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4/28/2005

 
'Casino 10th Anniversary Edition' Rolls Onto DVD June 14, 2005 With All-New Riveting Bonus Features From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Acclaimed Filmmaker Martin Scorsese's Epic Masterpiece About the Rise and Fall of the Las Vegas Mafia, Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Oscar(R) Nominee Sharon Stone

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- From director Martin Scorsese, creator of such cinematic masterpieces as "Taxi Driver," "GoodFellas," and "The Aviator" comes the critically-acclaimed "Casino" in an all-new 10th Anniversary Edition. Written by Scorsese and best-selling author and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi ("Wiseguy," "GoodFellas"), the film stars Robert De Niro as suave casino boss Sam "Ace" Rothstein; Joe Pesci as volatile crime kingpin Nicky Santoro; and Sharon Stone as Rothstein's wife Ginger. Stone's gripping portrayal of Rothstein's beautiful but treacherous Ginger earned her a Golden Globe award and an Oscar(R) nomination. The film also features memorable supporting performances from James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, L.Q. Jones and Frank Vincent. Ingeniously shot and lavishly produced, "Casino" captures the opulence, decadence and lurking danger of the old Sin City at a time just before corporate suits replaced "made men" as Vegas' ruling class. As Las Vegas celebrates its 100th anniversary, it's the perfect time to revisit this riveting tale of greed, passion and betrayal. Priced at $22.98 SRP, the "Casino 10th Anniversary Edition" DVD arrives in stores June 14, 2005. The pre-order deadline is May 10, 2005.

From Critic's Favorite to Hip Hop Icon

Immediately upon its release in 1995, "Casino" was praised by film critics and film buffs alike, who lauded it one of the year's best and the perfect follow-up to Scorsese's previous gangster masterpieces "Mean Streets" and "GoodFellas." Since then, in the tradition of such modern mob classics as "Scarface" and "The Godfather," "Casino" has built a following among a new generation of young urban fans. In deference to its enduring status as a Hip Hop icon, numerous top-selling music artists have paid homage to the film through their videos, album covers and song lyrics. Among them are Nas, whose music video for the song "Street Dreams" is a re-enactment of "Casino" with the rapper in the role of Ace Rothstein and The Firm, whose cover for the CD "The Album" replicates the "Casino" movie poster in minute detail. Other legendary artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Ice T, Jadakis, 2Pac, Scarface, and Kool G Rap have made reference to the film and its characters in their raps, further establishing "Casino" as a touchstone of urban culture.

Hit the Jackpot with Casino's Bonus Features

The "Casino 10th Anniversary Edition" DVD is loaded with nearly two hours of all-new, fascinating bonus material, offering viewers an "eye-in-the-sky" view into the making of this groundbreaking film and the indulgent city it depicts. Features include:

* Casino: The Story: A fascinating exploration of the script, the book,
and how director Martin Scorsese collaborated with writer Nicholas
Pileggi to bring the story and characters of "Casino" to life.

* Casino: The Cast & Characters: Discover the real people behind the
characters.

* Casino: The Look: A revealing look at the unique style of the film.

* Casino: After the Filming: A retrospective on why "Casino" has become
a classic.

* Vegas & the Mob: NBC News takes a look at Las Vegas' rough beginnings.

* Great Mob Writers: Nicholas Pileggi: The History Channel highlights
the career of writer Nicholas Pileggi.

* Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi and more:
Audio commentary with Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, Barbara De
Fina, Nicholas Pileggi, Rita Ryack, Frank Vincent, and Sharon Stone.

* Deleted Scenes

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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+1-818-777-3594, or Michelle Oakes-Slavich, Director of Publicity,
+1-818-777-5344, or Craig Radow, Manager, Print Publicity, +1-818-777-4572,
all of Universal Studios Home Entertainment




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