X-Men Trilogy, Caprica & Sin City on Blu-ray, Squidbillies & Freakazoid on DVD
Rodriguez and Miller shot SIN CITY entirely at the filmmaker’s Austin, Texas, compound, Troublemaker Studios, with a large cast of Hollywood veterans and up-and-comers, including Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba. Yet even more enticing was Rodriguez’s plan of how to approach tackling the visual look and feel of Miller’s novels for the movie. Following the path of his SPY KIDS films, Rodriguez made the choice to shoot the actors almost entirely in greenscreen environments, using the barest minimum of props, with the intention of creating Miller’s world digitally. While Troublemaker did some initial previs work for the segment they shot to sway Miller’s approval for the film, Rodriguez knew the scale of the film would be too big for his in-house facility and bid the project out to three visual effects boutiques with whom he had previously worked: Hybride, CafeFX and The Orphanage.
Each facility was awarded one entire story to create for the film, either “The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big, Fat Kill” or “That Yellow Bastard.” They were then provided Miller’s novel, the filmed footage for their story (with Troublemaker establishing the look with Rodriguez along with invaluable groundwork), and were mandated by Rodriguez to create their segment with Miller’s artistic vision as their guide. Rodriguez also told the houses to work independently, in a virtual creative bubble, so that each story’s look would remain true to Miller’s own artistic evolution over the series of the novels. The three stories would then be connected together in HD post, where the assembly would connect the three visions together for the first time. VFXWORLD talked to the visual effects supervisors from each house to get their perspectives on this unique creative process and their personal challenges in making these stunning pages come to life.
Disc One (Theatrical Cut) Special Features Include:
-- All new Cine-Explore -- Innovative Blu-ray technology allows viewers to experience a uniquely interactive visual commentary that pushes the envelope. When selected, see picture-in-picture green screen footage and original art synced with the filmmakers' commentary.
-- 2.0 Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
-- 2.0 Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
-- 5.1 Audio Track Featuring a Recording of the Austin Audience Reaction
Disc Two (Unrated, Recut Extended Version) Special Features Include:
-- All new "Kill 'em Good" Interactive Comic Book - Dive into a visually stunning interactive game that puts you in the driver's seat. Exploiting the Blu-ray format in ways never before seen, you finish the story -- with guns blazing!
-- Four Chapters: Chapter One - That Yellow Bastard, Chapter Two - The Customer Is Always Right, Chapter Three - The Hard Goodbye and Chapter Four - The Big Fat Kill
-- Rodriguez Special Features: 15-Minute Film School, All Green Screen Version, The Long Take, Sin City: Live in Concert and 10-Minute Cooking School
-- How It Went Down: Convincing Frank Miller To Make The Film
-- Special Guest Director: Quentin Tarantino
-- A Hard Top With A Decent Engine: The Cars of SIN CITY
-- Booze, Broads, and Guns: The Props of SIN CITY
-- Making the Monsters: Special Effects Make-up
-- Trench Coats & Fishnets: The Costumes of SIN CITY
-- Teaser & Theatrical Trailer
TINY TOON ADVENTURES and FREAKAZOID! Season 2 on DVD
More cartoon madness will be unleashed on April 21, 2009 when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases further installments of the zany animated television series TINY TOON ADVENTURES and FREAKAZOID! on DVD. TINY TOON ADVENTURES Season 1, Volume 2, will feature 30 episodes on a four-disc set which will retail for $44.98 SRP. Steven Spielberg Presents FREAKAZOID! The Complete Second Season will include 11 episodes on a two-disc set which will retail for $26.99 SRP.