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Wanted On DVD And Blu-Ray Dec. 2

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

For A Limited Time Only, Own the 2-Disc Dvd & Blu-Ray Hi-Def With Digital Copy On December 2, 2008 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal City, Calif., October 13, 2008 – James McAvoy (Atonement) and Academy Award® winners Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Morgan Freeman (Dark Knight) star in the sexy, visually stunning, action thrill-ride Wanted, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 2, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, creator of Day Watch and Night Watch, two of the most successful films in the history of Russian cinema, brings his incomparable imagination and innovative cinematic style to bear on the explosive story of an ordinary man transformed by destiny into a powerful assassin. Based on Mark Millar’s explosive graphic novel series, Wanted blazes new cinematic trails with double-barreled surprises around every corner. Director Bekmambetov leads his extraordinary cast, which also includes Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Terence Stamp (Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace) and Common (American Gangster), through a twisted maze of intrigue packed with two-fisted action.

With its visually inventive effects, experience Wanted at its best on Blu-ray Hi-Def.  With picture perfect visuals and flawless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, the high definition version of Wanted can be viewed on any Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3.  Only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, fans can get an exclusive look at the film’s never-before-seen alternate opening, go deeper into the making of the film’s mind-blowing effects in crystal clear high definition, and via the power of BD-Live, host a text chat with friends while watching the movie in synchronization.

Wanted is available in several home entertainment versions, including single-disc widescreen and full frame DVD editions, 2-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def versions, and deluxe collector’s sets. The limited edition 2-disc versions and collector’s sets include a digital copy of the film.  Perfect for holiday gift-giving, the deluxe collector’s set features collectible packaging pierced with a bullet, creating a shattering effect to the outer case.   Fans will also enjoy the gift set’s photo book of assassins, collectible postcards and acrylic frame motion 3-D film cell. Wanted  is priced at $29.98 SRP for the single-disc DVD, $34.98 SRP for the 2-disc Special Edition DVD, $39.98 SRP for the Blu-ray Hi-Def, $64.98 SRP for the DVD collector’s set, and $69.98 for the Blu-ray collector’s edition set. Preorder close is October 14, 2008.

ALL THE MOST WANTED BONUS FEATURES

The 2-disc Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray Hi-Def and collector’s sets are packed with over an hour of exciting bonus features, including:

·Extended Scene – Be the first to view this killer extended scene from Wanted.
·Cast and Characters – Go behind the scenes with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann and Common as they discuss their roles in the film and their experiences on set.
·Stunts on the L Train – Stunt coordinators Nick Gillard and Mic Rodgers explain how cast members Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy performed the astounding elevated train stunt sequence.
·Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible – Special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy explains how his team pulled off the stunning special effects throughout the film and how Angelina Jolie contributed to the action.
·Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution – A look at how the spectacular visual effects in the film were pre-visualized and executed.   
·The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life – Creator Mark Millar, producer Marc Platt, director Timur Bekmambetov and screenwriters Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan discuss the original graphic novel and the process of adapting it for the big screen. 
·Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov – A video portrait of director Timur Bekmambetov, featuring interviews with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common, producer Marc Platt and the director himself. 
·Wanted: Motion Comics – Watch as the graphic novel comes to life on screen with narration and sound effects.
·The Making of Wanted: The Game
·“The Little Things” Music Video Mash-Up (Please note this feature only appears on the 2-Disc Special Edition and the standard definition collector’s set.)

EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY HI-DEF

In addition to the aforementioned bonus features, all shown in high definition, the Wanted Blu-ray will also include the following bonus content:
·Alternate Opening – View this exclusive alternate opening, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def.
·Exclusive U-Control: Universal’s exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
-Wanted: Motion Comics: See how the graphic novel compares to the movie in this real-time, side-by-side BD exclusive
-Scene Explorer: Explore the onscreen action from up to three different perspectives in this multi-angle feature.
-Assassins Profile: Get the high-tech low-down on each assassin’s strengths, weapons, and position with your own in-movie surveillance system.
-Picture in Picture: Access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes moments while you watch the film.
·BD-Live – The new technology that allows viewers to connect to the Internet and access new exciting exclusive online and interactive features.
-My Chat: Using your internet-connected player, host a text chat with your friends who also own Wanted on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def while you watch the movie in synchronization!
-My Wanted Commentary:  Connect and Create. Ever wish you could create your own play-by-play movie commentary to share with friends? Here’s your chance. UniversalHiDef.com and the BD-Live Center combine to offer you the opportunity to create your own video, audio, or text commentary that you can share with all of your Buddies in the BD-Live community.
-My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from Wanted via BD-Live.

