Bourne on Blu-ray, Mary Poppins on DVD, Pink Panther Collection & RockNRolla
-- Featurette -- Behind the scenes of the creation of a landmark film
-- Music Video
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGICUS on DVD
2009 will be the year of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the most-watched kids show in TV history as Nickelodeon kicks off the year-long party with the DVD release of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGICUS. Complete with eight new-to-DVD episodes from the sixth season and silly special features, the DVD follows SpongeBob and the rest of the clan as they experience a gladiator show, form a rock band, take a field trip to the Nautical Museum, and much more. Created by Nickelodeon Home Ent. and distributed by Paramount Home Ent., SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGICUS will be available on January 27.
In the featured episode, "Spongicus," Plankton builds a Roman coliseum in place of the Chum Bucket. When he announces that there will be a free gladiator show, nobody can resist, not even Mr. Krabs! SpongeBob and Patrick become gladiators and the town of Bikini Bottom turns upside down in this hysterical episode.
Other episodes featured on the DVD include "Suction Cup Symphony," "House Fancy," "Krabby Road," "Penny Foolish," "Nautical Novice," "Not Normal," and "Gone." SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SPONGICUS also features a bonus animation art gallery that includes storyboard panels from the title episode and character art.
YOU'RE A GOOD SPORT, CHARLIE BROWN on DVD
From Warner Home Video, the story finds Charlie Brown, the famous sports failure, competing against Peppermint Patty and the Masked Marvel (alias Snoopy) in a charity motocross race.
Contains YOU'RE A GOOD SPORT, CHARLIE BROWN and DUST YOURSELF OFF AND PICK YOURSELF UP, CHARLIE BROWN.
ZODIAC Director's Cut on Blu-ray
Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, ZODIAC, from Paramount Home Ent., is a superbly crafted thriller form the director of SE7EN and PANIC ROOM. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chloe Sevigny, ZODIAC is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man's desire to kill and another's quest for the truth.
A 2007 theatrical release, ZODIAC features vfx by Digital Domain, Mar Vista Ventures, Matte World Digital and Ollin Studio.
Matte World Digital and visual effects supervisor Craig Barron were called in to create more than 40 establishing shots of San Francisco as it looked during that tumultuous era. Several of these shots, including flyovers, required building complete 3D environments. Parallel to this effort, Digital Domain was asked to focus on the exact recreation of the actual murders. The team was led by visual effects supervisor Eric Barba, vfx producer Lisa Beroud, CG supervisor Karl Denham, compositing supervisor Janelle Croshaw and matte painting supervisor Wei Zheng.
"We had to reproduce very precisely the way the killings occurred, and the environments in which they took place," Barba says. "We did more than 100 shots, but most of them will go unnoticed by the viewers. The bulk of our work, in terms of man-hours, involved set extensions. We recreated specific areas in San Francisco as they looked [at that time]. David was very adamant that everything looked exactly as it was at the time the murders occurred. He wanted to shoot his movie as if a camera had really been there. To start with, he decided that, whenever possible, we would shoot the plates at the actual location of each murder. Obviously, the environments had changed quite a bit in the last 35 years, so that's where we came in, to digitally bring them back to their original state."