Dark Knight, Horton Hears a Who on DVD/Blu-ray, plus Lost, Peter & the Wolf
Since the first half of the series was primarily about building a foundation for what was to come, there were not a lot of creatures or other new vfx designs. "It was mostly transitioning Hawaii to whatever we needed it to be," explains Mitch Suskin, the new vfx supervisor on LOST, noting that several scenes took place in locations such as Los Angeles, Berlin or the desert. "It's about making the most of Oahu, and removing Oahu when we needed to. In the first half of the season, vfx was playing a supporting role."
The lack of showy creatures did not mean the vfx crew was not busy, however. "It was mostly the invisible type of vfx," says Suskin. Viewers probably were not aware that underwater scenes or shots of Faraday parachuting included vfx shots, for example, or that the satellite phone or GPS tracking devices that play a central role in the series are almost all vfx.
"Whenever you see that [GPS device], it's a block of wood, basically," Suskin adds. In the beginning, the producers didn't realize the device would be used so much, so they didn't build a prop, using vfx to fill in the backlit screen and other details.
DVD Bonus Features:
-- Lost Bloopers
-- Audio Commentaries
-- Deleted Scenes
-- LOST on Location -- Go on location with the cast and crew of LOST for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of Season Four’s most gripping episodes.
-- The Freighter Folk -- Where did the folks on the freighter come from? Get to know them and find out what the show runners looked for in new cast members.
-- The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies -- Controversial underground documentary questioning the survivors of Oceanic 815.
-- The Island Backlot: Lost in Hawaii -- From the deserted beach to urban Los Angeles, Hawaii serves as a global backdrop for the excitement and intrigue of LOST. Join the small army of technicians that transforms Hawaii to the Island as they go about their duties.
-- The Right to Bear Arms -- LOST features a formidable array of firearms. Get real life gun profiles and find out what it’s like working with so much firepower.
-- Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash Forwards
-- Soundtrack of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & the Crash -- The Honolulu Symphony performs Michael Giacchino’s award-winning score live for the first time ever. Witness the power of the show’s many musical themes as well as its innovative use of instruments -- and learn how music affects the production, from writing to directing.
Blu-ray Special Features:
All the bonus features on the DVD, plus...
-- Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash Forwards -- Additional insider information, including script pages and an introduction by the show’s executive producers.
-- Season Play
-- More from the Symphony -- includes "The Others Theme" (uncut)
JET LI'S FEARLESS On Blu-ray
Inspired by the true story of a real-life hero, FEARLESS is a thrilling masterpiece from action superstar Jet Li. When an ill-advised fight destroys the reputation of a renowned martial arts champion (Li) and his family, his difficult path to redemption will bring him face-to-face with the most ferocious fighters in the world. Orchestrated by Yuen Wo Ping, the legendary choreographer of THE MATRIX and KILL BILL, this sensational, riveting epic is from Universal Studios Home Ent. (vfx by Menfond Electronic Art & Computer Design Company).
Special Features Include:
-- A Fearless Journey -- With interviews with Li and Yu
THE MASK On Blu-ray
Mild-mannered Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) takes Edge City by storm when he stumbles upon a mysterious and ancient mask. This 1994 theatrical release makes its Blu-ray debut December 9 from Warner Home Video.
Special Features Include:
-- Commentary by Director Chuck Russell
-- Commentary by filmmakers
-- Return to Edge City
-- Cartoon Logic
-- Introducing Cameron Diaz
-- What Makes Fido Run
-- Deleted Scenes -- "Death of Peggy" and "Viking Scene"
I AM LEGEND Ultimate Collector's Edition On DVD And Blu-ray