Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals,” “The Shape of Water”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films that tells the declassified true story of the first American soldiers sent into Afghanistan after 9/11.
Playing the “12 Strong” U.S. Special Forces team are Hemsworth, Shannon, Michael Peña (“The Martian, “Ant-Man”), Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Geoff Stults (“Only the Brave”), Thad Luckinbill (“Only the Brave”), Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies”), Ben O’Toole (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Austin Hébert (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), Kenneth Miller (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Kenny Sheard (“13 Hours”) and Jack Kesy (TV’s “The Strain). The ensemble cast also includes Navid Negahban (“American Sniper,” TV’s “Homeland”), Elsa Pataky (the “Fast & Furious” films), William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down,” “Armageddon”) and Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”).
Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Black Hawk Down”), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill under their Black Label Media banner (“La La Land,” “Sicario”). Oscar winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) and Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2”) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book Horse Soldiers by author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik, Val Hill and Doug Stanton.
The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Rasmus Videbaek (“A Royal Affair”), production designer Christopher Glass (“The Jungle Book”), editor Lisa Lassek (“The Avengers”), costume designer Dan Lester (asst. costume designer on “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”) and composer Lorne Balfe (“Geostorm”).
Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present, a Jerry Bruckheimer Production, a Black Label Media Production, in Association with Torridon Flms, “12 Strong.” “12 Strong” is distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with Lionsgate handling international distribution.
“12 Strong” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a Digital version of the movie.
“12 Strong” 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 “12 Strong” via purchase from digital retailers beginning April 10.
“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks. Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.
In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers. Despite forming an uneasy bond and growing respect, the new allies face overwhelming odds: vastly outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“12 Strong” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
· 12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission
· Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Monument
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On April 10, “12 Strong” will be available to own in 4K HDR from select digital retailers including iTunes, Google and Vudu. It will also be available in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 1, “12 Strong” 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 Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS) $28.98
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 1
EST Street Date: April 10
DVD Languages: English, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Canadian French
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
Running Time: 130 minutes
Rating: Rated R for war violence and language throughout
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
About Alcon Entertainment
Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures via the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement. Alcon’s recent films include Blade Runner 2049, the critically acclaimed drama starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford that was recently nominated for 5 Academy Awards; and the contemporary war drama 12 Strong, a co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer and Black Label Media starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña, now in theaters. Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 34 films to date including the Academy Award nominated Best Picture The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; P.S. I Love You starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Prisoners directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano; and the family hit Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel to its original starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. In 2012 Alcon created the subdivision Alcon Television Group which has several upcoming projects including The Expanse, the critically acclaimed space thriller returning to SYFY for its 3rd season eary 2018; and the upcoming children’s animated series Pete the Cat, a co-production with Amazon Studios set to premier on the streaming service in 2018. Amazon recently released the holiday special Pete The Cat: A Groovy New Year starring Elvis Costello and Jacob Tremblay. Alcon Television Group’s past projects include the recent HBO four-part documentary The Defiant Ones, which was awarded a 2018 Grammy for “Best Music Film.” The documentary chronicled the divergent roots and unlikely partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine; and the Emmy nominated HBO documentary Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All which offered an intimate portrait of the singer, actor, father, husband, and philanthropist and attracted more viewers for HBO from the 50+ age bracket than ever before.