Dark Knight, Horton Hears a Who on DVD/Blu-ray, plus Lost, Peter & the Wolf
Based on the classic musical composition PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev, this spellbinding new interpretation combines stop-frame model animation and state-of-the-art digital technology, along with a new orchestra recording to create a magical world in which little boys can find the strength and courage to overcome their fears.
Director Suzie Templeton's take on how little boys can find extraordinary courage, set to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's famous score, offers the latest in stop-motion animation, particularly effective here in the tale's updating into the grim realities of a more contemporary Russia. Hugh Welchman produced the Breakthru Films release.
Magnolia previously released PETER as part of an animated shorts collection DVD in May, but the new version will have extras, including a making-of documentary, commentary with Templeton and featurettes "The Musical Themes," "The Story in Pictures" and "The Making of PETER & THE WOLF."
PETER & THE WOLF -- By The Numbers:
5 -- Number of years it took to complete the PETER & THE WOLF, from conception to completion.
250 -- Number of people who worked on the film.
2 -- Average number of seconds each animator did in a 12 hour shift.
3,000 -- Number of photos the director, Suzie Templeton, and co-writer, Marianela Maldonado, took as well as 14 hours of video footage on their trip to Moscow
11 -- Number of days to animate shot of bird falling into potatoes
90 -- Number of distributors who turned down the film before it was made
700 -- Number of pitching and finance meetings to get the film off the ground
17/9 -- Number of financiers / number of countries they originate from
80/1,700 -- Created on the biggest animation set ever made. The forest set was over 80 feet long, and contained 1,700 trees, each of which are 6 feet high
3,000 -- Number of emails producer Hugh Welchman received the day after the Oscars
6 puppets, 2 test skeletons, 18 jackets, 33 sculpts, 12 skin tests, 60 full character drawings -- To create the Peter puppet
$4 million -- Final budget
LOST: The Complete Fourth Season -- The Expanded Experience On DVD And Blu-ray
The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 come closer than ever to solving the mysteries of their remote island prison when LOST: The Complete Fourth Season -- The Expanded Experience comes to DVD and Blu-ray from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. on December 9, 2008.
In addition to all 14 captivating one-hour episodes from the show’s unforgettable fourth season, this six-disc compilation is packed with mesmerizing bonus features that will take fans even deeper inside this award-winning series. Teeming with the kind of astounding discoveries and riveting plot twists that have made LOST television’s most compelling adventure, LOST: The Complete Fourth Season -- The Expanded Experience arrives just in time for fans to catch up on their favorite episodes before the exciting fifth season begins.
More than three months after their fateful crash, the stranded passengers of the ill-fated transcontinental flight learn that the only thing more dangerous than the Island itself might be the people who have come to save them from it. Every twist and turn, and all the secrets and clues of the boldest show on network television come together in one place, revealing some of the dark mysteries at its heart.
LOST: The Complete Fourth Season’s acclaimed cast features Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Henry Ian Cusick, Emilie de Ravin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Naveen Andrews, Yunjin Kim and Harold Perrineau as a group of castaways thrown together by fate. LOST is produced by ABC Studios. In its first three seasons, the series earned seven Emmy Awards and 20 more Emmy nominations, plus a Golden Globe and five additional Golden Globe nominations.