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DVD Releases For July 8, 2008

Get ready for big-screen versions of BATMAN and THE X-FILES with today's DVD and Blu-ray releases, plus much more.


DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation have collaborated to create a unique BATMAN experience in BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT. The all-new, original movie arrives July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray. The original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as available for download on the same day as release date, July 8, 2008.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy-winning BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne's journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world's most revered animation visionaries.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT was headed by an impressive list of directors who have brought their distinctly different anime styles to the classic Batman character. The production was divided among three renowned studios -- Studio 4 Degree C, Production I.G and Madhouse -- and included the truly inimitable visions of directors Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki and Toshiyuki Kubooka.

With stories written by several of the most talented writers of film, comic books, and animation, including Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE), David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS), Emmy-winner Alan Burnett (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), Jordan Goldberg (Associate Producer, THE DARK KNIGHT), and award-winning comics writers Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT presents thrilling new adventures of BATMAN that spotlight several of Gotham City's most dangerous villains, including the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unnerving marksman known as Deadshot. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT is produced by Emma Thomas (BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT), Michael Uslan & Benjamin Melniker (BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT), Toshi Hiruma and Bruce Timm (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES).

Single-Disc DVD Special Features:

--"A Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City" -- A stimulating documentary covering Gotham City's most nefarious of characters, combined with a look into the symbiotic relationship Batman shares with his enemies.--"Sneak Peek: WONDER WOMAN" -- DC Universe animated original movie--Audio Commentary -- Featuring the filmmakers of Gotham Knight.--Widescreen (1.78:1)--5.1 Dolby Digital

2-Disc Special Edition DVD Special Features:

--"Batman and Me a Devotion of Destiny: The Bob Kane Story" -- The comprehensive chronology of the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.--BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Bonus Episodes -- Bruce Timm selects his favorite episodes from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

Blu-ray Special Features:

--"Batman and Me a Devotion of Destiny: The Bob Kane Story" -- The comprehensive chronology of the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.--BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Bonus Episodes -- Bruce Timm selects his favorite episodes from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.--"A Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City" -- A stimulating documentary covering Gotham City's most nefarious of characters, combined with a look into the symbiotic relationship Batman shares with his enemies.

"BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT explores an exciting moment between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT," said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher, "and takes our fans on a very different visual trip through Gotham and Batman's life."

BATMAN BEGINS On Blu-ray And Limited Edition Gift Set DVD

BATMAN BEGINS, on Blu-ray and Limited Edition Gift Set DVD from Warner Home Video, explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman a masked crusader who uses his strength intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

In theory, Batman is a regular guy who has trained himself to the peak of human perfection in body and mind. Batman comes and fights his own demons and ours (both inner and outer), and does it in the bigger-than-life manner we have come to expect of our costumed adventurer/superhero characters. And while he may not have super strength or a spider-sense, he has the most advanced technology that Wayne Industries can produce, and the most up-to-date vfx that the industry has to offer.

How this technology was used, though, is not the way you would expect it would be in a typical summer superhero blockbuster. Nolan said he wanted to present "a more realistic take on his [Batman's] story than we've seen in previous incarnations of the character. I wanted to treat it with a degree of gravity and with a sense of epic scope, but set in a world that is firmly grounded in reality."

With that as his priority, Nolan had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern vfx world, and eventually saw the light. The visual effects boutiques he would use to achieve his cinematic goals included Double Negative, Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) and The Moving Picture Co. (MPC).

Paul Franklin, Double Negative's visual effects supervisor, explained about his company's most ambitious project to date: "Chris Nolan really wanted this film to be very much grounded in some sort of believable reality rather than existing purely inside some sort of graphic world that could only be achieved through the use of computer animation or whatever. And he always wanted to make it feel like that you might actually go to Gotham, that Gotham might be a real place, and that somebody could really do the things that Batman was doing."

