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Automat Pictures Adds Value to “Philadelphia” DVD

Produces “People Like Us: Making Philadelphia” documentary and other material (November 03, 2004)

Automat Pictures, Inc., a multi-award winning DVD Added Value and EPK production company, whose clients include most of the major motion picture studios, has produced a critically acclaimed documentary feature film entitled “People Like Us: Making Philadelphia,” and other value-added material for client Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment’s upcoming DVD release of “Philadelphia.” This title was released to the public on November 2nd. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey Schwarz, co-president, Automat Pictures, and producer of the DVD.

Regarding this project, Mr. Schwarz said, “’Philadelphia’ is a benchmark film in terms of its matter of fact approach to AIDS, as well as the way it allowed audiences to closely identify with a person struggling with the disease. It was also the first time a major star played a lead gay character, and helped pave the way for more gay visibility in cinema.”

Regarding the “Philadelphia” DVD release, director Jonathan Demme said, "I'm as proud of my involvement with ‘Philadelphia’ as I was the first day it was released and I'm really thrilled about this Special Edition becoming available because the picture has lost none of its power and unfortunately, none of its pertinence. I'm particularly struck, these years later, by the determination of Mike Medavoy and Marc Platt, two courageous and visionary movie executives without whom Philadelphia probably would not have been made."

The Automat value added elements for “Philadelphia” are:
** “People Like Us: Making Philadelphia” – This documentary chronicles the triumphant story behind the first Hollywood studio film about AIDS. Ten years after its release, the cast and crew of Philadelphia discuss how their film introduced mainstream audiences to issues surrounding AIDS and homophobia and became an Oscar winning modern classic. Featuring Jonathan Demme, stars Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas, screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, and many more. Shown at The 2003 San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, The 2003 Austin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and The 2003 Outflix Memphis Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

** Audio Commentary: Featuring director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner

** “One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other Foot in the Grave” – For the first time on home video, the Jonathan Demme produced documentary about the Dolly Madison Room in New York City, which inspired the making of “Philadelphia.”

** Deleted Scenes – Including the much discussed bedroom scene between Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas.

** “Courthouse News: – Featurette made from outakes of the courthouse protest

** “Joe Miller TV Spot” – Commercials for Denzel Washington’s fictional law practice

** Vintage Featurette and Theatrical Trailer

** Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” music video

About Automat Pictures:
Based in Los Angeles, Automat Pictures is a multi-media production company specializing in the production of DVD Added Value, and in the production of EPK (electronic presskit) elements. Co-founded by Jeffrey Schwarz and Laura Nix, Automat Pictures has provided original DVD content to such major releases as the “Martin Scorsese Collection,” the “Rambo” trilogy, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Elf,” “Basic Instinct,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Blue Velvet,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Princess Bride,” “Starship Troopers,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “John Q,” and “Men in Black II,” among many others.

Automat Pictures is located at 3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite # 615, LA, CA, 90010. The phone is 213/351-0444, and the web is:


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