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I updated my previous entry to reflect a few updates on Last Ride’s US release, but thought I repeat this new info for anyone who missed it, and take the opportunity to mention a few other Hugo Weaving films finally out on US DVD:
As I mentioned last week, Music Box Films has acquired the US distribution rights for Hugo Weaving’s visceral, memorable 2009 film Last Ride, costarring Tom Russell and directed by Glendyn Ivins. The film will debut on June 29 at the Music Box Theater in Chicago, with a simultaneous video-on-demand release, followed by theatrical screenings in select US cities. (Twitch Films reports that Last Ride will screen in New York starting July 6; more cities and venue details as I find them.) No details on the eventual DVD release yet, but watch this space. 😉 Again, you can request that the film play in your city by visiting Music Box Films’ Last Ride page and entering your zip code.
Hugo Weaving in Last Ride
American fans who missed Hugo’s guest role on pal Richard Roxburgh’s darkly comic series Rake can now buy the full first season on DVD from BFS Entertainment; Amazon is already selling copies, but as always, do shop around. You can read more details on SeanAx.com. Rachel Griffiths, Sam Neill and Lisa McCune also have guest roles as Roxburgh’s appalling clientele. 😉
Finally, Oranges and Sunshine, which won Hugo the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a former child migrant, arrives on US DVD and Blu-Ray June 26. The film costars Emily Watson and David Wenham, and was directed by Jim Loach. It will also be available at Netflix, Blockbuster and at other rental outlets. New Video Group is handling the US DVD distribution; bonus features on this edition appear to be similar to the UK DVD, but it will feature the US poster for its cover art.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has officially moved the US release date for Cloud Atlas up to October 26, which will give Hugo fans some welcome breathing room between this hugely ambitious project and his hugely other ambitious project, The Hobbit, which opens in early December. You can read the full press release (which doesn’t really add any new details about the film, apart from broad hints about changes to Tom Hanks’ set of characters) on Collider, and additional info and speculation at Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire (the latter includes Susan Sarandon’s reaction to some early footage from the project). The October release date also remains squarely in the Oscar Contention zone without being part of the glut of films typically released simultaneously near the end of every year.