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Film Movement Presents THE DRUMMER Available on DVD 1/12/2010

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

ASIAN ACTION-DRAMA, “THE DRUMMER,” AVAILABLE ON DVD JANUARY 12TH, 2010Film Movement Makes Rising Chinese Star Jaycee Chan’s Newest Feature Available on DVD
         
December 17th, 2009 (New York, NY) – Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the exclusive distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces today that THE DRUMMER will be available on DVD beginning Tuesday, January 12th, 2009.  This gorgeous film features the young Chinese star Jaycee Chan (Jackie Chan’s son) as he voyages from the frenzied streets of Hong Kong to the breath-taking landscapes of Taiwan.  All Film Movement DVD releases include a short film—this month’s selection is the animated ‘opera’ LOVE AND WAR, by rising Swedish director Fredrik Emilson, which won Best Animated Short Film at the Los Angeles FF, and the Nordic Short Film Award at Nordisk Panorama.
The DVDs will be available at Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), and also through major retailers such as Blockbuster, Amazon, Netflix and at Passion River Films.Accolades for THE DRUMMER:
“Superb! Spectacular!  A genuine crowd-pleaser” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood ReporterSynopsis of THE DRUMMER:

Sid, the rebellious son of a controlling and savage crime boss in Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father’s adversary, a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the mountains, Sid discovers a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique his interest, and he requests to join them. Immersed in the world of the Zen drummers, Sid morphs into a firm and focused young man. His independence from the crime life and his father is profoundly challenged, however, when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong and forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself.THE DRUMMER stars Jackie Chan’s son, rising Asian film star Jaycee Chan.

The film is 113 minutes in length and in Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles Acclaim for THE DRUMMER:

WINNER – Best Supporting Actor, Golden Horse FF
Nominated – Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year, Golden Horse FF
Nominated – Best Original Film Score, Best Sound Design, Hong Kong Film Awards
Official Selection – Sundance FF, Locarno FF, Miami Int’l FF, Sofia Int’l FF, Seattle Int’l FF, Sydney FF, Munich FF, Moscow FF, Melbourne Int’l FF, Riga Int’l FF, Toronto Reel Asian Int’l FF, Palm Springs Int’l FF, Washington D.C. Int’l FF
  

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity Contest – Act Fast!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Paramount Home Entertainment just sent over a press release where they announced a Paranormal Activity sweepstakes where you can enter for a chance to win a Red Carpet Screening – IN YOUR HOME! – PLUS a Home Theatre Entertainment System!  On December 28th, Paramount will bring the red carpet and press to your house to watch the feature film with the alternate ending on your BRAND NEW Home Theatre System. The sweepstakes ends on December 18th, so you have to act fast if you want a chance at the prize. Enter here  to win. See rules and eligibility for details.

Shout! Factory brings John Carpenter’s Elvis to DVD 3/2/10!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

On March 2, 2010, Experience John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s Ultimate Tribute to THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL

ELVIS

Golden Globe® and Multiple Primetime Emmy® Nominated Motion Picture
Starring Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, Bing Russell, Pat Hingle, Robert Gray, Joe Mantegna and Ed Begley Jr.

THE ACCLAIMED BIOPIC FINALLY COMES TO DVD FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

Few figures in popular culture have endured in our collective consciousness as has multi-Grammy® Award–winning artist Elvis Presley. Crowned as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Presley’s revolutionary rockabilly music and captivating performances were as much a part of his legend as his uninhibited hip swivels, blue suede shoes, his charm and good looks. There have been motion pictures, television specials and books chronicling the roller-coaster life of Elvis Presley, and one of the most successful of these properties came in the acclaimed 1979 film ELVIS, starring Golden Globe nominee Kurt Russell in the title role, directed by John Carpenter. This highly regarded production captures the essence of The King at a time when his many fans were still mourning his passing. Hailed by audiences as one of the most powerful and moving biographical  films, ELVIS garnered a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy® nominations, including one for Kurt Russell as Outstanding Lead Actor for his incandescent performance as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. The film also marked Carpenter and Russell’s first collaboration in what would become a legendary pairing. 

