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Surrogates Comes to Blu-ray and DVD, Atonement on Blu-ray, Plus More

SURROGATES on Blu-ray and DVD, ATONEMENT on Blu-ray, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: REMASTERED DELUXE EDITION on DVD, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: NO VIRTUE IN FORGIVENESS, VOL. 3 on DVD, IKKI TOUSEN DRAGON DESTINY, VOL. 2 on DVD, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 1 on DVD, and THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, VOL. 2 on DVD.

SURROGATES on Blu-ray and DVD, ATONEMENT on Blu-ray, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: REMASTERED DELUXE EDITION on DVD, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: NO VIRTUE IN FORGIVENESS, VOL. 3 on DVD, IKKI TOUSEN DRAGON DESTINY, VOL. 2 on DVD, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 1 on DVD, and THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, VOL. 2 on DVD.

SURROGATES on Blu-ray and DVD

* Editor's note: Read our feature article on the visual effects work that went into the film.

"Vfx were really in a supporting role on this and we focused a lot on Bruce Willis' surrogate character and finding his look and making him consistent through the movie, which took a long time," concedes Mark Stetson, vfx supervisor.

"They assigned the work to Synthespian Studios, Jeff Kleiser's company, where they scanned a digital double of Willis and Synthespian built a CG model from Eyetronics' scan and original cleanup work. But most of the work was done in 2D in Shake."

Press Release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

BURBANK, California, November 20, 2009 – Action superstar Bruce Willis (the Die Hard franchise) headlines another spectacular thrill ride in the gripping film Surrogates, coming to Blu-ray* Hi-Def and DVD on January 26, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator Three: Rise of the Machines, U-571), Surrogates is a heart-pounding futuristic tale of splintered identity, treachery and murder. Both DVD and Blu-ray editions come with an array of bonus features that not only invite viewers to delve deep into the darkly imaginative world of Surrogates, but describe how this futuristic idea is not such a far-off reality.

Based on the enormously popular graphic novel created by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, Surrogates also stars Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible), James Cromwell (Spider-man 3) and Rosamund Pike (An Education).

Synopsis

FBI agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) lives in a world where robotic surrogates stand in for people, protecting them from violence, contagion—and the appearance of aging. These picture perfect, real-life avatars—fit, good-looking, remotely controlled machines that assume their operator’s life role—enable the population to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Greer and his partner, Agent Peters (Radha Mitchell), are called in to probe the mysterious death of a college student, whose life ended when his surrogate was destroyed. When Greer’s surrogate is damaged in the investigation, he ventures out of his apartment for the first time in decades. In a world of masks, Greer must decide who is real and who can be trusted.

Bonus Features

Surrogates on DVD includes:

Commentary with director Jonathan Mostow 

* “I Will Not Bow” Music Video by Breaking Benjamin

The Surrogates Blu-ray contains the DVD extras plus exclusive bonus features that go into the heart of the film’s intriguing premise:

* A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates — The world of surrogates is not far away! Mind-controlled robotics is already in use in today. This featurette explores the realities of this technology and offers an in-depth look into the creation of the superhuman versions of the cast created for this film.

* Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes to Life — A visual exploration of the evolution of Surrogates from graphic novel to major motion picture from the earliest designs and sketches. Pivotal sequences come to life in a dazzling 3-D animated experience.

Four Deleted Scenes

Surrogates is priced at $39.99 (U.S.) and $44.99 (Canada) on Blu-ray Hi-Def, and  $29.99 (U.S.) and $35.99 (Canada) on DVD.

Blu-ray 

Suggested retail price: U.S. $39.99, Canada $44.99 

Feature run time: 88 Minutes

Rating: USA: PG13 - for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene; Canada: 14A - Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children

Bonus materials not rated

Aspect ratio: 

Sound: English 5.1 DTS-HD

Languages: English, Spanish, French

DVD

Suggested retail price: U.S. $29.99, Canada $35.99 

Feature run time: 88 Minutes

Rating: USA: PG13 - for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene; Canada: 14A - Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children

Bonus materials not rated

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios 

ATONEMENT on Blu-ray

* Editor's note: Visual effects work done by Double Negative under the supervision of John Moffatt.

From Amazon:

From the award-winning director of Pride & Prejudice comes a stunning, critically acclaimed epic story of love. When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast in the film critics are calling "the year's best picture" (Thelma Adams, US Weekly).

Starring: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn, Juno Temple, Patrick Kennedy

Directed by: Joe Wright

Disc 1

Run Time: 2 Hours and 3 Minutes

MPAA Rating: R (Disturbing War Images, Language and Some Sexuality)

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), DTS 5.1 Surround (Spanish), DTS 5.1 Surround (French)

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1) Color

Bonus:

Deleted Scenes with Commentary By Director Joe Wright

Feature Commentary With Director Joe Wright

Bringing The Past to Life: The Making Of Atonement

From Novel to Screen: Adapting A Classic

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YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: REMASTERED DELUXE EDITION on DVD

Press Release from Warner Home Video

BURBANK, CA (October 27, 2009) – Consumers will have something to sing about with Warner Home Video’s (WHV) DVD release of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition, the animated television special in which the Peanuts gang performs various comedy sketches and memorable musical numbers from the popular stage play.  The DVD will be available January 26, 2010 and will retail for $19.98 SRP.

