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Video: Showgirls Recut Trailer

2.09.2011 11.38

Hey there,

Just wanted to share with you a fanedit I made over the weekend. So, it's been said that the Inception trailer music (Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey) can make any movie seem better. So I dove into the deep, dark depths of cinema in search of great bad movie in order to see if this theory was true. I'm incredibly pleased to report, after a few hours of editing, the Inception trailer music does, in fact, make any movie seem better.

Actually, my recut trailer sort of draws to surface the themes and ideas that director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas really wanted to convey -- the film is a visually alluring camp-fest seasoned with silly dialogue, bizarre images and a skewed Christ parable. Well played, gentlemen.

Credit to MGM/Fox for the film. If this trailer whets your appetite, buy the movie! It's on Blu-ray now, too! Credit also goes to Zack Hemsey for composing such a masterful song. And to Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers for being awesome and introducing the world to Mind Heist in the trailer for Inception.

Be warned: NSFW! ...unless the people at your office are cool. This is an recut trailer for Showgirls. The film is rated NC-17. This trailer has nudity galore.

Enjoy:

--R. L. Shaffer

Alice In Wonderland on Blu-ray 3D- 12/7/10

12.02.2010 14.19

THE BILLION DOLLAR-PLUS GLOBAL THEATRICAL SMASH

MAKES ITS FIRST BLU-RAY 3D™ DEBUT FOR THE HOME

Disney’s All-New 4-Disc Combo Pack With 3D Hits Retail December 7, 2010

Burbank, Calif., December 1, 2010 – This coming holiday season, the sixth highest-grossing

worldwide film of all time, Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, will be the biggest film to ever release on the all-new Blu-ray 3D™ platform for the home in an all- new 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy) by The Walt Disney Studios on December 7, 2010.

3-D 'Alice in Wonderland' sparkles with magic, splendor - USA TODAY

Specially packaged with family and fans in mind, Disney’s all-new ALICE IN WONDERLAND

4-Disc Combo Pack not only continues to provide viewers with the highest quality of home entertainment technology (pristine 1080p picture, superior Dolby Digital 5.1 HD surround sound), hours of extra cool bonus features, and the ability to enjoy their movie on multiple platforms of choice, but it also offers views the opportunity to enjoy a more immersive and lifelike 3D experience- to the same magical and imaginative story- from the comfort of their own living room couch.

The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful. – TIME

Additionally, the hours of extra cool bonus features, packaged within the DVD and standard

Blu-ray Disc, will take viewers deeper into the famous “Rabbit Hole” - exploring more of the world of Wonderland, it's iconic characters and the making of the film. Features include the making of the Futterwacken Dane, a look inside the world of the Mad Hatter and Johnny Depp's transformation, Tim Burton's vision for the movie and its characters, the visual effects of growing and shrinking of Alice, costume designs, music, stunts and more.

The suggested retail price for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-

ray + DVD + Digital Copy) is $49.99 (US)/$56.99 (Canada).

Film Synopsis:

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney

Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an imaginative

new twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19

years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey

to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike

anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and

more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne

Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and

more. A triumphant cinematic experience – ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an incredible feast for

your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

Film Accolades:

The film’s opening weekend was record-breaking as ALICE IN WONDERLAND achieved the

highest-grossing non-sequel opening weekend in history, the biggest March opening of all time,

the biggest 3D opening of all time and the biggest IMAX opening of all time. To date, ALICE IN

WONDERLAND is the 6th highest-grossing worldwide film of all time and the #3 highest film

release for The Walt Disney Studios.

Bonus Features:

DVD:

• Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the

characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves

as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.

• The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad

Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they

digitally enhanced his eyes.

• Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used

to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee,

Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.

BLU-RAY:

Everything on the DVD plus:

• The Futterwacken Dance – Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance

called the Futterwacken.

• The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim

Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects.

• Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena

Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in

just a few short minutes.

• The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good

queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film.

• Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for

the movie.

• Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film.

• Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and

shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the

storyline.

• Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME

cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the

largest cake in scale.

• Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker

gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together

visually.

*** The Blu-ray 3D Disc does not include bonus materials

--R. L. Shaffer

THE AMERICAN lands on Blu-ray December 28

11.24.2010 14.07

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY STARS

IN THE PROVOCATIVE THRILLER

THE AMERICAN

“««««! Gripping!”

