WARNER HOME VIDEO INKS AGREEMENT WITH AGAMEMNON FILMS TO ACQUIRE PROJECTS FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLTON HESTON
Highlight is Easter Release of Acclaimed Four-Film Documentary “Charlton Heston Presents The Bible”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Mother Lode” to Have Simultaneous Debuts March 29
Burbank, Calif., December 6, 2010 – Warner Home Video (WHV) today announced an agreement with Agamemnon Films to acquire the worldwide home video, video-on-demand, and digital download rights to six Agamemnon projects starring the late Charlton Heston. Heading the list will be the four single DVD releases of the acclaimed four-film documentary Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (CHPTB), hosted by the Oscar-winning actor, which will be released on March 29 to coincide with the Easter Holiday.
The two additional films in the deal, which Heston stars in and directs, will also debut on DVD March 29: “Mother Lode”, the suspense adventure co-starring Kim Basinger in one of her earlier film roles and “Antony and Cleopatra”, a big-budget adaptation of the Shakespearean drama in which Heston played Marc Antony for the third time.
The announcement was made by Fraser C. Heston, President and CEO of Agamemnon and Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, Warner Home Video.
Stated Baker, “Charlton Heston was one of the most prominent actors and performers of our generation and his great work is very much evident in this set of new titles which Warner Home Video is proud to be releasing.”
Said Fraser Heston, "I'm delighted that our friends at Warner Home Video have decided to release these projects, which were among Dad’s favorites. These films were very close to my father's heart, and I know how thrilled he would be to be able to bring them, in their fully restored versions with the latest DVD technology, to a wide audience. Warner's has produced and distributed many of both my father's films and mine, and it's good to be home."
“Charlton Heston Presents The Bible”, first produced for A & E Television but not available in the mass market since the 1990’s, has become a phenomenon across the entire globe, grossing nearly $75 million worldwide in video and ancillary sales.
The documentary’s four parts are Genesis, The Story of Moses, Jesus of Nazareth and The Passion. Filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land, from Beit She'an, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, the Red Sea to the Sea of Galilee, Charlton Heston Presents The Bible combines dramatic readings by Heston of passages from the Old and New Testaments with historical commentaries in the land where these stories took place. Famous for his epic roles in “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments”, Heston said of the project, "I'm not a priest or a scholar. I’m a story teller. These are the greatest stories ever told." Tony Westman directed the Charlton Heston Presents The Bible series. Gwen Field and John Stonach produced, with Fraser C. Heston and Philip D. Fehrle serving as executive producers. Original music was provided by Oscar-winning composer (Barry Lyndon, Bound For Glory) Leonard Rosenman.
“Antony and Cleopatra”: Shakespeare’s works, Charlton Heston said, are “the measuring stick against which you measure an actor’s work.” Heston made his Broadway debut against that measuring stick, appearing in a supporting role in Antony and Cleopatra. Twenty-five years later, he was one of the world’s biggest stars when he brought his authoritative presence and literary command to the lead role of Marc Antony in this masterful movie adaptation of the Bard’s tale about Rome’s hero and Egypt’s queen (Hildegarde Neil). Heston wrote the adaptation and also directed, opening up the story to its cinematic possibilities with spectacle, pyramids, warfare at sea (with some similarity to Heston’s mighty Ben-Hur) and a clash of armies on land. Peter Snell produced the epic drama.
“Mother Lode”: It’s Silas McGee’s gold. He just hasn’t found it yet, although he’s searched for his mother lode for more than 30 years in the remote high country of British Columbia. Strangers with a similar bent for gold had best stay away: folks like that may never come out of McGee’s mine alive. Charlton Heston directs, from a script by Fraser Heston, and plays the double roles of mad recluse Silas and his even stranger twin Ian in this gritty survivalist adventure. Nick Mancuso and Kim Basinger, in one of her earlier film roles, play the duo who end up in McGee’s world after their aircraft develops engine trouble…and who find much greater trouble when they begin to suspect his claim could hold a fortune. Fraser Heston served as producer with Martin Shafer & Andy Scheinman, and Peter Snell teamed up with Heston again as executive producer.
About Warner Home Video: With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
About Agamemnon Films: Agamemnon Films is a film and digital production company established by Fraser Heston and Charlton Heston in 1981, for the purpose of producing and distributing a wide range of quality films and documentaries to a world-wide audience.
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