DVD Releases For June 24, 2008
Bruges, the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson), it could be their final destination. A job gone wrong has resulted in the pair being ordered to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Christmas is coming, as they await the arrival of their London boss, Harry (Fiennes). Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. When the call from Harry does finally come, Ken and Ray's vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.
Framestore CFC Senior Colorist Adam Glasman worked with the production team for several weeks in January 2008 to complete the final element of the film making process. This was Cinematographer Eigil Bryld's second DI project at Framestore CFC; 2007's BECOMING JANE being the first.
"It was a great job from my perspective," Glasman said. "Lovely clients, and a very dark, very funny film. Eigil knows the DI routine -- what we can offer him as a cinematographer -- and he was very hands off about the whole process. The DI itself was very straightforward -- the only time we did any real tweaking was during the chase sequence, when we pushed up the contrast a bit. For the rest off it, we tried to emphasize the warm and Christmassy look that Eigil and Martin McDonagh were aiming for, so we pushed the highlights up on shots where there were Christmas lights around, for instance."
--Gag Reel -- A hilarious compilation of outtakes from the set.
--"When In Bruges" -- Set in one of Europe's most scenic cities and filled to the brim with tourists, this behind-the-scenes featurette captures Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh making his feature debut with this comedic tale of the fates of two hit men.
--"Strange Bruges" -- A look at the town of Bruges and how it's used as the fourth major character in the film.
--"A Boat Trip Around Bruges" -- See the beautiful city of Bruges from a boat ride through the cities canals.
--"F*Cking Br*Ges" -- A comprehensive look at the language of IN BRUGES.
EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE Season 1 On DVD
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf and Nozomi Ent. have released EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE, which makes its North American DVD debut with the release of its Season 1 DVD Collection on June 24, 2008.
A historical drama set in late 19th-century London, the series chronicles the love story -- and the complications that result -- when Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, and William, an earnest suitor and member of the "gentry" class, fall for each other.
Spanning a total of 24 episodes between the two seasons, this anime adaptation of Kaoru Mori's manga features direction by Tsuneo Kobayashi (THE TWELVE KINGDOMS, GLASS MASK OAV, SUPER GALS!) and scripting by Mamiko Ikeda (SGT. FROG, FRUITS BASKET, PRINCESS TUTU). The original manga was honored with an Excellence Prize at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival and is available to North American readers via DC Comics' CMX Manga imprint.
EMMA will be released as two "season" box sets with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles.
The initial box set release will contain the 12-episode first season in its entirety and include a 96-page "Victorian Gazette," featuring background information and illustrations that explore the Victorian era depicted in the series, from period fashions and travel in England to architecture and day-to-day life. The second box set (Fall 2008) will include the 12 episodes of the series' "Second Act," plus "Episode 0: Intermission," a recap/preview that aired prior to the start of the Season 2 telecast in Japan.