SYNOPSIS

Wesley’s (James McAvoy) life is over – his pathetic, old one, anyway… Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, lead by the mysterious Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes’s long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity in order to determine his own destiny.

WANTED: WEAPONS OF FATE INTERACTIVE GAME BLASTS INTO STORES IN 2009

Fans of the movie ‘Wanted’ can continue the thrilling action and visual style of the film in 2009 with ‘Wanted: Weapons of Fate’ the videogame on the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows®, and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game, produced by Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by GRIN, picks up after the film with an original story and intense gameplay featuring iconic moves such as “Curving Bullets” and “Assassin Time” drawn directly from the film, as well as an innovative, multi-layered cover mechanic.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Screenplay by: Michael Brandt & Derek Hass and Chris Morgan
Story by:  Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
Based on the Series of Comic Books by: Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
Produced by: Marc Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter, Iain Smith
Executive Producers: Adam Siegel, Marc Silvestri, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber
Director of Photography: Mitchell Amundsen
Production Designer: John Myhre
Edited By: David Brenner, ACE
Co-Producers:  Mark Millar, J.G. Jones, Chris Carlisle
Costume Designer:  Varya Avdyushko
Music By: Danny Elfman
Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD

Street Date:  December 2, 2008
Pre-Order Close: October 14, 2008
Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price:  Single disc: $29.98 SRP
2-disc Special Edition: $34.98 SRP
Gift set: $64.98 SRP
Blu-ray: $39.98 SRP
Blu-ray gift set: $69.98 SRP
Selection Number: 
61102213 Full Frame
61102058 Wide Screen
61106052 2-Disc Special Edition
61106051 Collector’s Set
61106054 Blu-ray
61107335 Blu-ray Collector’s Set
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Layers: 
Standard Definition: Dual
Blu-ray Hi-Def: BD-50
Aspect Ratio:  Various

Rating: Rated R (for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality.)

Technical Info: 
Standard definition:
-Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English/Spanish/French; English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0
-Subititles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Hi-Def:
-DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English/DTS Surround 5.1 Spanish/French
-Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
 Date: 10/28/2008

Plague Town Screening in New Haven, CT

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Dark Sky Films’ new feature PLAGUE TOWN will screening twice at the Criterion/Bow Tie theater this Thursday night, October 30th, at 7.30 and 9.30pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q & A with Director/Co-Writer David Gregory, Stars Josslyn DeCrosta & Kate Aspinwall, Producer Daryl Tucker and Composer Mark Raskin.PLAGUE TOWN was filmed last fall in Connecticut and the screenings will mark the area premier. Advance tickets are available at www.criterioncinemas.com 

Futurama: Bender’s Game – on DVD and Blu-ray 11/4/08

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Debuts The Most Futuristic Medieval Adventure Ever On Hi-Def Blu-ray

Touching Down On DVD And Blu-ray Disc November 4

CENTURY CITY, CALIF. – Head back to the future when Futurama: Bender’s Game premieres on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray Disc November 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for the most fantastical “Futurama” yet: Futurama: Bender’s Game.  With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world’s only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel.  But deep beneath the surface, they discover a far stranger place… a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.

Joining the cast are guest stars George Takei, the iconic Captain Sulu from the original “Star Trek” series, and comic impressionist Rich Little.

The third installment of four all-new feature-length adventures, the Futurama: Bender’s Game DVD and Blu-ray are packed with special features. Hosted by David X. Cohen, “Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama” chronicles the influence of the classic role-playing fantasy game on the franchise.  Other special features include outtakes, cast commentary, an anti-piracy message from Bender, an interactive Futurama Genetics Laboratory, a sneak peek at the next “Futurama” epic, and much more!

