Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.
Academy Award-nominee Tom Cruise stars in Bryan Singer’s suspenseful WWII thriller based on the true story!
“VALKYRIE is a taut suspense flick for grown-ups…”
â€”Kyle Smith, New York Post
“X-MEN director Bryan Singer and his USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie will keep you in the game… It’s the palm-sweating suspense that counts.”
â€”Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“VALKYRIE is a meticulous thriller… The two best supporting performances are by Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Wilkinson, as a general who artfully plays both sides of the fence.”
â€”Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Los Angeles, CA â€” The remarkable yet seldom told true story of the German Resistance’s attempted coup and assassination of Adolf Hitler reveals itself when VALKYRIE is released on Blu-ray Disc and Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy on May 19th from MGM Home Entertainment. Set in Nazi Germany, VALKYRIE chronicles the daring and ingenious “July 20 plot” to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Oscar-nominee Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible, Minority Report) stars as the loyal German nationalist Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the mastermind behind the plot to kill Hitler and overthrow his fascist regime.
Convinced the Nazi leader must die at all costs, Stauffenberg joins with a group of similarly disillusioned officers and civilians whose like minds come together for a common purpose in the face of incredible odds. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects), VALKYRIE boasts “â€¦a top-notch international castâ€¦” (Entertainment Weekly) including Academy Award-nominees Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Henry V), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In The Bedroom) and Terence Stamp (Get Smart; The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), as well as Bill Nighy (The Constant Gardener, Love Actually) and Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen, “The Riches”).
For its theatrical debut, VALKYRIE was one of the biggest grossing box office adult movies of the past holiday season.
With over three hours of special features, the VALKYRIE Blu-ray Disc includes commentary by director Bryan Singer and Tom Cruise, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more, including Digital Copy (SRP $39.99); the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy is priced at $34.98; and the single-disc DVD (no extras) will be available for $29.98.
2-Disc DVD BONUS FEATURES:
â€¢ Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Cruise
â€¢ “The Valkyrie Legacy” Documentary
â€¢ “From Page to Screen” – The Making of Valkyrie
â€¢ Bonus Digital Copy of the Film (2nd disc)
2-Disc Blu-ray BONUS FEATURES:
â€¢ Commentary by Tom Cruise, Bryan Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie
â€¢ Commentary by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander
â€¢ The Journey to Valkyrie
â€¢ The Road to Resistance: A Visual Guide
â€¢ The African Front Sequence
â€¢ Taking to the Air
â€¢ Recreating Berlin
â€¢ 92nd Street Y: Reel Pieces with Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer
â€¢ The Valkyrie Legacy
â€¢ Bonus Digital Copy of the film (2nd disc)
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“Made with impeccable professionalism… There is a considerable amount of tension in VALKYRIE.”
â€”Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“VALKYRIE, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson.”
â€”Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“Cruise manages his part respectably, with a combination of ramrod posture, starched costumes and minimalist acting… VALKYRIE is a brutally efficient bit of storytelling.”
“As the coup kicks off, the drama truly grips.”
â€”Dan Jolin, Empire
Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.
“Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career” (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk) in this action-packed film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolph Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, VALKYRIE delivers gripping suspense and pulse-pounding excitement from start to finish!
Based on a the true story of cadre of Nazi officers who grew to oppose Hitler’s murderous pursuits and made several attempts to kill him in the late stages of WWII, VALKYRIE features a top-flight cast, with drama and suspense in equal measure. The film is a stylistic departure for director Bryan Singer and star Tom Cruise, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Nathan Alexander that is constructed like a heist film, with a team of like-minded men coming together for a common purpose and facing incredible odds.
In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, VALKYRIE, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed.
It is 1943. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan â€“ known as Operation Valkyrie â€“ Stauffenberg and other German military officers plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
Convinced that Hitler must die, Von Stauffenberg requests a transfer to Tunisia, where he loses his left eye and right hand during an Allied air raid. Falling in with a group of similarly disillusioned officers including Major General Henning von Tresckow (Kenneth Branagh), General Friedrich Olbricht (Bill Nighy), General Friedrich Fromm (Tom Wilkinson), and Colonel General Ludwig Beck (Terence Stamp), Stauffenberg is at the center of several attempts on Der Fuhrer’s life, culminating in a bombing that kills a handful of his officers and leaves Hitler only slightly injured.
Though advance photos of Cruise in Nazi uniform brought VALKYRIE negative publicity, his restrained performance is at the heart of this well-crafted, thinking person’s action movie. He is bolstered by an incredible British cast including Branagh, Stamp, and Wilkinson, and by the film’s dazzling art direction. Though it’s a story to which viewers should already know the ending, Singer still creates ample suspense. The result is a taut and effective historical thriller.
The film was shot in Germany at various locations where many of the actual events occurred, including the historic Bendlerblock. Recreating the atmosphere of urgency and paranoia inside the German resistance is a team that includes director Singer’s frequent collaborators Newton Thomas Sigel (Superman Returns, X2, X-Men) as director of photography and editor/composer John Ottman (Superman Returns, X2); as well as production designers Lilly Kilvert (two-time Oscar-nominee for The Last Samurai and Legends of the Fall) and Patrick Lumb (The Omen), and costume designer Joanna Johnston (Munich, Saving Private Ryan).
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