DID YOU HEAR? SHOUT! STUDIOS TO BRING MOZART’S TIMELESS MASTERPIECE THE MAGIC FLUTE TO HOME SCREENS ON APRIL 25—Families Can Experience the Magic from the Comfort of Home on VOD April 25 and Blu-ray+DVD Combo, DVD and Digital on May 16


Families Can Experience the Magic from the Comfort of Home on VOD April 25 and Blu-ray+DVD Combo, DVD and Digital on May 16

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Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2023) – Grab the popcorn and gather everyone in the house for a magical adventure straight from the big screen to the home screen with The Magic Flute, available April 25 on VOD, and on May 16 on digital, Blu-ray+DVD Combo and DVD.

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With a cast led by Jack Wolfe (Netflix’s Shadow and Bone) and Oscar®-winner F. Murray Abraham (The White Lotus) with an ensemble cast of international opera stars, a new generation will be introduced to Mozart’s The Magic Flute. After all, it has fascinated audiences for nearly 230 years and to this day, this timeless story of fantasy and adventure continues to enchant and inspire. Birdcatcher’s Song or the Queen of the Night’s aria are familiar to almost everyone around the world, even if they are not aware of its origins.


Families Can Experience the Magic from the Comfort of Home on VOD April 25 and Blu-ray+DVD Combo, DVD and Digital on May 16
Tweens, teens and adults will be mesmerized when young Tim Walker (Jack Wolfe) attends a legendary Mozart boarding school! But at this school, he discovers a magical portal into the fantastic world of the composer’s famed masterpiece, The Magic Flute. Themes of courage, virtue and wisdom triumph in the end.

Audiences have been gushing online since the film hit the big screen earlier this year. Wrote one Fandago fan, “I think Mozart himself would be charmed by this film.” She continued, “Words cannot describe how truly magical this movie is! Both the real world and the magic flute’s world are so visually stunning, it takes one’s breath away! And everyone involved can sing so beautifully! …And F. Murray Abraham is truly in his element as the grumpy, erudite authority figure. But the real standout is Iwan Rheon as the scene stealing Papageno… All in all, this is a must-watch for everyone, especially as an introduction to Mozart’s iconic masterpiece.”

Many critics, who see everything, agreed. “This well-crafted musical fantasy is an excellent way to introduce kids to opera,” wrote Tara McNamara of Common Sense Media. “Contrasting a modern-day real world with a magical land that seems to exist in a different time works well, creating a Harry Potter-type framework around the fantasy adventure.”

“The Queen of the Night aria, though, is performed by Sabine Devieilhe, an acclaimed diva who has played the same role with the Royal Opera of London,” boasted RogerEbert.com’s Nell Mino. “It is breathtaking when she sings that thrilling aria, her fabulous cloak floating up to the sky as though it’s carrying her astonishing high notes.”

A captivating film that follows a teen on two journeys: one into a prestigious boarding school to fulfill his aspirations as a singer, and another into a parallel world filled with fantasy and adventure. Tim (Jack Wolfe) has been dreaming his whole life about attending Mozart All Boys Music School, but already his first days there confront him with a hostile headmaster (F. Murray Abraham), the stresses of a first love, and serious doubts about the authenticity of his singing voice. When he discovers a mystical gateway in the school’s library, he is pulled into the fantastic cosmos of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, where imagination has no limits and the Queen of the Night (Sabine Devieilhe) reigns.

It Began In 1791
Mozart fans may recall that he was 35 years old when, in 1791, when he began to work on his opera The Magic Flute based on a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The composition made its debut in Vienna that Fall, but sadly, it was one of Mozart’s last works, as he passed away in December that same year.

Although The Magic Flute has played in cinemas over the years (Ingmar Bergman produced one in Sweden in 1974), there has never been a major live-action adaptation of the opera in the history of cinema that exploits the possibilities of cinema to do justice to the fantastic adventure elements of Mozart and Schikaneder.

In this 2023 version, a bit of heartwarming movie trivia plays out. Parents and grandparents will recall Miloš Forman’s Amadeus as a great film in 1984. Four decades later, actor F. Murray Abraham, who played the antagonist Salieri in Forman’s film, plays the headmaster of the Mozart boarding school! He was awarded an Oscar® for his outstanding performance in Amadeus – which also won the Oscar® for Best Picture!

Another tidbit of trivia is how many of the scenes in The Magic Flute were shot in Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Some of the locations are also familiar to film fans from the musical The Sound of Music (1965) with Julie Andrews!

On April 25, families can find this magical movie available VOD everywhere you rent movies ($9.99).  On May 16, look to own the moving on Digital, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release ($14.99 Digital, $19.98 DVD) at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other fine retailers.

The Magic Flute • Ages 10+ • 124 Minutes

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Shout’s upcoming releases include action-comedy Showdown At The Grand, starring Oscar®-winner Terrence Howard and Dolph Lundgren, neo-Western thriller Head Count starring Aaron Jaukobenko, Melanie Zanetti, and Ryan Kwanten, and documentary feature Refuge from levelFilm, Katie Couric Media and Artemis Rising.  Recent releases include epic fantasy adventure The Magic Flute, executive produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Jack Wolfe and Oscar®-winner F. Murray Abraham,  the sci-fi comedy-drama Linoleum, starring Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn , Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, the critically acclaimed Shout! Studios original Western Old Henry, starring Tim Blake Nelson, comedy-drama Language Lessons, directed by Natalie Morales and starring Morales and Mark Duplass, comedy-drama Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Standing Up, Falling Down, starring Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal.

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