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The Departed Arrives on DVD February 13

By Evan Jacobs — December 20th, 2006

Movie PictureIt seems Warner Bros. has picked February 13 to release The Departed on DVD.

Synopsis:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg star in Martin Scorsese's new crime drama The Departed. This film is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organized crime ring. The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from the inside.

A young rookie, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate Costello's mob. While Billy is working to gain Costello's trust, another young cop, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is among a handful of elite officers whose mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don't know is that Colin is working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.

Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operation he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin find themselves in constant danger of being caught-and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

Get ready for the most explosive and action-packed mob film of the year when The Departed arrives on DVD this February 13 from Warner Home Video. Martin Scorsese (GoodFellas, Casino) directs this in-your-face crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The 2-Disc Special Edition includes more than two hours of bonus features including nine additional scenes with introductions by Director Martin Scorsese, Feature-Length TCM Career Profile: Scorsese on Scorsese, The Story of the Boston Mob: The Real-Life Gangster Behind Jack Nicholson's Character and Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime and Violence Influence Scorsese's Work.

The Departed features powerful performances from an all-star cast including three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets), two-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, The Aviator, Gangs of New York), Academy Award winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve) and Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job, Boogie Nights).

The Departed is the proud recipient of six Golden Globe™ nominations this year including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg), Best Director (Martin Scorsese) and Best Screenplay (William Monahan).

The Departed is also a multiple nominee by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Leonardo DiCaprio). Additionally, the film was honored with a People's Choice Awards nomination for favorite On-Screen Match-Up (Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio).

Set in South Boston, The Departed follows the lives of two state police officers and their all-out war to end the reign of city's most powerful mob boss. As they work to infiltrate and gain the trust of the city's top organized crime ring, it becomes clear to both sides, there is a mole in their midst, and now it's a race to uncover the identity of the other man. Special features for this film include 9 Additional Scenes with Introductions by Director Martin Scorsese, Feature-Length TCM Career Profile: Scorsese on Scorsese, The Story of the Boston Mob: The Real-Life Gangster Behind Jack Nicholson's Character and Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime and Violence Influence Scorsese's Work.

The Departed will be available on a Special Edition 2-Disc DVD for $34.99 SRP and on Single Disc DVD for $28.98 in both widescreen and full frame formats.

The Departed will also be available on HD DVD Combo at $39.99 SRP and on Blu-ray Disc at $34.99.

DVD Features:

- 9 Additional Scenes with Introductions by Director Martin Scorsese,

- Feature-Length TCM Career Profile: Scorsese on Scorsese

- The Story of the Boston Mob: The Real-Life Gangster Behind Jack Nicholson's Character

- Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime and Violence Influence Scorsese's Work

Technical Specs:

- Languages: English

- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

- Run Time: 151 minutes

- Rating: R

- Rating Reason: Strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material

Also, The Bits spoke with Warner Home Video's Vice President of High Definition Media Development, Dan Silverberg, "about the studio's support of both the HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats moving forward." The following are only some of his comments:

"Warner Home Video's objective is to have triple day and date releases for all new theatrical titles on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. We began this with The Lake House and more recently Superman Returns and Ant Bully. As for our catalog titles, we would like to have simultaneous HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Again, this is something we have done recently with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, and will be doing with Scooby-Doo and Alexander, as well as recent DVD releases coming soon to high def like Wicker Man and Beerfest, both being the unrated versions."

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