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February 25, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'Nebraska' with screen legend Bruce Dern

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From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of The Descendants and Sideways, comes the critically acclaimed film Nebraska that has been hailed as an American masterpiece and one of the best movies of the year. Screen legend Bruce Dern gives a career-defining performance and is joined by an outstanding supporting cast that includes Stacy Keach, Oscar nominee June Squibb, Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk. Written by Bob Nelson and shot in black and white across four states, it tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Nebraska has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Payne, Best Actor for Dern, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Squibb and Best Cinematography.

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Nebraska tells the captivating story of an elderly father and his adult son’s journey to claim a million-dollar prize. When the cantankerous alcoholic Woody Grant receives a sweepstakes letter that claims he has won a million dollars, he insists on making a 750-mile trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect his prize even though he can barely walk down the street without stopping for a drink. Found walking in Billings traffic by the police, he is picked up by his son David who realizes the letter is a scam. Despite efforts to discourage him, Woody leaves once again and it falls on David to begrudgingly drive him to Lincoln to “collect” his prize, much to the dismay of David’s mother Kate.

On the way after a drunken fall, Woody and David stop by Woody’s hometown Hawthorne in Madison County where they reunite with Woody’s family and friends. Joined by Woody’s wife Kate, David comes to learn more about his father and the colorful stories about the family. Woody tells anyone who would ask that he wants to buy a truck with the winnings so he could leave something for his family when he passes. As word gets out about Woody’s newfound fortune, he becomes a local celebrity and the target of the greedy townsfolk. However the reunion abruptly ends after Woody gets humiliated by his old vengeful business partner, who reveals to everyone that the prize letter is fake. In the end, David still drives Woody to Lincoln where they claim “a prize” and David sells his car to buy a truck for his father to show off driving down Hawthorne’s Main Street for all to see. Through this remarkable bonding of father and son, David discovers the father he had always felt he never quite knew.

Special features exclusive to Blu-ray include a making-of featurette. The DVD includes only the feature film.

Cast:

  • Bruce Dern as Woody Grant
  • Will Forte as David Grant
  • June Squibb as Kate Grant
  • Stacy Keach as Ed Pegram
  • Bob Odenkirk as Ross Grant
  • Mary Louise Wilson as Aunt Martha
  • Missy Doty as Noel
  • Angela McEwan as Peg Nagy
  • Rance Howard as Uncle Ray
  • Devin Ratray as Cole
  • Tim Driscoll as Bart
  • Roger Stuckwisch as Karaoke Singer
  • Melinda Simonsen as Receptionist

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • The Making of Nebraska
    o The Script
    o Cast and Characters
    o Locations
    o Shooting in Black and White
    o Working with Alexander
    o A Film Family

Best Prices:

DVD - $16.99 at Amazon.com, $19.96 at Walmart.com, $19.99 at Best Buy, Target

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and Digital Copy) - $19.99 at Amazon.com, $22.99 at Best Buy, $24.99 at Target, $33.99 at Walmart.com

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