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

DECEMBER 28, 2010

OWN IT ON BLU-RAY™, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND ON-DEMAND

OVERVIEW: Academy Award® winner George Clooney (Up in the Air, Burn After Reading) is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn (Control). Hailed as “riveting and irresistible” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News), this Focus Features film debuts on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand on December 28, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The American follows elusive assassin Jack’s (Clooney) treacherous journey as he completes his last assignment – but when he pursues a torrid relationship with a beautiful woman, Jack soon finds himself in a battle to escape from his troubled past. Also starring Violante Placido (Soul Mate), Thekla Reuten (In Bruges), and Paolo Bonacelli (Midnight Express), The American is a mesmerizing film critics are calling “a labyrinth of seduction, secrets and suspense!” (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV).

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and purest digital sound available.

BD-LIVETM: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!

pocket BLU™: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, BlackBerry®, Nokia® Smartphone, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Also available on the iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high-resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:

Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback, and BD-Live™ functions with ease.

Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.

Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.

Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.

MY SCENES – Bookmark your favorite scenes from the film.

uHEAR™: Never miss a word with uHear™! This innovative feature instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn’t hear.

BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):

· DELETED SCENES

· JOURNEY TO REDEMPTION: THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN – An inside look at the making of The American.

· FEATURE COMMENTARY – With director Anton Corbijn

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY:

Street Date: December 28, 2010

Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 62112874

Running time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Layers: BD-50

Picture Format: Widescreen

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Rating: Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity.

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DD 2.0 DVS2, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1 and French DTS Surround 5.1

--R. L. Shaffer

Heads Up: Horror reviews coming, plus Splice and Nightmare on Elm Street come home today

10.05.2010 14.35

Ahoy readers,

Just a heads up that "Splice," and the 2010 remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" are available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 10/5!.

Look for reviews of both in the coming days, hopefully by the end of the week. This will kick off DVDFuture's annual "Spooky Reviews" Halloween coverage. There are a lot of great titles, and dozens of reviews, headed your way. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out clips from both films:

Splice

Synopsis

Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, they secretly take their experiment underground – risking their careers to push the boundaries of science and serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare. http://www.splicethefilm.com/

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Synopsis

Five teenage friends living on one street all dream of a sinister man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice and a gardener’s glove with knives for fingers. But when one among them dies, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due. To save themselves, they must plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all: Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Haley plays the legendary evildoer in this contemporary reimagining of the seminal horror classic. http://www.nightmareonelmstreet.com/dvd/

--R. L. Shaffer

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD- ON DVD & BD 11/9/10!

9.20.2010 22.12

Here's an exciting pres release, this time for one of my favorite films of the year!

GET READY FOR THE GAME-CHANGING, ACTION-COMEDY

FEATURING EYE-POPPING VISUALS & GRAVITY-DEFYING ACTION

UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE

Scott Pilgrim DVD

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

COMING TO BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

NOVEMBER 9, 2010 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

FOR A LIMITED TIME, BLU-RAY™ PURCHASERS CAN STREAM A BONUS MOVIE INSTANTLY TO THEIR TV WITH BD-LIVE™ OR SMARTPHONE VIA THE FREE POCKET BLU™ APP, NOW NEWLY ENHANCED FOR IPAD™

Universal City, California, Tuesday, September 21—Inventive visuals, endearing performances and a genre-smashing style define Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the critically acclaimed, action-comedy coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD November 9th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In the movie, cutting-edge filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) directs Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad) and an incredible ensemble cast in the story of a charming, unemployed bass player who discovers that in order to date the girl of his dreams, he must first battle her seven super-powered, evil exes.

Both the Blu-ray™ and DVD come loaded with deleted scenes, laugh-out-loud bloopers and cast commentaries assembled by director, producer and co-writer Edgar Wright. The 2-disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is packed with hours of additional in-depth bonus features; a Blu-ray and DVD copy of film; and for a limited time only, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Blu-ray ™ consumers will also be able to stream a free bonus movie instantly to any internet-connected player, Smartphone or iPad™ using the free pocket BLU™ app. Starting with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, iPad™ owners can also enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. With this app, Blu-ray™ consumers will be able to stream their full-length bonus movie in a way that's bigger and better than ever before.

