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Monday, August 26, 2013

"Lion of the Desert" and "The Message" Blu-Rays Coming November 12th From Anchor Bay


Courage. Destiny. History. To some, these are but mere words. For a rare few, they are just beginning of a heroic journey towards fulfilling a greater purpose. 

On November 12th, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International Films present two Moustapha Akkad epics making their U.S. high-definition debut: The Message and The Lion of the Desert. Featuring some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, including Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Oliver Reed, John Gielgud and Irene Papas, The Message and The Lion of the Desert Blu-rays™ will both be available for an SRP of $19.99 each.  Pre-book for both titles is October 16th.  

Beginning in 7th century Mecca, The Message tells the conflict between its powerful leaders and Muhammad, who attacks the greed and cruelty rife in this profligate community. After a revelation from God, Muhammad takes up arms against Mecca. Muhammad came to be known as the prophet, the servant, the bearer of good tidings... he unified Arabia under one religion, one God, preaching The Message.

The Lion of the Desert begins in 1929:  Benito Mussolini (Steiger) has been at war with Bedouin patriots for decades, the point of contention being the Italian colonization of Libya. Mussolini has appointed General Rodolfo Graziani (Reed) as governor to Libya, confident that he can crush the rebellion.  However, Omar Mukhtar (Quinn) – a teacher and humanist, yet skilled in desert warfare – has assumed leadership of the resistance.  Led by Mukhtar, the Bedouin troops fight on horseback, using guerrilla tactics against the formidable forces of the Italian Army.   

The Message Blu-ray™
Genre:              Historical Epic/Drama
Rating:              PG
Languages:       English
Format:            Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:              5.1 DTSHD-MA
Year:                1976
SRP:                $19.99
Street Date:      November 12, 2013
Pre-Book:        October 16, 2013
Length:             171 minutes
UPC:                013132612454
Cat#:                BD61245

The Lion Of The Desert Blu-ray™
Genre:              Historical Epic/Drama
Rating:              PG
Languages:       English
Format:            Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:              5.1 DTSHD-MA
Year:                1980
SRP:                $19.99
Street Date:      November 12, 2013
Pre-Book:        October 16, 2013
Length:             156 minutes
UPC:                013132612430
Cat#:                BD61243



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