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American Beauty Blu-ray joins Paramount's Sapphire Series on September 21


It should be good news that American Beauty is seeing a "Sapphire Series" Blu-ray release, but given the issues faced by Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, we'll wait until the reviews are in to buy this one. If all goes well, buyers can get the quintuple Academy Award winner with 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio tracks, though the only HD bonus feature announced is the theatrical trailers. Still, if your most memorable Sam Mendes production isn't the iPhone 4 FaceTime ad, it may be hard to pass this one up when it arrives September 21.

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Latest Film in Paramount's Prestigious "Sapphire Series" Arrives September 21, 2010

YWOOD, CALIF. – Director Sam Mendes' haunting, lyrical and darkly comedic tour de force AMERICAN BEAUTY makes its Blu-ray debut on September 21, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay, the contemporary classic presents an engaging portrait of the disillusionment, disappointments and dreams of a "typical" American family. Starring Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack) in a role that won him an Oscar® for Best Actor, the film features a stellar cast including Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Chris Cooper (The Company Men), Peter Gallagher ("Californication"), Mena Suvari (Factory Girl), Wes Bentley (Jonah Hex), Allison Janney (Juno) and Scott Bakula ("Men of a Certain Age").

Capitalizing on the pristine picture and sound of the Blu-ray format, Paramount Home Entertainment's exclusive Sapphire Series presents some of the greatest films ever made in the highest quality. The AMERICAN BEAUTY Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital along with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc also includes the following special features in standard definition, except as indicated:
o Commentary with director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball
o American Beauty: Look Closer...
o Storyboard Presentation with Sam Mendes and director of photography Conrad L. Hall
o Theatrical Trailers (HD)

About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

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