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Reese Witherspoon Stars in the Fun, Sexy and Sumptuous Romantic Adventure 'Vanity Fair' Arriving on DVD February 1, 2005,

Just in Time for Valentine's Day From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'Lusciously Entertaining' - Chicago Tribune

'Two Thumbs Way Up' - Ebert & Roeper

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Reese Witherspoon delivers "the performance of her career" (Fox TV) in the glamorous and sexy epic "Vanity Fair," coming to DVD and VHS on February 1, 2005.

Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding") directs this lush and lively romantic adventure about one of the greatest female characters of all time, Becky Sharp, who schemes and seduces her way to the top until love and romance threaten to get in the way.

Fans of this captivating film will delight in the DVD's extensive bonus features, which include behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as deleted scenes. Arriving in stores just in time for Valentine's Day, the DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP; the VHS is $23.98.

Nominated for two Satellite Awards including Best Art Direction & Production Design (Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald) and Best Costume Design (Beatrix Aruna Pasztor), and nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actress (Eileen Atkins), the film features a spectacular supporting cast including Oscar(R) winner Jim Broadbent ("Iris," "Moulin Rouge!"), Oscar(R) nominee Bob Hoskins ("Mona Lisa," "Maid in Manhattan"), Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Bend It Like Beckham," "Alexander"), Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects," "Assault on Precinct 13"), Romola Garai ("I Capture the Castle," "Rory O'Shea Was Here"), and Eileen Atkins ("Cold Mountain," "Gosford Park").

Captivating Bonus Features

The "Vanity Fair" DVD includes many entertaining bonus features that explore the making of this rich, extravagant and vibrant film:
* Welcome to Vanity Fair -- A behind-the-scenes look at bringing this
timeless story to the big screen.
* The Women Behind Vanity Fair -- Reese Witherspoon, Mira Nair, and
producers Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, and Lydia Dean Pilcher discuss
how a team of women brought this story of an unforgettable woman to
the big screen.
* Deleted Scenes
* Audio Commentary with Director Mira Nair -- The award-winning director
shares her unique vision and personal inspirations in this insightful
discussion.

Reese Witherspoon gives a vibrant, captivating performance as one of the greatest female characters of all time, in the sumptuous epic from acclaimed director Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding"). This sexy, passionate adventure tells the story of Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), who yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. Becky schemes and seduces her way to the top of society by any means possible, deploying all her wit, guile, and sexuality. But intrigue and romance collide as Becky's schemes turn a society that would not accept her into one that could not resist her.

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Vanity Fair

(Widescreen and Full Screen Edition)

Pre-Order at a discount

The corsets and high waists of the 19th century meet the lush colors and visual splendor of India in Vanity Fair, a classic novel translated into modern celluloid by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). The very contemporary Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Election) at first seems to hit the wrong note as Becky Sharp, an orphaned girl who rises to the heights of society using her quick wits and feminine wiles. But as Vanity Fair unfolds, the movie's tone embraces both period decor and modern attitudes, searching for a bridge that will carry us more deeply into a different time. It isn't wholly successful--the movie's end wraps things up awkwardly--but some scenes achieve a surprising and vivid immediacy, in particular one in which Becky's gambler husband (elegant James Purefoy) catalogues his worth for her before going off to the Napoleonic battlefields; love and pragmatism fuse with heartbreaking results. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

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Vanity Fair Soundtrack CD

William Makepeace Thackery's mid-19th-century meditation on the boundaries of class and gender gets a smartly sympathetic remake via Indian director Mira Nair and Reese Witherspoon, who imbues the story's social-climbing Becky Sharp with some of the same spunky spirit the actress brought to Legally Blonde's equally ambitious Elle. Composer Mychael Danna furthers that sense of era-bridging drama with an orchestral score that sets the story's time and place via effective pastiches of Schubert and Beethoven (that's Danna himself channeling a little Ludwig van on the evocative solo piano passages "Andante" and "Adagio"), yet often fuses them seamlessly with a modern sensibility that helps story's contemporary parallels resonate all the more. The soundtracks four songs revolve around poles of Romantic-era evocations (Danna's stately adaptations of Lord Byron's sonnet "She Walks in Beauty" and the standard "Great Adventurer") and the lively East Asian rhythms of Hakim's "El Salaam" and Mahadevan/Sharma's sprightly duet, "Gori Re." But Danna's masterful infusion of 19th century classical Romanticism with the dry, postmodern instincts of the 21st are the score's most compelling achievements, music that argues that while times and mores have changed, the human spirit remains as stubborn as ever. --Jerry McCulley

CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Mira Nair
Screenwriters: Matthew Faulk & Mark Skeet and Julian Fellowes
Based on the Novel By: William Makepeace Thackeray
Producers: Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Executive Producers: Jonathan Lynn, Howard Cohen, Pippa Cross
Co-Producer: Jane Frazer
Director Of Photography: Declan Quinn
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Editor: Allyson C. Johnson
Costume Designer: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Music: Mychael Danna
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne,
Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Geraldine McEwan, James
Purefoy, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD

Street Date: February 1, 2005
Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 M.A.P.)
Selection Numbers: 25001 (Anamorphic Widescreen), 26246 (Full Frame)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1.33:1 (Full-Frame)
Running Time: 2 hours and 21 minutes
Discs: 1
Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)
Technical Info:
- English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Captions
- French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Subtitles
- Spanish: Subtitles
Rating: PG-13 (for Some Sensuality/Partial Nudity and a Brief Violent
Image)

VHS
Street Date: February 1, 2005
Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $23.98 SRP ($15.95 M.A.P.)
Selection Numbers: 62604
Running Time: 2 hours and 21 minutes
Picture: Full-Frame
Sound: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround
Rating: PG-13 (for Some Sensuality/Partial Nudity and a Brief Violent
Image)

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