Saturday, January 24, 2009

King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries

King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
The King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries is an impressive set geared directly toward fans, collectors, and those interested in the film-making process. In all likelihood Peter Jackson and co. are going to release a King Kong set bulging with extras, so why buy the "extras" now? Fair question. However, if you're aching with anticipation for a major glimpse into the 6-month production process of this modern day extravaganza, the King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries is an absolute "must have." Housed in a sturdy, faux clip board complete with a 52-page production memoir and art prints, this two DVD set opens up a three and a half hour window into what goes on in the making of a major blockbuster film. The bulk of the footage consists of the 54 "production diaries" (which can be sorted and viewed by production date or production location) culled from the "Kong is King" website. These hand held video diaries are candid peeks into the complex, humorous, detailed and involved world of the movie making process. There are a lot of Peter Jackson interviews, but over the six month time frame you eventually hear from every single person involved in the film--actors, the WETA team, animal trainers, assistant camera people, lighting technician, set crews, miniatures, make-up, etc. It is safe to say that not a stone is left unturned in revealing what goes on behind the scenes on a major motion picture set. Extremely careful not to give anything away, the King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries, though heavy in the production process, is very light on showing the final product. Nothing is revealed to ruin the movie experience. Well, almost nothing. One bonus video diary is "The Making of a Shot - The T-Rex Fight." In this 16 minutes diary you get to witness what goes on in creating the chilling "T-Rex Fight" from conception to special effects construction to the final jaw-dropping product. It is amazing to see two years of work unfold before your very eyes in two and a half minutes. --Rob Bracco 

Product Description
Peter Jackson invites his fans on an unprecedented entertaining journey with this ground-breaking 2-Disc DVD release in which fans are transported onto the set of King Kong to experience the entire 6-month production process with the cast and crew.

300 Limited Collector's Edition

300 Limited Collector’s Edition is available while supplies last and includes a brand NEW documentary about the 300 Legend, filtered through History, Graphic Novel and Film, a Digital Copy of the theatrical version, a 52-Page Hardcover Art Book with Personal Message from Director Zack Snyder, Lucite Display with Motion Film Clip, 6 Collectible Photo Cards and all contents from the 2- Disc Special Edition.

The Dark Knight: Limited Edition with Batpod

Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
Run Time: 153 minutes

On the Blu-ray disc
The Dark Knight on Blu-ray is a great home-theater showoff disc. The detail and colors are tremendous in both dark and bright scenes (the Gotham General scene is a great example of the latter), and the punishing Dolby TrueHD soundtrack makes the house rattle. (After giving us only Dolby 5.1 in a number of big Blu-ray releases this fall, Warner came through with Dolby TrueHD on this one.) One of the most interesting elements of The Dark Knight was how certain scenes were shot in IMAX, and if you saw the movie in an IMAX theater the film's aspect ratio would suddenly change from standard 2.40:1 to a thrilling 1.43:1 that filled the screen six stories high. For the Blu-ray disc, director Christopher Nolan has somewhat re-created this experience by shifting his film from 2.40:1 aspect ratio (through most of the film) to 1.78:1 in the IMAX scenes. While the effect isn't as dramatic as it was in theaters, it's still an eye-catching experience to be watching the film on a widescreen TV with black bars at the top and bottom, then seeing the 1.78:1 scenes completely fill the screen. The main bonus feature on disc 1 is "Gotham Uncovered: The Creation of a Scene," which is 81 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage about the IMAX scenes, the Bat suit, Gotham Central, and others. You can watch the film and access these featurettes when the icon pops up, or you can simply watch them from the main menu. A welcome and unusual feature is that in addition to English, French, and Spanish audio and subtitles, there's an audio-described option that allows the sight-impaired to experience the film as well.

Disc 2 has two 45-minute documentaries on Bat-gadgets and on the psychology of Batman, both in high definition. They combine movie clips, talking heads, and comic-book panels, but aren't the kind of thing one needs to watch twice. More engaging are six eight-minute segments of Gotham Central, a faux-news program that gives some background to events in the movie, plus a variety of trailers, poster art, and more. The BD-Live component on disc 1 is more interesting than on some earlier Blu-ray discs, which could be simply a matter of the content starting to catch up with the technology. There are three new picture-in-picture commentaries, by Jerry Robinson (creator of the Joker), DC Comics president Paul Levitz, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.--he's a Batman fan who's made some movie and TV cameos), plus you can record your own commentary and upload it for others to watch. There are also three new featurettes ("Sound of the Batpod," "Harvey Dent's Theme," and "Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard") and two motion comics ("Mad Love," featuring Harley Quinn, and "The Shadow of Ra's Al Ghul"). Last, there's a digital copy of the film compatible with iTunes and Windows Media (standard definition, expires 12/9/09). --David Horiuchi

From the Back Cover
The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Blu-ray features:

Limited-edition Batpod
Movie with Focus Points (picture in picture)
Explore your favorite movies through BD-Live™, an interactive gateway to exclusive content
2.40:1 aspect ratio, with IMAX sequences in 1.78:1
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene: Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod.
Batman Tech: The incredible gadgets and tools (in HD)
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight: Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in HD)
Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program
The Galleries: The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots
Digital Copy of the feature film

