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  The Looming Tower

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/10/18

They call this a "limited series." To me it seems like a miniseries. It's very good. Anyone should love it. It's based on a book, which is based on what really happened....it shows the events that led to the 9/11 attack.

Jeff Daniels is one of the many stars of this series. He plays a pompous FBI agent that tries to find the truth but faces opposition from the CIA and other groups.

It's the type of show that you really have a hard time looking away from. I find it quite compelling. Anyone who loves a good drama should enjoy it, not just those who know about history or politics.

MORE INFORMATION:

“A gripping horror story of historic inevitability” – The Hollywood Reporter

LEGENDARY TELEVISION’S THRILLING LIMITED SERIES

THE LOOMING TOWER

WILL BE RELEASED ON DIGITAL MAY 21, 2018

AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

BY WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Release Includes the Entire 10-Part Series Plus Bonus Content

Including Three New Featurettes and Audio Commentaries

BURBANK, CA (May 15, 2018) – The events that led to the deadliest terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil are chronicled on The Looming Tower, the powerful 10-part drama to be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 18, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  Adapted from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Wright, the series reveals the untold story of the September 11 attacks and how the secret rivalry between the FBI and the CIA may have inadvertently set a path for the tragedy to take place.  The series has received critical praise and features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Jeff Daniels (Godless, The Newsroom), Peter Sarsgaard (Wormwood, The Killing), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water), Bill Camp (The Night Of) and Wrenn Schmidt (Outcast, Person of Interest). Now consumers can own the thought-provoking drama in its entirety, plus all-new bonus content. The Blu-ray™ release will retail for $39.99 SRP and the DVD release will be available for $29.98 SRP. 

The Looming Tower will also be available to own on Digital for the very first time via purchase from digital retailers on May 21, 2018, just 30 days after the series finale on Hulu. Consumers can enjoy all 10 episodes in high definition and standard definition (retail $24.99/$18.99) along with never-before-seen bonus content.

The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how at the time, the FBI and the CIA may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington D.C., the counter terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Jeff Daniels stars as I-49 Squad chief John O’Neill who faces a deliberate lack of cooperation from other intelligence organizations within the federal government, after he’s convinced the United States has been targeted for an attack by Al-Qaeda. His counterpart within the CIA, the frequently antagonistic Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard), assumes the CIA is the only government agency equipped to battle potential terror threats from abroad. He disobeys presidential orders and purposely keeps information from the FBI. Although the goal of both organizations is the same, preventing a terrorist attack from happening in the U.S., the competitive nature between the two agencies and their inability to work with one another, may have given Al-Qaeda operatives in the U.S. the opportunity to put their devastating plan in motion.

The series also stars Louis Cancelmi (Billions), Virginia Kull (Sneaky Pete), Ella Rae Peck (Feed the Beast), and Sullivan Jones. Alec Baldwin guest stars.

Produced by Legendary Television, The Looming Tower is executive produced by Oscar©-nominated writer Dan Futterman (In TreatmentA Mighty Heart, Capote), Oscar© and Emmy©-award-winning documentary filmmaker, and director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side), Lawrence Wright (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, The Siege), Craig Zisk (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine Nine) and Adam Rapp (Vinyl, Flesh and Bone). The 10-episode limited drama series originally premiered on Hulu February 28, 2018.

The Looming Tower powerfully reenacts the extraordinary events leading into the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks. Viewers will be gripped from the very start,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “Based on the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and shot in multiple locations around the world, The Looming Tower is a political thriller consumers won’t want to miss. We are excited to offer this remarkable series on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital with exclusive bonus content to take consumers deeper into this true story and the making of the series.”

Featured Episodes:

  1. Now It Begins…
  2. Losing My Religion
  3. Mistakes Were Made
  4. Mercury
  5. Y2K
  6. Boys at War
  7. The General
  8. A Very Special Relationship
  9. Tuesday
  10. 9/11

Digital Bonus Material:

  • Across Three Continents: Creating The Looming Tower (new featurette)- From New York to Morocco to Johannesburg, THE LOOMING TOWER production team went to great lengths to recreate and film the series as accurately as possible.
  • Ali Soufan: In His Own Words (new featurette) - Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan reveals his personal American story and shares memories of his mentor John O'Neill.
  • The Looming Tower: Divided We Fail (new featurette) - THE LOOMING TOWER author Lawrence Wright, Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan, Executive Producers Dan Futterman and Alex Gibney, and the cast explore the complicated relationship between the FBI and CIA in the years leading up to 9/11.
  • The Complexities of Character (new featurette) - The cast of THE LOOMING TOWER reveal their motivations and approach to playing their complicated roles.
  • The Looming Tower: A First Look

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Material:

  • Across Three Continents: Creating The Looming Tower (new featurette)- From New York to Morocco to Johannesburg, THE LOOMING TOWER production team went to great lengths to recreate and film the series as accurately as possible.
  • Ali Soufan: In His Own Words (new featurette) - Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan reveals his personal American story and shares memories of his mentor John O'Neill.
  • The Looming Tower: Divided We Fail (new featurette) - THE LOOMING TOWER author Lawrence Wright, Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan, Executive Producers Dan Futterman and Alex Gibney, and the cast explore the complicated relationship between the FBI and CIA in the years leading up to 9/11.
  • The Complexities of Character (new featurette) - The cast of THE LOOMING TOWER reveal their motivations and approach to playing their complicated roles.
  • Audio Commentaries - The Creators take the audience inside the creative process of creating the Pilot and Finale episodes.

Digital

 

The Looming Tower will be available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.  

The Basics

 

The Looming Tower

Street Date:

September 18, 2018

SRP:

 

$29.98 (SD)

$39.99 (BD)

Running Time:

550 min. approx. (feature)

142 min. approx. (enhanced content)

Configuration

SD: 2 DVD-9s

BD: 2 BD-50s + Digital Copy

Aspect Ratio:

16x9 Widescreen

Audio:

English 5.1, Portuguese 2.0 SD

English 5.1, Portuguese 2.0,

Spanish 2.0 BD

Subtitles:

DVD: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Latin Spanish, French, Thai, Korean

BD: English, French, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Korean, Portuguese

The Credits

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About Legendary Entertainment

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary Television produces and distributes innovative top quality content for all platforms worldwide. 

Legendary Television 

The studio's roster also includes the recently released reboot of the classic family adventure series LOST IN SPACE for Netflix and CARNIVAL ROW, a fantasy noir drama starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, from Rene Echevarria & Travis Beacham for Amazon. The third season of Legendary Television’s critically acclaimed science-fiction drama COLONY, co-created by Carlton Cuse, is currently airing on USA Network. Three seasons of LOVE, a relationship comedy from Judd Apatow, are now available exclusively on Netflix. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com


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