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Bonus-packed new edition of epic BBC miniseries;
Starring Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, and Patrick Stewart

I, CLAUDIUS
35th Anniversary Edition
On DVD March 27, 2012

“A true masterpiece” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Fiendishly sophisticated” — The New York Times
“Handsomely produced, grandly acted, and…
thoroughly involving” — Washington Post
“Irresistible, witty” — Los Angeles Times

Silver Spring, MD — The star-studded BBC epic, I, Claudius, arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on March 27, 2012 packed with bonus features. Winner of an Emmy® and numerous other awards, this riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue remains one of the most popular and acclaimed dramas in Masterpiece Theatre history. The celebrated BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive. The DVD 5-disc set includes the complete 12 episodes, along with a bonus disc, featuring two feature-length documentaries, extended original versions of the first episodes, a new Derek Jacobi interview; SDH subtitles, and much more (AcornOnline.com, $59.99).

Based on the novels by Robert Graves, it stars Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech, Cadfael) as Claudius in a career-defining role. Siân Phillips (The Age of Innocence) is “exquisitely wicked” (Los Angeles Times) as the lethal Livia, wife to Augustus (Brian Blessed, Hamlet), while John Hurt (The Elephant Man) is “decadence personified” (USA Today) as the depraved Caligula, whose reign of terror paves the way for Claudius's ascension. Patrick Stewart (X-Men), George Baker (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Margaret Tyzack (Cousin Bette), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job) also star.

Bonus Features: Extended original versions of episodes 1 (52 min.) and 2 (52 min.); “I, Claudius”: A Television Epic, a behind-the-scenes look at the series (74 min.); The Epic That Never Was, a documentary recounting the failed 1937 film adaptation (71 min.); Derek Jacobi interview (12 min.); favorite scenes of the cast and director (36 min.); and an 8-page booklet with an article about the series' historical accuracy and a Julio-Claudian family tree

Street Date: March 27, 2012          SRP: $59.99
DVD 5-Disc Set: 12 episodes on 4 discs, plus bonus disc — approx. 668 min., plus bonus — SDH subtitles — contains violence, nudity, and sexual content


About Acorn Media Group

Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media is the leading distributor of British television in the U.S. 2011 releases included Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary Edition, Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Early 2012 releases include the Blu-ray debuts for the first three series of Agatha Christie's Poirot; the first Blu-ray of Acorn's top-selling series with Midsomer Murders, Set 19; the U.S. debut of Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion; complete collections of Poldark, The Brief, Northern Lights, and French Fields; and more episodes from Single-Handed, New Tricks, Murder Investigation Team, and Man in a Suitcase. Acorn's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com. Select series available for streaming at Acorn TV, AcornOnline.com/TV


Press Contact (DVD/Photos)

Chad Campbell, Acorn Media, 301.608.2115 ext. 138, ccampbell@acornmedia.com




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