DVD Releases For April 29, 2008
--Prohibition: America on the Rocks
--On the Trail of Eliot Ness
--Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz
--Ben Hecht: The Shakespeare of Hollywood
--Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War I
--"Scandal of 1920"
In New York City, Indy covers a lot of ground as he stage-manages a Broadway musical, parties with 5th Avenue high society, reads poetry with Greenwich Village bohemians and trades barbs with the literary wits of the Algonquin Roundtable. Composer George Gershwin accompanies Indy in his adventures as he attempts to ensure that the show goes on despite temperamental stars, malfunctioning props and the fact that he's dating three very different women at the same time. The film includes wonderful production numbers and a marvelous musical score.
Companion Historical Documentaries:
--Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America
--Wonderful Nonsense: The Algonquin Round Table
--Broadway: America Center Stage
While working for a Hollywood movie studio, Indy finds that he is no match for wily, megalomaniacal director Erich von Stroheim when the two lock horns over the ever-increasing budget of Stroheim's film FOOLISH WIVES. Though battered by the film industry, Indy decides to give it one more chance and goes on a location shoot with legendary director John Ford. Ford and his cronies, including aging gunman Wyatt Earp, help him to see the magic of movies and moviemaking, and when an actor is accidentally killed, Indy pitches in to save the film.
Companion Historical Documentaries:
--Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius
--The Rise of the Moguls: The Men Who Built Hollywood
--Irving Thalberg: Hollywood's Boy Wonder
--The World of John Ford
Disc Ten (Interactive Disc):
--Extensive Interactive Timeline that details the history and locations of Indy's adventures and previews footage of the companion documentaries.
--Historical Lecture: New Gods for Old
--HUNTING FOR TREASURE Interactive Game
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
The surprise Oscar winner for vfx is out on DVD now. Rhythm & Hues, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Digital Domain and Rainmaker all contributed vfx to the New Line Home Ent. release on DVD and Blu-ray.
It comes in four versions: Widescreen Single-Disc Edition, New Line Platinum Series Two-Disc Widescreen Edition, Full-Screen Single-Disc Edition and Blu-ray.
Since the publication of the first volume in 1995, Philip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS has become one of the most beloved and celebrated book series of the past decade. To supervise the all-important visual effects effort, director Chris Weitz enlisted Michael Fink, (BATMAN RETURNS, X-MEN and CONSTANTINE) as senior visual effects supervisor.
For Fink and Visual Effects Producer Susan MacLeod, there were, of course, many technical challenges, most notably figuring out how to manage procedural fur grooming for interaction between animals and humans, and creating a complete 3D-animated sequence (the bear fight) in the middle of a live-action movie. The final cut includes about 1,100-1,200 shots, although total shot count is closer to 1,500 as there were numerous omits and changes.
The story takes place in an alternate world, very similar to ours in many ways, in which humans all have a personal daemon: that is, the physical representation -- in animal form -- of their souls. Featured in more than 500 shots, the daemons were created via 3D animation at Rhythm & Hues (in collaboration with Rhythm & Hues India, which contributed animation lighting and composting on about a third of the shots). The team was led by VFX Supervisor Bill Westenhofer, Co-VFX Supervisor Raymond Chen and VFX Producer Gary Nolin. This represents the studio's most ambitious project in its 20-year history.