"It was really interesting that in BATMAN BEGINS you saw Chris basically progress through all the various stages that visual effects have been through in the last five or six years, and going from the position where he was very reluctant to use extensive digital effects work, to the point where was pretty happy for us to go away and generate something entirely digitally, because we were getting what he wanted."

"So we moved from a position where at the outset of the film, Chris was pretty adamant that he wasn't going to have digital cityscapes, certainly not entirely digital cityscapes, in the film, to a position where at the end of post-production, where Chris is approaching his final cut of the film, where he's coming up with new ideas for shots, and we're able to generate them entirely digitally, because obviously there is no opportunity to go out and shoot new material at this point," Franklin said.

Nolan's bottom line is the story of the man inside the suit. And at its core, that story is about fear. The director, whose previous films have been MEMENTO and INSOMNIA -- both about men pushed to the absolute edge of sanity by forces beyond their control -- is focused on what that emotion can do to a person and to a society. "It's fascinating to me," Nolan remarked, "the idea of a person who would confront his innermost fear and then attempt to become it."

The limited-edition gift set includes the two-disc special edition DVD version of BATMAN BEGINS plus an all-new disc with an exclusive two-minute sneak peek of THE DARK KNIGHT, Hollywood Movie Money to see THE DARK KNIGHT in theaters (a $7.50 value), a 128MB flash drive including 18 images from THE DARK KNIGHT, a BATMAN BEGINS lenticular, and five collectible BATMAN BEGINS post cards.

Blu-ray Special Features:

--THE DARK KNIGHT IMAX Prologue -- Seven minutes of opening footage from THE DARK KNIGHT replicated in 1080p HD.--In-Movie Experience -- Picture-in-picture interactive commentary with cast and crew with behind-the-scenes footage, stills and comic panels.--Additional Footage -- Series of short featurettes, one with screenwriter David S. Goyer, one with a CG/live action comparison of the shot where Batman lands on the floor of Arkham Asylum and one about the Tumbler and the stunt test work required to make it work.--"The Journey Begins" -- A look at the pre-production with footage of Goyer and Nolan working on the script and Christian Bale discussing preparing for the role.--"Gotham City Rises" -- Production design of Gotham, Wayne Manor and the Batcave.--"Cape and Cowl" -- Costuming Batman, including the famous Batman cowl and cape.--"The Tumbler" -- Discussion of the working Batmobile (called the Tumbler in the film).--"Path to Discovery" -- Discussion of the on-location shoot in Iceland.--"Saving Gotham City" -- Looking at the special effects of the film.--"Genesis of the Bat" -- Featurette of comic book influences.--"Takman Begins" -- Batman spoof by Jimmy Fallon for the MTV Movie Awards--Confidential Files -- Dockets about the world of Batman.--Stills Gallery--Trailer

THE MUMMY On 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD

Deep in the Egyptian desert, a handful of people searching for a long-lost treasure have just unearthed a 3,000 year old legacy of terror. Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of Universal's legendary 1932 horror classic THE MUMMY, Starring Brendan Fraser, is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling, now on 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD from Universal Studios Home Ent.

The 1999 film's vfx were by ILM, The Visual Effects Company (as The Mill), Cinesite Hollywood, Pacific Title/Mirage and Vision Crew Unlimited.

New Special Features:

--"An Army To Rule The World Part 1" featurette--"Unraveling The Legacy Of The Mummy" featurette--Digital copy of the film--Sneak Peak of THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR

Special Features From THE MUMMY Ultimate Edition (Released 2001):

--Three audio commentaries: Director Stephen Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay, star Brendan Fraser and actors Oded Fehr, Kevin J. O'Connor, Arnold Vostoo--"Building A Better Mummy," documentary about the making of the film (49:45)--"Visual And Special Effects Formation," on how the special effects were done--"Egyptology 101," text about aspects of Egyptian history--"Pharaoh Lineage," text on the history of the Egyptian Pharaohs--Storyboard comparisons--Stills gallery--Theatrical trailer

