Trimark downgrades O

Following in the footsteps of the larger studios, Trimark Home Video is shaving back some of their two disc special editions and re-releasing them as single disc editions. The trend is starting with the recent Shakespeare update O this fall.

Placing the Shakespeare tragedy Othello in the context of basketball, O is Odin James, the school’s star basketball player and future NBA hopeful. Even though he’s the only black student at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, he has the adoration of all, including the team’s coach and the Dean’s beautiful daughter, Desi. Odin’s troubled friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach’s son, is deeply resentful of his father’s preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity.

The new disc will come with an anamorphic widescreen transfer, a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and the extras originally placed on disc one of the two disc set including an audio commentary with director Tim Blake Nelson and actress Julia Stiles, deleted footage and cast and crew interviews.

Coming September 17th, the scaled back DVD will hit stores with a suggested retail price of $14.99.

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