Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has added a couple of bullet points to the extras list for The King's Speech, which is scheduled for Blu-ray release on April 19. This movie about the true story of King George VI and his struggle with a speech impediment won four Academy Awards: best picture; actor in a leading role (Colin Firth); directing; and original screenplay.
Full special features include:
Audio commentary with director Tom Hooper
Making of Featurette: An Inspirational Story of an Unlikely Friendship
Q&A with the director and the cast including Colin Firth
Nice to see a few more special features but I was really hoping that they would be including highlights of their Oscar winners' acceptance speeches. I guess they're saving that for next year's Ultimate Collectors Edition.
I really liked this movie, but I don't think it's escaped anyone that there seems to be a strange fetish in the US when it comes to British movies. A movie featuring British royalty seems to be a slam dunk for Oscar contention. It doesn't even matter if you fictionalize some, most or all of it or leave out critical info (i.e. Nazi appeasement). I love my British TV and quite a few British movies, but the American hard-on for *royalty* seems a bit obtuse considering we're a democratic republic. Our traditional belief in self-determination seems counter to the idea of divine right and the very definition of silver spoon entitlement.
This artwork is the latest studio ad campaign, so hardly a step in the wrong direction with wildly off-base art. Nonetheless, I'm always curious that people even care about artwork at all, given that there are dozens of custom Blu-Ray art sites on the net. If I don't care for something, I change it.
@Mao: I'm with you. I don't care a great deal about art (except my Criterions) but why use this picture instead of the artwork used when the movie was in theaters? Using recognizable faces on the box in place of artwork is nothing new, but it's so obviously a cheap marketing ploy aimed at impulse buying that I hate to encourage it with a purchase.
don't listen to @BrowncoatJedi.....he just goes on this site to give 0.5 star reviews to movie he hates (if he has even seen them...doesn't sound like it from the reviews)....though interestingly he did give a movie 5 stars - Contact. Contact....yeah, the one with Jodie Foster. I mean, I liked it well enough...but...
He likes Contact more than King's Speech...so he's pretty much worthy of the ignore button.