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Bourne Trilogy Debuts on Blu-ray Flipper, Plus More

THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM on Blu-ray, WHITEOUT on Blue-ray and DVD, FRAGGLE ROCK: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD, RED CARTOONS: ANIMATED FILMS FROM EAST GERMANY on DVD, SCOOBY'S ALL STAR LAFF-A-LYMPICS VOL. 1 on DVD.

THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM on Blu-ray, WHITEOUT on Blue-ray and DVD, FRAGGLE ROCK: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD, RED CARTOONS: ANIMATED FILMS FROM EAST GERMANY on DVD, SCOOBY'S ALL STAR LAFF-A-LYMPICS VOL. 1 on DVD.

THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM on Blu-ray

* Editor's note: Read more about Universal's Blu-ray "flipper disc" initiative, with the Blu-ray Disc on one side and the DVD on the other. According to Blu-ray.com, the combo discs are well manufactured and work smoothly with a variety of players. Good news for consumers who want both BD and SD versions and don't want to worry about multiple storage.

Press Release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- In a move that is poised to elevate the Blu-ray Hi-Def format and provide consumers with the ultimate in convenience and viewing flexibility, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) announced the introduction of groundbreaking dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD versions of some of Hollywood's most iconic films. An industry first, the new "flipper" discs will launch on January 19, 2010 with the blockbuster superspy thrillers The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, premiering as individually packaged Blu-ray discs.

For the first time ever, consumers will have the ability to choose between Blu-ray and DVD formats, simply by flipping a single disc. With complete utility in one convenient package, the revolutionary medium can be used on any DVD or Blu-ray compatible player, game platform or computer, making it ideal for anyone planning to upgrade to Blu-ray at a future date as well as current owners of both Blu-ray and DVD systems. Each side of Universal's flipper discs includes the entire movie as well as all available bonus features, with the Blu-ray side featuring exciting BD exclusives such as U-Control and BD-Live.

"Universal's flipper discs are the perfect way for consumers to future-proof their collections while still enjoying their favorite movies on all their existing DVD players," said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "The flipper disc offers an easy way for viewers to convert to Blu-ray now or at any time in the future, confident in the fact they will be able to experience their home entertainment purchases in the highest quality picture and sound when they do."

The release will mark the first time the Bourne trilogy, one of the highest grossing action movie franchises in history, is available individually in Blu-ray's renowned perfect picture and purest digital sound. Each film is accompanied by an array of exciting bonus features that plunge viewers deeper in to the shadowy world of international espionage, including top-secret files, challenging strategy games, fascinating filmmakers and actor profiles, commentary, deleted scenes and Universal's renowned BD-Live functionality.

Riddled with deception, intrigue and high-octane thrills, each chapter of the globe-hopping search for Jason Bourne's true identity raises the stakes another lethal notch as the undercover killer settles old scores and uncovers new secrets. A commanding roster of acclaimed actors accompanies Damon on his quest, including Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney.

CONTENT OVERVIEW & SYNOPSES:

THE BOURNE IDENTITY

FILM SYNOPSIS:

After being pulled from the sea with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) awakens on a fishing boat with no memory of his involvement in a top-secret, black ops arm of the CIA called Treadstone. The only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account in which he discovers an array of passports and weapons, as well as a fortune in cash. As he struggles to regain his memory, his former employers dub him a rogue agent and target him for termination. When an equally deadly assassin codenamed "Professor" (Clive Owen) is sent to dispose of him, Bourne rediscovers his extraordinary survival skills, including hand-to-hand combat, martial arts and multiple languages and begins to understand who he really is. As he struggles to unlock the secret of his own identity, Bourne has to deal with his past in order to ensure his own future.

BLU-RAY HI-DEF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

* 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. While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3-D animations.

* Picture in Picture

* Bourne Orientation

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

* Treadstone Files: Includes interactive Character Dossiers, Agent Status info and GPS features.

* BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:

* My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD-Live Internet discussions.

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game.

* Additional extras:

* My Scenes

* The Ludlum Identity: An extraordinary portrait of the best-selling author through archival interviews with friends, colleagues, family members and Ludlum himself.

* The Ludlum Supremacy: Who is Jason Bourne? A revealing look at how Bourne was born.

* The Ludlum Ultimatum: A fascinating examination of the Bourne character and his enduring audience appeal.

* The Birth of the Bourne Identity

* Deleted and Extended Scenes (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Alternate Opening and Ending: With an introduction by producer Frank Marshall, screenwriter Tony Gilroy and actor Brian Cox. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum: A fascinating new look at the late Robert Ludlum, the bestselling novelist who created the "Bourne" trilogy. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Access Granted: An exclusive interview with screenwriter Tony Gilroy on the challenges of adapting Ludlum's 500-page book for the screen. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* From Identity to Supremacy - Jason & Marie: This feature includes exclusive interviews with Matt Damon and Franka Potente which explore the making of The Bourne Identity - and build a bridge to the spectacular sequel,The Bourne Supremacy. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* The Bourne Diagnosis: Insights into the causes and effects of Jason Bourne's struggle with amnesia from a UCLA psychologist. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Cloak and Dagger: In this feature, CIA liaison officer Chase Brandon delivers a detailed, real-world analysis of the making of a super-spy. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Inside a Fight Sequence: Join Matt Damon on the set as he and the film's Stunt Choreographer map out the explosive action-packed U.S. Embassy fight sequence. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Moby "Extreme Ways" Music Video (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY

FILM SYNOPSIS:

When his lover is murdered and he is framed for the assassination of a fellow agent, Jason Bourne finds himself on the run again. But as he closes in on his girlfriend's killers, he realizes his former handlers are back on his trail. After his fingerprints are found at the scene of a murder in Berlin, an ambitious CIA operative (Joan Allen) becomes determined to stop him once and for all. Haunted by debilitating fragmented memories as he navigates the labyrinth of international espionage, Bourne (Matt Damon) must outwit, outmaneuver and outmuscle some of the most powerful forces in the world just to survive.

BLU-RAY HI-DEF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

* 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. While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3-D animations.

* Picture in Picture

* Bourne Orientation

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

* Bourne Dossier

* BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:

* My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD-Live Internet discussions.

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game.

* Additional extras:

* My Scenes

* Scoring with John Powell: A special look at creating the pulse-pounding score for the movie. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum: A fascinating new look at the late Robert Ludlum, the bestselling novelist who created the "Bourne" trilogy.

* The Bourne Diagnosis Part Two: Insights into the causes and effects of Jason Bourne's struggle with amnesia from a UCLA psychologist.

* Feature Commentary with Paul Greengrass (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Explosive Deleted Scenes (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Matching Identities: Casting - See what it took to land a key role in this major action hit. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Keeping It Real - A look at the edgy and kinetic visual style the filmmakers brought to Supremacy. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Blowing Things Up - Virtual isn't always better. See how some of the film's most awesome pyrotechnical sequences were created--without digital effects. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* On the Move with Jason Bourne - Travel the globe to visit the film's exotic locations from India to Berlin to Moscow. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Bourne to Be Wild: Fight Training - Matt Damon didn't become a lethal weapon overnight. Witness the action as the star and the movie's fight trainer perfect the film's thrilling hand-to-hand combat scenes! (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow - Experience how stunt coordinators meticulously planned and executed the movie's stunning, high-speed chase sequence. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action - Feel the rush of being in the driver's seat with this revolutionary new vehicle used to capture Matt Damon's high-speed exploits in the film's jaw-dropping car chase sequences! (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene - Step onto the set and experience the tension and intense preparation as the filmmaking team plans and shoots one of the movie's most demanding, dangerous and thrilling action scenes. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

FILM SYNOPSIS:

All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne (Damon) is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. Now, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to uncover the truth behind his mysterious past--all the while trying to outwit a new generation of highly-trained assassins as well as the relentless CIA operatives who will stop at nothing to prevent him from learning his true identity.

