Lionsgate UK have confirmed the combined UK theatrical, digital download and on-demand release of Guillame Canet’s English language directorial debut, BLOOD TIES, on Friday August 15th.
BLOOD TIES is a super stylish Seventies New York crime thriller with a star-studded cast including Clive Owen (Sin City), Mila Kunis (Ted), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Zoe Saldana (Out of the Furnace), Billy Crudup (Eat, Pray, Love) and James Caan (The Godfather).
New York City, 1974.
Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released from prison on good behaviour, several years after he was involved in a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future.
Hoping that Chris has changed, Frank is willing to give his brother a chance; he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife. But Chris’ past quickly begins to catch up with him, and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable.
For Frank, it’s the last in a long line of betrayals, and he banishes him from his life. But it’s already too late; the brothers’ destiny will be bounded, forever. Blood ties are the ones that bind.
In addition to BLOOD TIES’ theatrical opening on August 15th 2014, Lionsgate will also make the movie available for digital download and premium on-demand on the same day.
By far the highest profile release to utilise such a strategy, the forward-thinking distributor’s Managing Director of Home Entertainment and New Media, Nicola Pearcey, says of the joint theatrical/digital download initiative ‘We are thrilled to bring this integrated and simultaneous release to cinemas, premium on-demand and download to own. With its high calibre cast and outstanding director, Blood Ties is a quality crime thriller and we are delighted to give film fans the opportunity to enjoy it on the big screen, at home or on the go.’