Sunday, October 28, 2007

DVD Transformers Two Disc Special Edition

Director(s): Michael Bay
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight and John Turturro
Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
Street Date: 10/16/2007
Runtime: 143 min
Rating: PG-13
Year: 2007

- DVD-Video
- Two Disc Set
- Dual Layer Discs
- Region 1

Aspect Ratio:
- 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Dolby Digital Formats:
- English 5.1 Surround
- French 5.1 Surround
- Spanish 5.1 Surround

- English Closed Captions
- English Subtitles
- French Subtitles
- Spanish Subtitles

- Commentary by Michael Bay
- "Our World" Featurette
- "Their World" Featurette
- "More Than Meets The Eye" Featurette

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition

Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition (Metal Box)
Actors :
Richard Pryor , Christopher Reeve , Gene Hackman , Marlon Brando , Kevin Spacey , Brandon Routh , Robert Vaughn , Parker Posey , Frank Langella , Annette O'Toole
Format : Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Wide-Screen, NTSC
Language : English
Sound System : ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC], ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC], SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1, FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1, FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo, FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Sub Title : English, Spanish, French
Region : Region 1
Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
Number of discs : 14
Rating : PG
Studio : Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date : November 28, 2006
Run Time : 906 minutes

Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition Include

Superman - The Movie
Superman II
Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut
Superman III
Superman IV - The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns
Superman overview booklet
5 Superman movie posters

Several documentaries
-You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga Of Superman
-Look; Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story Of Superman
Bryan Singer's Video Journals
Restored and Unseen Footage
Rare TV Pilot
The Complete Fleischer/Famous Studios 1940s Superman Cartoons
And More

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) (2007)

Blade Runner The Five-Disc Ultimate Edition includes everything from the 2-Disc Special Edition plus three additional versions of the film, as well as an "Enhancement Archive" bonus disc of enhanced content that includes 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more!

Only in the Ultimate Edition will you find the ultra-rare, near-legendary WORKPRINT version of the film, newly remastered.

The Blade Runner Ultimate Edition 5 Disc Set will be presented in either a Digipak or a unique, limited edition and stylish version of Rick Deckard's own Briefcase with additional supplementary material. Each Briefcase will be individually numbered and in limited supply.

Included exclusively in the Briefcase is a lenticular motion film clip from the original feature, miniature origami unicorn figurine, miniature replica spinner car, collector's photographs as well as a signed personal letter from Sir Ridley Scott!

Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) (2007)
Actors : Harrison Ford / Rutger Hauer / Sean Young / Edward James Olmos / M. Emmet Walsh / Daryl Hannah / William Sanderson / Brion James / Joe Turkel / Joanna Cassidy / James Hong / Morgan Paull / Kevin Thompson /John Edward Allen / Hy Pyke
Directors : Ridley Scott
Format : Anamorphic, Limited Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
Language : English
Region : Region 1
Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
Number of discs : 5
Discs Detail
Disc One
* Ridley Scott's all-new 'Final Cut' version of the film
* Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
* Commentary by Ridley Scott
* Commentary by Executive Producer/ Co-Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Co-Screenwriter David Peoples; Producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
* Commentaries by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer

Disc Two
* Documentary - Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner. A feature-length authoritative documentary revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential cinema landmark. Cast, crew, critics and colleagues give a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the film -- from its literary roots and inception through casting, production, visuals and special effects to its controversial legacy and place in Hollywood history.

Disc Three
* 1982 THEATRICAL VERSION - This is the version that introduced U.S. movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford's character narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene.
* 1982 INTERNATIONAL VERSION - Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.
* 1992 DIRECTOR'S CUT - The Director's Cut omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.

Disc Four
* BONUS DISC - "Enhancement Archive"
* Featurette The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick
* Featurette Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film
* Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (Audio)
* Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Gallery (Images)
* The Art of Blade Runner (Image Galleries)
* Featurette Signs of the Times: Graphic Design
* Featurette Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling
* Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
* Featurette The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
* Unit Photography Gallery
* Deleted & Alternate Scenes
* 1982 Promotional Featurettes
* Trailers & TV Spots
* Featurette Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
* Marketing & Merchandise Gallery (Images)
* Featurette Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
* Featurette Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers

Disc Five
* Workprint Version - This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending," altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), alternate music and much more.
* Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
* Featurette All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut
* Lenticular motion film clip from the original feature
* Miniature origami unicorn figurine
* Miniature replica spinner car
* Collector's photographs
* Signed personal letter from Sir Ridley Scott
Rating : R
Studio : Warner Bros.
DVD Release Date : December 18, 2007

Dvd 10 Amazon Best Seller : Update 09/30/2007

1. The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition) DVD
2. The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick DVD
3. Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity DVD
4. Ratatouille DVD
5. Grey's Anatomy - The Complete Third Season DVD
6. Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD
7. Knocked Up - Unrated (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD
8. Heroes - Season One DVD
9. Smallville - The Complete Sixth Season DVD
10.The Office - Season Three DVD