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A modern spin on the opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of eight friends dealing with life and love in Manhattan's Alphabet City in 1989. Director Christopher Columbus (Mrs Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) adapts the hit Broadway musical of the same name to the big screen. Wannabe filmmaker Mark (Anthony Rapp) and singer/songwriter Roger (Adam Pascal) are facing eviction at the hands of their former roommate and current landlord, Benny (Taye Diggs). Benny has married rich, moved out of the neighbourhood, and wants to build a state-of-the-art studio where the local tent city stands. Their downstairs neighbour, vivacious Mimi (Rosario Dawson)--who strips at a local club to feed her heroin habit--takes a shine to Roger, a self-imposed recluse and former junkie whose last girlfriend died of AIDS. Their friend Collins (Jesse L. Martin) returns to town and quickly falls for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), a glamorous, gracious, HIV positive transvestite. Finally, there is Maureen (Idina Menzel), a performance artist who is planning a protest against Benny’s plans and has dumped Mark for cerebral Joanne (Tracie Thoms), a lawyer. 

Over the course of a year, the friends face poverty, drug addiction, break-ups, reconciliations, eviction, and AIDS. Despite these challenges, they find support, hope, and acceptance in each other, all the while embracing the bohemian lifestyle that was so much a part of the Lower East Side. Newcomers Dawson and Thoms mix seamlessly with the original cast members, and Columbus introduces some interesting staging locations. With a concept, music, and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, Rent is an exuberant rock and roll musical with the underlying message that love can prevail despite all odds and that, ultimately, there really is no day but today.

Special Features:

* Audio commentary by director Chris Columbus and stars Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal
* Never-before-seen deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
Re-released on
September 28th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English, Italian
Length (Minutes)
135
Studio
Subtitles
English, English - HI, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
UPC
9317731032325
Product ID
1520590

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