- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 5 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: HBO Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround 2.0 - English
Disc 1: "Part 1: Millenium Approaches" (Chapters 1-3)
Disc 2: "Part 2: Perestroika" (Chapters 4-6)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2004
"ANGELS is a buoyant, metaphor-packed epic..."
USA Today - 09/17/2004
"[A] six-hour triumph for Mike Nichols....Consistently absorbing..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/17/2004
"It deals with life and death and nearly everything in between, commenting on everything along the way, daring you to define your own beliefs in its utter lack of ambivalence."
Uncut - 11/01/2004
"Both epic and intimate."
In transferring Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play to the small screen, director Mike Nichols has crafted a profound, ambitious masterpiece. The film follows a sprawling group of characters as they navigate their way through the cutthroat New York City of the 1980s, when AIDS began to rear its ugly head. Getting sicker by the minute, Prior Walter is abandoned by his tormented lover, Louis (Ben Shenkman); deluded lawyer Roy Cohn (Al Pacino) is visited by Ethel Rosenberg (Meryl Streep), a woman he helped to condemn; and the pill-popping Harper (Mary-Louis Parker) is on the verge of losing her sanity when she realizes that her husband, Joe (Patrick Wilson), is a closet homosexual.
Like the best works of art, Nichols' production doesn't merely reflect a particular chapter in America's history. It floats deeper, into a world where everyday feelings are elevated to a spiritual realm. Already hailed as a modern classic, ANGELS IN AMERICA is one of the medium's crowning achievements.