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09.27.2011

DUSTIN HOFFMAN STARS IN THE SWEEPING EPIC - LITTLE BIG MAN

 Critically Acclaimed Classic Revisionist Western Debuts In Stunning Blu-ray™ November 8
From CBS Home Entertainment And Paramount Home Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 27, 2011) – Dustin Hoffman gives a “virtuoso performance”* in the Western...or many say, revisionist Western... classic Little Big Man, from three-time Academy Award® nominated Director Arthur Penn, debuting on Blu-ray Disc™ November 8, in honor of Native American Heritage Month, from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.  

Also available in a freshly repackaged DVD edition, the cinematically sprawling and stunningly-restored film follows the life story of Jack Crabb (Hoffman), a white man raised by Native Americans, as he recounts, often comically, through flashbacks the many historic events he witnessed as the West was won as the bloody result of American imperialism and genocide of Native Americans.  

As a 20th-century historian (William Hickey) listens, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) narrates the story of being a white orphan adopted by the Cheyenne, renamed "Little Big Man," and raised in the ways of the "Human Beings" by paternal father-figure Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George who received an Academy Award® nomination**). After being violently thrown back into the white world, Jack is preyed upon by a preacher’s wife (Faye Dunaway), tries to be a gunfighter under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Corey) and gets married. But when returned to the Cheyenne by chance, Jack prefers life as a Human Being.  Unfortunately, that life was not to be. Jack is a witness to the Washita massacre and is the sole white survivor of the Little Big Horn, the fatal folly of egomaniacal General George A. Custer (Richard Mulligan).

Despite a satiric approach, the film makes a profound statement about the tragedy of prejudice and injustice reeked upon Native Americans. Little Big Man is considered an example of anti-establishment films of the period, allegorically protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War by portraying the U.S. military negatively.

Little Big Man will be available on Blu-ray for the suggested retail price of $24.99 US and $26.99 CAN and on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99 US and $15.99 CAN.

The Little Big Man Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition and features English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French Mono. The DVD is presented in Widescreen with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Stereo Surround and French 2.0 Stereo.  The film is rated PG-13 in the U.S. and PG in Canada.  The total running time is approximately 2 hours, 19 minutes.  The DVD and Blu-ray Disc breakdown is as follows:

  • Little Big Man feature film
  • Theatrical trailer


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LITTLE BIG MAN BLU-RAY

Street Date: November 8, 2011
Pricing: $24.99 US / $26.99 CAN
Catalog #: 145214
Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13 (Intense battle sequences and some sexual content)
CAN Rating: PG

LITTLE BIG MAN DVD

Street Date: November 8, 2011
Pricing: $14.99 US / $15.99 CAN
Catalog #: 377214
Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13 (Intense battle sequences and some sexual content)
CAN Rating: PG

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Press:

Leslie Ryan
310-264-3406
leslie.ryan@cbs.com