BLU-RAY HI-DEF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

* 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. While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3-D animations.

* Picture in Picture

* Bourne Orientation

* Be Bourne Spy Training - Viewers test their skills to see if they've got what it takes to be a covert operative.

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

* Blackbriar Files: While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3D animations.

* BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:

* My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD-Live Internet discussions.

* Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game.

* Additional extras:

* My Scenes

* Man on the Move: Jason Bourne - From Berlin to Tangier, see how the film's exotic locations influenced the filmmaking process. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Rooftop Pursuit - Discover how state-of-the-art technology was used to film the incredible Tangier rooftop chase scene! (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Planning the Punches - Matt Damon reveals his complex and rigorous fight training. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Driving School - Join Matt Damon behind the wheel as he trains for the New York car chase scene. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* New York Chase - An insider's view on how the film's heart-stopping chase sequences were filmed. (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

* Deleted Scenes (Available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD)

Street Date: January 19, 2010

Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number:

The Bourne Identity: 61113492

The Bourne Supremacy: 61113490

The Bourne Ultimatum: 61113491

Running Time:

The Bourne Identity: 119:00 minutes

The Bourne Supremacy: 108:20 minutes

The Bourne Ultimatum: 115:09 minutes

Layers: BD-59

Aspect Ratio:

The Bourne Identity: 2.35:1

The Bourne Supremacy: 2.35:1

The Bourne Ultimatum: 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13

Technical Info: English DTS-H Master Audio 5.1, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

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.

WHITEOUT on Blue-ray and DVD

* Read our feature article on the visual effects work that went into the film with Mr. X, the lead visual effects house on the project. 

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Special Features:

* The Coldest Thriller Ever Story

* Freeze Frame: From Page to Screen

* Additional Scenes in Hi-Def

* Digital Copy on disc

Packaging Type: Blue BD Case

Copyright: 2009 Dark Castle Holdings, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Genre: Action/Adventure, CRIME, Drama

Synopsis:

Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale plays a U.S. Marshal based at an Antarctic research station, where the continent’s first-ever murder triggers a shocking mystery she must race to solve before being stranded with six months of winter darkness – and a killer – closing in. Dominic Sena (Swordfish) directs a talented cast including Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt and Alex O’Loughlin in Dark Castle Entertainment’s action-packed thriller.

FRAGGLE ROCK: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD

Press Release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Ring in the Fraggle New Year with Lionsgate Home Entertainment's release of Fraggle Rock: The Complete Animated Series - available for the first time as a series on DVD!  Fans will now be able to complete their Fraggle collection with this two disc, 13 episode set of the animated series that ran Saturday mornings on NBC from 1987-88.  Fraggle Rock: The Complete Animated Series was closely modeled after the hugely successful live-action Fraggle Rock series from The Jim Henson Company. With over 4.5 hours of content, including all new never before released special features, this set promises to please both avid collectors as well as the live-action Fraggle Rock fans. Fraggle Rock: The Complete Animated Series is packaged in a glossy, embossed O-card for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Jim Henson's beloved children's series Fraggle Rock just celebrated its 25th anniversary and continues to prove it's still a fan-favorite with over 1.4 million DVD sales to date and the increased media buzz regarding the theatrical movie currently in development.  Fraggle Rock has been awarded an International Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program and continues to be adored by millions of fans worldwide. 

Pricing: DVD $19.98 (2-Disc Set)

RED CARTOONS: ANIMATED FILMS FROM EAST GERMANY on DVD

Press Release from DEFA Studios

East Germany’s DEFA Studios produced more than 800 animated films. Included here are sixteen of the best – an astonishing array of animation featuring a wide variety of styles and techniques, filled with social and political satire that would have never been allowed in live action films.

