The Mary Sue Exclusive Clip: Houdini’s Heroine

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Houdini is available via Digital HD now and on on Blu-ray and DVD October 7, but here’s a special behind-the-scenes clip you won’t see there. It features star Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) discussing her role as Harry Houdini’s (Adrien Brody) wife Beth from the History miniseries telling us some stuff I certainly did not know (your Houdini history knowledge may vary, of course).

Here’s a summary of the miniseries:

His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. HISTORY®’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s transformation from immigrant into the world’s first superstar. Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes.

And a few more details on the release:

The Houdini two-disc Blu-ray and two-disc DVD feature both the original HISTORY® televised version as well as a brand-new extended edition with over 20 minutes of additional film footage of the captivating series. TheHoudini Blu-ray and DVD also include four behind-the-scenes featurettesand will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively.

Houdini is based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D., and written by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Best Adapted Screenplay, 1976) and directed by Uli Edel,who directed the Academy Award®-nominated film The Baader Meinhof Complex (Best Foreign Language Film, 2008). Houdini is a Lionsgate/A+E Studios co-production.

Thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment for the exclusive clip!

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