Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, is coming to Blu-ray in March

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that the critically acclaimed musical adaptation, LES MISERABLES (click the link to read our review) is hitting Blu-ray on March 22nd, 2013.  Originally thought to be an Oscar juggernaut, the film has slowed down a bit, giving way to Ben Affleck’s ARGO, but it shouldn’t take away from the grand scope of Tom Hooper’s musical.  Universal is giving the film a decent Blu-ray treatment, complete with a Tom Hooper commentary and plenty of featurettes that go behind the scenes of LES MISERABLES.

LES MISERABLES stars Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks.

Les Miserables Blu-ray

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray

  • Les Misérables Singing Live:  The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks ultimately gave them the creative freedom to deliver nuanced, emotionally powerful performances.
  • Battle at the Barricade:  Director Tom Hooper wanted the dramatic building of the barricade to be as visceral and intense as possible, so he had his actors build it in real time, literally hurling furniture out of windows to construct an actual barricade. This featurette takes an in-depth look at the creation and filming of all the action on this remarkable set.
  • The West End Connection:  Meet the “godfather” of the original stage production of Les Misérables, renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former Les Misérables, theatrical stars who were thrilled to appear in supporting roles in the current film.
  • Les Misérables on Location:  Filming rather than staging Les Misérables presents the opportunity to shoot in real world locations: a massive dry dock on the coast of England, a beautiful underground chapel in the heart of London and the ancient city of Winchester.  Members of the cast and crew talk about what it was like to find and work in these incredible locations.

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD

  • The Stars of Les MisérablesDirector Tom Hooper talks about casting the iconic characters, and the actors discuss why it was important to them to be a part of this groundbreaking version of
    Les Misérables.
  • Creating the Perfect Paris:  Production designer Eve Stewart created a massive Paris set featuring real cobblestones and running water. Take an intricate look into the detailed recreation of these Paris streets that no longer exist in today’s world.
  • The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les MisérablesThis mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo’s classic, and how the filmmakers mined the novel to enrich the look and feel of the film.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

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