This historical drama which chronicles the tense days at the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis is the debut title for New Line Home Entertainment’s new Infinifilm line and will arrive this July.
Moving from top secret meetings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to the skies above Cuba, where U.S. spy planes document the progressive Soviet missile build-up, to the high seas, where a standoff between U.S. and Soviet ships threatens to trigger war, Thirteen Days expertly chronicles a moment when the world stood on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. Seen largely through the eyes of trusted presidential aide and confidante Kenny O’Donnell, “Thirteen Days”, offers an insider’s view of the momentous events of October 1962. Drawing on sources such as White House tapes, memoirs, oral histories, interviews, and CIA documents, Thirteen Days features an impressive array of historical figures including Robert McNamara, Adlai Stevenson, Theodore Sorenson, Andrei Gromyko, McGeorge Bundy, Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk, and General Curtis LeMay.
The Infinifilm technology will be incorporated on the disc with a new documentary entitled “The Roots Of The Cuban Missile Crisis”, which frames the Cuban Missile Crisis in the larger context of the Cold War. Viewers have the opportunity to watch this 48-minute documentary as a linear piece, or experience this content within the context of the film. In addition to the Infinifilm interactivity is a wealth of traditional supplemental materials. Starting with an anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film and Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 sound, the disc includes an audio commentary by Director Roger Donaldson, producer and actor Kevin Costner, writer David Self and Executive Producer Michael De Luca; a second archival commentary with historical figures including John F. Kennedy, Sergei Khrushchev, Ernest R. May, Philip D. Zeilikow and Pierre Salinger, a third commentary of sorts comes in the form of a historical information subtitle track with pieces of historical information integrated into the film as a series of subtitle prompts. The DVD also includes a theatrical trailer, deleted scenes and cast and crew filmographies.
Added DVD-ROM content includes the “script-to-screen” screenplay feature, a link to the original website and something called the “hotspot”. “Thirteen Days” will be available July 10th, and will have a suggested retail price of $26.98.