DVD Releases for June 3, 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 Blu-ray will include an exclusive feature-length "Special Investigation Mode" with added details about the film. Additional features include a director commentary, Making Of featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate endings with commentary and new navigational features.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD On Blu-ray
Director Paul Thomas Anderson's critically-acclaimed epic THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paramount Vantage, vfx by Digital Backlot and ILM) arrives on Blu-ray June 3. The film was named by more than 200 critics as one of the top 10 movies of 2007 and stars Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis. The Blu-ray features a slideshow of vintage photos selected by the director and set to the unforgettable score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, deleted scenes and a featurette on dailies (same extras as the DVD).
THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, the A&E miniseries event THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN arrives on DVD in this special 2-disc collection from Universal Studios Home Ent. with vfx by UPP Prague, supervised by David Vana.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Mikael Saloman (BAND OF BROTHERS) directs a powerhouse cast, including Benjamin Bratt (LAW & ORDER), Christa Miller (SCRUBS), Eric McCormack (WILL & GRACE), Ricky Schroder (NYPD BLUE), Andre Braugher (CITY OF ANGELS), Viola Davis (DISTURBIA) and Daniel Dae Kim (LOST) in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.
When a mysterious virus is brought to Earth by a returning satellite, an elite and dedicated squad of scientists assembles to search for the truth and stop the mutating killer before it ends life on Earth. Presented by three-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott (AMERICAN GANGSTER) and Primetime Emmy award winner Tony Scott (NUMB3RS), THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN includes all four televised hours, four hours of exclusive bonus materials and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.
Bonus Features Include:
--"Terra Incognita: The Making Of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN"
--Visual Effects Breakdowns
--Photo and Design Gallery
--Feature Audio Commentary With Director Mikael Salomon, Executive Producers David W. Zucker and Tom Thayer and Editor Scott Vickrey.
BEE MOVIE On Blu-ray
BEE MOVIE from DreamWorks Animation, out on Blu-ray on June 3, is a comedy that will change everything you think you know about bees. Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice: honey. As he ventures outside of the hive for the first time he breaks one of the cardinal rules of the bee world and talks to a human -- a New York City florist named Vanessa (Renee Zellweger). He is shocked to discover that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees' honey for centuries. He ultimately realizes that his true calling in life is to set the world right by suing the human race. That is, until the ensuing chaos upsets the very balance of nature. It is up to Barry to prove that even a little bee can spell big changes in the world. Blu-ray features the same bonus features as the DVD release.