'The Secret of Kells' Blu-ray Features Added

Posted Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Supplements have been detailed for the Academy Award-nominated critically-acclaimed animated feature receiving a high-definition release this fall.

As previously reported, New Video Group has announced 'The Secret of Kells' for a high-definition release on October 5.

'The Secret of Kells,' directed by Tomm Moore, transports viewers to a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, where young Brendan (Evan McGuire) embarks on a forbidden adventure that begins when a celebrated master illuminator named Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears to travel on a dangerous and mysterious quest that takes him away from his uncle Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) and into the enchanted forest. He meets the fairy Aisling (Christen Mooney), an enigmatic young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But, with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision help illuminate the darkness and prevail against evil?

"We are extremely proud of and bowled over by the response to Kells. That audiences at home can revel in the excitement of the film is vitally important to us," said Mr. Moore. "Families and kids across the country have been inspired by Kell's imagery and storyline. We hope the film remains a treasure for them for years to come."

Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most beautiful animated films of recent times, 'The Secret of Kells' (75 minutes) is the surprise nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.

Specs haven't been revealed yet, but there will be two hours of fascinating exclusive bonus content, including audio commentary with the director, co-director and art director; a special "The Voices of Ireland" segment that includes voice recording sessions with Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney and Mick Lally; a director's presentation of pre-production sketches and inspirational images, and more. In addition, the DVD/Blu-ray combo includes a special collectible 24-page full-color prequel graphic novel by Mr. Moore that follows Aisling's and Brendan's adventures that took place before the story in the film begins.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Secret of Kells' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 5.

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