Date: 6th April 2006
Universal City, California, April 5, 2006 - Brokeback Mountain, the most powerful and poignant drama of 2005, continued its phenomenal critical box-office success by selling approximately 1.4 million units on its April 4, 2006 street date. Stunningly crafted with incomparable dexterity by Oscar®-winning director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility), Brokeback Mountain broke through cinematic and social barriers with its heart-wrenching depiction of two young cowboys who unexpectedly forge an intense, lifelong connection.
“Since it was first released, audiences, critics and awards groups have responded with unrivaled passion to Brokeback Mountain’s stellar direction, writing and acting and to a moving storyline that challenged Hollywood conventions,” said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “The remarkable first-day home entertainment sales are a testament to the film’s magnetic appeal and consumers’ avid desire to own a piece of cinematic history.”
Winner of three Academy Awards® for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score, Brokeback Mountain is based on the powerful short story by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx (The Shipping News). The universally acclaimed script was adapted by another Pulitzer recipient, Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment) and his collaborator Diana Ossana (Johnson County War), who also earned a Golden Globe® Award for their work.
Actors Heath Ledger (The Patriot, Lords of Dogtown) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead, Donnie Darko) earned Academy Award® nominations for their emotionally charged, unflinching portrayals of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, the two young men at the heart of this wrenching saga. Supporting actress Michelle Williams (The Station Agent) was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar® for her role as a young wife wounded by a bond she is unable to comprehend.
Brokeback Mountain tells the story of Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal), two young men dispatched to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain in the summer of 1963. During their experience, Ennis and Jack are drawn into an unexpected lifelong relationship, filled with love and loss. The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.
Source: Press Release