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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Big Miracle

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OVERVIEW: Inspired by a remarkable moment in history when the world came together for one common cause, Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of the true events that transpired when a family of whales became trapped beneath the deadly Arctic Circle ice. Directed by Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and starring Golden Globe® winner Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates, He's Just Not That Into You) and John Krasinski ("The Office," It's Complicated), Big Miracle is available on Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand on June 19, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

When three whales are trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle, a small-town reporter (Krasinski) and his ex-girlfriend, an animal-loving Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) convince an unlikely team of Alaskan natives, oil tycoons and the Russian and American military to set aside their international differences and come together to free the whales. Also starring Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, "House of Lies"), Dermot Mulroney (The Grey, J. Edgar), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Incredible Hulk), Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma, Two Lovers), newcomer Ahmaogak Sweeney and Ted Danson ("Damages," Saving Private Ryan), Big Miracle is a charming feel-good movie that the whole family can enjoy!

The Big Miracle Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound. The Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet(TM), a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film - so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice! UltraViolet(TM) is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud. From there, they can download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. In addition, consumers can redeem a Digital Copy of the film from a variety of retail partners, who offer many viewing options including iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod(TM) touch, Android, connected televisions, Blu-ray player apps and more!

BLU-RAY(TM) and DVD BONUS FEATURES:

    --  DELETED SCENES WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY DIRECTOR KEN KWAPIS
    --  TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION:  A look at the true stories that
        inspired the film - including interviews from the cast and crew, along
        with those who were there and experienced the rescue as it unfolded.
    --  FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR KEN KWAPIS

BLU-RAY(TM) Exclusive BONUS FEATURES: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

    --  A "BIG MIRACLE" IN ALASKA:  Join the stellar cast in a behind-the-scenes
        featurette where they take viewers on a journey through everything from
        set design to the challenges and joys of shooting in Alaska.
    --  UltraViolet(TM):  The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect
        movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to
        computers, tablets and smart phones, currently available in the United
        States only.
    --  Digital Copy:  Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length
        movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of
        electronic and portable devices
    --  BD-LIVE(TM):  Access the BD-Live(TM)( )Center through your
        Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
    --  pocket BLU(TM) app:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU(TM) app uses iPad®,
        iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android(TM), PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly
        with a network-connected Blu-ray(TM) player.  Plus iPad® and
        Android(TM) tablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket
        BLU(TM) made especially to take advantage of the tablets' larger screen
        and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a
        library of Blu-ray(TM) content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go
        in a way that's bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU(TM)
        offers advanced features such as:
        --  ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your
            Blu-ray(TM) player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and
            BD-Live(TM) functions with ease.
    --  VIDEO TIMELINE:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing
        them to instantly access any point in the film.
        --  MOBILE-TO-GO:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with
            their Blu-ray(TM) discs to save to their device or to stream from
            anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on
            the go, anytime, anywhere.
        --  BROWSE TITLES:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket
            BLU(TM)-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def. 
            They can view free previews and see what additional content is
            available to unlock on their device.
        --  KEYBOARD:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device's
            intuitive keyboard.
    --  uHEAR(TM):  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative
        feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray(TM) disc
        and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
    CAST AND FILMMAKERS
    -------------------
    Cast:  Drew Barrymore, John
     Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot
     Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Vinessa
     Shaw and Ted Danson
    ------------------------------------
    Directed By:  Ken Kwapis
    ------------------------
    Screenplay By:  Jack Amiel, Michael
     Begler
    -----------------------------------
    Based on the book "Freeing the
     Whales" By:  Thomas Rose
    ------------------------------
    Executive Producers:  Liza Chasin,
     Debra Hayward, Stuart Besser, Paul
     Green
    -----------------------------------
    Produced By:  Steve Golin, Michael
     Sugar, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
    ----------------------------------
    Director of Photography:  John
     Bailey
    ------------------------------
    Production Designer:  Nelson Coates
    -----------------------------------
    Editor:  Cara Silverman
    -----------------------
    Music By:  Cliff Eidelman
    -------------------------
    Costume Designer:  Shay Cunliffe
    --------------------------------

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION - BLU-RAY(TM):
    ------------------------------------
    Street Date:  June 19, 2012
    ---------------------------
    Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights
     Reserved.
    -----------------------------------------------
    Selection Number:  61123081 (U.S.); 61123082
     (Canada)
    --------------------------------------------
    Running time:  1 Hour, 47 Minutes
    ---------------------------------
    Layers:  BD-50
    --------------
    Picture Format : Widescreen
    ---------------------------
    Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
    ---------------------
    Rating:  PG for language (US) ; G (Canada); G
     (Quebec)
    ---------------------------------------------
    Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
    --------------------------------------------------
    Sound:  English DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1/DVS2 DD
     2.0, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French DTS
     Surround 5.1
    -----------------------------------------------

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:
    ----------------------------
    Street Date:  June 19, 2012
    ---------------------------
    Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights
     Reserved.
    -----------------------------------------------
    Selection Number:  61115570 (U.S.); 61122521
     (Canada)
    --------------------------------------------
    Running time:  1 Hour, 47 Minutes
    ---------------------------------
    Layers:  Dual Layer
    -------------------
    Picture Format:  Anamorphic Widescreen
    --------------------------------------
    Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
    ---------------------
    Rating:  PG for language; G (Canada); G (Quebec)
    -----------------------------------------------
    Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
    --------------------------------------------------
    Sound:  English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS2 DD 2.0,
     Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French (Canadian)
     Dolby Digital 5.1
    ----------------------------------------------

http://www.bigmiracle.com/

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

CONTACT: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Publicity
(818) 777-0546
Jennifer.Black@nbcuni.com

SOURCE Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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