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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Rush

December 3, 2013

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FROM ACADEMY AWARD(R)-WINNING DIRECTOR RON HOWARD COMES THE HEART-RACING, EPIC ACTION-DRAMA STARRING CHRIS HEMSWORTH, DANIEL BRUHL, AND OLIVIA WILDE RUSH BE THE FIRST TO OWN IT ON DIGITAL HD JANUARY 14, 2014 BRING HOME THE BLU-RAY COMBO PACK INCLUDING BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET JANUARY 28, 2014 NOW MOVIE FANS CAN WATCH RUSH ANYWHERE ON THEIR FAVORITE DEVICES "Ron Howard's best film ever."--Claudia Puig, USA Today

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rush, the epic true story of the legendary sports rivalry between freewheeling English Formula 1 racer James Hunt and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda, comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet(TM) and On Demand on January 28, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on DIGITAL HD January 14, 2014. Two-time Academy Award(R)-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) once again teams up with two-time Academy Award(R)-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) in this spectacular depiction of one of the most famous sports rivalries of all time.

Rush stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor) as the charismatic playboy James Hunt, and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum) as his determined rival, Niki Lauda, with Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy, In Time) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) as the women who watched the men they love risk everything in a deadly competition. With exclusive bonus features, the Blu-ray Combo Pack takes viewers behind-the-scenes to see how director Howard and his talented team recreated the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing for the screen.

The Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.

-- Blu-ray(TM) unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. -- DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away. -- DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad(R), iPhone(R), Android(TM), smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY(TM)

-- Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush -- Peter Morgan on Writing Rush-- A look at the work of the Oscar (R)-nominated screenwriter (Last King of Scotland, The Queen) and how he creates screenplays known for exquisite drama, characters, authenticity and passion. -- Finding James and Niki--Chris Hemsworth talks about researching his character using archival reports and footage, and Daniel Bruhl reveals his real-life encounter with Niki Lauda as a guest on the Austrian driver's private jet. -- The Light of Speed and Filming F1 --Oscar(R)-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle discusses the intricacies of filming Rush and how he achieved the film's breathtaking race sequences with camera technology and skills never before possible. -- Around the World in One Location--Ron Howard and the filmmaking team explain how they created the illusion of filming all over the world while shooting almost entirely in the UK. -- Fashion and Styles of the '70s--The hair, the clothes and the colorful personalities of a glamorous decade shine as costume designer Julian Day and hair and make-up designer Fae Hammond take viewers back in time to the sexy '70s. -- The Real Story of Rush -- Meeting James Hunt and Niki Lauda--Members of the cast and crew and intimate friends of James Hunt and Niki Lauda share their insights in a nuanced portrait of two complex men and their complicated relationship. This short documentary also includes a rare interview with Lauda himself. -- F1 Take 1: F1 Racing and the F1 Car--Mechanics and pit crew from 1970s-era Formula 1 describe the intense rivalry, competition and camaraderie between the various racing teams of the time. -- The Rock and Roll Circus--The glamorous F1 circuit of the '70s takes center stage in a look at the races, the music, the clothes and the lifestyle during a time "when sex was safe - and driving was dangerous."

BLU-RAY(TM) AND DVD BONUS FEATURES

-- Ron Howard: A Director's Approach--A behind-the-scenes look at director Ron Howard and how his passion for filmmaking allows him to create extraordinary films time after time. -- Deleted Scenes

SYNOPSIS

Two-time Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl, Inglourious Basterds). As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there's no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), it's the heart-racing, epic action-drama that critics are calling "one of the best movies of this, or any, year" (Pete Hammond, Movieline).

CAST AND FILMMAKERS: Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara Directed by: Ron Howard Screenplay by: Peter Morgan Producers: Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver, Peter Morgan, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Executive Producers: Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, Tim Bevan, Tyler Thompson, Todd Hallowell Director of Photography: Anthony Dod Mantle, ASC, BSC, DFF Production Designer: Mark Digby Editor: Dan Hanley, SCE; Mike Hill, ACE Costume Designer: Julian Day Original Music By: Han Zimmer

TECHNICAL INFORMATION -BLU-RAY(TM) Street Date: January 28, 2014 Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Selection Numbers: 61125157 Running Time: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes Layers: BD-50 Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1 Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 (English); DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish) Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD Street Date: January 28, 2014 Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Selection Numbers: 61123151 Running Time: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes Layers: Dual Layer Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1 Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0; Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish) Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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