DVD Releases For April 29, 2008
There were a lot of similarities in the nature of the work they did between NARNIA and GOLDEN COMPASS, including the creation of a large number of highly detailed character models, a tremendous amount of keyframe animation and large battle scenes requiring the use of Massive for crowd simulation. "The biggest difference was the amount of interaction between the animated characters and the actors. Daemons are often climbing on the person they belong to, and that turned out to be one of our toughest challenges." Westenhofer said.
Read more on VFXWorld's two part GOLDEN COMPASS feature here and here.
Special features on the various DVD and Blu-ray releases include:
--Feature-length audio commentary from writer/director Chris Weitz
--Eleven "Making-of" featurettes including "The Armoured Bears" featurette, "The Adaptation" featurette and the "Production Design" featurette
--Theatrical and teaser trailers
--16x9 widescreen (2.35:1) version of the film
--Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete Audio and English 2.0 Stereo Surround
--English & Spanish subtitles
--Closed captions (Standard Definition only)
--7.1 DTS-HD Master AudioT (Blu-ray only)
--English SDH subtitles (Blu-ray only)
--Enhanced visual commentary (Blu-ray only)
--Interactive menus (Blu-ray only)
--Animated menus (DVD only)
THE CLASSIC CABALLEROS COLLECTION: SALUDOS AMIGOS/THREE CABALLEROS
For the first time, the two Academy Award nominated south of the border animated adventures are available together when Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents THE CLASSIC CABALLEROS COLLECTION: SALUDOS AMIGOS/THREE CABALLEROS on a two-disc DVD, out now. Celebrate a cinematic Cinco de Mayo with Donald, Goofy and Walt Disney himself in this animated and live action addition to the classic Disney collection.
Embark on thrilling adventures to South America and Mexico with Goofy, Donald Duck and Walt Disney himself as they experience all the music, beauty and excitement Latin America has to offer. In SALUDOS AMIGOS, Walt and his team of artists, musicians, writers and animators say "Adios!" to the U.S. to explore the heart and soul of Latin America. From the Bolivian Andes to the Argentine pampas, watch these four whimsical animated escapades while they travel to fun and exciting places. This delightful international adventure earned three Academy Award nominations in 1943 including Best Musical Score, Best Sound and Best Original Song.
Next, it's Donald's turn to take a fantastic journey through these colorful lands with his friends Joe Carioca and Panchito in THE THREE CABALLEROS. With lighthearted dance and lively music, this dazzling blend of live action and classic Disney animation is a celebration the whole family will enjoy. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Musical Score and Best Sound Recording in 1945.
The collection also includes two Donald shorts: CONTRARY CONDOR, 1944 and DON DONALD, 1937. DON DONALD was the first full solo short for Donald Duck and the first appearance of his girlfriend, Donna Duck, who would later become Daisy. In the short, a guitar playing Donald rides his tired burro into a Mexican town where he attempts to woo Donna.
CONTRARY CONDOR features Donald as an egg collector who is mistaken by a mother condor as her baby.
Bonus features also include a Walt Disney interview and "South of the Border With Disney" featurette -- tag along with Disney and friends on a tour of South America. SRP $19.99 U.S.; $24.99 Canada. Rated G for THE THREE CABALLEROS, Not Rated for SALUDOS AMIGOS. Feature run time is 113 minutes.
A new animated fantasy action series -- BUSO RENKIN -- is now out in a DVD box set. The 3-disc set is rated "T+" for Older Teen and features the first 13 episodes (of 26 total) with an estimated retail price of $49.98. The second half of the series is slated for release later this year.