Who can you trust? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a suspense-driven spy drama when RED SPARROW arrives on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 22.

In this international spy thriller, Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to enter Sparrow School, a secret government program that thrusts her into a treacherous espionage game between Russia and the CIA. She emerges trained as a lethal agent, but is trapped in a world she desperately wants to escape. Red Sparrow “twists and turns until the shocking conclusion” (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation, FOX-TV) – you will not see coming.

Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) reunites with Lawrence and directs an all-star supporting cast including Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling and Joely Richardson in this edge-of-your-seat spy thriller. RED SPARROW is loaded with over 90 minutes of bonus material that takes you inside the making of the film, exploring real-life source material with the author, cast commentary, deleted scenes and much more.

4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ SPECIAL FEATURES

• A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation

• Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast

• Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity

• Heart of the Tempest: On Location

• Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts

• A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production

• Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence

• 10 Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)

• Movies Anywhere Digital Code

DVD

• Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence

• Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)

Thanks to 20th Century Fox we received an advance copy to review the bonus features for you. Take a look below.

A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation

This section begins with Behind he scenes footage before director Francis Lawrence begins discussing his love of the book and how he decided to turn it into film. He loved the authenticity of the book and the writers way of bringing it. Francis pitched the film idea to Jennifer at Comic Con while promoting Mockingjay Part 2 and she joined the project. He wanted to work a Robert that was different to what he had done in therms of story, tone and theme.

Jeniffer Lawrence discusses the character of Dominika. How her mind is affected and how it is interesting due to her intelligence. She’s been used since she was young and now it’s tough to figure out who she’s working for, the Russians the US or herself. Francis and Jenifer worked to make it organic and not exploitational. They didn’t want it to be an erotic thriller.

Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast

Francis Lawrence was excited to work with Jennifer Lawrence and push her to new boundaries than what she did in The Hunger Games Films. Francis was at first concerned that Jennifer wouldn’t want to do the film after reading the script. She was 20 when approached with the film and 27 when it was filmed. Jennifer worked for 3 months on ballet and dialect coaching.

Joel Edgerton was excited about working with Francis and Jennifer. He was the first choice for Francis to play Nate and was looking forward to see the chemistry between both actors. The casting of Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Matthias Schoenaerts are also discussed.

Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity

Francis’s eye for architecture helped to creat the mood of the film. Brining to life a very personal story within magnificent backdrops. He was able to create different looks and worlds as the film progressed and blend hen together seamlessly. Costume designer Tricia had worked with Francis in other projects so she was able to design the looks for the ballet, generals and Dominika’s wardrobe to suit Francis’ idea. Tricia discusses how she went about selecting each character’s looks as they progress through the film.

Heart of the Tempest: On Location

The production designed discusses the importance of visual consistency. They filmed in Moscow, Budapest Slovakia, Vienna and London. Budapest opened the door to having great architecturally places as well as modern day and classical feel.

Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts

Associate Choreographer prepared Jennifer for the 6 minute ballet sequence. How to make it so it looked believable on screen. Jenifer had to be able to carry herself as a ballerina even if she wasn’t doing the full sequences herself. Jennifer had to learn to do all the movements form the waist up to match the dance doubles rhythm when piecing the sequence together.

Joel Edgerton discusses filming fight sequences. Francis explains the blocking of the sequences. How the stunt coordinators choreograph the sequences before he actors come in so they know when each actor will happen and can walk the cast through it so as not to hurt themselves.

A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production

Some of the scenes that were filmed could not be sent over with the dailies for review due to the nudity. Production wanted to be very careful in handling these due to the sensitive nature and it being Jennifer Lawrence. The sound designer was focused on designing audio landscapes for each environment.

The orchestra played a great part in setting the mood and giving each character their own theme. Using the theme of the ballet as the main piece to showcase how it can go from beautiful to brutal.

10 Deleted Scenes With Directory Commentary

Francis Lawrence discusses why some of the film’s scenes where cut in the editing room even though they added to the plot.

Tunnel Escape/Ballet

Nate’s Apartment

Dominika’s Future

“Give Us a Call”

Punishment

“Service to the State”

Following Nate

“And What Progress Has She Made?”

Watching Marta

“I’m Sure He Meant Well”

Overall, the bonus features do a good job of giving us a look behind the curtain into the making of the spy thriller. How much detail director Francis Lawrence took the time to find the prefect cast, locations and production team to out Red Sparrow together.

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