Blu-ray Release: Born on the Fourth of July

Blu-ray and DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
Price: DVD $14.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $19.99
Studio: Universal

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Tom Cruise if Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July.

Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) delivers an Oscar-nominated performance in Oliver Stone’s (Platoon) acclaimed 1989 biographical war drama Born on the Fourth of July. concerning one man’s experiences during and after the Vietnam War.

Based on a true story, the film follows Long Island-born Ron Kovic (Cruise) from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returns to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and he struggles before emerging as a new voice for the disenchanted.

Co-starring Raymond Barry (Falling Down), Caroline Kava (Year of the Dragon) and Kyra Sedgwick (Gamer), the movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and went on to win two: one for Oliver Stone for Best Director and another for editors David Brenner and Joe Hutshing.

In addition to offering all the usual Universal branded Blu-ray functions (My Scenes, pocket BLU App and so on), the Universal 100th Anniversary Edition of Born on the Fourth of July makes its Blu-ray debut (as part of a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) with the following bonus features (all of which have been available previously on DVD versions of the film):

• Digital Copy of Born on the Fourth of July (expires 12/31/2013)
• From the NBC News Archives – Backstory: Born on the Fourth of July
• Feature Commentary with Director Oliver Stone
• 100 Years of Universal: Academy Award Winners
• 100 Years of Universal: The ’80s

Also available on July 3, 2012 is a new DVD edition of the film which includes a Digital Copy.


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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.