BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.
BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray
It will be raining gumballs for lucky Blu-ray player owners when they become the first to own the heartwarming fractured fairy tale BEDTIME STORIES
in a Limited Time 3-Disc Combo Pack on Sunday, April 5, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. -- two days before its DVD debut.
The 3-Disc Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray Disc, a bonus standard definition disc, plus a special DisneyFile Digital Copy that enables viewers to enjoy the film on an array of mobile devices in their choice of iTunes or Windows Media formats. Also available exclusively on the 3-Disc Combo Pack: BD-Live including Movie Chat, Movie Mail, Movie Challenge and Movie Rewards (U.S. only). The 3-Disc Deluxe Edition is available for a limited time only. The single-disc DVD and 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD of BEDTIME STORIES will be available starting Tuesday, April 7, 2009.
As a handyman at the hotel his father used to own, Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) spends his days changing light bulbs and competing with the hotel's smarmy manager (Guy Pearce) for the attention of the new owner's beautiful, hard-partying daughter, Violet (Theresa Palmer). When his sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) asks Skeeter to babysit her kids for a week while she's out of town, Skeeter entertains his niece and nephew with elaborate, original bedtime stories that transport them to exotic locales, including ancient Greece, the Wild West and outer space. When he tries to help his family by telling one outlandish tale after another, it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn all of their lives upside down. Full of imaginative special effects and good-natured hilarity, BEDTIME STORIES is a winning combination of comedy and adventure.
BEDTIME STORIES features vfx from Hydraulx, Cinesite Europe, Fuel VFX, Tippett Studio, Lola VFX with work from Whiskytree, Rotofactory and Look Effects.
Keeping it all believable and of a single piece was the task handed to Visual Effects Supervisor John Andrew Berton Jr., who was intrigued by the challenge of creating effects that contributed to the storytelling in a realistic way while fitting into the style of comedy moviegoers expect from Sandler.
"That to me was a really interesting mix to try to find, to get the effects into the story so that it didn't look like sort of cheesy comedy effects, but was really high quality visual effects work in service of a really family oriented story," he says.
Berton oversaw eight visual effects facilities working on around 500 shots for the film. And the sequences were as different and challenging as the stories within the movie, which ranged from a BEN-HUR-style chariot race to a medieval knights in shining armor scenario to a zero gravity showdown in outer space.
Each section needed to have its own kind of spectacle to it, Berton says, while still looking photorealistic instead of too fantastic.
"We wanted it to look like a real place, a real story with real people in it, but yet still have this feeling of these sort of grand landscapes and grand storyscapes, if you will," Berton adds. "So each one of those had to be handled a little bit differently, but still had to have a tonality that went across the whole movie in terms of the way the visual effects work with the story."
Special Features for Blu-Ray and 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD:
-- Until Gravity Do Us Part - A behind-the-scenes look at the film's mindboggling special effects
-- It's Bugsy - A close up look at the breakout star of Bedtimes Stories, Bugsy the big-eyed
-- To All The Little People
-- Bloopers and Deleted Scenes
The 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD set also comes with the featurette "Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite."
BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE Volume 3 on DVD
Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video are releasing Volume 3 of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE to DVD on April 7.
It's been five years since Ben last wore the Omnitrix. But when Grandpa Max goes missing, Ben must go hero once again. Now it's up to Ben, Gwen and Kevin to find new half-alien allies and stop a secret Highbreed invasion.
#12 "Plumbers Helpers"
#13 "X Equals Ben Plus 2"
COLLATERAL DAMAGE on Blu-ray
Surging excitement and one-man heroics fuel this powerful action thriller from the director of THE FUGITIVE and UNDER SIEGE. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a fireman whose wife and child are killed in a terrorist bombing and who obsessively tracks the mastermind (Cliff Curtis) behind it, from Los Angeles to Colombia to Washington, DC. The fanatic plans to strike again in Washington, but how? When? Where? In the scramble for answers, one thing is clear: COLLATERAL DAMAGE is a ticking time bomb of suspense.
