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HBO's spectacularly successful biopic tracing the later life of piano superstar Liberace, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray today, September 17, 2013.

Subtitled "The Secret Life of Liberace", the Steven Soderbergh-directed film premiered May 26 on the premium cable channel to HBO's biggest audience in over a decade for an original film, subsequently racking up millions more views on HBO GO and DVR. Also, the film is currently in many movie theaters around the world following its HBO premiere, where it has received an international release.

Of course, the music-centric film has many elements of particular interest to theatre fans, especially given that it features the final film score composed by EGOT - Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winner; plus Pulitzer Prize - recipient Marvin Hamlisch, the second collaboration between Soderbergh and Hamlisch following his well-regarded work on 2009's THE INFORMANT!

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA also purportedly marks Soderbergh's final pre-retirement film - his swan song, in more ways than one - and features a script by Richard LaGravenese, who will be helming the feature film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's two-person Off-Broadway cult musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS from his own script later this year, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Additionally, the film is populated with many faces familiar to theatre fans - most notably, Glee star Cheyenne Jackson as well as Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe and more.

Check out my extensive SOUND OFF review of the film, available here.

Pre-order BEHIND THE CANDELABRA on DVD/Blu-ray here.

View the trailer for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA below.

Photo Credit: HBO

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