About Schmidt from EIV this August
Entertainment in Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of About Schmidt for 11th August 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. Exact features on the DVD are yet to be divulged though we do know you can at the very least expect an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, English DD5.1 Surround audio and over one hour of bonus features including 9 deleted scenes, the woodmen tower sequences and the theatrical trailer.
From the PR:
Academy Award nominees Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates star in the poignant smash hit ‘About Schmidt’ released by Entertainment in Video to buy on video and DVD from 11 August 2003.
Directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, the team behind the Oscar-nominated Election, ‘About Schmidt’ was widely regarded as a career high for Jack Nicholson, winning him the Best Actor Golden Globe and taking over £4.1 million at the UK box office.
Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis – Arlington Road) is about to marry a no-hoper. And his wife Helen (June Squibb – Meet Joe Black) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.
With no job, no wife, and no family, Warren is desperate to find something meaningful in his thoroughly unimpressive life. He sets out on a journey of self-discovery, exploring his roots across Nebraska in the 35-foot motor home in which he had planned to drive around the country with his late wife. His ultimate destination is Denver, where he hopes to bridge the gulf between himself and his somewhat estranged daughter by arriving early to help with her wedding preparations. Unfortunately, he hates the groom-to-be Randall (Dermot Mulroney – My Best Friend’s Wedding), a profoundly mediocre, underachieving waterbed salesman. To make matters worse, Warren is appalled by the free-spirited nature and boorish behaviour of his soon-to-be in-laws (Kathy Bates – The Waterboy, Titanic and Howard Hesseman – Gridlock’d). Warren grows swiftly convinced that his new purpose in life is to stop his daughter's marriage.
During this darkly comic and painful odyssey, Warren details his adventures and shares his observations with an unexpected new friend and confessor -- Ndugu Umbo, a six-year-old Tanzanian orphan whom he sponsors for $22 a month through an organization that advertises on TV. From these long letters filled with a lifetime of things unsaid, Warren begins - perhaps for the first time - to glimpse himself and the life he has lived.