In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright brings Bryan Lee O’Malley’s hugely popular graphic novel series to life with gravity-defying action and videogame-inspired graphics. Joining lead actor Michael Cera is one of the coolest ensemble casts ever to share the big screen including Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard), Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), Chris Evans (upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger), Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick (Twilight series, Up in the Air), Alison Pill (Dan in Real Life), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), Brandon Routh (Superman), Jason Schwartzman (Funny People), Johnny Simmons (Jennifer’s Body), Mark Webber (Broken Flowers), Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) and Ellen Wong (“Runaway”). Scott Pilgrim vs. the World also boasts an awesome soundtrack featuring original music by Beck and performances by Broken Social Scene, Metric and more.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE CRITICS

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World slayed critics of every generation with its highly stylized visuals. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott raves “You may want to see it again as soon as it’s over.” Jeremy Smith of “AintItCoolNews” calls the film “Wholly original. There’s never been a movie like it” and Rossiter Drake of the San Francisco Examiner pronounces it a “bold, brilliant spectacle.” Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is “far and away the funniest movie of the summer,” according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Roger Moore, and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls the film “a breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then stealthily works its way into your heart. It’s a game changer.”

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK:

INSIDER DOCUMENTARIES:

o Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

o Music Featurette

o You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb

ALTERNATE FOOTAGE:

A special look at alternative edits to the film.

PRE-PRODUCTION:

A look inside the film’s pre-production process including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more!

THE MUSIC OF SCOTT PILGIRM VS. THE WORLD:

This feature includes four complete music videos and video remixes from legendary DJ Osymyso.

VISUAL EFFECTS:

This feature takes a second look at the movie’s inventive visual effects.

SOUND WORK:

A mini documentary about the creation of the film’s super-powered sonic landscape.

TRAILERS & TV SPOTS

ADULT SWIM™: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE CENSORS: TV safe version

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION BLOGS from the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by director /producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright.

FREE BONUS MOVIE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Blu-ray Combo Pack consumers will have instant access to stream action hits Tremors or Pitch Black via BD-Live, Smartphone or computer.

U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.

o STORYBOARD PICTURE-IN-PICTURE

POCKET BLU™ app: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad™, Blackberry®, Nokia® Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player and offers advanced features such as:

o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.

o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.

o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

o virtual Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard that will facilitate such Blu-ray™ features as chatting with friends and sending messages.

DIGITAL COPY OF THE FILM:

Blu-ray™ consumers can download a digital version of the movie to their Mac® and or Windows® PC for a limited time only.

BD-LIVE™:

Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.

MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.

AND LOTS MORE!

BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD:

DELETED AND ALTERNATE SCENES with commentary from director/producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE BLOOPERS

FEATURE COMMENTARIES:

Feature Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley

Technical Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope

Cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh

Cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTO GALLERIES including Edgar Wright’s photo blog

TRIVIA TRACK

GALLERIES: Production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts.

SYNOPSIS

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams...literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass—and now is back in town—to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past—from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

******

Can't wait for this one. Look for my review in the coming weeks!

Here's a sneak peek at one of the disc's bonus features!

******

Buy the movie:

Buy the books:

--R. L. Shaffer

The Last Airbender comes to BD and DVD November 16th!

9.14.2010 22.27

Here's an exciting pres release:

LIVE-ACTION EPIC BASED ON NICKELODEON’S POPULAR SERIES DELIVERS INSPIRING ADVENTURE THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY

The Last Airbender Blu-ray

THE LAST AIRBENDER

One of the Top 10 Films at the Summer Box Office Arrives

November 16, 2010 on DVD/Blu-ray Combo with Hours of Added Value

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) brings to life the extraordinary journey of an unlikely hero called upon to save his world in THE LAST AIRBENDER, arriving in a DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack, single disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray on November 16, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on the hugely successful animated TV series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, the exciting live-action film from Paramount Pictures and

Nickelodeon Movies tells the story of four nations, Air, Water, Earth and Fire, locked in an age-old conflict that can only be ended by the Avatar—a single boy with the power to manipulate all four elements. Earning more than $280 million at the global box office to become one of the top 10 family films of the year worldwide, this inspirational adventure features newcomer Noah Ringer(Cowboys & Aliens) as Aang, the lone Avatar, with Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight saga) and Nicola Peltz (Deck The Halls). From the producers of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park, THE LAST AIRBENDER delivers spectacular visual effects, exotic lands and magical creatures with the uplifting message that anyone can be a hero.

THE LAST AIRBENDER DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack boasts over two hours of in-depth, behind-the-scenes special features including a nine-part documentary on the making of the film, a featurette entitled “Origins of the Avatar”, which documents the creative transformation of the hit animated series to the big screen, picture-in-picture insights from the cast and crew that deconstruct some of the amazing action and visual effects sequences, deleted scenes, outtakes and more. The film also will be available as a single disc DVD or single disc Blu-ray, both of which include “Origins of the Avatar”, deleted scenes and outtakes.

