DANIEL CRAIG, LIEV SCHREIBER, JAMIE BELL STAR IN THE ACTION THRILLER
Directed by EDWARD ZWICK ON DVD & BLU-RAY MAY 18th 2009
Directed and co-written by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) the tense action-thriller DEFIANCE stars Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace, The Golden Compass), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Manuchurian Candidate) and Jamie Bell (Jumper, Flags of our Fathers) and is coming to DVD & BLU-RAY this May.
DEFIANCE is based on an incredible true story of family, honour, vengeance and salvation in World War II. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment's freedom. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.
Eldest of the Bielski brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig) is a reluctant leader whose decisions are challenged by Zus (Liev Schreiber), who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will threaten them all. Asael (Jamie Bell) is the youngest, caught between his brother's fierce rivalries. As Nazi forces advance on the partisans, the brothers primitive struggle to survive becomes something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
DEFIANCE features an outstanding supporting ensemble cast that includes, Alexa Davalos (The Chronicles of Riddick), Jodhi May (Flashbacks of a Fool), Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Sam Spurell, Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diaries of a Call Girl) and newcomers Mia Wasikowska and George MacKay.
The DVD includes a special 26 minute feature: 'Return to the Forest: The Making of Defiance', an exclusive insight into the intensely physical and emotionally charged filming process. The BLU-RAY edition also includes additional special features: 'Scoring Defiance' explores celebrated composer James Newton Howard's approach to writing the vivid musical score, and also compelling interviews with 'Children of the Otriad' plus a 'Bielski Partisan Photo Gallery' (as photographed by Director Ed Zwick).
Praise for Defiance:
“An unpretentious and exciting Second World War movie based on true events. Original and different, Craig is a commanding presence.“
“Craig is classy and charismatic. Live Schreiber is absolutely superb. The ensemble acting is excellent and the tension and narrative is skillfully maintained by director Edward Zwick. ****”
“Splintering action…remarkable… brilliant…Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie bell are as heroic and resourceful as Robin Hood and his Merry Men”
“You could not ask for a more compelling story. Powerful performances. Superbly done. Intensely atmospheric.”
“A cracking film. An important film. You will laugh and cry and be moved to tears.“