Blu-ray Release: Chariots of Fire

Blu-ray Release: July 10, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Chariots of Fire movie sceneThe 1981 film drama Chariots of Fire, the 1982 winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture that tells the true story of two very different men competing in the 1924 Olympics, comes to Blu-ray for the first time in July, 2012 with its release coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Directed by Hugh Hudson (I Dreamed of Africa), the 1981 film tells the tale of British sprinters Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross, Star Trek) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson, (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes) and the reasons that they run: Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold, the son of a newly wealthy Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society.

In addition to winning Best Picture, Chariots –which also features John Gielgud (Arthur) and Ian Holm (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)–picked up Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score.

This edition of the movie comes in Blu-ray hardcover book packaging that includes trivia and color photos along with bonus features and a CS sampler featuring nine pieces of music from the movie.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray include the following:

  • New Featurette: Paris, 1924 – Birth of the Modern Olympics
  • New Featurette: David Puttnam, A Cinematic Champion
  • New Featurette: Hugh Hudson – Journey to the Gold
  • Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire
  • Chariots of Fire: A Reunion
  • Sprint Around the Quad
  • Famous Opening Shot
  • Commentary by Director Hugh Hudson
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Screen Tests
  • CD Sampler
    • Titles”
    • Abraham’s Theme”
    • Eric’s Theme”
    • Jerusalem”
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