“…a splendid experience…!”
– Roger Ebert / CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Bursts with energy, wit and drama.”
– Marshall Fine / HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
From Roland Emmerich Comes the Acclaimed Tale of
Political Intrigue, Illicit Romance and Shakespearean Conspiracy
Starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson
The truth is the greatest tragedy of all.
Intrigue Takes Center Stage February 7, 2012, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital
– Special Features Include Deleted Scenes, Who Is The Real William Shakespeare? and More! –
Culver City, CA (1/3/2012) – From Roland Emmerich, director of the global smash hit 2012, comes the acclaimed thriller ANONYMOUS, taking center stage on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital February 7, 2012, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. For centuries, great minds have questioned the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Now, movie fans can uncover the secret with one intriguing possible answer in this highly entertaining new film also filled with political intrigue & illicit romance starring Rhys Ifans (upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill), Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Julia, 1977), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TV’s “The Tudors”), David Thewlis (Harry Potter series, War Horse) and Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, TV’s “Camelot). Hailed by critics as “a splendid experience” (Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times) and an “exhilarating and visually lavish thrill ride” (Michael Simms, Filmink), ANONYMOUS arrives on Blu-ray and DVD packed with exciting bonus features that take viewers behind the curtain of this provocative film, including commentary with director Roland Emmerich and writer John Orloff and the making-of featurette “Who Is The Real William Shakespeare?”. Exclusively available on the Blu-ray version are the additional behind-the-scenes featurettes “More Than Special Effects” and “Speak The Speech”.
ANONYMOUS will be priced to own at $35.99 SRP (BD) and $30.99 (DVD).
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, ANONYMOUS speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds… who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? ANONYMOUS poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
ANONYMOUS was written by John Orloff (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, A Mighty Heart). It was produced by Roland Emmerich, Larry Franco (2012, Batman Begins) and Robert Leger (Trade). Executive producers are Volker Engel (2012), Marc Weigert (2012) and John Orloff. ANONYMOUS was released theatrically by Columbia Pictures. It has a run time of approximately 130 minutes and has been rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content.
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Material
• Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Writer John Orloff
• Deleted Scenes
• Who Is The Real William Shakespeare?
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Material
• Extended Scenes
• More Than Special Effects
• Speak The Speech…
• Anonymous PS3 Wallpaper/Theme
- Movies: Interview With Out ‘Anonymous’ Director Roland Emmerich (towleroad.com)
- Anonymous stirs up Shakespeare debate (bbc.co.uk)
- Anonymous: Movie Review (screencrave.com)
- Shakespearean Actors Recreate ‘Anonymous’ Director Roland Emmerich’s Films (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- Joely Richardson, Rafe Spall, and Roland Emmerich on Awkward Love Scenes and Anonymous (popsugar.com)
- Dan Lybarger: Should This Film Remain Anonymous? A Review in Iambic Pentameter (huffingtonpost.com)
- Anonymous Runs With Theory That Shakespeare Was a Fraud (wired.com)
- Roland Emmerich’s ‘Anonymous’ Seeks to Unmask Shakespeare (nytimes.com)
- Was Shakespeare a Fraud? ‘Anonymous’ Screenwriter John Orloff Sure Thinks So (moviefone.com)
- Movie Review | ‘Anonymous’: ‘Anonymous,’ by Roland Emmerich – Review (movies.nytimes.com)