CINEDIGM RELEASES GKIDSâ€™ 2012 ACADEMY AWARDÂ®- NOMINATED ANIMATED FILM, â€œCHICO & RITA,â€ SEPTEMBER 18 ON DVD AND ON-DEMAND
Limited Edition Collectorâ€™s Set Includes Blu-Ray Disc, DVD Single and Latin GrammyÂ®-winning CD Soundtrack; 16-Page Excerpt from Bestselling Graphic Novel
Early Digital Release August 21
â€œALMOST UNIMAGINABLY RICH AND RESONANT!
Sexy, sweet â€¦ an animated valentine to Cuba and its music.â€
â€“A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Evokes a bygone era as well as, or maybe even better than, The Artist!â€
â€“ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
â€œBEAUTIFUL! A SWAYING, SEXY, DREAM OF A MOVIE!
The year’s best musical, and one of the year’s finest animated films!â€
â€“ The Observer
NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2012) â€“ Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their ambitions and each other from Havana to New York and Hollywood to Paris, in an epic story of love and heartbreak spanning six decades.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), will release CHICO & RITA, GKIDSâ€™ 2012 Academy AwardÂ® nominee for Best Animated Feature, day-and-date on September 18th on cable VOD, DVD, and on DVD/Blu-ray in a Limited Edition Collectorâ€™s Set, preceded by an early digital release on August 21.
OscarÂ®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spainâ€™s renowned artist and designer Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak. Fresh off its worldwide theatrical release, CHICO & RITA earned more than $2.2 million at the box office, was OscarÂ® nominated for Best Animated Feature, took home Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards, and was an audience favorite at the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals. Featuring a red-hot soundtrack by five-time GrammyÂ®-winning Cuban musician and composer Bebo ValdÃ©s, with the music of (and animated cameos by) jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.
The Limited Edition Collectorâ€™s Set includes Blu-ray and DVD discs, an audio CD of the full-length Latin GrammyÂ®-winning soundtrack, and a 16-page excerpt from The New York Times bestselling graphic novel based on the film.
â€œEXUBERANT! BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!
A visually hypnotic, musically electric film!â€
A buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics.â€
â€“ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
â€œDAZZLING AND DELIGHTFUL!
A fantasy of the best and most beautiful kind, infused with passion and tragedy … along with a supremely romantic conclusion that left me weeping in the dark.â€
â€“ Andrew O-Hehir, Salon
DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include: Making of CHICO & RITA Featurette, Audio Commentary with Directors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal and U.S. Trailer.
Pricing: $29.95 DVD; $39.95 BD/DVD/CD
Runtime: 94 mins. + extras
Rating: For mature audiences
DVD Catalog #: NNVG274671
BD Catalog #: NNVG278791
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo
Genre: Animation, Foreign
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature OscarÂ® nominations in the past three years, with â€œThe Secret of Kellsâ€ in 2010 and both â€œA Cat in Parisâ€ and â€œChico & Ritaâ€ in 2012 â€“ marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for OscarÂ® winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the worldâ€™s most coveted animation collections with titles â€œSpirited Away,â€ My Neighbor Totoro,â€ â€œPrincess Mononokeâ€ and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Intâ€™l Childrenâ€™s Film Festival, an OscarÂ®-qualifying event and North Americaâ€™s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Jeffrey Wright, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, John Canemaker, Evan Shapiro and James Schamus. www.gkids.com
About Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corpis a state of the art digital distributor of award-winning independent films and alternative content. CEG has released close to 200 independent films and alternative content events over the last few years, with past releases ranging up to 1,000 screens based on content and audience footprint. Films released by Cinedigm include: â€œLife In A Day.â€ directed by Kevin McDonald; â€œThe Ward,â€ directed by John Carpenter; â€œSmell of Success,â€ featuring Billy Bob Thornton, TÃ©a Leoni and Ed Helms; Foo Fighters documentary, â€œBack & Forth,â€ directed by OscarÂ® winner James Moll; and Peter Bogdanovich’s â€œRunnin’ Down A Dream,â€ with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Current and upcoming CEG films include “No Room For Rockstars,” Parris Patton’s documentary chronicling the Vans Warped Tour; “Like Water,” directed by Pablo Croce; “The Invisible War,” directed by Kirby Dick; â€œCitadel,â€ directed by Ciaran Foy; â€œIn Our Nature,â€ starring John Slattery; and â€œ22 Bullets,â€ starring Jean Reno and produced by Luc Besson.
Additionally, Cinedigm delivers feature films, TV programs and web originals via digital download, streaming, video-on-demand, Blu-ray, and DVD. The companyâ€™s library includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama FilmsÂ®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film CompanyÂ®, including international blockbuster â€œElite Squad: The Enemy Within,â€ and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. New Video is proud to distribute many OscarÂ®-nominated films including â€œHell and Back Again,â€ â€œGasLand,â€ â€œWaste Land,â€ â€œThe Secret of Kells,â€ â€œParadise Lost 3: Purgatoryâ€ and â€œChico & Rita.â€