Kino Lorber to Release Cronenberg’s ‘Eastern Promises’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray

Kino Lorber on March 22 will release acclaimed director David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The 2007 crime thriller stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts and was critically hailed, but could only muster a weak $17.3 million domestic box office tally ($56.1 million worldwide).

It was released two years after another acclaimed Cronenberg film, A History of Violence, which also starred Mortensen and generated more than $31.5 million in movie ticket sales.

In Eastern Promises,  Mortensen delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as Nikolai, a ruthless and mysterious Russian who has ties to one of the most dangerous crime families in London. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), a midwife who has come across potentially damaging evidence against the family. Their unusual relationship sets off an unstoppable chain of deceit, death and retribution.

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The film picked up several awards, including a Best Actor win for Mortensen at the British Independent Film Awards. Mortensen was also nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. 

The 4K UHD release features a new HDR Dolby Vision master that was approved and graded by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky. Bonus features include a new interview with screenwriter Steven Knight and several featurettes, including three with Cronenberg: “Secrets and Stories” (10:32); “Marked for Life” (6:42); and “Two Guys Walk Into a Bath House” (1:55). Also included are a featurette with Watts, “Watts on Wheels” (0:55) and two theatrical trailers. 

The film also will be available on regular Blu-ray Disc, again with a new UHD SDR master approved and color traded by Suschitzky and the same set of bonus features.

For retailers, orders are due Feb. 22.