The Futurama: Bender’s Game DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada and on Blu-ray for $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada.  Prebook is October 8.
 
DVD Special Features:
Futurama: Bender’s Game will be presented in widescreen format with English Dolby Surround 5.1, along with French and Spanish subtitles.  Bonus features include:
    •    Commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Michael Rowe,                    Claudia Katz and Dwayne Carey-Hill.
    •    Storyboard Animatic:  Bender’s Game, Part One
    •    Futurama Genetics Lab – Cross-breed Your Favorite Characters!
    •    Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama feaurette
    •    How To Draw “Futurama” In 83 Easy Steps Featurette
    •    3D Models Featurette With Animator Discussion
    •    Deleted Scene: “Cup or Nozzle?”
    •    Blooperama 2: Outakes From Bender’s Game
    •    Bender’s Anti-Piracy Warning
    •    A Sneak Peek at the Next “Futurama” Epic, Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder

Blu-Ray Exclusive:
The Futurama: Bender’s Game BD release includes the wide screen version of the film and all of the above standard definition special features plus Picture-in-Picture capabilities.  The disc will be authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression and presented on 50 GB dual-layer disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio plus English, French, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese subtitles.

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment.  Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

FUTURAMA: BENDER’S GAME
Street Date: November 4, 2008
Prebook Date: October 8, 2008
Catalog Number: 2254187 (Single-Disc FS Edition)
                           2254189 (Blu-ray)
DVD Price: $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada (WS / FS single-disc)
                                       $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada (Blu-ray)
MPAA Rating: NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

Hellboy II: The Golden Army From Universal Studios Home Entertainment On Nov. 11

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
ON NOVEMBER 11, 2008

EXPERIENCE VISIONARY DIRECTOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S ACTION-PACKED EPIC WITH PERFECT PICTURE & PUREST 7.1 DIGITAL SOUND ON BLU-RAY HI-DEF

Universal City, Calif., September 25, 2008 – The roughest, toughest, most unlikely hero of all is back in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, available in 3-disc special edition DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def on November 11, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. With picture perfect visuals and flawless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound, the high definition version of Hellboy II: The Golden Army can be viewed on any Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3.  And only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, fans can create their own downloadable comic book built using scenes from the movie and via the power of BD Live, host a text chat with friends while watching the movie in synchronization.

With bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains than ever before, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is available in multiple home entertainment versions. In standard definition DVD, fans can purchase either a widescreen or full frame single disc version for $29.98 SRP.  For a limited time only, fans can take home a widescreen 3-disc special edition DVD  ($34.98 SRP) or 2-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def ($39.98 SRP), featuring a digital copy of the film and hours of additional in-depth bonus features that take fans deep inside the movie’s extraordinary creative process – all encased in 3-D packaging. Just in time for the holidays, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is also available in a limited edition collector’s set featuring all of the bonus features of the 3-disc special edition plus a collectible Golden Army statuette, limited edition poster, director’s production journal and certificate of authenticity.  This set is priced for collecting and gift giving at $64.98 SRP for standard definition DVD and $69.98 SRP for Blu-ray Hi-Def.

The visionary del Toro takes audiences on “one hell of a wild ride,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, in a return to the exhilaratingly original world of Hellboy. Ron Perlman (The Mutant Chronicles), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde), Doug Jones (Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) reprise their roles from the groundbreaking first Hellboy film, joined by Luke Goss (Deep Winter) as Nuada, a renegade elvish prince, and more than 30 startling new creatures drawn from del Toro’s untamed imagination.  Based on characters created by Mike Mignola for Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy has become one of the most successful independent comic books of all time, bursting with outlandish creatures, over-the-top action and unexpectedly comedic moments.  