THE MUMMY RETURNS On Deluxe Edition DVD and Blu-ray

Relive one of the most intense action-adventure movies ever with THE MUMMY RETURNS Deluxe Edition DVD from Universal Studios Home Ent. Now, experience the pulse-pounding action and spectacular special effects like never before from director Stephen Sommers. Digitally restored for optimum picture quality, this deluxe edition is loaded with thrilling bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, commentaries and a sneak peek and a ticket offer for one of the summer's most anticipated movies THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR. THE MUMMY RETURNS 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD also features an exclusive downloadable digital copy of the film.

The 2001's film's vfx were by CFC/MVFX, The Computer Film Company, Digiscope, ILM, Matte World Digital, Snow Business International, Temptu and The Visual Effects Company (as The Mill).

DVD and Blu-ray Special Features:

--"Visual And Special Effects Formation" -- VFX Supervisor John Berton walks the audience through the step-by-step process of creating the visual effects for the film.--"An Army To Rule The World Part 2" -- A recap of the villainous armies and the special effects behind THE MUMMY and THE MUMMY RETURNS.--THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR Sneak Peek.--Feature Commentaries -- With director/writer Stephen Sommers and executive producer/editor Bob Ducsay.--"Unraveling The Legacy Of THE MUMMY" -- A look back at the evolution of one of the most enduring franchises of all time.--An exclusive conversation with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-- Spotlight on location and the making of the film.-- Storyboard to final film comparison.

Blu-ray Special Features:

-- U-Control -- This uniquely-immersive, in-movie experience from Universal allows you to customize your own high definition experience with spectacular interactive features -- all without stopping the movie.-- Picture In Picture -- Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of the film while watching the feature.


From 20th Century Fox Home Ent. comes eight episodes from the X-FILES series picked by creator Chris Carter that prepare fans and newcomers for the upcoming release X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, out July 25.

The show (1993-2002) featured vfx by Area 51, Digital Muse, K.N.B. Effects Group, Northwest Imaging & FX, RK Industries and View Studios.

Season One, Episode One: "Pilot": A young FBI agent (Gillian Anderson) is assigned watchdog duty over a fellow agent (David Duchovny), but finds herself drawn into his investigation of paranormal and unexplained phenomena.Introduction to "Pilot" by creator Chris Carter and producer Frank SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 9/10/1993

Season One, Episode 12: "Beyond The Sea": Scully believes that the psychic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in apprehending a vicious murderer.Introduction to "Beyond the Sea" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 1/7/1994

Season Two, Episode Two: "The Host": Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.Introduction to "The Host" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 9/23/1994

Season Three, Episode Four: "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose": Mulder and Scully are asked to assist in a murder investigation wherein several "professional prognosticators" were gruesomely murdered and their entrails evidentially arranged in an attempt to divine the future.Introduction to "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 10/13/95

Season Four, Episode 15: "Memento Mori": When Scully is diagnosed with cancer, Mulder hunts for research files pertaining to a group of female abductees who also contracted the disease.Introduction to "Memento Mori" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 2/9/97

Season Five, Episode Six: "Post-Modern Prometheus": Townspeople in rural Indiana believe a Frankenstein-like creature roams the countryside.Introduction to "Post Modern Prometheus" by Chris Carter and Frank SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 11/30/97

Season Five, Episode 12: "Bad Blood": The agents recount their versions of events that led to the killing of a teenager suspected of being a vampire.Introduction to "Bad Blood" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 2/22/98

Season Six, Episode 18: "Milagro": A writer who lives next door to Mulder becomes the prime suspect in a series of killings.Introduction to "Milagro" by Carter and SpotnitzOriginal airdate: 4/18/99

Special Features:

--X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE teaser trailer--WonderCon Talent Panel from February 2008 with creator Chris Carter, producer Frank Spotnitz and stars David Duchovny (Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Scully)--$8.50 ticket to see X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

VAN HELSING 2-Disc Collector's Edition

From Universal Studios Home Ent. comes legendary monster hunter VAN HELSING (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to mysterious Transylvania on a mission that will thrust him into a sweeping battle against the forces of darkness.