From Warner Home Video, COLLATERAL DAMAGE features vfx from Digital Filmworks and Flash Film Works.
Special Features Include:
-- Commentary by director Andrew Davis
-- The Making of COLLATERAL DAMAGE
-- The Hero in a New Era: Reflections on COLLATERAL DAMAGE
-- Additional Scenes
-- Theatrical Trailer
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL on DVD and Blu-ray
Experience non-stop thrills, high-stakes action and mind-blowing special effects as mankind faces the fear of total annihilation when THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. And for a limited time, both the BD and DVD versions of the film are packaged with a copy of the 1951 classic that influenced generations of sci-fi enthusiasts, authors and filmmakers.
A contemporary reinvention of the original, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is an intense and electrifying drama centering on an imminent global catastrophe and one outsider's determination to stop it. The action-packed thrill ride stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to exterminate the human race before the planet succumbs to impending disaster. When the government responds with hostile force, the fate of humanity lies with a young scientist, Jennifer Connelly who must embark on a high-stakes mission to convince the entity that mankind is worth saving, before it is too late.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD, both with Digital Copy, are three-disc sets that include the 1951 version of the film, which was widely acclaimed as one of the most thought-provoking science-fiction films of all time. Both the BD and DVD are highlighted by out-of-this-world bonus features including deleted scenes, featurettes, picture-in-picture commentary, a "Build Your Own Gort" feature (BD-exclusive) and more. A two-disc version of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is also available on DVD, featuring both 2008 and 1951 versions of the film.
When Overall Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff Okun started work on the project, the initial vfx shot count estimation was 750. It then went down to 480 shots by the time the team was ready to shoot -- a result of resource streamlining and various in-camera approaches agreed upon. In post-production, the final shot count rose to 507, as all parties agreed that a few more tweaks were needed to help tell the story with more impact. Surprisingly for a project of this complexity, there were very few "fix-it-in-post" additional shots.
The team had the opportunity to benefit from a generous six-month preparation time. "The film looks as good as it does because we had that time to prep, explore and test in pre-production, and were able to stick with our plan during production," Okun insists. "Post lasted about five months -- including element shoots, shooting new sequences (which Jim Rygiel, a friend of mine, supervised while I was in New Zealand) and the like.
"We used 10 vendors on this show. Weta was our primary vendor, accomplishing 221 shots of stunning reality and beauty, and incredibly adhering to the budget and the schedule. Cinesite ended up with 42 really dynamic shots of the Drone attack, the interrogation sequence, as well as the opening shot and a few snow matte paintings. Flash Film Works did 95 shots featuring some great CG helicopters, driving comps, matte paintings and rain additions. CosFX created 74 shots mostly dealing with rising spheres, still life in New York City and many composites. Hydraulx did 13 shots of the amazing looking attack on the missile silo, while Hammerhead did three very difficult shots dealing with a helicopter landing, and a still life interior and the Trooper healing shot. Screaming Monkey created 3D birds for the "Super Sphere" shot that Weta did. We also used Digital Dimension and Digital Domain, as well as nTropic, for several matte paintings, life coming to a stop and the like."
Two-Disc DVD Features:
-- Packaged with the original 1951 version of the film
Special Edition Three-Disc DVD Special Features Include:
-- Deleted Scenes
-- Re-Imagining "The Day" Featurette
-- Unleashing Gort Featurette
-- Watching The Skies: In Search Of Extraterrestrial Life Featurette
-- The Day The Earth Was "Green" Featurette
-- Commentary By Writer David Scarpa
-- Still Galleries
-- Concept Art
-- Production Photos
-- THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Digital Copy for portable media players
-- Original 1951 version of the film
Special Edition Blu-ray Three-Disc Special Features Include:
Bonus features include those above plus the following:
-- Klaatu's Unseen Artifacts: The Day The Earth Stood Still Picture-In-Picture Track
-- "Build Your Own GORT," BD-Java Game
Disney Animation Collection: Volumes 1-3 on DVD
The legendary tale of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER gets a magical Disney makeover in this adventure-filled Disney Animation Collection DVD, part of a series of beloved classic short films from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. In a faraway kingdom, two boys who look exactly alike meet by chance and decide to switch places: a pauper named Mickey, who dreams about a life of luxury, and the Crown Prince, who wishes he could be as free as his subjects. Each boy faces extraordinary challenges in his new role, and together they must figure out how to save the kingdom from an evil Captain who wants the throne for himself!
