Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Song of Names

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 24, 2020
Price: DVD $17.99, Blu-ray $22.99
Studio: Sony

Tim Roth (Meantime) and Clive Owen (Croupier) star in The Song of Names, an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Beneath the film’s stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.

That’s what the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment press release says. Some digging has revealed this plot description:


In Europe, during World War II, Martin, a nine-year-old boy, takes a liking to his new adopted brother, Dovidl. Dovidl is a miracle violin player of his age, and has just arrived in London as a refugee. After a few years, before giving a concert at age 21, Dovidl disappears without a trace, bringing shame and ruin to his adoptive family. Years later, when Martin is 56 years old, a young violinist shows a style that only Dovidl could have taught.

This period drama is directed by François Girard of The Red Violin fame, based on the novel by Norman Lebrecht.

Blu-ray Features:

  • Behind the Song of Names: Director François Girard and Producer Robert Lantos brought Norman Lebrecht’s acclaimed novel to life with the outstanding performances of Tim Roth and Clive Owen.
  • Howard Shore: Composing & Scoring:After two years of research, composer Howard Shore conducts and records the score for THE SONG OF NAMES in Montreal.
  • Howard Shore & Ray Chen:Composer Howard Shore chose virtuoso Ray Chen for the incredible violin playing heard in THE SONG OF NAMES.
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About Laurence

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.