THE LAST AIRBENDER DVD & Blu-ray

The DVD/Blu-ray Combo includes the following special features, in high definition as noted:

Disc One (Blu-ray):

o Feature Film (HD)

o Discovering The Last Airbender (nine-part documentary in HD):

* Inspirations –

Co-creators of the show and M. Night Shyamalan give insight into the inner journey the characters take.

* Spirituality –

Explore the deeper spirituality that colors The Last Airbender.

* Heroes –

Aang, Katara and Sokka journey together to save the world; behind-the-scenes piece provides a closer look at these characters and the actors.

* Greenland –

With sub-zero shoots on glaciers and frozen rivers, travel with the filmmakers to Greenland to meet the locals and experience the magnificent landscapes captured for the powerful opening of the film.

* World –

The sets, props, costumes and make-up that helped bring to life four unique nations in the film, each with a distinct look and style.

* Action –

With the film’s “bending” rooted in Martial Arts, uncover Shyamalan’s process with Noah Ringer to create complex, heart-pounding action sequences.

* Effects –

Closer look at the jaw-dropping cinematography and special effects that were created to blend seamlessly with ILM’s computer generated imagery.

* Music –

Longtime creative collaboration between M. Night Shyamalan and composer James Newton Howard is celebrated in the film’s sweeping score

* Finale – The journey culminates in one breathtaking moment on the ice wall

o Siege of the North (HD) –

Get transported to the frozen realm of the Northern Water Tribe and the largest indoor film set ever built on the U.S. east coast.

o Origins of the Avatar (HD) –

Birth of the mythology from the original co-creators of the animated show, Mike DiMartino and Bryan Bryan Konietzko. Concept art from the popular series provides further perspective into how the story would eventually reincarnate into an epic feature film.

o Katara for a Day (HD) –

Spend a day on the set with Nicola Peltz.

o Deleted Scenes (HD)

o Outtakes (HD)

o Avatar Annotations (Picture-in-picture on select scenes) – Insights with cast and crew

THE LAST AIRBENDER DVD & Blu-ray (continued)

Disc 2 (DVD):

o Feature Film

o Digital Copy

THE LAST AIRBENDER single disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray each include:

o Origins of the Avatar (HD on Blu-ray)

o Deleted Scenes (HD on Blu-ray)

o Outtakes (HD on Blu-ray)

The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English Audio Description and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles.

--R. L. Shaffer

Alien Anthology coming to Blu-ray October 26!!

7.15.2010 22.21

Fox takes a lot of heat from many Blu-ray review sites out there, some it justified, too, but I've always been a defender. They do stumble on occasion ("Predator," for example), but they also consistently provide solid catalog tiles and great new releases filled with reference A/V presentation and stellar goodies that take full advantage of what the format has to offer.

Well, they're only improving so it seems. 2010 will officially bring us "The Alien Anthology" on Blu-ray! And this is one helluva great set, loaded with extras ported over from the nine-disc "Alien Quadrilogy" boxset, plus what looks to be hours of new bonus material including the uncut, extended version of Charles de Lauzirika's making-of documentary for "Alien 3."

Even better, the infamous "Burke Cocoon Sequence" is FINALLY seeing the light of day! That's among a very short list of sought after treasures in the deleted scenes world. Very exciting that Fox is putting that on the disc. I had heard James Cameron destroyed the scene.

So, without further ado, here's the full press release for the "Alien Anthology" - it's a doozy:

ON BLU-RAY, EVERYONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM

Alien Anthology

The Ultimate Collection Featuring All Four ALIEN Films Hatches On Blu-ray from October 26 With Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material And The Debut Of The Exclusive and Groundbreaking Interactive Experience, MU-TH-UR Mode

Fans Have A Chance To Board The Nostromo During Comic-Con At Booth #3528 And Enter The Hibernation Chamber Of The Doomed Intergalactic Crew

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 15, 2010) – Sometimes, the scariest things come from within. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents one of the most successful and terrifying film franchises of all time when the ALIEN ANTHOLOGY debuts on Blu-ray for the first time ever from October 25 internationally and on October 26 in North America. All four ALIEN films have been reinvigorated for an intense Blu-ray high-definition viewing experience. The release also marks the debut of MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive materials in the ALIEN ANTHOLOGY and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available ALIEN content, including over 60 hours of special features and over 12,000 images.

