BACKDRAFT 2 - press release










Universal City, California, March 19, 2019  Prepare to reignite the legacy of one of the most groundbreaking films of all time in the all-new action-drama, Backdraft 2 arriving on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on May 14, 2019 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home EntertainmentImagine Entertainment and Raffaella ProductionsPacked with stunning visuals and thrilling action, the adrenaline-filled sequel stars Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games franchise, Pride and Prejudice, Backdraft) and William Baldwin (MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-O, Backdraft) reprising their roles as Ronald Bartel and Brian McCaffrey, and welcomes franchise newcomer Joe Anderson (“Outsiders,” “Hannibal”). 


Fire investigator Sean McCaffrey (Anderson), son of the late Steven “Bull” McCaffrey, is now working at the same Chicago fire house along with his uncle Brian (Baldwin). When Sean is assigned to investigate a deadly fire, he and his partner Maggie soon realize that they are dealing with something much more than a routine fire. The clues they discover lead them down a treacherous path of arson, murder, and international terrorism. Sean must use his intuition, along with the help of infamous jailed arsonist Ronald Bartel (Sutherland), in a race to find out who is behind the fire and stop them from accomplishing their devious plans.  


Exciting and gripping, the new installment of the Backdraft legacy marks the return of the franchise’s original filmmakers including producer Raffaella DeLaurentiis (Dragonheart franchise, What Happened to MondayThe Forbidden Kingdom), alongside writer and former firefighter Gregory Widen (BackdraftOtherLife). Backdraft 2 comes from director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (Apollo 18The Hollow Point).  


The Backdraft 2-Movie Collection will also be available on May 14, 2019New and longtime fans can now enjoy the wonder of both films in one must-own 2-Movie Collection, available on DVD.  


Backdraft 2 will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital 

  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.  
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit 


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Cast: Joe Anderson, Alisha Bailey, Jessamine-Bliss Bell with William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland 

Casting By: Gillian Hawser, CDGCSA 

Costume Designer: Oana Paŭnescu 

Editor: Gonzalo López-Gallego  

Music Composed and Performed By: Randy Edelman 

Production Designer: Joseph Hodges  

Director of Photography: Jose David Montero 

Line Producer: Hester Hargett-Aupetit 

Executive Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer  

Co-Producers: Matthew Feitshans, Sylvain Goldberg, Gregory Widen, Adrian Politowski, Cédric Iland, Nadia Khamlichi, Giles Daoust, Catherine Dumonceaux 

Produced By: Raffaella De Laurentiis  

Written By: Gregory Widen 

Directed By: Gonzalo López-Gallego   



Street Date: May 14, 2019 

Selection Number: 63198251 

Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes  

Layers: BD-50 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2:00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 

Rating: Rated R for language, some violence, and disturbing images 

Sound: English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 

Language/Subtitles: English SDH, and French  



Street Date: May 14, 2019 

Selection Number: 63197774 

Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes  

Layers: DVD 9 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 

Rating: Rated R for language, some violence, and disturbing images 

Sound: English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 

Language/Subtitles: English SDH and French 


About Universal 1440 Entertainment, LLC: 

The Universal 1440 Entertainment banner develops and produces live-action and animated productions for distribution in all media worldwide. Since its formation in 2005, the group has assembled an exceptional roster of animated family fare, including the Daytime Emmy®-winning Curious George television series for PBS Kids and Hulu. The group also has successfully built upon some of Universal’s highly celebrated live-action, comedy and drama franchises, JarheadAmerican PieHoney and Bring It On as well as the terrifying Chucky movies.  The division’s next project readying for release is the hilarious stoner comedy How High 2.  


Universal 1440 Entertainment is a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ( Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation