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May 20, 2014 DVD & Blu-ray: 'The Monuments Men' with George Clooney & Matt Damon

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From two-time Oscar-winning actor George Clooney comes the biographical war film The Monuments Men, which he co-wrote and co-produced with Grant Heslov. Loosely based on Robert M. Edsel’s non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the film pays tribute to the real men and women who risked their lives to recover and return thousands of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II. It features a star-studded cast that includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban and Clooney’s father Nick Clooney.

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The Monuments Men tells the incredible true story of seven museum directors, curators and art historians, known as the Monuments Men, who were tasked by the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to go behind enemy lines with an impossible mission during World War II. Led by Lt. Frank Stokes, the platoon was to recover some of the world’s greatest works of art before the destruction of 1000 years of culture after the fall of the Third Reich and the death of Adolf Hitler, as per his orders. With the war still raging in Europe, the ragtag squadron have their work cut out for them, especially armed with little knowledge of weaponry and warfare tactics. In a race against time, these brave men risk their lives to protect mankind’s greatest artistic achievements -- successfully rescuing vast quantities of culturally significant artwork to return to their rightful owners and effectively bankrupting the Nazi regime.

The DVD and Blu-ray special features include two featurettes: “George Clooney’s Mission” and “Marshaling the Cast.” The first, “George Clooney’s Mission,” features interviews with Clooney, as well as the rest of the cast, on the elements that went into completing The Monuments Men. The second featurette, “Marshaling the Cast,” features a cast discussion on the real men and women they brought to life on screen. Exclusive to Blu-ray is a load of bonus material, including deleted scenes and two all-new featurettes that highlight the making of the film. “In Their Own Words” is a unique piece that offers the most comprehensive and direct insight into the hearts and minds of these heroes, featuring an interview with Harry Ettlinger, one of the last surviving members of the Monuments Men. “A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men” features a discussion with Cate Blanchett on the historic, wartime female character she plays in the film (Claire Simone).

Cast:

  • George Clooney as Lt. Frank Stokes
  • Nick Clooney plays Older Stokes
  • Matt Damon as Lt. James Granger
  • Bill Murray as Sgt. Richard Campbell
  • John Goodman as Sgt. Walter Garfield
  • Jean Dujardin as Lt. Jean Claude Clermont
  • Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz
  • Hugh Bonneville as Lt. Donald Jeffries
  • Cate Blanchett as Claire Simon
  • Sam Hazeldine as Colonel Langton
  • Dimitri Leonidas as Sam Epstein

DVD Special Features:

  • George Clooney’s Mission
  • Marshaling the Cast

Blu-ray Special Features:

Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Real Monuments Men
  • A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men

Exclusives:

Best Deals:

  • Best Buy - Buy 2, get a $5 Best Buy gift card. Buy 3, get a $10 Best Buy gift card. Offer valid with purchase on any format of The Monuments Men, Pompeii and About Last Night. Products must be purchased on the same receipt to receive Best Buy gift card. Limit 1 offer per customer.

Best Prices:

DVD (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $16.96 at Walmart stores, $17.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, $22.96 at Walmart.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $22.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, $29.96 at Walmart.com

Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus disc - $22.99

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