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“Warm, funny, humane and deeply sincere.”
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Blinded by the Light
ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY™
DVD AND DIGITAL FROM
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Own it Early on Digital on October 22
Blu-ray and DVD debut on November 19
Burbank, CA, October 3 – From writer-director-producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll,” “Blinded by the Light” was directed by Chadha from a screenplay written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (“Bend It Like Beckham”). “Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra (TV’s “Next of Kin”), Kulvinder Ghir (“Bend It Like Beckham”), Meera Ganatra (“Three Dots and a Dash,” “PREMature”), Nell Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Audience”), Aaron Phagura (TV’s “Informer,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Duchess”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Man Up”).
The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception.
Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse and Mayeda Berges serving as executive producers.
Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish and costume designer Annie Hardinge. The original score music is by A.R. Rahman.
“Blinded by the Light” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in high definition, and a Digital version of the movie. The DVD features a DVD with the film and a special feature in standard definition, and a Digital version of the movie.
Fans can also own “Blinded by the Light” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 22.
The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Blinded by the Light” Blu-ray contains the following special features:
- Memoir to Movie
- The Most Crazy Thing
- Deleted Scenes
“Blinded by the Light” DVD contains the following special feature:
- Memoir to Movie
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On October 22, “Blinded by the Light” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On November 19, “Blinded by the Light” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 19
EST Street Date: October 22
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Languages: English
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
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