Films included

Drum Beat (Otto Sacher, 1974)

Star and Flower (Otto Sacher, 1978) 

Loneliness (Otto Sacher, 1979) 

Variants (Klaus Georgi, 1979) 

The Rescue (Sieglinde Hamacher, 1980) 

Seven Rights of a Viewer (Marion Rasche / Peter Mißbach, 1980) 

Mr. Daff Is Shooting a Film (Klaus Georgi, 1980) 

Hello (Hans Moser / Thomas Rosié, 1984) 

Consequence (Klaus Georgi, 1986) 

The Solution (Sieglinde Hamacher, 1987) 

Belly and Soul (Klaus Georgi, 1988) 

The Breakdown (Klaus Georgi / Lutz Stützner, 1988) 

The Full Circle (Klaus Georgi, 1988) 

The Monument (Klaus Georgi / Lutz Stützner, 1989) 

Sunday (Klaus Georgi / Lutz Stützner, 1989) 

Island Joke (Lutz Stützner, 1990) 

SCOOBY'S ALL STAR LAFF-A-LYMPICS VOL. 1 on DVD

Press Release from Warner Home Video

BURBANK, CA. - Warner Home Video (WHV) brings more animated high-jinks to DVD January 19, 2010 with the release of Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics, the original Saturday morning show that features an ensemble cast of Hanna-Barbera characters who compete in a series of zany sports competitions. Titled Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics Vol. 1, the DVD will retail for $14.97 SRP.

Television fans will join some of their all-time-favorite cartoon characters as they trek across the globe and participate in a series of hilarious athletic events on Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics Vol. 1. The series, which is an animated spoof of both the Olympics and Battle of the Network Stars, features 45 Hanna-Barbera characters organized into three teams; The Scooby Doobies, The Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens. The three teams are pitted against each other as they vie for a gold, silver or bronze medal prize. The original series first aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1978.

Featured episodes/sports events on this volume of Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics include:

The Swiss Alps and Tokyo, Japan - Downhill Ski Contest, Ice Skating, Toboggan Race, Sumo Wrestling, One-Point Tennis and Baseball Batting Contest.

Acapulco and England - Cliff Diving, Underwater Relay, Speed Boat Race, Big Ben Tower Climb, Fox Hunt and Skateboard Polo.

The Sahara Desert and Scotland - Dune Buggy Race, Fill Up the Oasis Race, Loch Ness Photograph Race and Three Legged Kilt Race.

Florida and China - Swamp Buggy Race, Waterski Contest, Auto Track Race, Rickshaw Race, Ping Pong and Gymnastics.

DVD Special Feature:

Extra bonus episode "Smart House" from Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Season 1

Featured Teams:

The Scooby Doobies -- This team is made up of characters that are drawn mainly from 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoons and includes Scooby-Doo as team captain, Shaggy Rogers, Scooby-Dum, Dynomutt, The Blue Falcon, Captain Caveman, Brenda, Dee Dee, Taffy, Speed Buggy, Tinker, Babu and Hong Kong Phooey.

The Yogi Yahooeys -- This team consists mainly of 1950s and 60s popular animal characters including Yogi Bear as team captain, Boo-Boo Bear, Cindy Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Pixie, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Hokey Wolf and Yakky Doodle.

The Really Rottens - This team is comprised mainly of villainous characters and includes Mumbly, Dread Barron, The Dalton Brothers, The Creepleys, the Great Fondoo, Magic Rabbit, Daisy Mahem and Orful Octopus.

"We are delighted to offer Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics Vol. 1 to consumers. These episodes are filled with wonderful, memorable characters and loads of wacky adventures. It's classic cartoon entertainment at its best," said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. He added, "Kids love watching competition, and with the Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics is a great way to teach kids about the significance of athletic competition and good sportsmanship."

Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, "Sinkin' in the Bathtub." Since then, Warner Bros. Animation's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation.

Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

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