22 June 2024

DVD/Blu-Ray News: BEGINNERS Starring Ewan MaGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent Coming November (UK/R2)


****  “Charming and unexpected”—Kate Muir The Times

**** Grazia                       *** The Independent

Marvellously inventive romantic comedy”—New York Times

“A work that’s smart, original and likeable” – Daily Telegraph

“Beginners is immensely moving, funny and involving….in its quiet, unostentatious way, it’s one of the most sensitive films I’ve seen…” –The Observer

Don’t miss one of the most delightful films of the year when the critically acclaimed Beginners is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 14th November 2011 fromUniversal Pictures (UK).

From the award winning* director, Mike Mills, and featuring an all star cast which includes Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Deception), Award® Nominee* Christopher Plummer (Must Love Dogs, A Beautiful Mind) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious BasterdsThe Beat That My Heart Skipped), Beginners is a deeply honest, imaginative and at times hilarious and tender romantic movie that received critical acclaim at the Toronto Film festival.

(*Won Luminaria award at the Santa Fe Film Festival for Best Documentary for Paperboys plus nominated at the Independent Spirit Award and the Golden Bear Award for Thumbsucker . **Oscar Nominee for best Supporting Actor for The Last Station)

The Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives packed full of never-before-seen footage, including a fascinating short film about the making of Beginners which reveals how writer and director Mike Mills used his personal experiences as inspiration for the film. Hours of bonus footage opens the doors to the secrets behind the production and reveals the strong relationship between cast and director.

Mike Mills past career as leading graphic designer and music video producer is apparent from the rich imagery, quirky drawings and irreverent designs that are woven beautifully throughout the film.

With its dreamy soundtrack of original tracks and classic Jazz from artists such as Hoagy Carmichael and Jelly Roll Morton – Beginners is an enjoyable, sweet, tender film that deals effortlessly with the universal themes of love, family and loss. Remind yourself how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments when it arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 14th November 2011.

Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Academy® Award nominee** Christopher Plummer) has passed away. Throughout the film Oliver shares his woes with Arthur, the Jack Russell terrier he inherited from his dad with the dog’s contributions to their “dialogue” appearing as subtitles.

The new love Oliver finds with Anna floods him with memories of his father who, following 44 years of marriage, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty brought father and son closer than they ever had been and ever imagined possible. Now Oliver endeavours to love Anna with all the bravery, humour, and hope that his father taught him.


  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Mike Mills
  • A Short Film About Making Beginners
  • Beginners Promo




Stay tuned with The Peoples Movies as we will have a chance for you to win a copy of this movie closer to its release on DVD.

Beginners  is out on DVD & Blu-Ray 14th November

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