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The Spirit

The Spirit“Fantastic Batman-like comic-strip
  superhero and babe-magnet The Spirit
  puts in his first appearance on DVD
  and Blu-ray with a distinct period appeal;
  putting himself in danger to fight
 
the forces of evil and corruption in
  a Gotham-style Central City
...

IMPRESSIVELY PRESENTED in comic book style, The Spirit stars Gabriel Macht (The Good Shepherd; The Recruit) in the title role as former rookie cop Denny Colt who returns from the dead to haunt and protect the metropolis he loves: Central City.

Seeking to destroy an unsavoury presence in the form of his nemesis and arch-enemy The Octopus (Samuel L Jackson: Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones; Pulp Fiction) — a megalomaniac master of disguise, who does not think twice about killing anyone who sees his face — the heroic crusader is driven by a mission to fight the forces of evil and corruption.

The Spirit is on the trail of this cold-hearted killer who has threatened Central City, tracking The Octopus from the city's rundown warehouses to its damp catacombs and the windswept waterfront. Oozing an irresistible sex appeal, The Spirit seduces or is seduced by a series of beautiful women who either want to love him or kill him: Lorelei Rox (Jaime King: Sin City, My Bloody Valentine); Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson: He's Just Not That Into You; Lost In Translation); Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega: Spanglish; Talk To Her); The Damsel In Distress (Kimberly Cox); The Female Reporter (Meeghan Holaway); and the woman he always returns to, Dr Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson).

And as if that is not enough, The Spirit finds himself face to face with a blast from the past in the form of the deliciously sexy former love Sand Saref (Eva Mendes: Ghost Rider; 2 Fast 2 Furious), who may have teamed up with The Octopus. This 'lady with a thing for the bling' holds the secret of the Blood of Heracles that The Octopus seeks to bring him immortality in order to rule the world.

Sand's father was shot by Denny's Uncle Pete and she now hates cops — something she has in common with the Nazi-worshipping Octopus, whose ambitions are high. Having given The Spirit his second life, they are, in some ways, two of a kind. But both their bodies suffer instability. All Denny had wanted to be was a good cop, but now he haunts the shadows of Central City — "The city is a good mother," says The Spirit. "She always shows me the way."

Based on the classic 1940s newspaper cartoon strip by Will Eisner, The Spirit is a brilliantly presented action film with a terrific sense of period in a brooding gothic style; featuring a charismatic superhero who defies convention and whose murder is just the beginning.

Containing additional, darker footage not shown in cinemas, The Spirit is released on DVD and Blu-ray disc in its extended, definitive form. A stunningly rendered and beautifully stylised comic strip action adventure featuring the trademark colour red, The Spirit is the story of a hero born, murdered and born again.

The Spirit also features: Louis Lombardi (Entourage; The Sopranos; Spider Man 2) as Pathos and The Clones; Eric Balfour (Texas Chainsaw Massacre; What Women Want) as Mahmoud; Dan Gerrity (The West Wing; Dallas) as Detective Sussman; Dan Lauria as Commissioner Dolan; Arthur the Cat as Himself; Johnny Simmons as young Denny; Seychelle Gabriel as Young Sand; Michael Milhoan as Uncle Pete; David Wiegand as Officer Saref and Richard Portrow as Doremfeld. The Screenwriter and Director is Frank Miller (Sin City; Sin City 2); The Producer is Deborah Del Prete; and Plaster of Paris' choreographer is Joann Jansen. The Comic Strip Creator of The Spirit is Will Eisner.

Raymond Chandler meets Marvel comics in this charmingly evocative story; a beautifully stylised evocation of the cult comic strip that needs to be seen on DVD and Blu-ray disc to be truly appreciated in all its uncut glory. With a phenomenal all-star cast, The Spirit is released on DVD and Blu-ray disc from 25 May (2009) by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

DVD
Running Time: 99 Minutes | Certificate: 15 | RRP/DLP: DVD: 13.61/19.99 | Catalogue number: LGD94143 | Barcode: 5060052417305.

Blu-ray
Running Time: 103 Minutes | Certificate: 15 | RRP/DLP: 17.01/24.99 | Catalogue number: LGB94143| Barcode: 5060052417329.

DVD extras
Featurette: Killing The Octopus! An Alternate Ending to The Spirit, Written and Storyboarded by Frank Miller | Featurette: Miller On Miller | Featurette: Greenworld International TV Special | Audio Commentary with Director Frank Miller and Producer Deborah Del Pete | Theatrical Trailer

Plus exclusive to Blu ray
Featurette: History Repeats | Lionsgate Live notifies users of new features across all Lionsgate BD-Live movies, allowing viewers to explore the rich world of Lionsgate movies online with inclusions such as exclusive interviews and features not available anywhere else | Viewers can also create a 'Molog' and insert text, shapes and audio into the movie then share their customizations and commentaries with others on the network | 'The Second Coming Of BD-Live'.

"Based on the classic 1940s newspaper cartoon strip by Will Eisner, The Spirit is a brilliantly presented action film with a terrific sense of period in a brooding gothic style; featuring a charismatic superhero who defies convention and whose murder is just the beginning" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit" — The Spirit