Speed Racer, Chuck and Beetlejuice On DVD/Blu-ray (September 15, 2008)
Zoic handles the bulk of vfx work for CHUCK and Andrew Orloff details his company's involvement with the series. "Starting with the pilot, the Visual Effects Supervisor/Coordinator Mike Leone and I worked together with production to find the overall vfx credo. McG, who is the exec producer and the director of the pilot, was very interested in having it playing like an old-fashioned James Bond spy drama. He didn't want to do anything too overt or crazy, but there was a lot of work designing the cool, retro-look to a lot of the stuff in the pilot."
The four-disc set includes all 13 episodes, along with two all-new featurettes, a file of declassified scenes, a gallery of web-originated mini-featurettes and a playable demo of EA Sports' MADDEN NFL 09 for Xbox 360.
"Chuck Versus the Helicopter"
"Chuck Versus the Tango"
"Chuck Versus the Wookiee"
"Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp"
"Chuck Versus the Sandworm"
"Chuck Versus the Alma Mater"
"Chuck Versus the Truth"
"Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami"
"Chuck Versus the Nemesis"
"Chuck Versus the Crown Vic"
"Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover"
"Chuck Versus the Marlin"
--Chuck's World -- An inside look at character development and casting sessions
--Chuck on Chuck -- Series Stars Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez join creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak for some point/counterpoint
--Chuck vs. the Chuckles -- aka: The Gag Reel
--Chuck's Online World -- a gallery of web originated mini-featurettes
--Playable demo of EA Sports' MADDEN NFL 09 for Xbox 360
BEETLEJUICE: Deluxe Edition On DVD
Re-released on DVD, 1988's BEETLEJUICE is from Warner Home Video (vfx by Visual Concept Engineering). What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family -- and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!
DVD Special Features:
--Beetlejuice Cartoon Episodes
--Skeletons In The Closet
--Music Only Track
--PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
PUSHING DAISIES: The Complete First Season On DVD And Blu-ray
Every not-so-often, along comes a show that's different. Wonderfully different. PUSHING DAISIES, from Warner Home Video, is the story of Ned, a lonely pie maker whose touch can reanimate the dead. Cool, but there's a hitch. If Ned touches the person again, the miracle is reversed. If he doesn't, a bystander goes toes up. What to do? Easy: Team with a private eye, bring murder victims back just long enough to discover whodunit, and collect the rewards. Things go well until Ned's boyhood sweetie is the next dear departed, and he can't resist bringing her back for keeps! Dig the wit, style and quirky romance: If you're not laughing, you may need a visit from Ned.
Kymber Lim, exec producer at Entity FX, explains how they came to the project. "Initially they hired one studio to do the visual effects for PUSHING DAISIES without realizing how much work there was, so that's when we were called to help them from the second episode. We have been working very closely with Bill Powloski, the visual effects supervisor of the series. It is a very ambitious show in terms of budget and schedule just like most TV shows. Even now, there are a lot of creative aspects that are still being developed and worked on and they do want the overall aesthetic of the show to be magical."
PUSHING DAISIES' second season premieres on ABC on Wednesday, October 1.
"The Fun in Funeral"