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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bring Home the Fun This Holiday Season and Sing Along With the Year's Most Infectiously Fun, Crowd-Pleasing Movie Phenomenon, 'Mamma Mia! The Movie'

OWN THE 2-DISC DVD AND BLU-RAY HI-DEF WITH DIGITAL COPY FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT ON DECEMBER 16, 2008

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Two-time Oscar(R) winner Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada") and Pierce Brosnan ("Die Another Day") lead an all-star cast in the most infectiously fun movie of the year, "Mamma Mia! The Movie," coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 16, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For a limited time only, the worldwide movie phenomenon is available in 2-disc Special Edition widescreen DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def with digital copy. Both versions are packed with bonus materials including a deleted musical number and a bonus feature which provides onscreen lyrics so that viewers can sing along to the film's 19 iconic songs. Additionally, only on Blu-ray, fans can experience the film in perfect picture and purest digital sound, and via BD Live, create their own video, audio or text track to watch with the movie and share with friends.

Overflowing with high-spirited fun, "Mamma Mia! The Movie" is the perfect film to enjoy at home this holiday season, and great for gift giving. Joining Streep and Brosnan onscreen are Amanda Seyfried ("Big Love"), Colin Firth ("Love Actually"), Stellan Skarsgard ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"), Julie Walters (the Harry Potter films), Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys") and Christine Baranski ("Chicago").

The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit -- global producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd -- repeat their roles in bringing this joyful, musical story to the big screen. The "Mamma Mia!" film is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Charlie Wilson's War").

"Mamma Mia! The Movie" is an unprecedented worldwide phenomenon that continues to break records around the world. To date, it is the most successful movie musical of all time worldwide.

Seen on stage by over 32 million people around the world, the global smash hit stage production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating more than 7 years on Broadway and is currently playing record-breaking engagements in Las Vegas and on National Tour in the United States. There are currently 8 productions of MAMMA MIA! running around the world (6 resident productions and 2 tours).

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Meryl Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends -- practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) -- from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's hit songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," "Mamma Mia! The Movie" is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The single disc DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP, the 2-disc Special Edition is available for $34.98 SRP, and the Blu-ray Hi-Def is priced at $39.98 SRP.

CRITICS SING THE PRAISES OF "MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE"

Some of America's top critics saluted "Mamma Mia! The Movie" when it took the country by storm with its catchy tunes and ebullient message. "An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration! You'll want to see it again the minute it ends," raves Pete Hammond, of Hollywood.com. Richard Roeper of "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper" says the film is "a lot of fun" while Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Meryl Streep is sensational!" and the movie is "irresistible," adding, "this is the winner that will take it all!" Bradley Jacobs of Us Weekly declares "Mamma Mia! The Movie," "A crowd-pleaser!"

                                  BONUS FEATURES

Bonus features on the "Mamma Mia! The Movie" single disc, 2-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def include:

    -- Sing Along:  Watch the film and sing along to the lyrics displayed at
       the bottom of the screen. With 22 ABBA songs from "Dancing Queen" to
       "Take a Chance on Me," take your home entertainment experience to a
       whole new level!
    -- All-New Musical Number: "The Name Of The Game"
    -- Feature Commentary with Director Phyllida Lloyd

The following bonus features further enhance the 2-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def versions:

    -- Deleted Scenes
    -- Outtakes
    -- The Making of "Mamma Mia!":  Executive producers Bjorn Ulvaeus and
       Benny Andersson join director Phyllida Lloyd, writer Catherine Johnson
       and producers Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, to give viewers an
       in-depth look into the creation of "Mamma Mia! The Movie."
    -- Anatomy of a Musical Number:  "Lay All Your Love on Me": This
       featurette includes footage of Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper as
       they create one of the movie's most unforgettable scenes.
    -- Becoming a Singer: Go in-studio with the cast of "Mamma Mia! The
       Movie."
    -- Behind the Scenes with Amanda:  Film star Amanda Seyfried shares with
       viewers life on the set of the movie.
    -- On Location in Greece:  Take a trip to Greece with the filmmakers to
       see how the movie was made.
    -- A Look Inside "Mamma Mia!"
    -- "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" Music Video
    -- Digital Copy for your iPod, Mac or PC (for a limited time only)

EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY CONTENT

Only on Blu-ray Hi-Def can fans experience the following interactive features:

    -- BD-LIVE:   Download even more exclusive content, the latest trailers
       and more through your internet connected player!
       -- My Commentary:  Join the celebration and create your own video,
          audio or text track to watch with the movie and send to your
          friends.
       -- My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from
          "Mamma Mia! The Movie" via BD-Live.
       -- Downloadable Content:  Gain exclusive access to never-before-seen
          bonus content and new trailers via BD-Live.
    -- Exclusive U-Control: Universal's exclusive signature feature U-Control
       allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of
       the remote without ever leaving the movie.
       -- Picture-in-Picture:  Learn more about the making of this film, while
          watching the movie.
       -- Behind The Hits: This graphics-only feature allows fans to learn
          more about the film's iconic songs.


    CAST AND FILMMAKERS
    Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
    Screenplay by: Catherine Johnson
    Produced by: Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman
    Music and Lyrics by:  Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
    Some Songs with:  Stig Anderson
    Based on the Original Musical Book by:  Catherine Johnson
    Originally Conceived by:  Judy Craymer
    Based on the Songs of:  ABBA
    Executive Producers:  Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Rita Wilson, Tom
     Hanks, Mark Huffam
    Director of Photography: Haris Zambarloukos, BSC
    Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
    Film Editor: Lesley Walker
    Costume Designer:  Ann Roth
    Choreographer:  Anthony Van Laast
    Musical Director:  Martin Lowe
    Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie
     Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    DVD & BLU-RAY HI-DEF:
    Street Date:  December 16, 2008
    Copyright:  2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
    Price:
    -- SINGLE DISC DVD: $29.98 SRP
    -- 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION: $34.98 SRP
    -- BLU-RAY HI-DEF: $39.98 SRP
    Selection Number:
    -- DVD SINGLE DISC WS:  61101999
    -- DVD SINGLE DISC FF: 61106622
    -- DVD 2-DISC WS: 61107917
    -- BLU-RAY HI-DEF: 61106619
    Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
    Layers:
    -- DVD: Dual
    -- BLU-RAY HI-DEF: BD-50
    Aspect Ratio:
    -- DVD FF: Full Frame 1.33:1
    -- DVD WS: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
    -- BLU-RAY HI-DEF: Widescreen 2.40:1
    Rating: PG-13 (for some sex-related comments)
    Technical Info:
    -- Sound:
       -- DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, French and Spanish
       -- BLU-RAY HI-DEF: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Spanish/French DTS
          Surround 5.1
    -- Subtitles:  English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

                        http://www.mammamiamovie.com/

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