Universal starts Charlie Wilson’s War

Universal Home Entertainment has finally unveiled full details about their upcoming DVD release of Charlie Wilson’s War, an outrageous true story starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) was a bachelor congressman from Texas whose “Good Time Charlie” exterior masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog. In the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan – which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie’s longtime friend, patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she prodded Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters). Charlie’s partner in this uphill endeavor was CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour-Hoffman), a blue-collar operative in a company of Ivy League blue bloods. Together, the three of them – Charlie, Joanne and Gust – traveled the world to form unlikely alliances among the Pakistanis, Israelis, Egyptians, arms dealers, law makers and a belly dancer. Their success was remarkable. Funding for covert operations against the Soviets went from $5 million to $1 billion annually. The Red Army retreated out of Afghanistan. When asked how a group of peasants was able to deliver such a decisive blow to the army of a superpower, Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq responded simply, “Charlie did it.”

The film will arrive on DVD as a fullframe and a widescreen version with Dolby Digital audio tracks. Two bonus features will be included on the disc, the Featurette ”The Making Of Charlie Wilson’s War” and the Profile Featurette ”Who Is Charlie Wilson?”, giving viewers a look at the real Charlie Wilson, featuring interviews with Charlie Wilson, Joanne Herring, Tom Hanks, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Mike Nichols.

“Charlie Wilson’s War” will be in stores on April 22 for $29.98.

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