Bonus Shorts Include:
-- THE PIED PIPER
-- OLD KING COLE
-- YE OLDEN DAYS
-- A KNIGHT FOR A DAY
Embark on magical adventures in this Disney Animation Collection DVD, part of an exciting series of classic Disney short films! Favorite Disney characters star in MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK, the imaginative telling of a beloved storybook tale. Based on the timeless adventures of "Jack and the Beanstalk," Mickey, Donald and Goofy climb a fantastic beanstalk up into the sky to a place where everything is huge -- the food, the castle and the fearsome giant named Willy who guards a beautiful golden harp. Will Mickey and his friends outwit the giant and make it safely back home?
Bonus Shorts Include:
-- BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR
-- THRU THE MIRROR
-- GULLIVER MICKEY
-- MR. MOUSE TAKES A TRIP
Experience a unique telling of one of your favorite storybook tales in this Disney Animation Collection DVD, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, part of an adventure-filled series of classic Disney short films! Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? "Not I!" answer the first two brothers as they build their new homes -- one made of straw and the other of sticks. But when the wolf huffs and puffs and blows down their houses, the brothers seek protection in the third pig's house, very wisely made of bricks. Will the three little pigs finally be safe once and for all?
Bonus Shorts Include:
-- THE BIG BAD WOLF
-- THREE LITTLE WOLVES
-- LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION
-- CHICKEN LITTLE
-- THREE BLIND MOUSKETEERS
-- ELMER ELEPHANT
FINAL DESTINATION on Blu-ray
His entire high-school class is going to Paris, but Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) can't seem to shake his fear of flying. Once aboard the plane, he has a violently disruptive premonition which gets him and five of his classmates including Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) and Carter Horton (Kerr Smith) kicked off the plane. As the students watch the plane depart, they witness the horrifying disaster that proves the deadly premonition true. Now having dodged death once, the terror begins in full as fate hunts them down one-by-one. Soon the five survivors will discover you can't cheat death.
FINAL DESTINATION is from New Line Home Ent., and features vfx from Pixel Magic, Cinema Production Services and Flesh and Fantasy.
Special Features Include:
-- Filmmaker's commentary by writer/director James Wong, writer/producer Glen Morgan, editor James Coblentz, and writer Jeffrey Reddick
-- Actor commentary by Devon Sawa, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, and Chad E. Donella
-- Isolated Score (5.1) with commentary by composer Shirley Walker
-- Additional scenes
-- Alternate ending
-- The Perfect Soulmate: Testing Final Destination
-- Theatrical Trailer
MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD
Discover the amazing stranger from Planet Krypton that is "Faster than a streak of lightning!" and "Mightier than a roaring hurricane!" when Warner Home Video and DC Comics release MAX FLEISCHER SUPERMAN, a 2-disc collection featuring 17 action-packed vintage theatrical cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, on April 7, 2009.
The SUPERMAN animated cartoons, commonly known as the FLEISCHER SUPERMAN CARTOONS were a series of seventeen animated Technicolor short films, which were based upon the comic book character Superman. These groundbreaking theatrical shorts are the very first animated DC Comics Superman cartoons and the first cartoon entitled SUPERMAN to be nominated for an Academy Award (Short Film - Animated). Each cartoon is brimming with action and special effects, beautifully drawn and colored, braced with fabulous background paintings and brought to life with realistic movement. These animated shorts are seen as some of the finest, and certainly the most lavishly budgeted, cartoons produced during the Golden Age of animation.
