New Release: Leaving Las Vegas Blu-ray

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Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue are two wounded souls in love in Leaving Las Vegas.

MGM Home Entertainment released the unrated version of the hard-drinking 1995 drama-romance film Leaving Las Vegas on Blu-ray on May 10, 2011, following its three-month exclusive availability through retail giant Best Buy. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment distributes MGM movies on disc.

Nicolas Cage (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portray of Ben Sanderson in the movie, a down-and-out Hollywood exec/screenwriter who abandons his life and heads to Vegas to literally drink himself to death. While in Sin City, he meets a similarly troubled soul, a prostitute named Sera (Oscar-nominated Elisabeth Shue of Piranha), and the two embark on a love affair that sadly has a very limited lifespan.

A super-low-budget and undeniably arty film based on John O’Brien’s 1990 novel, Leaving Las Vegas was shot on grainy 16mm and we’re really interested to see how this translates onto Blu-ray. We’re equally psyched to hear a high-end audio take on the film’s jazzy score (composed by director Mike Figgis of Liebestraum fame) and song selections by Sting and Don Henley.

The film’s theatrical trailer is included as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray, which carries a list price of $19.99.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.