Timed closely to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, Shout! Factory, in association with dick clark Productions, present ELVIS on DVD for the first time March 2, 2010. This collectible DVD features the main presentation of the movie restored from the original film elements as it was meant to be seen, as well as an array of bonus features including: “Bringing A Legend To Life,” a featurette with archival interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979); commentary by “The Voice Of Elvis,” Ronnie McDowell, and author Edie Hand; rare clips and captivating photo gallery. Even 33 years after his passing, Presley continues to burn a powerful image of rock stardom and still conquers new legions of fans through his indelible mark in worldwide pop culture. Available for the first time in the home entertainment marketplace, this long-awaited DVD debut of the film ELVIS is priced to own at $19.97.

Directed by John Carpenter, the biopic of Elvis Presley stars Kurt Russell and features the voice of ’70s country music hitmaker Ronnie McDowell re-creating Presley’s signature vocals. Tracing Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant return to Las Vegas, this film boasts an all-star ensemble including Academy Award® winner Shelley Winters (A Place In The Sun) as Elvis’ mother Gladys; Season Hubley (All My Children) as his wife Priscilla; Kurt Russell’s real-life father Bing Russell (The Magnificent Seven) as Elvis’s father Vernon Presley; Pat Hingle (Batman) as Colonel Tom Parker; Robert Gray (Murder She Wrote) as Red West;  Golden Globe nominee Joe Mantegna (Searching for Bobby Fischer) as Memphis mafia member Joe Esposito; and Golden Globe nominee Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere) as D.J. Fontana.  

IN-DEPTH DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

“Bringing A Legend To Life” Featurette With Archival Interviews Of Kurt Russell And John Carpenter (1979)
Commentary By “The Voice Of Elvis” Ronnie McDowell And Author Edie Hand
Rare Clips From American Bandstand
Photo Gallery
 

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy On Blu-ray 4/6/10 – Full specs!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY

The Multi-Billion Dollar Franchise Reigns Triumphant on Blu-ray™ Disc For the First Time!

The Original Theatrical Versions of all Three Films with More than Seven Hours of Special Features and Digital Copies of Each Film Available April 6, 2010 from Warner Home Video

Burbank, Calif, December 14, 2009 – Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, one of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history, can now be seen as never before when all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces explode onto Blu-ray Disc April 6th as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy.  The nine-disc set will reawaken the powerful connection that fans have to these films through rich, robust colors and crisp sound that home audiences can only experience on Blu-ray Disc.  The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy will include digital copies of each film on three separate discs and will also be BD-Live enabled, offering exciting new interactive possibilities.  The highly anticipated release will precede Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame launch.

The Lord of the Rings, the highest grossing adventure film franchise to ever be created, was born with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King.  The multi-billion dollar franchise is expected to grow significantly as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy brings together all three treasured films on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time, presented for home audiences the way they were meant to be seen.  The Trilogy’s Blu-ray release captures the enduring Fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth, delivering a visual feast that will not soon, if ever, find its equal.  Of the 30 total Academy Award nominations the three The Lord of the Rings movies received, they won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and 8 others for the third film.  Based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson’s movie trilogy is an epic journey of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures.  The films chronicle the struggle of good versus evil with fantastic special effects and a strong emotional center.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy contains the original theatrical versions of the three films on Blu-ray Disc, with more than seven hours of special features.  The Trilogy will be packaged in multi-disc elite packaging inside a premium rigid slipcase and will retail for $99.98 SRP.  Orders are due March 2, 2010.  Extended versions of the films will be released at a later date on Blu-ray Disc.

The Trilogy debuts at a time when consumers are rapidly adopting Blu-ray Disc.  According to third quarter figures compiled by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), in 2009 Blu-ray Disc set-top player sales grew 112 percent over the same period last year and this holiday season consumers can expect to see Blu-ray player prices starting around $100, making it that much easier for home audiences to see the films they love the way they were meant to be seen.  Blu-ray devices are projected to be in 15 million U.S. homes by the end of this year.    

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy will also be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers.  The films will be offered for electronic download from online retailers including iTunes, Microsoft Xbox LIVE, Zune marketplace and Amazon Video on Demand.

On April 6, 2010, day and date with the Trilogy release, renowned animator Ralph Bakshi’s literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings animated version will also be released in an all-new Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and newly remastered with new Dolby 5.1 audio and newly created extra content.

