Here’s something you don’t see very day. Sub Rosa, distributor of underground horror classics such as Scrapbook and “Truth or Dare,” has acquired the North American home video and DVD rights to John Farrell’s critically-acclaimed 2001 feature film of Shakespeare’s “Richard the Second.” Sub Rosa Studios will release “Richard the Second” in the summer of 2004 on its Sub Rosa Platinum line.
Filmed on location at an abandoned fort on an island off Boston, “Richard the Second” is a modern-dress version of the classic tragedy of a king whose inability to please allies and contain adversaries leads to his downfall and death. The film stars Matte Osian (“Twelfth Night”), Kadina Delejalde (“The Haunting”), Ellen Zachos (“Law and Order”) and Tom Turbiville (“Remember the Titans”) among its diverse cast. “Richard the Second” had its theatrical premiere in New York in July 2001 and filmmaker John Farrell was praised for his innovative adaptation of the Shakespeare text.
“In presenting “Richard the Second” on home video and DVD, Sub Rosa Studios continues its long-running commitment to offering the finest contemporary entertainment from the most talented independent filmmakers,” said Ron Bonk, president of Sub Rosa Studios. “We are very happy to share this remarkable intepretation of Shakespeare with audiences who are eager to discover the finest in today’s alternative cinema.”