. Long noted as the first TV production to accurately translate the Broadway musical theatre-going experience onto the small screen, “Sweeney Todd’s” original videotape and audio masters have now been restored and remixed and the DVD will be presented in widescreen with Dolby® 5.1 audio. George Feltenstein, WHV’s Senior Vice President Classic Catalog, notes, “It was the multiple camera work and direction in this TV version that created the ground-breaking sense of intimacy and fluid movement. The genius of Sondheim’s score, Harold Prince’s phenomenal stage direction, and the amazing performances of Angela Lansbury and George Hearn are beautifully preserved in this outstanding production.” Also making its DVD debut on April 20 is “The Last of Sheila” -- a complex Hollywood thriller written by Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins (“Psycho”). It includes commentary from stars Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welch. “Sweeney Todd” will sell for $24.98 SRP and “The Last of Sheila” will be available for $19.98 SRP. With operations in 82 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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