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District 9 on Blu-ray and DVD, Plus More

DISTRICT 9 makes its debut on Blu-ray and DVD and FAMILY GUY PRESENTS: SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING DARK SIDE comes to Blu-ray and DVD.

DISTRICT 9 makes its debut on Blu-ray and DVD and FAMILY GUY PRESENTS: SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING DARK SIDE comes to Blu-ray and DVD.

DISTRICT 9 on Blu-ray and DVD

* Read our feature article on the visual effects work that went into the film and our interview with Neill Blomkamp

Press Release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

From executive producer Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) comes the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller District 9, debuting on Blu-ray and 2-Disc DVD December 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Director Neill Blomkamp (Crossing the Line, Tempbot) enlists a cast of relative newcomers, including Sharlto Copley and Jason Cope (Doomsday), and groundbreaking special effects for the enthralling allegorical story of aliens stranded in South Africa.

Bonus materials on the Blu-ray™ and DVD include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Neill Blomkamp, deleted scenes and the three-part documentary “The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log.” The first part of the documentary explores the pre-production process and creation of the world of District 9, Peter Jackson’s role in producing the film, and the unorthodox approach to using South Africa as the setting for this film. The second part delves into the shooting style of the film utilizing small handheld cameras to tell the tale, the difficulties of shooting in Johannesburg, the challenges of shooting scenes that would include visual effects later in the process, and the overall challenges encountered during the production process. The third chapter of the documentary investigates the task of designing and editing the film’s sound effects, and the general challenges encountered during the editing process.

The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray versions also exclusively feature four featurettes: “Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus” looks at the practical effects employed by filmmaker Blomkamp and the artists at WETA to create Wikus’s metamorphosis into an alien; “Innovation: The Acting and Improvisation of District 9” shows Blomkamp’s direction of the actors, his encouragement of improvisation, and the actors’ process for working together under these guidelines; “Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9” depicts the amazing design and theory behind the world of District 9, including Alien Design, Alien Technology, Space Travel, MNU and The First Reaction Force Battalion; and “Alien Generation: The Visual Effects of District 9” offers an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI aliens realistically into the scenes in post-production.

Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc™ include a Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod®, and the Interactive Map feature “Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9,” that allows users to explore alien technology and weaponry, MNU mercenary armory, and more from the film through a series of satellite maps, schematics and photo-real files. The PSP Digital Copy file will be included on the Blu-ray Disc for transfer to the PSP via PlayStation®3.

The Blu-ray Disc also exclusively features movieIQ—which allows viewers to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast & crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie via BD-Live™—and cinechat, where viewers can send on-screen instant messages to their friends while watching the movie.

1-Disc DVD Special Features Include:

* Filmmaker’s Commentary

* Deleted Scenes

* The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log – Three-Part Documentary

2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray Special Features Include:

Includes all the a/v on the 1-Disc PLUS:

* Featurette: “Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus”

* Featurette: “Innovation: The Acting and Improvisation of District 9”

* Featurette: “Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9”

* Featurette: “Alien Generation: The Visual Effects of District 9”

Blu-ray™ Exclusives Include:

* “Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9” – Interactive Map

* Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod®

* Cinechat

* movieIQ

* 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

DISTRICT 9 & GOD OF WAR III UNITE ON FIRST MOVIE/GAME DEMO BLU-RAY HYBRID

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America Collaborate to Include ‘God of War® III’ Game Demo on Blu-ray Disc.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America will introduce the first movie/game demo hybrid Blu-ray in the US with the release of the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller District 9. The Blu-ray will feature a playable game demo of the PlayStation 3 system (PS3) exclusive, God of War III – one of the most anticipated video games of 2010. After successfully completing the game demo, the consumer will be able to unlock an exclusive making-of featurette about the game. With more than 8.7 million units sold, the God of War franchise has set the bar for the action-adventure genre with numerous Editor’s Choice and Game of the Year awards given by some of the video game industry’s key media outlets, such as Game Informer, IGN, and GamePro, to name a few.

The combination of District 9 and the game demo of God of War III is an unprecedented home entertainment offering,” said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “We are thrilled to give consumers not only an incredible high definition presentation of District 9 and the wealth of bonus material about the movie, but also a taste of what is destined to be the biggest video game of 2010. This pairing of the movie and game demo is just another example of what is possible with the Blu-ray format.”

Blu-ray functionality has long been a differentiator that separates the PS3 from other home entertainment systems,” said Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, Marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. “Through this collaboration with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment we’re able to create a unique experience only available on the PS3 system that blends two of the most popular entertainment options available, watching District 9 and playing God of War III off the same disc.”

Additional bonus materials exclusively available on the Blu-ray edition of District 9 include a Digital Copy of the film for PC, the PSP system (PlayStation Portable), Mac or iPod; the Interactive Map feature “Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9,” which provides a highly detailed environmental exploration of the world through a series of interactive satellite maps, technology schematics and photo-real files that take the viewer deeper into the world of the film; and movieIQ, which allows viewers to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast & crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie.

FAMILY GUY PRESENTS: SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING DARK SIDE on Blu-ray

Press Release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 16, 2009) – “Family Guy” fans and Star Wars aficionados alike, promise to have a very special holiday with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s limited edition “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” Blu-ray Disc Collector’s Set – only available at Best Buy. The farce is strong for fans with this exclusive set as it includes a new specially created Lucasfilm-approved lunchbox - based on the original 1980’s fan-favorite The Empire Strikes Back box and featuring the Griffin gang – Peter as Han Solo, Lois as Princess Leia, Chris as Luke Skywalker and Brian as Chewbacca. The set also comes with a t-shirt emblazoned with “Family Guy’s” ever-popular character Ernie the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett and a Blu-ray Disc of the new feature.

“’Family Guy’ and Star Wars are two franchises that continue to have fans with shared enthusiasm that is unrivaled. We wanted to create something special for them in honor of “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” Blu-ray Disc Collector’s Set is available December 22, just in time for the holidays, exclusively at Best Buy.

The follow up to the Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest, the saga continues in “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side.” Luke, Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca have evaded the dreaded Imperial Starfleet led by the cunning, conniving and curiously short evil lord Darth Vader (Stewie), setting up a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. With the rebellion in trouble, young Skywalker must take the advice of his late, and rather lascivious, mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) and learn the ways of the “farce” under Jedi Master Yoda (Carl) to save the galaxy once and for all.

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About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets -- from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce - throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

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