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Warner announce 'The Mission' SE

Warner Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of a special double-disc edition of The Mission for June 2nd 2003. For the retail price of £19.99 you can expect the following features...

  • 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Audio
  • English, French, Arabic, Italian, English HOH and Italian HOH subtitles
  • Commentary with director Rolland Joffe
  • Omnibus documentary on the making of The Mission (1hr)
  • On Location in Argentina & Columbia
  • Theatrical Trailer
As per usual Warner are not specifying 'Anamorphic Widescreen' but given the Region 1 release of the same 2-disc set has been confirmed as anamorphic widescreen (details here) I would expect no different for the Region 2 counterpart. A few details on the film from the press release follow...

Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons take up The Mission in the Academy Award winning epic released as a two disc special edition DVD from Warner Home Video on 2nd June 2003.

Jeremy Irons is Father Gabriel, a man of the cloth. Robert De Niro is Rodrigo Mendoza, a man of the sword. Set in the almost mystical rain forests of South America, The Mission presents each man with his greatest challenge. The Jesuit priest has come to spread the word of God amongst the Guarani Indians; the mercenary has come to enslave them.

With the passing of time, their destinies become entwined. A film of breathtaking beauty and raw, passionate power The Mission is an unforgettable experience that glorifies the human spirit above the bloodlust and greed of governments and even the church.

Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) directs this stirring and powerful epic written by David Lean's screenwriting collaborator, Robert Bolt and produced by David Puttnam and with an affecting score from Ennio Morricone. Double Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather Pt II) and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) give highly emotive performances alongside support from Aidan Quinn (Desperately Seeking Susan), Cheri Lunghi (Excalibur) and Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York). Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner in the Best Cinematography category The Mission was also nominated for 11 BAFTAs winning three and was also winner of the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.

This special edition double disc DVD release includes an audio commentary by director Rolland Joffé and a one hour documentary The Making of The Mission as well as a look at behind the scenes on location in Argentina and Columbia.

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