March 13 is going to be a special day on DVD.

Vivendi Visual Entertainment and Ignatius Press present the feature-length film on the life of Pope John Paul II available on DVD March 13, 2007, just in time for the Easter holiday. The popular pontiff who passed away two years ago on Easter Sunday, is in the process of being canonized a saint. Academy Award winner Jon Voight delivers a powerful performance that captures the beloved pope's "mix of majesty and humility, humor and steel" (USA Today). Co-starring Cary Elwes (Glory) as the young Karol Wojtyla.  Ben Gazzara (The Spanish Prisoner), James Cromwell (The Spanish Prisoner), and Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) round out the all-star cast. The film was made in cooperation with the Vatican, working closely with Vatican historians and features exclusive footage shot in St. Peter's Square, the Sistine Chapel and surrounding areas in Rome as well as on location in Poland. The film had its theatrical premiere in Santa Clara, CA on November 11, 2006. This film also received a theatrical screening at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance.

This special DVD contains collectable spiritual foil packaging. The DVD will be available for the SRP of $19.99 and has a pre-order date of February 13, 2007.   

Synopsis:

In this feature-length film, Academy Award Winner* Jon Voight delivers an incredibly inspirational portrayal of the spiritual life journey of Pope John Paul II. This epic film follows the remarkable life of Pope John Paul II from his youth in Poland to his international crusade to advocate for the poor and oppressed, to his final days at the Vatican.  Cary Elwes and an all-star supporting cast give equally inspiring performances.  Shot on location in Rome and Poland with the cooperation of the Vatican, this moving film takes an intimate look at the man who touched millions and changed the face of the Church and the world.

 

*Academy Award for Best Actor in Coming Home

DVD Features:

- Deleted Scenes

- Special Cast Interviews

- The Making of the Movie

- Memories of the Pope

- Footage of the World Premiere Screening at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI

- Collector's Digital Booklet

 

Technical Specs;

- Rating: Not Rated

- Run Time: 180 minutes

- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen

- Language: English

- Audio: Stereo 2.0

Evan Jacobs