UTV unveils world cinema on home video


MUMBAI: UTV Home Video has released from the Miramax library, a collection of Hollywood and world cinema titles on DVD and VCD. The company plans to launch at least six titles every month.

The start with is a set of five films, which includes Pulp Fiction, The Crossing Guard, Cursed, The Brother’s Grimm and The Amityville Horror. These DVDs are priced at Rs 299 and Rs 399 and VCDs are priced at Rs 149 and Rs 199 and would be available at all leading retail outlets across the country.

UTV executive vice president marketing, distribution and syndication Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “We’re happy to bring our viewers some of the very best and most successful Hollywood titles under the UTV Home Video label.”

Forthcoming film titles on UTV Home Video include Sin City, Sling Blade, Swingers, Texas Rangers, The Yards, Proof and Zatoichi, a Japanese movie.

Pulp Fiction, a 1994 film by the celebrated director, Quentin Tarantino is a crime drama with a fragmented storyline. The cult film, which saw major commercial success, is known for its rich dialogue, mix of humor and violence, and its host of cinematic and pop culture references. Pulp Fiction was nominated for seven Oscars and was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s leading man, John Travolta and co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman received Academy Award nominations.

The Crossing Guard, a suspense drama, is written and directed by Sean Penn, the Academy Award winning actor and director. This gripping 1995 film narrates the story of a father whose daughter is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Still devastated six years after the death, he plots revenge on the drunk driver who killed her. The Crossing Guard stars Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston and Robert Wright Penn.

Cursed comes from the creators of Scream. A horror film directed by Wes Craven, Cursed focuses on three young adults who are attacked by a werewolf set loose in Los Angeles. They have to find and kill their attacker, or suffer a fate worse than death. Released in 2005, this box-office grosser stars Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg and Joshua Jackson.

The Brother’s Grimm, a film where folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.

The Amityville Horror, in 1973 in a small community of Amityville on Long Island, New York, the entire DeFeo family was murdered in their beds, after they had only lived in the house for 28 days. The oldest son, Ronald DeFeo Jr. confesses to police that he heard voices from the house, and he was ordered to kill all 6 family members. A year later, the house is sold to George (Ryan Reynolds) and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George) for a cheap price. They ask why so cheap, and they were told that the DeFeo family was murdered in the house. George tells his wife that houses don’t kill, people do. So they move in with their three children and start a new life. Unfortunately, their dream house becomes a nightmare. George begins to hear voices and the process starts all over again. The longer they are in the house, the worse it gets, and everything comes to a climax on the 28th day.