|Amazon.com Teams with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to Host Live, First-Ever Global Fan Summit with Academy Award(R)-Nominated Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron|
First-of-its-kind interactive video interview offers Amazon.com
customers exclusive access to Cuaron on the eve of the DVD and HD DVD
release of his Oscar(R)-nominated "Children of Men"
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2007--Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), in collaboration with Universal Studios Home Entertainment, today announced it will host the first-ever Global Fan Summit: an exclusive, live interactive interview on its Web site with Academy Award(R)-nominated director/screenwriter Alfonso Cuaron. The live Web cast can be seen only at www.amazon.com/dvd and will begin Monday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. PDT, the eve of the highly anticipated DVD and HD DVD release of his Oscar(R)-nominated motion picture "Children of Men." Cuaron will answer real-time questions from Amazon.com customers watching the interview from around the world. Customers can also submit questions ahead of time by visiting www.amazon.com/specialfeatures.
The live, interactive video interview is a first of its kind for the world's largest online retailer and is a natural expansion of the numerous features the site offers customers to inform them about the products Amazon sells. The Web cast will be archived at www.amazon.com/specialfeatures for future viewing.
Leading up to the DVD release of "Children of Men" on March 27, Amazon.com is now featuring exclusive early excerpts from two of the DVD's compelling bonus features, titled "Under Attack" and "Possibility of Hope." "Under Attack," offers an inside look at how the filmmakers created the movie's most breathtaking scenes. "Possibility of Hope," is Cuaron's personal documentary on how the film's revolutionary themes relate to contemporary society. These excerpts can be seen at www.amazon.com/specialfeatures.
"We are pleased to offer our customers a rare opportunity to watch and interact directly with one of today's most intriguing movie directors, Alfonso Cuaron," said Peter Faricy, vice president of movies at Amazon.com. "We continue to find new and innovative ways to help our customers make more informed buying decisions and be entertained in the process."
"By partnering with Amazon on this innovative event, we are offering DVD consumers direct access to one of today's most acclaimed filmmakers who, in the past year, has created one of the most provocative and well-crafted films of our time," said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "This is a perfect example of how by continuing to aggressively harness digital technologies, we can allow audiences to play a more interactive role in shaping and enriching their own entertainment experiences."
No children. No future. No hope. "Children of Men" is a story set in the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born. Disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for. Co-starring Michael Caine, filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men" is the powerful film Pete Hammond of Maxim calls "magnificent ... a unique and totally original vision."
"Children of Men" is now available for pre-order on www.amazon.com for $19.99, a savings of 33 percent.
About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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