DVD Releases for April 22, 2008
But the tight budget also meant that more vfx had to be utilized to fill the production gaps. "We were trying to shoot on a small set with a bunch of greenscreen and make everyone believe it," Blank continued. "I give a lot of credit to Production Designer Martin Whist because he had the least amount of resources to produce something believable. We kept saying to him, give us the front 10 or 20% in front of camera for real and we'll do the rest. A lot times you would expect on a movie like this for the set to comprise 50 to 60% of what is going on and visual effects is completing the lower half. But visual effects were doing a lot more than that. For example, we had a very large sequence on the Brooklyn Bridge. What was created was basically a 150-foot stretch for the board planks, a few benches and then lighting fixtures were in place where they would be on the bridge, but the railing, the lamps and everything is CG. In New York, we shot helicopter plates on the side of the Brooklyn Bridge to make the environment, but the actual structure of the bridge was 99% visual effects. The only thing that was not was the ground these people were walking on."
The CLOVERFIELD DVD features revealing bonus material including alternate endings, deleted scenes, "The Making of CLOVERFIELD." a look at the visual effects, commentary by director Matt Reeves and more.
Available for $29.99, the CLOVERFIELD DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD includes the following special features:
--Commentary by director Matt Reeves
--The Making of CLOVERFIELD
--CLOVERFIELD Visual Effects
--I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge!
--Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
--Alternate Endings with Optional Commentary
Special editions are also available at different retail locations:
--Suncoast and FYE - Limited edition swank steel book collectible packaging.
--Best Buy - Bonus Disc entitled "TJ Miller's Video Diary," containing almost 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with "Hud."
--Kmart and Sears - Get a free Cloverfield ringtone.
--Target - Target Deluxe Edition includes "Rob's Goin' To Japan Party Mix" music CD. The track list for the music CD includes: OK GO - HERE IT GOES AGAIN, Goldfrapp - OOH LA LA, Coconut Records - WEST COAST, Scissors for Lefty - GOT YOUR MOMENTS, The Vapors - TURNING JAPANESE, Parliament - GIVE UP THE FUNK, Of Montreal - WRAITH PINNED TO THE MIST, The Blood Arm - DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? and Bright Eyes - FOUR WINDS.
OBAN STAR RACERS
On April 22, SHOUT! Factory brings OBAN STAR RACERS to DVD so that U.S. audiences can finally experience the groundbreaking, seamless combination of 2-D and 3-D animation. Watch as the Whizzing Arrow defends Earth against annihilation by the greatest foe the world has ever seen -- the menacing Crog Imperium -- as they face off in the ultimate race.
ONE MISSED CALL
ONE MISSED CALL, the remake of Japanese hit CHAKUSHIN ARI, is out on DVD now. Zoic Studios did the vfx for the Warner Home Video release to DVD, HD-DVD/DVD combo and Blu-ray.
Although visual effects played a very important role in adding suspense and terror, it was not planned that way. "He (Director Eric Valette) wanted to be very, very subtle about the effects," vfx supervisor Randy Goux explains. "He didn't want to overpower it with CG. He wanted to use the characters to build the suspense. But with that said there are some key moments where he needed visual effects to tell that story. In the climax is where we really kicked in, but all throughout the movie there were points where visual effects added to that just ever so slight creepy moment."