Possession from Warner

Warner Home Video have announced the DVD release of Possession for May 5th 2003 with a retail price of £15.99. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with DD5.1 audio the discs only bonus features are an Audio Commentary from director Neil LaBute and the Theatrical Trailer. From the Press Release...

Two secret lovers, their desire so forbidden it will echo across time. Now two strangers will unlock their mystery and discover that a passion from the past is becoming their own. Academy Award-winner Gwenyth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) and Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich) star in Possession, based on the best-selling novel by A.S. Byatt, released to buy and rent on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video on 5th May 2003.

A sweeping story of emotional archaeology adapted for the screen by director Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty), Possession is a beautiful examination of relationships and what it means to desire and to love. Striking locations in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire and a beautiful score by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) bring to life the dramatic and romantic storytelling creating the perfect film to cosy up with your partner or for a night in with the girls.

With its high calibre of critically acclaimed and commercially successful talent, Possession is a lush and "immensely satisfying" (Evening Standard) adaptation of A.S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel. A modern day romance is lead by the stunning Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma, Sliding Doors) offering up another perfect English accent and the dashingly assured Aaron Eckhart (Nurse Betty). A secret romance between Victorians Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) and Jennifer Ehle (BAFTA Award-winner for Pride & Prejudice) is the subject of their investigation.

Brought to the screen by critically acclaimed writer, playwright and director Neil LaBute, Possession was a new direction for the American who incorporated elements of his acidic social commentaries to the film. From In The Company of Men to Your Friends and Neighbors and Nurse Betty the quality of his groundbreaking work continues with Possession and the forthcoming The Shape of Things based on his hit play starring Rachel Weisz.

When laid back American scholar Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart - The Pledge), discovers a collection of love letters between two prominent Victorian poets, he recognises that he's on to a big literary find.

Enlisting the help of sceptical British academic Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow), the two embark on a journey to unravel the truth surrounding the poets' forbidden love. But as Roland and Maud track the elusive romance across the British countryside and the continent, the two scholars soon find themselves tangled in a love affair of their own.

Director Neil LaBute moves seamlessly from past to present to portray parallel love stories, in this beautiful and passionate adaptation of A S Byatt's Booker Prize winning novel, which also stars Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) and Jennifer Ehle (This Year's Love).

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