Adapted by two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter William Goldman (All The President's Men, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, A Bridge Too Far) from his own novel, directed by Academy Award winning director Richard Attenborough (Ghandi, A Bridge Too Far) and starring Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins (The Silence Of The Lambs) and Academy Award nominees Ann-Margret (Tommy, Carnal Knowledge) and Burgess Meredith (Rocky, The Day Of The Locust), the classic psycho-thriller Magic comes to DVD in August as a two-disc special edition courtesy of Anchor Bay UK.
Hopkins stars as Corky, a brilliant magician whose potential is seriously hindered by his chronic shyness. He finds a solution to his problem by introducing a brash, foul-mouthed ventriloquist's dummy named Fats into his act and in no time at all this unlikely pairing has become the biggest hit of the late-night cabaret circuit. With his star on the rise, Corky is offered the chance of starring in his own national TV series, but the network's insistence on his undergoing a medical examination sends him into an inexplicable panic.
With Fats in tow, Corky flees to a remote cabin resort in the Catskills run by his former teenage crush, Peg (Ann-Margret), to escape the pressure and to think things through. Trapped in a loveless marriage with her high-school sweetheart, Duke (Ed Lauter), Peg sees in Corky the chance to escape from her past and to find happiness with somebody she really loves. Corky's rekindled infatuation with Peg is such that he is even willing to give up his career in showbusiness if she will run away with him. But Corky hasn't reckoned on the intervention of his showbiz 'partner'. No mere dummy, Fats has other ideas about the future and will stop at nothing to keep the team together - even if it means murder.
A gripping suspense thriller from start to shocking finish, Magic boasts superlative performances from its stellar cast, in particular Anthony Hopkins, nominated in the Best Actor category of both the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes for a role that foreshadowed his equally chilling and highly acclaimed Oscar winning performance as Hannibal Lecter over a decade later.
The two-disc Magic (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£14.99) by Anchor Bay UK on 21st August 2006.
Feature presentation (widescreen); Dolby Stereo 2.0; optional Dolby Surround 5.1; DTS; scene selection.
"Screenwriting For Dummies" featurette; "Fats And Friends" featurette; interview with cinematographer Victor J. Kemper; interview with Anthony Hopkins; Anthony Hopkins radio interview; English and Spanish radio spots; English and Spanish TV spots; English trailers; stills gallery; Ann-Margret makeup test.