Rebellion, redemption and rock ‘n’ roll combine to create an intriguing backdrop for the faith and family-friendly feature film, The Identical. This powerful story about a young man’s search for purpose and identity continues building momentum following its release to the home video market on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD, VOD and Digital HD January 13 from City of Peace Films, Capitol Christian Distribution and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). It can be found at Christian retailers including Family Christian, LifeWay Christian, Mardel, Parable, Munce Group and Covenant Group, as well as Walmart, Amazon and more.
Print and online Christian media embraced the film with open arms. Christian Music Review called it “…one of the more original movies I have seen in a long time,” and went on to declare, “I absolutely loved it.” Christian Retailing ran a feature story on the project called “Separated at Birth But Connected by Music: The Identical Explores the Power of Calling.” Sonoma Christian Home gave it a 4-star review and dedicated full page to the feature, while Hallels.com and Jesus Freak Hideout posted interviews with producer Yochanon Marcellino and star Blake Rayne, respectively.
Christian television is also playing a roll in fueling the fire for The Identical. Fans of the film can look forward to CTN’s Bridges television show, Juce TV’s Hot Off The Press and Cornerstone Television Network’s Real Life, all of which have secured interviews with Marcellino and Rayne during the month of March.
The Identical, which won the Nashville Film Festival Audience Award – U.S. Narrative, features an all-star cast, including Golden Globe nominees Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) and Ashley Judd (Dolphin Tale 2, Divergent), as Reverend Reece Wade, a depression-era preacher who lives his faith, and his wife Louise; Brian Geraghty (Ray Donovan, Seven Days in Utopia, The Hurt Locker) and Amanda Crew (Charlie St. Cloud), as William and Helen Hemsley, the impoverished parents of twins who just want to do right by their boys; Seth Green (Austin Powers, Family Guy) as Ryan’s friend Dino, who introduces him to the ‘worldly’ joy of rhythm & blues; Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix) as Ryan’s employer and mentor Avi Hirshberg; newcomer Blake Rayne in the pivotal dual roles of Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade; and Erin Cottrell (the Love Comes Softly series) as Ryan Wade’s wife.
The Identical offers viewers a compelling ‘what if’ story. What if twin brothers were born to a poor couple during the Great Depression? What if another young couple, a preacher and his wife who were unable to have children, agreed to take one of the boys and raise him as their own? What if one of the twins grows up poor, but achieves meteoric fame and fortune in the heady days that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll? What if the other twin has the same musical gifts, but struggles between chasing fame and pleasing his parents? What if his ultimate choice uncovers the long buried family secret about his identity?
“The Identical intertwines meaningful themes of faith, family, fatherhood, forgiveness and finding your true calling in life,” declares Focus on the Family’s influential Plugged In website.
Christian Film Database calls The Identical a “story about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition,” and says “movie-going audiences will be drawn to this timeless tale of love, hope and redemption that speaks to all generations.”
“Liotta is totally convincing as Reece. Opposite him, Judd has her best role in years. The surprise of the film is Rayne. He seems to have been created to play this role…fans should latch on to him and make him a star,” says Jackie K. Cooper of The Huffington Post. “This movie entertains–totally. Believe me on that.”
The Dove Foundation awarded The Identical its Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus, calling it an “original and clever movie [that] entertains and should not be missed!”
The Identical is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success and failure, and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really is. It’s a captivating story about a family restored, and a life discovered.
DVD / BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
The Music of The Identical
The Making of The Identical
Behind-the-Scenes w/ Cast Commentary
Zaxby’s Promotional Video
Price: $24.99 (BD Combo) / $19.99 (DVD)
Street Date: January 13, 2015
Pre-Book: December 2, 2014
UPC Number: 677797005817 (BD Combo) / 677797005718 (DVD)
Runtime: 107 minutes + 85 minutes of additional bonus materials
Source: McCain & Co. PR