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Year: 2009
USA DVD: New Video
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Mick Lally, Venise du Bois du Roy, Michael McGrath, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican, Paul Young, Paul Tylack
Director: Tomm Moore
Countries: France / Belgium / Ireland
USA & UK: 75 mins
UK Certificate: U
USA DVD Release Date: 5 October 2010
UK Release Date: 1 October 2010 (Limited Release)


The Academy Award®-nominated Best Animated Feature, THE SECRET OF KELLS is a stunning, sweeping adventure about the power of imagination. The delightful and dazzling animated movie will captivate audiences of all ages with astounding imagery and a universally powerful and uplifting story.

Ddirected by Tomm Moore, viewers are transported to a remote mediaeval outpost of Ireland, where young Brendan (Evan McGuire) embarks on a forbidden adventure that begins when a celebrated master illuminator named Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears to travel on a dangerous and mysterious quest that takes him away from his uncle Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) and into the enchanted forest. He meets the fairy Aisling (Christen Mooney), an enigmatic young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But, with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision help illuminate the darkness and prevail against evil?

Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most beautiful animated films of recent times, The Secret of Kells (75 minutes) is the surprise nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.

The Secret of Kells DVD and DVD/Blu-ray combo pack feature two hours of fascinating exclusive bonus content, including audio commentary with the director, co-director and art director; a special "The Voices of Ireland" segment that includes voice recording sessions with Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney and Mick Lally; a director's presentation of pre-production sketches and inspirational images, and more. In addition, the DVD/Blu-ray combo includes a special collectible 24-page full-color prequel graphic novel by Mr. Moore that follows Aisling's and Brendan's adventures that took place before the story in the film begins.

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