Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced a July 31 release date on Blu-ray and DVD for "Hatfields & McCoys," which became the Number 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable TV history when it first aired on the HISTORY Channel. Here's the release:
Culver City, CA (May 30, 2012) – The highly anticipated "Hatfields & McCoys" arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 31st from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director, 1991, "Dances With Wolves") stars as Anse ‘Devil’ Hatfield, and four-time Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (TV’s “Big Love,” TV’s “A Bright Shining Lie”), stars as Randall McCoy in the epic, true tale of close friends turned enemies. The infamous back country feud that became an American legend begins with Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, when they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.
The all-star ensemble cast also includes Matt Barr (TV’s “Hellcats”), Tom Berenger ("Inception"), Powers Boothe ("The Avengers"), Jena Malone ("Sucker Punch"), and Mare Winningham ("Mirror Mirror"). "Hatfields & McCoys" bonus material includes the “I Know These Hills,” music video, featuring Kevin Costner & Modern West.
The SPHE announcement comes on the heels of a successful "Hatfields & McCoys" premiere on the HISTORY Channel, which aired over Memorial Day weekend, marking the 150th anniversary of the beginning of this country’s most ruthless family feud. The debut garnered more than 13.9 million total viewers making it the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history. The series, which is directed by Kevin Reynolds ("Waterworld"), has a teleplay by Ted Mann (TV’s “NYPD Blue”) and Ronald Parker (TV’s “Joan of Arc”); a story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; and is produced for the HISTORY Channel by Thinkfactory Media. "Hatfields & McCoys" is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
Bonded by their oath to the same flag, two Confederate soldiers, “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), return home seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair triggers warfare between former comrades and their clans. This historic feud teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war as friends and neighbors join opposing sides in a rivalry that would ultimately shape American history.