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Steven Spielberg and his father's Cold War connection to Bridge of Spies

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Steven Spielberg’s dad beat him to the story.

Long before the director made Bridge of Spies, about the U.S/Soviet spy swap to recover downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, his father, Arnold, shot some of his own images of the plane wreckage during a visit to Moscow as part of a peace program exchange in the early 1960s.

The drama debuts on Blu-ray Feb. 2, and EW has an exclusive behind the scenes video of Spielberg and his father discussing their unusual family connection to this moment in history.

“When he heard I was making this movie, he said, ‘Oh, Steve, you’ve got to hear this,’” the director told EW. “Then he comes up with the pictures he took of the remains of the U-2.”

We also have the exclusive Blu-ray trailer for the film, which stars Tom Hanks as American attorney James Donovan, who helped broker the swap, and Mark Rylance as the enigmatic, captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

In another bit of Spielberg family coincidence, Arnold turns 99 on Feb. 6, just four days after the Bridge of Spies disc hits stores.