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Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment

May 09, 2011 09:47 ET

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company Present the Provocative Love Story BLUE VALENTINE on Blu-ray™ and DVD Tomorrow

Critically-Lauded Film Stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Nominees Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the critically acclaimed love story, BLUE VALENTINE, available in stores tomorrow. A vivid portrait of love found and lost, BLUE VALENTINE stars Academy Award® nominee Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), and Michelle Williams, whose performance garnered her a 2011 Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film earned its director and co-writer, Derek Cianfrance, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker. Both Gosling and Williams received Golden Globe® nominations for their performances, and the film and its stars were also honored with nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Gotham Awards, Film Independent's Spirit Awards, the London Critics Circle Film Awards, and many more. The BLUE VALENTINEDVD will be available uncut and uncensored for an SRP of $39.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $29.98 for the DVD.

"Blue Valentine is the best movie of 2010!" says the New York Daily News' Joe Neumaier. "Director Derek Cianfrance's intense, beautiful, emotionally raw drama is memorable for a depth of emotion that is naturalistic, heartbreaking, real and rare." Writes USA Today's Claudia Puig, "Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year," while Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says "Blue Valentine is not to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere."

After the film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize, Variety film critic Todd McCarthy wrote, "Gosling and Williams interact beautifully and without a false note, their deep immersion in their roles resulting in nothing but behavioral truths."

Ryan Gosling (Oscar® Nominee, Half Nelson) and Oscar® Nominee for Best Actress Michelle Williams star in the honest, moving, and uninhibited love story, BLUE VALENTINE. The film blends present moments in time with romantic past memories to tell the story of Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams), a young couple who spend a night away from their daughter in an attempt to save their failing marriage. Director Derek Cianfrance creates a raw, naturalistic portrayal of a relationship, while simultaneously depicting two young people making that first, intoxicating romantic connection through music, dance and silly jokes. As it traces the arc of Dean and Cindy's relationship, BLUE VALENTINE poses questions that touch us all: How do you sustain love? Is it even possible to do so? What do you when your dreams don't come true, or your life doesn't go as planned? What do you do when your partner doesn't deliver on the promise of his or her potential?

Highlighted by uncompromising scenes of sexual intimacy and emotional intensity, BLUE VALENTINE captivated audiences and critics alike, with the Los AngelesTimes pronouncing it "something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love."

Uncut and uncensored, the BLUE VALENTINE Blu-ray™ and DVD bonus features include an audio commentary with director Derek Cianfrance and co-editor Jim Helton; a "Making of" featurette; Home Movie; and deleted scenes. Note: Bonus Features are subject to change.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, most recently Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance's Academy Award®-nominated BLUE VALENTINE; John Wells' feature directorial debut, THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL and SCRE4M. Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; and 2011 Golden Globe® Best Foreign Language Film nominee THE CONCERT. Upcoming releases include SPY KIDS 4, APOLLO 18, DIRTY GIRL, SUBMARINE, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE DETAILS, CORIOLANUS, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and SO UNDERCOVER. Recently wrapping is I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. Currently in production is COGAN'S TRADE.

TWC is also active in television production, with credits including the Emmy® Award-winning hit reality series "Project Runway," and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." The company is producing two "Project Runway" spinoffs, "Project Runway: Masters" and "Project Runway: Accessories," which are expected to debut in 2011. The company currently has 15 series in different stages of development, including: "Mob Wives," a reality series for VH1; "Marco Polo," a scripted historical series about the great explorer; "The Nanny Diaries," based on the hit book; and "The Mad Ones," adapted from the Mafia novel of the same name.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children's entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group.

BLUE VALENTINE BLU-RAY™
Street Date:May 10, 2011
Cat. #:BD23183
UPC:0 1313 23183-9 4
Run Time:112 min
Rating:Rated R
SRP:$39.99
Format:1.66:1 Widescreen
Audio:DTSHD-MA
BLUE VALENTINE DVD
Street Date:May 10, 2011
Cat. #:WC23178
UPC:0 1313 23178-9 2
Run Time:112 min
Rating:Rated R
SRP:$29.98
Format:1.66:1 Widescreen
Audio:English 5.1 Dolby Digital

"The Best Movie of the Year." ~ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

"Acting without a net, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams sear, delight, and break your heart." ~ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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