Charlie Brown has never pitched a winning baseball game. He’s never been able to keep a kite in the air or win a game of checkers and he’s certainly never successfully punted a football.  Charlie Brown may be a loveable loser but he’s still managed to capture the hearts of viewers as well as those of his Peanuts pals. To show their appreciation, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang pay tribute to “good ol’ Chuck” in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition.

Everyone’s favorite “blockhead” finally gets the recognition he deservers via a series of endearing skits mixed with a collection of captivating songs from Clark Gesner’s hit Broadway show. The repertoire includes such unforgettable performances as “Happiness,” “The Kite,” “Suppertime,” “T-E-A-M,” “Book Report” and much more.   It’s the Peanuts gang at their very best!

“Viewers of all ages will be hooked on the uplifting and heart-touching songs featured on this wonderful DVD. They’ll want to hear them over and over,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. He added, “Aside from the remarkable soundtrack, this special presents fans with a variety of entertaining and endearing vignettes. It also imparts several valuable messages, including the importance of self-acceptance and building friendships.  This is a must-have DVD for anyone who loves Peanuts.”

DVD Special Features Include:

*Animating a Charlie Brown Musical – This documentary featurette explores the twenty-year journey of the 1967 Clark Gesner album that became a Broadway hit and finally an animated TV special.

The Credits

PEANUTS is licensed and syndicated by United Media. United Media is a worldwide licensing and syndication company that focuses on building brand equity around a wide range of creative content. United Media licenses and/or syndicates other properties, including Hallmark's hoops&yoyo, Rainbow Brite and Maxine, HISTORY, Ice Road Truckers, Dirty Dancing, Deadliest Catch, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Precious Moments, Dilbert, and Fancy Nancy. United Media is an E. W. Scripps Company. For more information, visit www.unitedmedialicensing.com.

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles. For more information on this and other titles distributed by Warner Home Video, visit www.whvdirect.com.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL: NO VIRTUE IN FORGIVENESS, VOL. 3 on DVD

From AnimeWorks

Where is the meaning in survival if you cannot hate?

The pinwheel of fate turns, as Rin rescues a boy who turns out to be the son of Kawakami. Kawakami was the man who raped her mother as she was forced to listen from only a few feet away. A lot has happened to Kawakami, and now he is a family man. Rin will either wear the signature face-paint of Kawakami's victims, or kill him and doom his son to grow up just like she did: living only for vengeance against the man who killed his father.

For Rin that man is Antotsu, but this youthful leader of the Ittou-Ryuu has no desire to strike down his would-be assassin. When he and Rin finally face each other, he tests her resolve by explaining what really happened between him and her father in the past.

Contains episodes 10-13.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

IKKI TOUSEN DRAGON DESTINY, VOL. 2 on DVD

From AnimeWorks

Ryomou's visit to the cemetery turns into an inevitable fight, and a new face from Seito arrives at a critical point to change the stakes and derail Ryomou's hidden agenda. Meanwhile, Kan'u searches for the Crouching Dragon, with Ryuubi and Chouhi concerned and close behind her.

Their concern is justified, as Kan'u is forced to surrender to Kyoshou soon afterwards. This brings an unexpected rematch with Sonsaku, who shows up seeking justice from Sousou for Kakouen's Nanyou rampage. Their two dragons collide, and only one is left standing.

Contains episodes 5-8.

Special Features: Textless Opening & Closing, Promotional Video, OVA Episodes 1-2.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 1 on DVD

From Amazon:

Naruto Uzumaki is back! After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya of the Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, and he's ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old master Kakashi, who's pretty impressed with their progress. They'll have plenty of opportunity to put it into action when news arrives from the Sand Village that Gaara, Naruto's former rival and now Kazekage of the Sand, has been kidnapped! And the culprits are the very same group who are after Naruto--the Akatsuki!

Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: English

Number of discs: 3

Run Time: 325 minutes

THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, VOL. 2 on DVD

From Amazon:

Spinning off from the box office mega-hit Ghostbusters, the animated series THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS debuted in 1986 to an audience that ranged from kids to adults, receiving tremendous ratings and critical acclaim thanks to its intelligent scripts and top quality animation. The series followed New York's beloved paranormal investigator team as they faced ghosts, goblins, trolls, demons, monsters, and even the Boogieman.

Now television's longest running spooky cartoon and funny fan favorite finally escapes the ghost trap to haunt the DVD realm in re-mastered clarity! Volume 2 features 31 full-length episodes, plus we've included over 2 hours of bonus features, all on 5 DVDs. Truly a lavishly produced collector's package for fans of this animated classic.

5-DVD set includes:

* 31 full-length episodes

* Exclusive episode-length featurette "Animating The Real Ghostbusters"

* Four innovative on-camera visual commentary tracks featuring producers, writers, artists, voice actors and others

* Nineteen special on-camera introductions

* Three amazing image galleries with background, headquarters and design art

* Five isolated musicand effects tracks DVD-ROM Material

* Episodic scripts and storyboards in PDF format (Mac/PC)

* 12-page booklet includes episode synopses, trivia and art for every episode.

Actors: Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Arsenio Hall, Lorenzo Music, Laura Summer

Format: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD, NTSC

Language: English

Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Number of discs: 5

Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Studio: Time Life Entertainment

DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010

Run Time: 1000 minutes