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Billy: The Early Years Releases on DVD March 16, 2010

The Amazing and True Story of the 20th Century's Most Prominent Preacher

The Crusade Begins March 16, 2010 

Contact: Brian Burch, 616-233-0500; www.billytheearlyyears.com 

TORONTO, Feb. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- For audiences worldwide, no person has delivered the message of God with more power and dedication than Billy Graham. With an undying commitment, Billy Graham has used the Lord's word to help millions accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Billy: The Early Years presents a rare glimpse into the life of the young Graham and how his mission and commitment to God shaped the man who changed the face of modern Evangelism and went on to become one of the world's most influential preachers. Directed by veteran Actor / Director and Golden Globe® nominee Robby Benson (Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles, The Greatest Story Ever Told).

Armie Hammer (Veronica Mars, Flicka), who plays an incredibly authentic Graham, takes the viewer deep into the heart of the man. From his humble beginnings we join Billy on a journey to spread the word of the lord. Billy: The Early Years includes such Hollywood luminaries as Academy Award®-winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood, "Entourage"), Lindsay Wagner ("The Bionic Woman"), Stefanie Butler ("CSI: NY") and Grammy Award®-nominated country music sensation Josh Turner.

The motion picture soundtrack was produced by John Carter Cash, son of the legendary Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Anastasia Brown (August Rush), and features a host of great artists such as Michael W. Smith, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Patty Griffin, Josh Turner, Brad Paisley and Roy Orbison.

In today's uncertain world, faith-based films are more in-demand than ever before. Hot on the heels of several notable successes in this genre, Billy: The Early Years brings the uplifting and dramatic true story of Billy Graham to life for the first time in a major motion picture. This profoundly moving film charts his remarkable spiritual journey and vividly etches a compelling portrait of Billy Graham the man. Billy: The Early Years was awarded The Dove's Family Seal of Approval, making it suitable for all ages.

"This film will make you thankful for the life of Billy Graham," proclaims the Dove Foundation.

Mary Graham, President of Women of Faith, states, "Finally, someone has made the kind of family-friendly film we've been asking for!"

The Movie Reporter calls it "Downright Entertaining!"

In addition to this inspiring film, the DVD includes an exclusive 2009 sermon recorded by Billy Graham, the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the creation of Billy: The Early Years, a photo gallery, theatrical trailer and the DVD trailer.

The film premieres on DVD on March 16, 2010 nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99, just in time for Easter.

Screeners available upon request.

About Phase 4 Films, Inc.
Phase 4 Films distributes features films, television and special interest content across all media in the North American market. Its label, kaBOOM! Entertainment, is one of the leading pre-school and children's brands in the market.

BILLY: THE EARLY YEARS Specifications:
Street Date: March 16, 2010
Pre-Order Date: February 9, 2010
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rating: PG
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
SRP: $29.99 U.S.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Enhanced
Language: English Closed Captions, Spanish Subtitles