“Rent” DVD to Be Loaded with Extra Features

News   “Rent” DVD to Be Loaded with Extra Features A special two-disc set of the “Rent” film, based on Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical of the same name, will arrive in stores Feb. 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Available in both widescreen and fullscreen formats, the DVDs come with over three hours of special features. The complete list of bonus material follows:
•Five deleted scenes and musical performances
•Director and selected cast commentary
•"No Day But Today,” a five-part feature-length documentary, which includes a biography of composer Larson, the creation of the musical and its journey to Broadway, and the making of the movie

The DVDs will also include two public service announcements, one for the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and another for the National Marfan Foundation.

The DVD has a list price of $28.96, although Amazon.com is currently accepting pre-orders for $19.99.

The film of "Rent" — which hit movie theatres across the country Nov. 23 — stars Adam Pascal (as Roger Davis), Anthony Rapp (as Mark Cohen), Rosario Dawson (as Mimi), Taye Diggs (as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (as Angel Schunard), Jesse L. Martin (as Thomas B. "Thom" Collins), Idina Menzel (as Maureen Johnson) and Tracie Thoms (as Joanne Jefferson). Chris Columbus directed.

Rent updates Puccini's La Bohème to the East Village of the late 1990s, with artists and lovers struggling to connect in a world that is chaotic, shallow and tinged with disease. The late Larson wrote Rent's book, music and lyrics. The 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. For more information visit www.SonyPictures.com.

From Left: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in "Rent".
From Left: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in "Rent".