Speed Racer, Chuck and Beetlejuice On DVD/Blu-ray (September 15, 2008)
Ready to take a trip to the other side? Well, chill with all the frighteningly good episodes from Season 1 of DANNY PHANTOM from Paramount Home Ent. and Nickelodeon Home Ent. Find out how an average kid became part ghost, and all ghost hunter. Then join Danny and pals Sam and Tucker on otherworldly adventures that'll have you up close and personal with Technus, the Spectral Master of all things technological... Penelope Spectra, a ghost who feeds off teen misery... and Danny's archenemy, Vlad Plasmius.
There're more ghostly good adventures in Season 2 of DANNY PHANTOM. On three action-packed DVDs, you'll encounter spirited specters like Skulker, Desiree, Youngblood, and more, all unleashed on the world and ready to take over... if Danny doesn't capture them in time. Hang on, because once you tune in, there's no tuning out on these spirited unearthly missions.
HULK On Blu-ray
HULK, adapted by Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER/HIDDEN DRAGON, THE ICE STORM) from the Marvel comic book series, stars Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, the tormented scientist whose temper periodically transforms him into a raging green monster. Fellow scientist and Hulk-love-interest Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly), shares a strange connection with Banner -- both have abstract childhood nightmares that hint at a shared dark past. The missing pieces of the puzzle are revealed when Banner's unstable, mad-scientist father David (Nick Nolte) appears out of the blue, followed by Betty`s father Ross (Sam Elliot), a military cowboy.
From Universal Studios Home Ent., the 2003 version of HULK is now on Blu-ray.
ILM veteran Colin Brady, the animation supervisor, explains that director Ang Lee was so specific in his direction of the computer-animated Hulk, requiring that he act more like a 4-year-old child throwing a temper tantrum than an out of control adult, that Brady urged him to don the motion capture suit himself.
"Ang gave an amazing performance and after reviewing all the takes, we decided that his performance was the best," Brady suggests. "Even for the tank sequence, we built these miniature props and brought in a stunt guy and ex-football player and shot several motion capture sessions, beating the heck out of these tanks and smashing them up. And while all the physical motion was correct, the acting wasn't there. But Ang gave good angst. Even the Hulk beating up the tank with the turret was 99% Ang. He would really emphasize [the less is more mentality] that to me is what I was already drawn to in his films. You look at HULK. There is very little change that happens on the faces of the actors. We tried very hard not to over animate because that's what Ang stressed."
THE MIST On Blu-ray
From legendary frightmaster Stephen King and three-time Oscar-nominated director Frank Darabont (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE) comes THE MIST, now on Blu-ray from The Weinstein Company (vfx by CafeFX). After a mysterious mist envelopes a small New England town, a group of locals trapped in a supermarket must battle a siege of otherworldly creatures, and the fears that threaten to tear them apart. Starring Thomas Jane (THE PUNISHER) and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (MYSTIC RIVER) in one of the year's most talked-about performances.
Visual Effects Supervisor Everett Burrell says Darabont chose CafeFX as the lead house on the film via a recommendation from Guillermo del Toro, who used the Santa Maria, Calif.-based shop on PAN'S LABYRINTH.
While THE MIST is a fairly straightforward horror film about a small town enveloped in a heavy mist that brings other-dimensional creatures with it, the scariest thing for Burrell was the small budget and short schedule.
"We talked a lot about what to do and the reality set in about the budget," he said. "There was no money. The budget for the entire film was $17 million."
But the story had fans that were thrilled to be working on the project, regardless of the budget. "I almost fell out of my chair because THE MIST is one of my long time favorite short stories or novellas from college," says CafeFX Animation Supervisor James Straus.
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