Alice in Wonderland, War of the Worlds and The Wolfman Arrive on Blu-ray
It's another stellar Blu-ray week with the release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (Paramount Home Ent.) and Joe Johnston's re-imagined The Wolfman (Universal Studios Home Ent.).
Alice looks even more stunning in 2-D at home (1.78:1 1080p AVC encode) than in 3-D in the theater, benefitting greatly from most of the movie being shot on video. The contrast between drab and colorful Underland is all the more apparent. Plus there's marvelous depth as well. Likewise, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio offers some immersive sonic delights.
As Ken Ralston, Sony Imageworks' senior visual effects supervisor, points out, "Everything is designed very specifically, and as we started to figure out what all the different characters were and what we could do to make them interesting and maintain as much of our actors in the shots as we could, we wanted to blend them into this CG world. And with our animated characters, we walked a tightrope to keep it feeling like it's all happening immediately."
Animated characters such as the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Blue Caterpillar, Bandersnatch and Jabberwocky stand out among the "hodgepodge of tricks," including shooting large heads with the Dalsa Evolution camera and digitally enlarging Johnny Depp's eyes to enhance the look of the Mad Hatter.
Bonus features include:
- Finding Alice: this featurette includes Tim Burton's vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney's version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.
- The Mad Hatter: audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp's early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes.
- Effecting Wonderland: a behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film -- Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.
- The Futterwacken Dance: Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken (BD-exclusive).
- The Red Queen: the creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects (BD-exclusive).
- Time-Lapse – Sculpting the Red Queen: a short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes (BD-exclusive).
- The White Queen: an interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland's good queen, about her character's journey throughout the process of the film (BD-exclusive). Scoring Wonderland: composer Danny Elfman and Burton discuss the music for the movie (BD-exclusive).
- Stunts of Wonderland: a featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film (BD-exclusive).
- Making the Proper Size: an inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline (BD-exclusive).
- Cakes of Wonderland: take a trip to "Cake Divas" where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale (BD-exclusive).
- Tea Party Props: tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually (BD-exclusive).