"Superman (Mad Scientist)," "The Mechanical Monsters," "Billion Dollar Limited," "Arctic Giant," The Bullesteers," "The Magnetic Telescope," "Electric Earthquake" and "Volcano."
"Terror on the Midway," "The Japoteurs," "Showdown," "The Eleventh Hour," "Destruction, Inc.," "The Mummy Strikes," "Jungle Drums," "Underground World" and "Secret Agent."
Special Features Include:
-- The Man, The Myth Superman -- A revealing and captivating documentary which defines the tradition of the exciting and thought provoking "Super Human" archetype of hero and why Superman resonates with fans on such a deep and personal level.
-- First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series -- This documentary features interviews with surviving members, relatives and biographers of the animation and production team, also contemporary animators such as Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Dan Riba who detail the influence these cartoons have had on their own works.
MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH: TIGGER, POOH AND A MUSICAL TOO! on DVD
Pooh's putting on a show! Get ready to tap your toes and sing along with Pooh, Tigger and all their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood in a brand new full-length movie, MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH: TIGGER, POOH AND A MUSICAL TOO! on DVD April 7, 2009, inspired by the hit Playhouse Disney series.
In the Hundred Acre Wood, it's time for the annual picnic and this year, the gang elects Rabbit honorary mayor! Thrilled with the prospect of being mayor, Rabbit sets about posting "rules" for everyone to abide by. But Rabbit's "no bouncing" rule is more than Tigger can bear. Through lessons of fun, adventure and teamwork, the Super Sleuths realize that treating each other with kindness and respect is the most important lesson of all.
This full-length movie includes all-new CG animation, seven original songs, including "One Big Happy Family, "A Few Simple Rules," Bouncin'" and "Underneath the Same Sky (performed by Kenny Loggins) and bonus features such as "Rabbit's Think, Think, Think Theatre" interactive game that lets kids pick a characters, costumes, music and stage settings to put on their very own musical. There are four fun ways to watch including the standard feature, sing-along mode, easy play and active play modes.
MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH premiered on Playhouse Disney block in May 2007 and has since become one of the highest rated kids shows on cable. Tigger, Pooh and the rest of the Super Sleuths teach children simple lessons about the importance of friendship, determination and sharing.
Special Features Include:
-- "Rabbit's Think, Think, Think Theatre" Interactive Game
-- Sing Along viewing mode
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: Collector's Edition on DVD
The 2007 Oscar winner for Best Picture, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, arrives in new collectable three-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray editions beginning April 7, 2009 from Miramax Films, Paramount Vantage, and Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen's most gripping and ambitious film, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: Collector's Edition comes with more than five hours of bonus features, available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever, including extensive interviews with the filmmakers, stars and technical team behind this unforgettable thriller. From an unauthorized trip backstage with star Josh Brolin, to an insider's look at the unique moviemaking process of the Coen brothers, fans will get unprecedented access to the story behind the celebrated movie. In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray versions include a special digital copy of the movie that enables viewers to enjoy it anywhere, anytime in their choice of iTunes or Windows Media formats.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a down-on-his-luck Vietnam vet, stumbles across an illicit fortune and decides to keep it, setting off an unstoppable chain of violence. When Moss discovers a drug deal gone bad in the West Texas desert, he decides to keep the two million dollars he finds there and hit the road. In short order, both Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), the local sheriff, and Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), one of the most frighteningly amoral psychopaths in film history, are on his trail and Moss is scrambling to stay one step ahead of the law -- and avoid a gruesome fate at Chigurh's hands.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN features vfx by Luma Pictures.
Special Features Include:
-- The Making Of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -- A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a Coen Brothers' movie.
-- Working with the Coens -- The cast and crew of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN talk about working with the legendary duo.
-- The Diary of A Country Sheriff -- A look at the relationship between Javier Bardem's Anton Chigarh and Josh Brolin's Lewellyn Moss through the eyes of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones).
