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Universal Presents Role Models On DVD And Blu-ray March 10!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

OVERVIEW:  Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in the outrageously funny comedy Role Models, coming to DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def on March 10, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Also featuring memorable, laugh-out-loud performances from Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz Plasse and Jane Lynch, DVD and Blu-ray™ fans will be able to choose between viewing the film in its theatrical rated version or over-the-top unrated version of the film not seen in theaters.

FILM SYNOPSIS:  Danny and Wheeler are two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender.  Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program.  After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn’t look half bad. Surrounded by annoying do-gooders, Danny struggles with his every neurotic impulse to guide Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) through the trials of becoming a man.  Unfortunately, the guy just dumped by his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) has only sarcasm to offer a bashful 16-year-old obsessed with medieval role play. Meanwhile, charming Wheeler tries to trade in an addiction to partying and women to assist a fifth-grader named Ronnie (Bobb’e Thompson) redirect his foul-mouthed ways.  It would probably help if Ronnie’s new mentor wasn’t an overgrown adolescent whose idea of quality time includes keggers in Venice Beach. Once the center’s ex-con director (Jane Lynch) gives them an ultimatum, Danny and Wheeler are forced to tailor their brand of immature wisdom to their charges.  And if they can just make it through probation without getting thrown in jail, the world’s worst role models will prove that, sometimes, it takes a village idiot to raise a child.


·DELETED SCENES AND ALTERNATIVE TAKES: Laugh out loud to over 20 minutes of hilarious never-before-seen moments.
·ON THE SET OF ROLE MODELS: An inside look at the making of the film.
·GAME ON: CREATING A ROLE PLAYING WORLD: A detailed look at The Laire Event, including fight choreography, costumes, L.A.R.P.ing (Live Action Role Playing) and numerous behind-the-scenes moments with the cast and the extras.
·IN-CHARACTER & OFF-SCRIPT: Learn more about the supporting characters from the film and watch the brilliant improvisational actors at the top of their craft.


In addition to the aforementioned bonus features, all shown in high definition, the Role Models Blu-ray Hi-Def will also include the following bonus content:

·Additional Deleted Scenes: Watch over 20 minutes of additional deleted scenes.
·Exclusive 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.
·Picture in Picture: While watching the unrated movie, access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes moments.
·D-LIVE:   Download even more exclusive content, the latest trailers and more through your internet connected player!
·My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from Role Models through the BD-Live Center.
·Inside Sturdy Wings: An extended look at Jane Lynch’s hilarious portrayal of Sturdy Wings director Sweeny.
·Ye Old Crest Maker:  Personalize your own coat-of-arms and share it with your buddies through the BD-Live Center or with an online widget at www.universalhidef.com.


Street Date:  March 10, 2009
Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price:  SD:$29.98 SRP; BD: $39.98 SRP

Selection Number: 
·Widescreen Single Disc: 61102081
·Blu-ray™ Hi-Def: 61106220

Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes unrated / 1 hour 39 minutes rated
Layers:  SD Widescreen: DVD 9 / Blu-ray Hi-Def: BD-50
Aspect Ratio:  SD Widescreen: 1.85:1; Blu-ray Hi-Def: Widescreen: 1.85:1
Rating: R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity.

Technical Info: 
SD Languages: English/ Spanish/ French: Dolby Digital 5.1
SD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Languages: English DTS-HD Audio 5.1, Spanish and French DTS Surround 5.1
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French

AV Maniacs on Fangoria Radio, Friday January 30th!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Edwin Samuelson, Chris Poggiali and Mike Gingold will be on Fangoria Radio January 30th to discuss the recent Synapse Films DVD release of 42ND STREET FOREVER: VOL. 4 “Cooled By Refrigeration.” The show is on Sirius XM Stars satellite radio, Sirius channel 102/XM channel 155, from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., with a repeat immediately after. 

Other guests include Lance Henriksen and Elizabeth Banks from THE  UNINVITED and SLiTHER.

 If you don’t have a satellite radio and still want to tune in, check out the Sirius homepage to sign up for a free 3-day trial.

Screamers: The Hunting arrives on DVD from Sony 2/17/09!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The mind-shattering sequel to the legendary sci-fi cult thriller!


