Hulk On DVD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray Of Casino Royale & Sweeney Todd, Plus Looney Tunes
Luckily for The Moving Picture Co. (MPC) of London, where Burton now resides, he hired the hot visual effects studio to help transform the stages of Pinewood Studios into the inky, craggy streets of a much-darker London of the past. Digital Effects Supervisor Gary Brozenich talks to VFXWORLD about the challenges of making the director's vision come to life so that the virtual environments and nastier vfx shots in SWEENEY TODD look entirely seamless.
Special Features Include: (all in HD except press conference)
--"Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd" -- Documentary with interviews with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Overview of costuming, recording sessions, casting and set design.
--SWEENEY TODD Press Conference -- A press conference for the film, with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Richard D. Zanuck in attendance.
--"Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber" -- Historians and literary scholars discuss the history of the character and whether he was real.
--"Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD" -- Stephen Sondheim discusses adapting stage productions.
--"Sweeney's London" -- Companion to "Sweeney Todd is Alive," with scholars discussing the real-life 19th Century Fleet Street in London.
--Making of featurette
--"Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition" -- History of the famous French theater
--"Designs for a Demon Barber" -- Costuming and set design
--"A Bloody Business" -- Featurette on the practical effects
--"Moviefone Unscripted with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp"
--"The Razor's Refrain" -- Select songs from the soundtrack play as a slide show of production stills scroll by.
CASINO ROYALE Three-Disc Collector's Edition On DVD And Blu-ray
From Sony Pictures Home Ent., CASINO ROYALE (vfx by Peerless Camera) introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M" (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly-promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one.
For this origin story, director Martin Campbell wanted to limit the use of digital effects to an absolute minimum, bringing the franchise back to its hard edge, low-tech FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE days.
To this purpose, they enlisted visual effects supervisor Steve Begg, a seasoned expert in miniature effects (BATMAN BEGINS). "When I came in, the original idea was to do as much in-camera as possible. This, of course, is not exactly what happened. They had initially planned for about 60/80 digital vfx shots, but I knew this would go up in post-production. Well, it eventually went up to 580 shots. Still, there was a lot of traditional model work featured in the film, and the stunt work was all for real, albeit assisted by wire and rig removal," Begg said.
DVD Special Features Include:
--"Ian Fleming's Incredible Creation" -- A remarkable look at the birth and continued success of James Bond, including never-before-revealed information about Bond's creator and the origins of 007.
--"The Road to CASINO ROYALE" -- The story of why it took over 50 years for the Bond filmmakers to bring Ian Fleming's first 007 novel to the big screen, featuring the amazing behind-the-scenes stories of the many attempts to make the film.