Additionally, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with top licensees Games Workshop Ltd., Tonner Doll Company, Inc., Sideshow Collectibles, The Noble Collection, WETA, Pez Candy, Funko, LLC, Bioworld Merchandising Inc. and WMS Gaming to create an array of merchandise supporting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, including apparel and accessories, novelties and collectibles, stationery and paper goods, toys and games. 

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, slated for launch in spring 2010, will allow players to become the legendary Aragorn and embark on his greatest adventures through The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  For the first time ever, The Lord of the Rings comes to Wii™, delivering action-packed motion controlled game play that takes full advantage of the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™. The game features accessible and authentic The Lord of the Rings game play designed for fans of all ages to enjoy together.  The game will also debut for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™ and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.   Beyond The Lord of the Rings: Aragon’s Quest, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) will publish multiple games across many genres designed to appeal to a wide range of unique gamers, including hard-core RPG fans as well as families.  Consumers who purchase The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest will find a coupon inside for $10 off The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy.  Similarly, consumers who purchase the Trilogy will find a coupon inside for $5 off The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest.

About the Trilogy and the Films:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength, the One Ring — a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.

Special Features:
Feature Disc (BD)
Trailers
-Trailer One [HD]
-Trailer Two [HD]
Final Trailer [HD]
“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]
Bonus Disc (SD)
-Welcome to Middle-earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special
-Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special
-A Passage to Middle-earth: SCI-FI Channel Special
-Lordoftherings.net Featurettes 
Finding Hobbiton
Hobbiton Comes Alive
Believing the World of Bree
Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings
Rivendell: The Elven Refuge
Languages of Middle-earth
Two Wizards
Music of Middle-earth
Elijah Wood
Viggo Mortensen
Orlando Bloom
Cate Blanchett
Liv Tyler
Ian McKellen
Weathertop: The Windy Hill
TV Spots
MTV
Fellowship
Top Ten/AFI
Phenomenon
Academy Nomination
Epic Oscar
Enya ”May It Be” Music Video
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
Behind the Scenes Preview of ”The Two Towers”
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers — Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where Saruman has bred a lethal army of 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers culminates in the astonishing battle for the refuge, Helm’s Deep, the Kingdom of Rohan’s ancient large stone fortress, besieged by Uruk-hai warriors. The film won two Oscars: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Special Features:
Feature Disc (BD)
Trailers
-Teaser [HD]
-Theatrical Trailer [HD]
-“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]
Bonus Disc (SD)
On the Set “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Starz Encore Special:Return to Middle-earth: WB Special
”The Long and Short of It” A Short Film Directed by Sean Astin
The Making of ”The Long and Short of It”
lordoftherings.net Featurettes
Forces of Darkness
Designing the Sounds of Middle-earth
Edoras: The Rohan Capital
Creatures of Middle-earth
Gandalf the White
Arms and Armor
The Battle of Helm’s Deep
Bringing Gollum to Life
TV Spots
New Power
Another
Event
Dream
Darkness
Return
Strike
Countdown
One World Review
The Wait is Over
Review B/Golden Globes
Gollum
Supreme Review
Review A/Globe
Good Top 10
Top 10 Review
Emiliana Torrini ”Gollum’s Song” Music Video
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
Behind the Scenes Preview of ”The Return of the King”
 
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin), led by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. The film, which won Academy Awards® in all 11 categories for which it was nominated, took wins for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Original Song and Original Score.

Special Features:
Feature Disc (BD)
Trailers
-Trailer One [HD]
-Trailer Two [HD]
-”The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer [HD]
-Special Extended DVD Edition Preview [HD]
-“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]

Bonus Disc (SD)
-The Quest Fulfilled: A Director’s Vision
-A Filmmaker’s Journey: Making “The Return of the King”
-National Geographic Special – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
-lordoftherings.net Featurettes 
Aragorn’s Destiny
Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor
The Battle of Pelennor Fields
Samwise the Brave
Èowyn: White Lady of Rohan
Digital Horse Doubles
Two Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Heart/Frodo
Every Path
Test
Aragorn
Time
Every Step
Sword
Decided
Time Review
Decided Review
Step Golden Globes
Globe Nominations
New Epic Globe

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY
BLU-RAY
Street Date:  April 6, 2010
Order Due Date: March 2, 2010
Catalog #: 1000092794
Pricing:  $99.98 SRP
Running Time: 557 minutes (combined)
Rating: PG-13
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL