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8/05/2005

 
Martial Arts Superstar Jet Li Stars in the Year's Most Compelling and Thrilling Action Movie

'Unleashed'

Available in R-Rated Version on DVD, UMD and VHS and New Unrated Version on DVD October 11, 2005 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'Unlike any action film you have ever seen! Amazing!' - Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Global martial arts superstar Jet Li ("Hero," "Cradle 2 the Grave") stars in the gripping action film "Unleashed," coming to DVD, UMD and VHS and an Unrated extended edition on DVD on October 11, 2005 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Celebrated Academy Award(R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby," "Batman Begins") and Oscar(R) nominee Bob Hoskins ("Mona Lisa," "Maid in Manhattan") also star in this brilliantly directed edgy, adrenaline-fueled style spectacular by Louis Leterrier ("The Transporter"). "Unleashed" combines stunning martial-arts sequences with a riveting and compelling story. Choreographed by master fight coordinator Yuen Wo Ping, whose credits include all three "Matrix" films and "Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2," the state-of-the-art action is set against a heart-pounding soundtrack from multi-platinum hip-hop star RZA (composer, "Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2," "Blade: Trinity") and Massive Attack.

"Unleashed" tells the suspenseful story of Danny (Jet Li), an unrivaled martial arts expert enslaved by a vicious gangster (Hoskins) who uses him as human attack dog to terrorize his victims. Morgan Freeman is Sam, a warm-hearted blind man who befriends Danny and tries to show him another side of life. But renouncing his old existence won't be easy for Danny, especially when his brutal former master unleashes an army of killers to track him down. Loaded with exciting bonus features, the DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP, as are the UMD and VHS versions. Pre-order deadline is September 6, 2005 for DVD and VHS and August 23, 2005 for UMD.

Critics Agree: Unleashed Unlocks Unbelievable Martial Arts Action

America's top critics have heaped two-fisted praise on "Unleashed." "Jet Li is action poetry in motion! He lets fly with his fists and feet of fury," writes Peter Travers of Rolling Stone while People's Leah Rozen lauds the film's "Bone-crushing fight scenes," adding "Jet Li swings into mesmerizing action." Roger Ebert of "Ebert and Roeper" gives "Unleashed" a "Thumbs up!" and praises its "Sensational martial arts sequences." Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News calls it "The best performance in Jet Li's career. He strikes with fury, anger and lethal effects." Jack Garner of Gannett News Service gives "Unleashed" four stars: "Action-packed and surprisingly inventive. Excellent performances from Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins" and David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer says "'Unleashed' has one of the great close-quarter fights in movie history, worthy of 'The Matrix.'"

Killer Bonus Features

The "Unleashed" DVD is jam-packed with exciting features that take audiences behind the scenes of this critically acclaimed action thriller.

* Director Louis Leterrier: "Unleashed" -- Director Louis Leterrier
discusses "Unleashed," sharing his thoughts and experiences regarding
casting, storyline, martial arts and locations.

* The Collar Comes Off: Behind the Scenes of "Unleashed" -- Go
behind-the-scenes with the stars and filmmakers of "Unleashed."

* "Atta Boy" Music Video -- Massive Attack music video featuring clips
from the film.

* "Unleash Me" Music Video -- RZA's new video featuring clips from the
film.

Plus, on the "Unleashed Unrated" edition exclusively is included the following bonus material:

* Serve No Master -- Get inside the fight sequences created by legendary
action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping.

* Extended Scenes and Fight Sequences

Synopsis

Martial arts superstar Jet Li delivers a breakout performance in the gripping, action-packed story about a man raised from childhood by a ruthless crime boss (Academy Award(R) nominee Bob Hoskins) to be a violent killing machine. When a blind piano tuner (Academy Award(R) winner Morgan Freeman) takes him in, Danny (Li) tries to start a new life, but his brutal past follows him, forcing him to fight back. Featuring breath-taking fight choreography by Yuen Woo Ping ("The Matrix" and "Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2").

For more information please visit: www.unleashedmovie.com.

CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Louis Leterrier
Written By: Luc Besson
Produced By: Luc Besson, Jet Li & Steven Chasman
Director of Photography: Pierre Morel
Production Designer: Jacques Bufnoir
Edited By: Nicolas Trembasiewicz
Costume Designer: Olivier Beriot
Music By: Massive Attack
End Credits Songs: the RZA
Cast: Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Kerry Condon

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD
Street Date: October 11, 2005
Pre-Order Close: September 6, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 MAP)
Selection Numbers: 26364 (R); 28793 (Unrated/Widescreen); 28994
(Unrated/Full Frame)
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes (R Version); 1 Hour 43 Minutes
(Unrated Version)
Layers: Dual (Single Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Full Frame (1.33:1)
Rating: R (for strong violent content, language and some
sexuality/nudity) and Not Rated
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/DTS
5.1 Surround/Captions; French and Spanish Subtitles

UMD
Street Date: October 11, 2005
Pre-Order Close: August 23, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP
Selection Numbers: 28622
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Layers: Dual (Single Sided)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
Rating: R (for strong violent content, language and some
sexuality/nudity)
Technical Info: Stereo

VHS
Street Date: October 11, 2005
Pre-Order Close: September 6, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 MAP)
Selection Number: 63012
Running Time: 1 Hours 42 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
Rating: R (for strong violent content, language and some
sexuality/nudity)
Technical Info: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround

For artwork or screeners, please logon to our Web site at www.ushepublicity.com or fax your request to Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity at (818) 866-0226.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (< www.universalstudios.com >). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

CONTACTS

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity

Vivian Mayer
Senior Vice President, Publicity
(818) 777-3594

Lea Porteneuve
Vice President, Publicity
(818) 777-1391

Craig Radow
Senior Manager, Publicity
(818) 777-4572

www.unleashedmovie.com.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

CONTACT: Vivian Mayer, Senior Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-3594, or Lea Porteneuve, Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-1391, or Craig Radow, Senior Manager, Publicity, +1-818-777-4572,
all of Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Web site: http://www.unleashedmovie.com/
http://www.universalstudios.com/




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