Based on the true story of a courageous Vietnam prisoner of war (POW), the critically-acclaimed film that Newsday (Jan Stuart) calls "gripping" and The New York Times (Matt Zoller Seitz) hails as a "marvel", Rescue Dawn escapes onto DVD November 20, 2007, from MGM Home Entertainment. Written and directed by internationally acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and adapted from his Emmy-nominated documentary, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Rescue Dawn stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins) as real-life United States Navy pilot and Vietnam War survivor Dieter Dengler in a performance USA Today (Scott Bowels) calls "mesmerizing" and what Variety (Leslie Felperin) says is "a socko, kido-worthy lead performance."
Featuring "outstanding" (MAXIM) performances by Steve Zahn (Sahara) and Jeremy Davies (Dogville), Rescue Dawn marks the first truly American film from Herzog and is "an exciting edge-of-your-seat escape movie" (Newsweek, David Ansen) that explores the darkest hours of human peril, but leaves you with an uplifting message about triumph over adversity and the true meaning of duty, honor and courage.
Rescue Dawn will be available on DVD in widescreen format with English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Surround and English and Spanish Subtitles and features commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill, three deleted scenes, featurettes and more. The Rescue Dawn DVD will retail for $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada. Pre-book is October 24.
In 1965, an American pilot on a top-secret bombing mission was shot down over Laos and taken to a hellish prison camp deep in the impenetrable jungle of Vietnam. What followed was one of the most remarkable and harrowing experiences of the entire Vietnam War. Inspired by the true story of Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) and written and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog, Rescue Dawn is an uncanny tale of camaraderie and betrayal, courage in the face of despair, and triumph over tragedy. It stands as a true testament to the impossible boundaries of the human condition and the invincibility of the American spirit.
- Commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill
- The Making of a True Story Documentary
- A) Unfinished Business: Telling Dieter's Story
- B) Strength of Character
- C) War Stories
- D) What Would Dieter Do?
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director Werner Herzog and Interviewer Norman Hill
- A) Don't Tell Her You Love Her
- B) Coercion
- C) The Stolen Ring
- Still Gallery
- Audio Features: English Dolby Surround 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Surround / French Dolby Surround
- Languages: English, French and Spanish
- Total Run Time: 126 minutes
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Subtitles: English and Spanish
- Closed Captioned: Yes