THE AMERICAN DVD and Bluray Release Details

Academy Award® winner George Clooney (Up in the Air, Burn After Reading) is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn (Control).  Hailed as “riveting and irresistible” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News), this Focus Features film debuts on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand on December 28, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The American follows elusive assassin Jack’s (Clooney) treacherous journey as he completes his last assignment – but when he pursues a torrid relationship with a beautiful woman, Jack soon finds himself in a battle to escape from his troubled past.  Also starring Violante Placido (Soul Mate), Thekla Reuten (In Bruges), and Paolo Bonacelli (Midnight Express), The American is a mesmerizing film critics are calling “a labyrinth of seduction, secrets and suspense!” (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV).

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  • JOURNEY TO REDEMPTION: the making of The American – An inside look at the making of The American.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY – With director Anton Corbijn


Street Date: December 28, 2010

Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 62112874

Running time:  1 Hour 45 Minutes

Layers: BD-50

Picture Format:  Widescreen

Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1

Rating: Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity.

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DD 2.0 DVS2, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1 and French DTS Surround 5.1


Street Date: December 28, 2010

Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 62112875

Running time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Layers: Dual layer

Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Rating:  Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity.

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS 2.0 DD, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1


Cast: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli

Directed by: Anton Corbijn

Screenplay by: Rowan Joffe

Based on the Novel A Very Private Gentleman by: Martin Booth

Produced by: Anne Carey, Jill Green, Ann Wingate, Grant Heslov, George Clooney

Executive Producer: Enzo Sisti

Director of Photography: Martin Ruhe

Production Designer: Mark Digby

Editor: Andrew Hulme

Music by: Herbert Gronemeyer

Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb

Casting By: Beatrice Kruger