The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is a truly unique home entertainment experience. For the first time ever, the studio has united the material from every home video release of the ALIEN saga including the 1991/1992 laserdisc releases, the 1999 “Legacy” release and 2003’s groundbreaking ALIEN QUADRILOGY release into one complete Blu-ray collection. The set also includes two versions of each film and over four hours of previously unreleased exclusive material such as original screentests of Sigourney Weaver prior to filming the original ALIEN, unseen deleted scenes, thousands of still photographs from the Fox archives, the previously unseen original cut of “Wreckage and Rage: The Making of ALIEN3,” and much, much more.

The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY will be available for a suggested retail price of $139.99 U.S. / $179.99 Canada. Prebook is September 22.

The ALIEN ANTHOLOGY is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Last of the Mohicans and The Sound of Music.

DISC ONE: ALIEN

* 1979 Theatrical Version

* 2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

- Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

- Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott

- Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

- Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

DISC TWO: ALIENS

* 1986 Theatrical Version

* 1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction

- Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn

- Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner

- Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

DISC THREE: ALIEN3

* 1992 Theatrical Version

* 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)

- Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen

- Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

DISC FOUR: ALIEN RESURRECTION

* 1997 Theatrical Version

* 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

- Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

- Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

DISC FIVE: MAKING THE ANTHOLOGY

In addition to over 12 hours of candid, in-depth documentaries, you now have the ability to go even deeper into Alien Anthology history with nearly five hours of additional video Enhancement Pods created exclusively for this collection, presenting behind-the-scenes footage, raw dailies and interview outtakes from all four films. At topical points in the documentaries, you may access these pods to enhance your experience, or watch them on their own from the separate Enhancement Pod index.

* The Beast Within: Making ALIEN

- Star Beast: Developing the Story

- The Visualists: Direction and Design

- Truckers in Space: Casting

- Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978

- The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet

- The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design

- Future Tense: Editing and Music

- Outward Bound: Visual Effects

- A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film

- Enhancement Pods

* Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

- 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story

- Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction

- Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization

- This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985

- The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action

- Bug Hunt: Creature Design

- Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien

- Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn

- The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound

- The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects

- Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film

- Enhancement Pods

* Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3

- Development Hell: Concluding the Story

- Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision

- Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision

- Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign

- The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991

- Adaptive Organism: Creature Design

- The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences

- Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992

- Optical Fury: Visual Effects

- Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound

- Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film

- Enhancement Pods

* One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

- From the Ashes: Reviving the Story

- French Twist: Direction and Design

- Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization

- Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996

- In the Zone: The Basketball Scene

- Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design

- Genetic Composition: Music

- Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery

- A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography

- Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film

- Enhancement Pods

DISC SIX: THE ANTHOLOGY ARCHIVES

* ALIEN

Pre-Production:

- First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon

- Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes

- Storyboard Archive

- The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio

- Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary

- Cast Portrait Gallery

Production:

- The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary

- Video Graphics Gallery

- Production Image Galleries

- Continuity Polaroids

- The Sets of Alien

- H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery

Post-Production and Aftermath:

- Additional Deleted Scenes

- Image & Poster Galleries

- Experience in Terror

- Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive

- The Alien Legacy

- American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A

- Trailers & TV Spots

* ALIENS

Pre-Production:

- Original Treatment by James Cameron

- Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary

- Storyboard Archive

- The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries

- Cast Portrait Gallery

Production:

- Production Image Galleries

- Continuity Polaroids

- Weapons and Vehicles

- Stan Winston’s Workshop

- Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras

- Video Graphics Gallery

- Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers

Post-Production and Aftermath:

- Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned

- Deleted Scene Montage

- Image Galleries

- Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive

- Main Title Exploration

- Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright

- Trailers & TV Spots

* ALIEN3

Pre-Production:

- Storyboard Archive

- The Art of Arceon

- The Art of Fiorina

Production:

- Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence

- EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary

- Production Image Galleries

- A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath:

Visual Effects Gallery

Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive

Alien3 Advance Featurette

The Making of Alien3 Promotional Featurette

Trailers & TV Spots

* ALIEN RESURRECTION

Pre-Production:

- First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon

- Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary

- Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup

- Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals

- Storyboard Archive

- The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs

- The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries

Production:

- Production Image Galleries

- A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath:

- Visual Effects Gallery

- Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive

- HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection

- Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette

- Trailers & TV Spots

* ANTHOLOGY

- Two Versions of Alien Evolution

- The Alien Saga

- Patches and Logos Gallery

- Aliens 3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery

- Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection

- Parodies

- Dark Horse Cover Gallery

- Patches and Logos Gallery

- MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience

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