The Kid Stays In The Picture from Momentum

Momentum Pictures have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Kid Stays In The Picture for 29th September 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. The critically acclaimed documentary, which traces the meteoric rise, fall and rise again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans comes on a DVD offering a range of bonus features totalling almost 70-minutes. The full specs are...

  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD2.0 Surround
  • English HOH Subtitles
  • The Truth according to Bob:
    • The Film that saved Paramount
    • The Kid Speaks on the Red Carpet
  • The Truth according to others:
    • Red Carpet interviews from a host of stars: Peter Bart / Bruce Cohen, Hollace Davids, Debra Hill / Josh Evans / Leeza Gibbons / Arthur Hiller / Craig Kilborn / Larry King / Matthew McConaughey / Brett Ratner / Sumner Redstone / Jack Valenti / Robert Wahl / Richard Zanuck
  • Marathon Man Gag Reel (the Dustin Hoffman reel that is excerpted at the end of the film in its entirety)
  • Theatrical Trailer
Here is the cover art and the full synopsis as taken from the Press Release.

We shall of course endeavour to bring you the full tech specs and DVD cover art, but for now here is the full synopsis from the PR...

Narrated by Mr Evans, in his distinctive voice and storytelling manner, The Kid Stays In The Picture is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmakers Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes) and producer Graydon Carter, who has been editor of Vanity Fair since 1992 and has won every award a magazine editor can win. The feature utilises a combination of visual effects, archival footage, clips from classic films and 35mm photography by cinematographer John Bailey to create a rich visual and aural portrait of the man who throughout the 1970s was considered Hollywood's "Golden Boy".

Robert Evans, who was Production Chief at Paramount Studios between 1966 - 1974 was responsible for bringing some of the greatest films of the era to the screen - The Odd Couple (1968), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Goodbye Columbus (1969), True Grit (1969), Love Story (1970), The Conformist (1971), Harold and Maude (1972), Serpico (1973), Don't Look Now (1973), Death Wish (1974), The Parallax View (1974) and most famously of all during this period - the Academy Award winning The Godfather (1972). During his tenure Paramount Pictures went from No.9 at the box office to No.1 - the leader of all major film studios.

When Evans left Paramount he realised his dream by forming Robert Evans Productions, a company he had set up whilst at Paramount. His first picture as producer was the classic Chinatown (1974). He then left Paramount's executive suite to segue directly into producing Paramount releases beginning with Marathon Man (1976), the 1980 duo of Urban Cowboy and Popeye. It was at this time though that Evans' involvement with cocaine began to threaten his career and his life.

By the early 80s, the "Golden Boy" of Hollywood was losing his lustre. After a failed marriage to Ali MacGraw, a cocaine bust, and, finally a rumoured involvement in the "Cotton Club" murder, Evans disappeared into near obscurity. Only through tremendous will and uncanny luck did he once again rise as "the kid who stays in the picture."

In 1991, Robert Evans rallied - he secured the rights to The Saint which reactivated his production deal with Paramount. The movie Sliver followed in 1993 along with a succession of films - the biggest and most successful of which was The Saint which was released in 1997.

Aside from his legendary movie career, The Kid Stays In The Picture charts the many relationships Evans has had over the years with friends such as Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Roman Polanski, Henry Kissinger, and Dustin Hoffman and lovers - Robert Evans has enjoyed meaningful love affairs with some of the most beautiful women of the past half-century - Ava Gardner; Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Ali Macgraw, Cheryl Tiegs, Raquel Welch, and Margaux Hemingway

The Kid Stays In The Picture is a compelling documentary which as Robert Evans himself says shows that "There are three sides to every story: my side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each one differently."

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