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EMMY®WINNER JON STEWART MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

INSPIRED BY A REAL-LIFE STORY OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL



ROSEWATER



“FIVE STARS!” – Owen Gleiberman, BBC



COMING TO DIGITAL HD AND ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK INCLUDING BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ ON FEBRUARY 10, 2015


Universal City, California – A journalist in Iran endures an unthinkable ordeal when he is falsely accused of spying in Rosewater, a political thriller coming to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on February 10, 2015, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, the film features first-rate performances from an international cast, as well as an impassioned script that infuses wit and humor into a terrifying and all-too-real situation. Available on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Rosewater comes with bonus content that sheds additional light on this important story.

Rosewater marks the feature-film writing and directing debut of comedian and political “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. Gael García Bernal (Cesar Chavez, The Loneliest Planet) stars as Baziar, turning in a performance described as “exceptional” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, along with Oscar®nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (On the Inside, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Rosewater has earned the prestigious Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review, as well praise from critics including Sasha Stone of Awards Daily who says “It’s not only one of the best films I’ve seen this year, but one I will keep telling people to see.”

Based on Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, and Survival, the best-selling memoir by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, Rosewater follows the Tehran-born, Canada-based Bahari as the journalist returns to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country’s contentious 2009 presidential election. As Mousavi’s supporters were protesting Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration even before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. For this, Bahari was arrested by police led by a man known only as “Rosewater.” He was tortured and interrogated over the next 118 days, while his wife embarked on an international campaign to have her husband freed and media outlets kept the story alive.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.

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Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD

· Iran’s Controversial Election

· The Story of Maziar Bahari

· Real Spies Have TV Shows

· What Happens in New Jersey...

· A Director’s Perspective







FILMMAKERS

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Directed By: Jon Stewart

Written By: Jon Stewart from the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, And Survival by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy

Produced By: Gigi Pritzker, Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart

Executive Produced By: Chris McShane, Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush

Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski

Production Designer: Gerald Sullivan

Edited By: Jay Rabinowitz

Costume Designer: Phaedra Dahdaleh

Music By: Howard Shore


TECHNICAL INFORMATION - Blu-ray™:

Street Date: February 24, 2015

Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 55166144

Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content.

Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles


TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:

Street Date: February 24, 2015

Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 55166114

Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content.

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles


 
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