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State of Play (mini-series) - Original BBC Mini-Series Coming to Tie In with the New Brad Pitt Film

2-DVD Set Arrives on Feb. 26th

Posted by David Lambert
Early in 2008, theaters will get a new film called State of Play, directed by Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren and more. The movie is a remake of a 2003 BBC mini-series starring Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean), James MacAvoy (The Last King of Scotland), David Morrissey (Basic Instinct 2) and John Simm ("The Master" in David Tennant's Doctor Who).

The original 6-part production is coming as a 2-DVD set (350 minutes), due to hit retail in the US on February 26th. Cost is $34.98 SRP. Extras include audio commentary tracks on the first and last episodes. Video is widescreen and audio is English Stereo. Here is a small look at the box art, and the studio description of the release:

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    Stephen Collins is an ambitious politician. Cal McAffrey is a well-respected investigative journalist and Stephen's ex-campaign manager. En route to work one morning, Stephen's research assistant mysteriously falls to her death on the London Underground. It's not long before revelations of their affair hit the headlines. Meanwhile a suspected teenage drug dealer is found shot dead. These (apparently unconnected) events expose a dangerous habit within modern government of dancing too closely with the corporate devil. Friendships are tested and lives are put on the line as an intricate web of lies unfolds.

UPDATE (Nov. 23rd): A report today states that Brad Pitt is no longer associated with the new film version of this production. As a result, we have edited the headline and the above copy to show a strike-through on Pitt's name. The only way this may relate the DVD release of the original BBC production is if a delay in the new film could possibly result in the delay of the release of the DVD. There has been no indication of that yet, though. If it does happen, then we'll post a new story with that information.

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