‘Sommersby’ on vid in Aug.

Warner Home Video launches two Civil War tales on Aug. 4: the Richard Gere-Jodie Foster starrer “Sommersby” and mega-miniseries “North & South,” with Patrick Swayze and James Read.

“Sommersby” has quietly rung up in excess of $ 47 million at the nation’s box office since its release four months ago, and WHV exex expect the love story to top $ 50 million by the time video is released.

For its part, the nine-hour-plus “North & South” averaged a 38 share over six nights for ABC in 1985 and is the “most-requested unreleased video title in the Warner library,” according to a news release.

“Sommersby” is a remake of the French film “The Return of Martin Guerre,” and turns on the question of whether a soldier returned from war is really who he says he is.

“North & South” is based on the best-seller by John Jakes and produced by David L. Wolper (“Roots,””The Thorn Birds”).

Via one family of Northern industrialists and another of Southern plantation owners, “North & South” chronicles the interlocking fortunes of the two tightly knit families and a nation that is being torn apart.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Digital News from Variety