From the Oscar-nominated director-writer-producer-star Edward Norton (“Birdman,” “American History X,” “Primal Fear”) comes the magnetic drama “Motherless Brooklyn.” Inspired by Jonathan Lethem’s novel by the same name, Norton aimed to transpose Lethem’s contemporary characters into a different period and plot and gave it a distinctive atmosphere by re-setting the drama in the 1950s—a time of great change in New York City.
The film’s stellar ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis (the “Die Hard” films, “Moonrise Kingdom”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“A Wrinkle in Time,” “Beyond the Lights”), Bobby Cannavale (“I, Tonya”), Cherry Jones (“Boy Erased,” TV’s “24”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“When They See Us,” TV’s “The Wire”), Leslie Mann (“The Other Woman,” “Blockers”), Ethan Suplee (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Josh Pais (“The Joker,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”), Robert Ray Wisdom (TV’s “The Fix”), Fisher Stevens (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Departed”) and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate,” “The Florida Project”).
Norton produced “Motherless Brooklyn” with his Class 5 Films producing partner Bill Migliore, and MWM Studios’ Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane, and Michael Bederman. Adrian Alperovich, Sue Kroll, Daniel Nadler, Robert F. Smith and Brian Niranjan Sheth served as executive producers.
Own it Early on Digital on January 14
Blu-ray and DVD debut on January 28
Behind the scenes, Norton collaborated with two-time Oscar-nominated director of photography Dick Pope (“Mr. Turner,” “The Illusionist”), production designer Beth Mickle (“Drive,” “Collateral Beauty”), Oscar-nominated editor Joe Klotz (“Precious,” “The Butler”) and costume designer Amy Roth (TV’s “The Looming Tower,” “Indignation”).
Music plays an important role in setting the tone and establishing the period of “Motherless Brooklyn.” The Golden Globe-nominated score is composed by Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs,” “All the Money in the World,” “Oceans 8,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and features Wynton Marsalis on the trumpet. The film also features an original song written and performed by Thom Yorke.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Class 5 Films and MWM Studios Production, “Motherless Brooklyn.”
“Motherless Brooklyn” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition and a Digital version of the movie. The DVD features the film and special features in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.
“Motherless Brooklyn” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Motherless Brooklyn” via purchase from digital retailers beginning January 14.
Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Motherless Brooklyn” Blu-ray contains the following special features:
- Making-Of: Edward Norton’s Methodical Process
- Commentary with Director Edward Norton
- Deleted Scenes
“Motherless Brooklyn” DVD contains the following special feature:
- Making-Of: Edward Norton’s Methodical Process
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On January 14, “Motherless Brooklyn” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On January 28, “Motherless Brooklyn” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 28
EST Street Date: January 14
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Portuguese-Brazilian
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Portuguese-Brazilian
Running Time: 144 minutes
Rating: Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence.
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA
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