Starring Gina Holden, Jana Pallaske and Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens)

Inspired by a short story by Philip K. Dick

Fear Evolves on DVD February 17th

Culver City, CA (12/8/08) – The killing machines of the cult hit Screamers are back and deadlier than ever in SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING, slicing its way onto DVD this February 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This imaginative and futuristic thriller stars genre favorite Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens) as well as hot up-and-comers Gina Holden (Final Destination 3, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem) and Jana Pallaske (Speed Racer). Packed with sharp suspense, a killer featurette and cutting edge effects, SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING is sure to thrill action and sci-fi fans.

It’s been thirteen years since the robotic killing machines known as Screamers destroyed the human population of Sirius 6B. But now a distress signal brings a team of rescuers to the supposedly abandoned planet. Can it be a long-lost colony of human survivors? Or have the Screamers evolved into something even more sinister…a half-man/half-machine hybrid that needs to escape Sirius 6B to finish its mission: the complete annihilation of the human race?

SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING was directed by Sheldon Wilson, who previously helmed the 2007 Sci-Fi Channel original sci-fi movie Kaw. The screenplay was written by                           Miguel Tejada-Flores, who co-wrote the original Screamers. SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING has a run time of approximately 95 minutes. It has been rated R for Sci-Fi Creature Violence and Gore.


“Screamers: The Hunting Behind the Scenes” Featurette

DVD Catalog #: 27435
DVD UPC Code: 043396274358
DVD SLP: $24.96
Order Date: 01/15/09

Sony Presents The Grudge On Blu-ray High-Def March 24th!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The $110 Million Box-Office Hit Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bill Pullman, Jason Behr, and Clea Duvall Makes Its Blu-ray™ Debut


BD Includes Both Rated & Unrated Versions and arrives Loaded with Bonus Materials including commentary and Multiple Featurettes

You Can’t Escape the Curse On Blu-ray High-Def March 24th timed to the Release of The Grudge 3!

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (January 26, 2009) – From filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man®, Army of Darkness) and acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Shimizu, comes the Blu-ray debut of The Grudge on March 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, coinciding with the DVD release of The Grudge 3. A terrifying tale of horror in the tradition of The Ring and 28 Days Later, the film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Scream 2), Bill Pullman (Scary Movie 4, You Kill Me), Jason Behr (Skinwalkers), and Clea Duvall (Zodiac, 21 Grams) in the box office smash that grossed more than $110 million. The Grudge will be available on Blu-ray for $28.95 SRP, including both rated and unrated versions of the film, as well as a five part making-of featurette, a featurette on the fear response shown in the film, and commentary by Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as an American nurse who has come to work in Tokyo. Following a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths, she encounters the vengeful supernatural spirit that possesses its victims, claims their souls, then passes its curse to another person in a spreading chain of horror. Now, she must find a way to break this supernatural spell or become the next victim of an ancient evil that never dies, but forever lives to kill.

The Grudge was directed by Takashi Shimizu from a screenplay by Takashi Shimizu and Stephen Susco.  Sam Raimi, Taka Ichise, and Robert G. Tapert serve as producers.  The film was co-produced by Michael Kirk, Aubrey Henderson, and Shintaro Shimosawa; and executive produced by Doug Davison, Joseph Drake, Nathan Kahane, and Roy Lee.

Special Features include:

*Featurette: A Powerful Rage: Behind the Grudge – a five part making-of documentary
*Featurette: Under the Skin Featurette – explores the medical explanation of the fear response in film
*Featurette: Under the Skin
*Featurette: The “Grudge” House: An Insider’s Tour
*Featurette: Sights and Sounds: The Storyboard Art of Takashi Shimizu
*Featurette: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Video Diary
*Featurette: KaDee Strickland’s Video Diary
*JU-ON Short Film: 4444444444
*JU-ON Short Film: In a Corner
*Photo Montage: Production Designer’s Notebook: The Sketches of Iwao Saito
*Deleted Scenes
*Commentary with Writer Stephen Susco, Producers Sam Raimi and Rob Talbert, and Actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea Duvall, KaDee Strickland and Ted Raimi
*Commentary with Director Takashi Shimizu, Producer Taka Ichise and Actress Takako Fuji

The Blu-ray Disc version of The Grudge is BD-Live™ enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download exclusive content, register for rewards, give feedback through our survey and more!

Blu-ray Catalog #: 29532
Blu-ray UPC Code: 043396295322
Blu-ray Order Date: 02/19/09
Blu-ray SLP: $28.95