Blinded by the Light
“Warm, funny, humane and deeply sincere.”
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
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Blinded by the Light
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DVD AND DIGITAL FROM
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Own “Blinded by the Light” on Digital on October 22
and on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19
Burbank, CA, October 3 – From writer-director-producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll,” “Blinded by the Light” was directed by Chadha from a screenplay written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (“Bend It Like Beckham”). “Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra (TV’s “Next of Kin”), Kulvinder Ghir (“Bend It Like Beckham”), Meera Ganatra (“Three Dots and a Dash,” “PREMature”), Nell Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Audience”), Aaron Phagura (TV’s “Informer,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Duchess”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Man Up”).
The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception. Chadha, Jane Barclay, and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse and Mayeda Berges serving as executive producers. Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish and costume designer Annie Hardinge. The original score music is by A.R. Rahman.
“Blinded By The Light” is available via purchase from digital retailers NOW and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19th. 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 a DVD with the film and a special feature in standard definition, and a Digital version of the movie. “Blinded By The Light” will also be available on Movies Anywhere.
The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
If you’ve ever sung along to a Bruce Springsteen song will find a lot to like in “Blinded by the Light.” As this, is a story of a British Pakistani boy who finds inspiration in the American icon. Inspired by a true story this uplifting movie offers a look at the immigrant experience in the UK during the 1980s. And, thanks to a classmate, Javed’s whole life is turned upside down when he discovers Springsteen’s music.
Like many of us, he sees himself in the lyrics. Springsteen’s music triggers an awakening in the teen and emboldens him to defy his overbearing father. It is through the music that he also finds his voice. Like “Beckham” this film explores cultural issues and shines a light on the ability of a teen to fight against what’s expected of him. This sweet feel-good film is the perfect stocking stuffer for family movie night.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Blinded By The Light” Blu-ray contains the following special features:
- Memoir to Movie
- The Most Crazy Thing
- Deleted Scenes
“Blinded By The Light” DVD contains the following special feature:
- Memoir to Movie
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On October 22, “Blinded by the Light” 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 November 19, “Blinded by the Light” 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: November 19
EST Street Date: October 22
DVD Languages: English
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Languages: English
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
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