Sleeping Beauty On DVD/Blu-ray, Zohan And Happening, Plus Harryhausen & Cartman
--Disney Movie Rewards Live -- SLEEPING BEAUTY Blu-ray owners will be able to accumulate Disney Movie Reward Points by participating in many Disney BD-Live Network activities. In return, viewers can redeem points for exclusive content such as Avatars, downloadable extras and many more exciting possibilities.
--A DVD of SLEEPING BEAUTY --Blu-ray owners will also receive a bonus DVD of the movie.
THE HAPPENING On DVD And Blu-ray
From M. Night Shyamalan, the writer-director of THE SIXTH SENSE and SIGNS, comes a gripping thriller about a family on the run from a mysterious and deadly phenomenon. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (2006 Best Supporting Actor -- THE DEPARTED) stars as Elliot Moore, an ordinary man trying to save his family from a terrifying, invisible killer. As Elliot begins to discover the true nature of what is lurking out there, it soon becomes clear that no one -- and nowhere -- is safe. THE HAPPENING is on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.
Famously skeptical of digital effects, Shyamalan did as much as possible in frame, using wind machines, mechanical special effects and on set pyrotechnics whenever possible during the film's 44-day shoot last year in Pennsylvania.
For effects that couldn't be created on set, Shyamalan turned to VFX houses such as ILM and CafeFX, which created a number of memorable and gory sequences for the film.
David Ebner, vfx supervisor for CafeFX on the film, says Shyamalan's overriding goal for visual effects is that they be as convincing as possible.
"He's very critical of visual effects movies in general," Ebner observes. "He has a discerning eye and he wants everything to look real."
Accomplishing that took a lot of work on what Ebner says was CafeFX's most difficult sequence: a scene in which a group of zoo lions turn on their tamer and rip his arms off. The scene was short but complex, requiring previs and planning with the special effects and prosthetic effects crews to figure out how best to shoot it when safety requirements won't allow an actor to be alone on set with more than one lion at a time.
"And then we found out we couldn't actually use fake blood material either, because that would just get the lions going crazy, even if it wasn't real, Ebner added. "So we started planning that all that would be done in computer graphics as well."
In the shot, the lion tamer offers his hand out in friendship to the lions, only to have them attack. On set, the actor was offering the lion a prosthetic arm on a rod that he was controlling with his other arm.
"The part that gets ripped off is fake, but what we had to do then is patch the fact that you could see his other arm not doing the right thing," Ebner continued. "That involved removing his arms, the rod and replace the actor's shoulders and back. That was probably one of the harder parts of the job, was to cover him up."
Single-Disc Widescreen DVD Edition Special Features:
--The Hard Cut (9 min.) -- Behind the scenes preparations and execution of graphic scenes with Robert Bailey, special effects crew, images of the squibs, make-up, and prosthetics giving this piece an "anatomy of a scene" feel.
--I Hear You Whispering" (9 min.)
--A Day for Night (7min) -- A day in the life of Night during production. Footage shot by a mini-DV cam contributes to the raw "in the moment" style of coverage for our one day with Night.
--Elements of a Scene (10 min.) -- In cinema-verite style, dissect the staging of an elaborate scene, from planning, to adjustments, to nailing the last shot of the sequence. Stand-up interviews from cast and crew personalize the piece with a glimpse at all the contributions needed to capture the scene and move on.
--Visions of The Happening: A Making of (12 min.) -- Making of documentary
--Deleted scenes with introductions from M. Night Shyamalan
Blu-ray Special Features:
--2-Disc includes Digital Copy
--All VAM from the DVD
--Scene specific PIP
--The Hard 'R'
--Train Shooting: (4 min.) The specifics of shooting on a moving train