Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the DVD of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" April 17. The DVD is presented in widescreen only with English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound; Spanish Dolby Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles are also available.
The DVD, which has a suggested retail price of $27.98 in the U.S., will also boast bonus material:
A behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Pass It On: The History Boys on Screen" "The History Boys" — the film based on Bennett's Tony and Olivier Award-winning play of the same name — opened in London cinemas Oct. 13, 2006. Hytner, who directed the stage production, repeated his work for the screen. Bennett adapted his script for the film version, which features most of the original stage cast, including Richard Griffiths, who nabbed Tony and Olivier awards for his moving performance as Hector, the unconventional but inspirational school teacher.
The film also features Samuel Anderson as Crowther, Samuel Barnett as Posner, Dominic Cooper as Dakin, James Corden as Timms, Frances de la Tour as Mrs. Lintott, Sacha Dhawan as Akthar, Andrew Knott as Lockwood, Clive Merrison as the Headmaster, Stephen Campbell Moore as Irwin, Jamie Parker as Scripps, Adrian Scarborough as Wilkes, Georgia Taylor as Fiona, Russell Tovey as Rudge and Penelope Wilton as Mrs. Bibby.
Fox Searchlight Pictures released the film in the U.S. on Nov. 21, 2006. "The History Boys," according to press notes, "tells the story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Bounced between their maverick English master (Richard Griffiths), a young and shrewd teacher hired to up their test scores (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grossly out-numbered history teacher (Frances de la Tour), and a headmaster obsessed with results (Clive Merrison), the boys attempt to sift through it all to pass the daunting university admissions process. Their journey becomes as much about how education works, as it is about where education leads."
The film received four British Independent Film Awards nominations, including those for Best Actress (de la Tour), Best Screenplay (Bennett), and two for Most Promising Newcomer (Barnett and Cooper).