The Upside - press release

KEVIN HART AND BRYAN CRANSTON TEAM UP FOR A  
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IN THE HILARIOUS AND HEARTFELT COMEDY INSPIRED BY AN EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY 

 

THE UPSIDE 

 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MAY 14, 2019 

AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD MAY 21, 2019 

 

“GENUINELY FUNNY”  

– JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES 

 

Universal City, California, March 21, 2019 – Kevin Hart (Night School, Ride Along) and Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”) pair up to tell the inspirational true story of a genuine and unique friendship in the fun and moving comedy The Upsidedebuting on Digital on May 14, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 21, 2019 from STXfilmsSpyglass Media Group, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director Neil Burger (DivergentLimitless)the film follows a discouraged out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other bring back their zest for life.  

 

A “funny and warmhearted buddy comedy” (Pete Hammond, Deadlinegrounded in real emotionThe Upside earned an A CinemaScore from moviegoers and features a stellar supporting cast including Nicole Kidman (Aquaman“Big Little Lies”)Golshifteh Farahani (PatersonBoutique), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” “ER”), Aja Naomi King (The Birth of a Nation, “How to Get Away with Murder”), and Tate Donovan (Argo, “Damages”). 

 

Recently paroled ex-convict, Dell Scott (Hart) strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Phillip Lacasse (Cranston) in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. From worlds apart, Dell and Phillip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.  

 

The Upside on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and Digital comes loaded with special bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a breakdown of the onscreen chemistry between Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.  

 

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL 

  • Deleted Scenes  
  • Gag Reel  
  • Onscreen Chemistry: Kevin and Bryan – Film stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston talk about their unique characters and working together on The Upside.  
  • Creating a Story of Possibility – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston share insight on how their characters, Dell Scott and Phillip Lacasse, unexpectedly come together to help each other unlock a new world of possibilities. 
  • Bridging Divisions – Director Neil Burger and Kevin Hart talk about how two very different people find common ground through compassion for each other. 
  • Embracing Positivity – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston open up about positive messages in the film and the power of hope, love, and friendship.  
  • Presenting a Different Side of Kevin Hart – Neil Burger, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston discuss Kevin’s career-changing role and his fantastic performance.  
  • Theatrical Trailer 

 

The Upside will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.  

  • Blu-ray 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.  

 

For artwork, please log onto our website at www.uphepublicity.com 

 

Film Website: http://stxfilms.com/theupside/ 

UPHE Website: http://uni.pictures/Upside  

#TheUpside 

 

FILMMAKERS: 

Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King and Nicole Kidman 

Casting By: Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee 

Music Supervisor: Randall Poster 

Music By: Rob Simonsen 

Costume Designer: Kasia Walicka Maimone 

Editor: Naomi Geraghty 

Production Designer: Mark Friedberg 

Director of Photography: Stuart DryburghASC 

Executive Producers: G. Mac Brown, David Bloomfield, Andy Mitchell, Milos Brajovic, Chris PapavasiliouRobert Simonds, Adam Fogelson,  

Produced By: Todd Black, P.G.A. Jason Blumenthal, P.G.A. Steve TischP.G.A. 

Based on the Motion Picture: “Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Oliver Nakache 

Screenplay By: Jon Hartmere 

Directed By: Neil Burger 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY COMBO PACK: 

Street Date: May 21, 2019 

Selection Number: 64202283 

Layers: BD 50 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen 

Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use.   

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish  

Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 

Run Time: 2 hours and 6 minutes  

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 

Street Date: May 21, 2019 

Selection Number: 64202282 

Layers: DVD 9 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen  

Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use.   

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish  

Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 

Run Time: 2 hours and 6 minutes  

 

About STX Entertainment 

STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises. 

 

The company is led by accomplished businessman and entrepreneur Robert Simonds. Investors include the global private investment firm TPG Growth; Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia's largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China's leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market. 

 

For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com. 

 

About Spyglass Media Group, LLC 

Spyglass Media Group, LLC, is an independent premium content company, focused on developing, producing, financing and acquiring motion pictures and television programming across all platforms for worldwide audiences. The company now owns and controls a library of more than 250 films as well as a development slate of films and television series. Spyglass has strategic partnership backing from global industry leaders Lantern Entertainment, Eagle Pictures and Cineworld Group. 

 

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) 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.