Dave Karger, Entertainment Weekly
“Gleeson and Cheadle spark an irresistible chemistry.”
Jake Coyle, Associated Press
Debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD on January 3, 2012
Culver City, CA (October 17, 2011) –The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (Ned Kelly) and starring Golden Globe® nominee Brendan Gleeson (2009 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, In Bruges; 2010 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television, Into the Storm), Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle (2005 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hotel Rwanda), Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) and Fionnula Flanagan (TV’s Lost) will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on January 3, 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This Sony Pictures Classics film will be available for an SLP of $35.99 for Blu-ray and $30.99 for DVD. Special features on both versions of The Guard will include a commentary with Director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of featurette and McDonagh’s short film, The Second Death.
The Guard was an official 2011 selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The Guard is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang – one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent.
BD/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- “The Second Death” Short Film
- The Making of The Guard featurette
- Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A
- Commentary with Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle
The Guard was written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. Produced by Chris Clark & Flora Fernandez Marengo and Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong and Fionnula Flanagan.
The Guard has a running time of 96 minutes and is rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content. Artwork and digital clips are available for download at www.sphepublicity.com. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
“Academy Award®” and “Oscar®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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- Film Weekly podcast: John Michael McDonagh on The Guard (guardian.co.uk)
- The Guard, John Michael McDonagh, 96 mins (15) (independent.co.uk)
- John Michael McDonagh: Stand aside, junior – big brother coming through (independent.co.uk)
- Changing of The Guard (theschleicherspin.com)
- The Guard (boston.com)
- ‘The Guard’: Sparks fly as mismatched cops team up (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Unfair cop (bbc.co.uk)
- The Guard: Bloody, funny, drug-busting buddies (theglobeandmail.com)
- The Guard – review (guardian.co.uk)