Blu-ray Release: 1776

Blu-ray Release Date: June 2, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Sony

Based on the international stage triumph that won the Tony Award for “Best Musical of the Year” the 1972 musical 1776 makes its long-awaited Blu-ray.

1776movieThe story of 1776 centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England: the tough unyielding John Adams (William Daniels); the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva); the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), who is chosen to write the Declaration of Independence even as he longs for the company of his new bride Martha (Blythe Danner); and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant date July 4, 1776 when the Declaration was signed.

Now fully restored in 4K for its high definition debut on Blu-ray, the unrated 1776 looks and sounds better than it ever has before and features newly discovered material. The Blu-ray also includes a -new commentary with Director Peter H. Hunt and stars William Daniels and Ken Howard, as well as deleted scenes and original screen tests with Daniels and Howard Da Silva.  In addition to the Director’s Cut, the Blu-ray also presents an extended cut of the film via a branching technology, along with a newly restored and remixed 5.1 soundtrack.


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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.