-- A treasure trove of in-depth interviews and conversations with the Coen Brothers, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem -- never before available on disc -- offering viewers the most comprehensive look ever at the making of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
-- Digital Copy Download
SCOOBY-DOO AND THE SAMURAI SWORD on DVD
With the stealth of a master Ninja warrior, SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE SAMURAI SWORD will make its way into retail outlets April 7, 2009. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. embark on an exciting journey to the Orient in this full length animated feature produced by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation, and distributed by Warner Home Video (WHV).
In SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE SAMURAI SWORD, the Mystery Inc. crew travel the globe on a transcontinental treasure hunt, circling Asia and the Pacific to solve a series of ancient riddles. They race against the vengeful Black Samurai and his spectral Ghost Warriors to claim the ancient Sword of Fate, a blade fabled to possess extraordinary supernatural powers. Along the way, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are indoctrinated by an unlikely Sword Master who teaches them Boshido, the way of the Samurai. Their emerging skills are quickly tested by an unstoppable army of Robot Ninjas. And in the end, our harried heroes discover that Boshido, emphasizing loyalty, honor and courage, holds the key to the mystery.
Special Features Include:
-- Scooby-Doo Dojo! -- Takes a kid-friendly look at the world of Martial Arts and helps viewers learn more about the ancient Samurai tradition.
SNOOPY'S REUNION on DVD
Consumers will meet Snoopy's siblings and find out where he originally came from on the next Peanuts Deluxe Edition of SNOOPY'S REUNION, the heartwarming animated prime time television special that tells the story of Snoopy's family reunion. Available on DVD for the first time on April 7, 2009 from Warner Home Video, SNOOPY'S REUNION will be presented in a fully remastered edition.
Snoopy is homesick for his puppyhood days at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, so he and Charlie Brown organize a reunion with his brothers and sisters which include Spike, Andy, Olaf, Marbles, Belle, Molly and Rover. However, when Snoopy and Charlie Brown arrive at the puppy farm, Charlie is aghast to find that urban sprawl has replaced it with a parking garage. Although the physical world around them has changed, the bond Snoopy and his siblings share has not. They choose to celebrate their reunion by playing musical instruments they've brought, thoroughly satisfied that they are together on the sidewalk in front of what used to be their home.
Special Features Include:
-- "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown" -- A new-to-DVD bonus episode originally broadcast in 1984 as a TV special and earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown" features several clever parodies inspired by early '80s dance trends ranging from disco to break dancing as well as a series of top 40 hit songs from the era.
-- Together Again: A PEANUTS Voice Cast Reunion -- Features a reunion of original PEANUTS cast members and includes such beloved characters as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty and others.
TAKING LIVES Unrated Director's Cut on Blu-ray
Angelina Jolie plays FBI profiler Illeana Scott in this edgy cat-and-mouse thriller also starring Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland and Olivier Martinez and directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye,Two for the Money), now on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video. For 20 years an elusive serial killer has assumed his victims' identities. But now there's a breakthrough: Scott is assigned to the case and it's her job to know what makes a killer tick. But somehow this killer knows even more about Scott.
This 2004 theatrical release has vfx from Pacific Title and Art Studio and Intrigue.
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX on DVD and Blu-ray
In THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
, the world's bravest mouse embarks on a noble quest that leads to discovery, courage, honor and ultimately redemption. Journey along with Despereaux as he encounters an unforgettable group of colorful characters and learns about life's important messages in this charming and fun-filled story. Based on the heartwarming children's bestselling book and featuring the incredible voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Tracy Ullman, and Stanley Tucci, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX is now on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Ent.
Consumers will also receive a free Kodak Gallery pocket photo book (a $9.99 value) with the purchase of the DVD (on specially marked packages, while supplies last).
Drawing from a largely European talent base, the Framestore Animation team was led by Exec Producer David Lipman (SHREK 2), with DESPEREAUX boasting a color palette and lighting scheme inspired from the Flemish school of painting epitomized by Vermeer and Bruegel.
