Mystic River: Take a chilling journey to New England's "Mystic River," debuting June 8 on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV), and discover how one moment can alter a person's life forever. From director/producer/composer Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven," "The Bridges of Madison County"), the moving thriller stars Sean Penn ("Dead Man Walking"), Tim Robbins ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock"), with Kevin Bacon ("A Few Good Men"), Laurence Fishburne ("The Matrix Trilogy") and Laura Linney ("Love Actually").

Recognized as Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, "Mystic River" is the proud recipient of two Academy Awards(R) and two Golden Globes(TM) wins this year, including Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins). The film was also nominated for an Academy Award(R) for Best Picture, three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards(TM) and the Writer's Guild of America Adapted Screenplay. Sean Penn also received this year's Best Actor from the National Board of Review and Tim Robbins took home the SAG Awards(TM) for Best Supporting Actor. Clint Eastwood was also nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Director's Guild of America.

"Mystic River" will be released on a deluxe edition three-disc set featuring the film, a separate special features disc and the original motion picture soundtrack, with music composed by Clint Eastwood, and is available for $39.98 SRP. The single disc version, featuring the film only, is available in both full frame and widescreen formats for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP.

Based on the award-winning Dennis Lehane book of the same title, critics around the country have praised "Mystic River," calling it "a riveting story" (Paul Clinton, CNN), "(an) utterly absorbing film" (Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times), "crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune) and "a movie experience that carries a lingering, powerful aftershock" (William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

Synopsis

When they were kids growing up together in a rough section of Boston, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) and Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) spent their days playing street hockey, the way most boys did in their blue-collar neighborhood of East Buckingham, where nothing much ever happened ... until Dave was forced to take the ride that would change all of their lives forever.

Twenty-five years later, the three find themselves thrust back together by another life-altering event -- the murder of Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter. Now a cop, Sean is assigned to the case and he and his partner (Laurence Fishburne) are charged with unraveling the seemingly senseless crime. They must also stay one step ahead of Jimmy, a man driven by an all-consuming rage to find his daughter's killer.

Connected to the crime by a series of circumstances, Dave is forced to confront the demons of his own past that threaten to destroy his marriage and any hope he may have for a future. As the investigation tightens around these three friends, an ominous story unfolds that revolves around friendship, family and innocence lost too soon.

DVD Elements

The deluxe edition DVD set will include the following bonus features:

Disc One

-- Commentary from the cast members Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.

Disc Two

-- "Mystic River: Beneath the Surface" -- an exclusive-to-DVD documentary featuring Clint Eastwood's elaboration on why he made the film, interviews with the cast, a journey back to the streets of Boston with "Mystic River" author Dennis Lehane where he reveals his inspirations for the book, and a deeper look at the adaptation of the novel into a motion picture.

-- "Mystic River: From Page to Screen" -- the 2003 Bravo TV Special on "Mystic River."

-- Selections from "The Charlie Rose Show" including segments with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.

-- Theatrical trailer and teaser trailer.

Disc Three

-- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Malpaso Records/Warner Bros. Records: The original motion picture soundtrack from "Mystic River" includes hauntingly beautiful music from composer Clint Eastwood, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Cinemark Movie Club
Brian B.