Anchor Bay Sends Some Tolstoy Your Way When WAR & PEACE Hits DVD/Bluray This May!
Let’s just be honest for a second…I’m a sucker for period dramas. No, not films that deal with menstrual issues, but the grandiose parties, attire and sweeping epics that keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s not a horror thing, but hey, I’m the editor in chief of this site, so you’re going to be reading about some of that wonderful stuff from time to time. One period drama that I’ve been dying to see is set to make its DVD/Bluray debut, thanks to the folks at Anchor Bay. BBC’s WAR & PEACE looks like one hell of a time, with everyone from THERE WILL BE BLOOD/LOOPER‘s Paul Dano to the original Hannibal Lecter himself, Brian Cox. AB has set May 10th as the release date for the miniseries adaption of Tolstoy’s classic novel and you better believe we’ll be letting you all know how it is.
Made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point, “War & Peace” is a classic production of one of the most famous stories of all time. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre (Paul Dano), Natasha (Lily James), and Andrei (James Norton), they are all part of St Petersburg’s glittering elite, but are fired-up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. Kind-hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia’s richest man, wants to change the world for the better. Handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of his life, seeks a purpose, while the beautiful and spirited Natasha is searching for true love. At the same time Napoleon’s army edges ever closer to Russia’s borders. As everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha find themselves in a time when Russian society is about to change forever.
Featuring all eight episodes of the miniseries, “War & Peace” is loaded with bonus features including: From Page to Screen, The Read Through, Making the Music, Count Rostov’s Dance, Rundale Palace and What is “War & Peace”?