"Building a feature animation arm is a ton of work," Lipman admits." It's very different from a visual effects division in the number of shots and how you track assets and deal with managing a show. First time pipes are really tough but we got there in the end. And visually the show is like nothing you've ever seen. It was challenging to do a kid's storybook come to life: it's very painterly and unbelievably detailed and the directors [Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen] allowed us to go really dark. There are a lot of blacks and things falling off into nothing. It's stunningly beautiful."
Special Features Include:
-- The Tale OF THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making-Of: In this behind-the-scenes featurette we see how a modern animated film is made from beginning to end - starting with the story's initial conception and taking us through all the various animation steps. The piece will showcase all of the amazing talent behind the creation of this film.
-- Top Ten Uses For Oversized Ears: Our hero and role model for the child with similar physical anomalies demonstrates with enthusiasm and creativity the exemplary benefits of having oversized ears, in a top ten countdown.
-- Sneak Peek Of CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY
Special Features Exclusive to the DVD Include:
-- Interactive Map Of The Kingdom Of Dor: From this interactive map, viewers can explore the world of Despereaux, learning more about The Kingdom of Dor with each click.
-- Despereaux's Quest Game: From fleeing past a crowd of rats to hurtling through a gauntlet of mousetraps, this multi-level game stands as the true test for Despereaux's courage, bravery and honor as he has to deliver the gold necklace to the King.
-- Build-A-Boldo Game: After falling into Chef Andre's delicious soup, Boldo must be put back together. Viewers can collect the missing parts and bring him back to life.
-- DVD-ROM: Card Creator, Fairy Tale Fantasy, Coloring pages, Wallpapers, Screensavers, Printable Activities are available to the viewer.
Special Features Exclusive to Blu-ray Include:
-- Two New Songs
-- U-Control: Universal's exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
-- Picture-In-Picture Live Action: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film while watching the feature.
-- Picture-In-Picture Animatic: Watch the entire feature-length animatic on screen as it plays simultaneously with the film.
-- Scene Progressions With Filmmaker Commentaries: See how animated scenes come together - from script to final animation.
-- Make Your Own Soup Game: Mix two of four different ingredients, stir them up into the soup, and watch as The King samples and gives different reactions to the final concoction.
-- Card Creator: Upload your own photos and combine the images to create unique and personal greeting cards with a Despereaux theme.
-- BD-Live Features: Beginning on March 31, Universal brings you even more great content on BD-Live! Access exclusive interactive applications through your internet-connected player and communicate with friends and family while watching the film and access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more.
-- My Scenes Sharing: Bookmark your favorite scenes then share with your friends.
-- Card Creator Sharing: Upload your own photos and combine the images to create unique and personal greeting cards with a Despereaux theme can send to their family and friends.
TOKYO ZOMBIE on DVD
In the outrageous tradition of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, DUMB AND DUMBER and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS comes the horror comedy sensation TOKYO ZOMBIE. Having taken its native Japan by storm, TOKYO ZOMBIE is now poised to rock America, when Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment unleash it on DVD on April 7, 2009.
The film was written and directed by Sakichi Sato, who wrote Takashi Miike's controversial, award-winning ICHI THE KILLER. Tadanobu Asano and Show Aikawa, winner of the Japanese Professional Film Award) portray a pair of full-time slackers and wannabe jujitsu champions who bring the murdered body of their sleazy boss to Tokyo's infamous toxic waste dump known as "Black Fuji."
But when an army of the undead rises from the foul, festering trash heap, our "heroes" must battle a non-stop barrage of hasty decapitations, perverted teachers, tasty snack foods (!), stormy romance and zombie professional wrestling. Yes, the fate of humanity hinges on these two dimwit misfits -- one dumber than the other!
Based on the popular manga comic by Yusaku Hanakuma, critics and audiences alike have hailed TOKYO ZOMBIE as a sure-fire cult favorite.
The DVD release of TOKYO ZOMBIE features a collection of special features, including the documentary "Making of the Dead," actors' interviews, an exclusive Q&A session with cast and crew, an actor's in-store appearance, teasers and trailers.