GO INSIDE THE MIND OF VISIONARY FILMMAKER GUILLERMO DEL TORO WITH THESE IN-DEPTH BONUS FEATURES

The Blu-ray, single- and 3-disc DVDs all feature the following bonus content:

·Feature Commentary with Director Guillermo del Toro
·Feature Commentary with Cast Members Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair and Luke Goss
·Set Visits: Seven mini documentaries provide viewers with unlimited access to the Hellboy II: The Golden Army set. 
·Troll Market Tour with Guillermo del Toro: Using sketches and backstage video, del Toro walks the audience through the creation of one of the film’s most distinctive sets, the legendary Troll Market.
·Animated Zinco Epilogue Comic
·Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Director Guillermo del Toro

In addition, the Blu-ray and 3-disc special edition DVD also include the following in-depth features:

·Prologue: A special introduction to the DVD from director Guillermo del Toro.
·Pre-Production Vault:
-Director’s Notebook: Exclusive interviews, image scans and text from Guillermo del Toro’s personal notebook.
- Concept Art Gallery: Original designs and concepts for Hellboy II: The Golden Army’s costumes and sets.
·Hellboy: In Service Of The Demon:  Over two hours of footage that takes fans into the creation of this film.
·Production Workshop: Professor Broom’s Puppet Theatre: A special look inside the opening sequence of the film including storyboards and animatics.
·Image Gallery Featuring Teaser Banners, One-Sheets and Poster Explorations
·DVD Rom: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Script

EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY HI-DEF BONUS FEATURES

Only on the Hellboy II: The Golden Army Blu-ray Hi-Def can viewers enjoy the following interactive features:

·BD-Live:
·My Chat: Using your internet-connected player, host a text chat with your friends who also own Hellboy II: The Golden Army on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def while you watch the movie in synchronization!
·Sneak Peek of Wanted: Watch never-before seen footage from the explosive action movie Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.
·My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from Hellboy II: The Golden Army via BD-Live.
·Comic Book Builder: Create an original downloadable Hellboy adventure by selecting still images from the movie, dropping them into comic book layouts and adding text. The result can be e-mailed to friends or published via BD-Live buddy lists.  
·U-Control:  Universal’s exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
·Scene Explorer: Schufften Goggle View: View scenes from the film as it progresses from storyboards and early renderings of the visual effects to the final film.
·Director’s Notebook: Fans will get an interactive glimpse at the director’s personal journal and view how early thematic concepts evolved into the final film. Includes an introduction by Guillermo Del Toro.
·Set Visits: Interactive vignettes provide information about key moments in the film.
·Comic Book Back-Story Interactive Feature: Clickable motion pages provide backstories of the film’s characters.

SYNOPSIS

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt.  A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures.  Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders.  He may be red.  He may be horned.  He may be misunderstood.  But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman). Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development—pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann—the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal.  And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.  

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro
Story by: Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola
Based upon the Dark Horse comic book created by: Mike Mignola   
Produced by: Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson. Lloyd Levin
Executive producer: Chris Symes
Director of photography: Guillermo Navarro, ASC
Production designer: Stephen Scott
Editor: Bernat Vilaplana
Casting by: Jeremy Zimmerman
Additional casting by: Csutak Zsolt
Co-executive producer: Mike Mignola
Co-producer: John Swallow
Music by: Danny Elfman
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, John Hurt, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Anna Walton, Brian Steele     

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD
Street Date:  November 11, 2008
Pre-Order Close: September 30, 2008
Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: 
·SD single (FF/WS):$29.98 SRP
·SD 3-Disc (WS): $34.98 SRP
·SD Collector’s Set (WS): $64.98 SRP
·BD 2-Disc: $39.98 SRP
·BD Collector’s Set: $69.98 SRP

Selection Number: 
·Full Frame Single Disc: 61100256
·Widescreen Single Disc: 61100257
·Widescreen 3-Disc Collector’s: 61105622      
·Blu-ray Hi-Def: 61105623
·Widescreen 3-Disc Collector’s Set: 61107314
·Blu-ray Hi-Def Collector’s Set: 641107316

Running Time: 2 Hours

Layers: 
Widescreen and Full Frame: Dual
Blu-Ray Hi-Def: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 
Widescreen: 1.85:1
Full Frame: 1.33:1
Blu-ray Hi-Def: Widescreen: 1.85:1
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language

Technical Info: 
Widescreen and Full Frame: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1; English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Blu-ray Hi-Def: English DTS-HD Audio 7.1, Spanish and French DTS Surround 5.1; English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles