July 18, 2007

Press Release: DARWIN AWARDS on July 31,2007 from 20th Century Fox

“Downright hilarious!” –Film Threat

All-Star Cast Includes Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes,
Plus Funny Cameos From David Arquette, Julianna Margulies,
Wilmer Valdarrama, Lukas Haas, Chris Penn and More!
Inspired by the Best-Selling Books Featuring Some Outrageous
True-Life Cases Of “Enterprising Demises”

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Honoring the betterment of the human race by saluting those whose ill-advised folly removes them from the gene pool, The Darwin Awards makes the leap from the pages of the cult favorite books to comedic satire feature film directed by Finn Taylor (Dream with the Fishes), debuting on DVD July 31st from Fox Home Entertainment. Inspired by the four best-selling investigative books and website featuring over 700 cases of hysterically cringe-worthy stories of self-destruction, The Darwin Awards stars two-time Oscar®-nominee Winona Ryder (Little Women, Reality Bites) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love, Running with Scissors), as an insurance claims investigator and a forensic detective, respectively, who team up to examine the cases of potential “Darwin Award” candidates.

Featuring re-enactments of some of the most famous entries to the “Darwin Awards” roster, The Darwin Awards is a comedy about the extremes only a few human beings dare to pursue to achieve fame. Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the film is highlighted by an all-star cast of celebrity cameos including David Arquette (Scream trilogy), Lukas Haas (Alpha Dog), Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), Juliana Margulies (“ER”), Tim Blake Nelson (O, Brother Where Art Thou?), Chris Penn (Reservoir Dogs), Robin Tunney (“Prison Break”), Josh Charles (“Sports Night”), D.B. Sweeney (The Cutting Edge), Nora Dunn (“Saturday Night Live”), Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Wilmer Valderamma (“That ‘70s Show”). The Darwin Awards DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S. / $25.98 Canada.

DVD Features:

The Darwin Awards DVD is presented in widescreen (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English Dolby 5.1 plus English and Spanish subtitles; bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast/crew interviews and trailers.

Detective Michael Burrows (Fiennes) is obsessed with “The Darwin Awards,” which are presented to people who accidentally kill themselves in incredibly stupid ways. So when he’s fired for bungling an arrest, he offers his profiling services to a life insurance company. Now, with the help of a tough claims investigator (Ryder), he’s determined to learn how to identify these idiots…before they die!

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Street Date: July 31, 2007
Price: $19.98 U.S. / $25.98 Canada
U.S. Rating: R
Total Run Time: 94 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes


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