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Little Buddha in July

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Little Buddha for 3rd July 2006 priced at £12.99. Little Buddha marked the first return to the East of producer/director team Jeremy Thomas (Sexy Beast, Fast Food Nation) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Dreamers, Last Tango in Paris) since their Oscar-winning epic The Last Emperor. The breathtaking locations for the film included the Kathmandu Valley, the Terrai lowlands of Nepal and the remote mountain kingdom of Bhutan, all brought vividly to life on film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor). Little Buddha was extensively and meticulously researched, receiving the blessing of his holiness the Dalai Lama.

Little Buddha tells the story of a small town American boy and an old, old man. One day a deputation of Buddhist monks arrives on the doorstep of Dean (Chris Isaak, Silence of the Lambs) and Lisa (Bridget Fonda, Jackie Brown, Single White Female) to inform them that they believe their eight-year-old son Jesse is the reincarnation of one of their most respected lamas. Jesse, along with his father, is given the opportunity to accompany the monks on an extraordinary journey. They travel not only to a vastly different world but also back in time two thousand five hundred years to the dawn of Buddhism. As Jesse’s mother reads him the stories of this era, the colourful and magical court of Prince Siddhartha (Keanu Reeves, The Matrix, A Scanner Darkly, Speed) is brought alive by all the remarkable experiences that would lead to his personification as the Buddha. Little Buddha is a fable for the child in us all, and opens a window to the West on the unique experience of Buddhism.

Released for the first time on UK DVD, this edition features an exclusive interview with producer Jeremy Thomas, a “making of” featurette and the original trailer. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with stereo sound.

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