Special Features:

--"Track The Adventure: Van Helsing"s Map"--"Explore Frankenstein"s Lab"--"Dracula"s Lair Is Transformed"--"The Music Of Van Helsing"--"Dracula"--"Frankenstein"s Monster"--"The Werewolves"--"The Women Of Van Helsing: Anna & Dracula's Bride"--Includes a free movie ticket for THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR ($7.50 value)--Blooper Reel--Director Stephen Sommers Commentary--Producer Bob Ducsay Commentary--Trailers

(This edition only adds a free ticket to see THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR. The rest of the special features are ported from the previous DVD releases, without the classic Universal films found on disc three of the Ultimate Edition, according to

THE BATMAN: The Complete Fifth Season And TEEN TITANS: The Complete Fifth Season On DVD

Batman and the Teen Titans find themselves in the fight of their lives as Warner Home Video and DC Comics bring the final installments of their heroic animated tales to DVD with the releases of THE BATMAN: The Complete Fifth Season and TEEN TITANS: The Complete Fifth Season on July 8, 2008.

The Emmy-winning animated series THE BATMAN is an action-packed animation adventure that currently airs on Saturdays on the Kids WB. In the fifth season, the Caped Crusader works side by side with the likes of Superman, The Flash, Robin, Batgirl and Green Arrow to protect the streets of Gotham City as they are infiltrated by cunning criminal masterminds. The Joker, Lex Luthor, and Firefly are just a few of the evil foes who give the heroes a run for their money with each one bringing their own brand of chaos to the city.

THE BATMAN: The Complete Fifth Season 2-disc collection contains 13 episodes and bonus features including:

--"Joining Forces: THE BATMAN’s Legendary Team-Ups" -- The producers and writers from the show have taken a page from classic DC Comics titles to present a series of team-up tales. Throughout the season, the Dark Knight joins forces with individual heroes from the DC Universe to fend off a whole new batch of super villains.--"THE BATMAN: Justice League Profiles" – This featurette covers the design and level of authentic detail, stemming from the comics to the screen in an installment of THE BATMAN.

WHV will also release TEEN TITANS: The Complete Fifth Season which currently airs on the Cartoon Network. Robin, Starfire and Raven square off with Brain, and his ultimate team of villains in The Brotherhood of Evil. Some Titans will be lost along the way as the vendetta escalates into a global war, and the teen phenoms must rely on Beast Boy to bring them to victory as he performs his most amazing transformation yet. This 2-disc collection contains 13 episodes and with special features highlighting a motley crew of scoundrels and crooks including:

--TEEN TITANS: Friend and Foes – The fifth season of TEEN TITANS finds our heroes in a worldwide membership drive recruiting new allies to combat the growing Brotherhood of Evil. In order to prepare for the final battle, all new character files for the Titans database have been created. The vignettes include: "Control Freak," "Bob & The Source," "Billy Numerous," "Mother Mae-Eye" and "Trigon"

STARGATE ATLANTIS: The Complete Fourth Season On DVD

An acclaimed cast that includes Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa and Amanda Tapping returns for season four of STARGATE ATLANTIS series on the Sci Fi Channel. Colonel Samantha Carter (Tapping) takes charge as the city's new leader, facing new and daunting challenges, including joining forces with the dangerous Wraith in order to fight a common enemy -- the seemingly unstoppable Replicators.

The show's vfx are from Atmosphere Visual Effects, Rainmaker Digital Pictures, SPIN West VFX and Zoic Studios.

Raising the bar on both the creative and technical sides of things is a major part of the season-to-season transition for Rainmaker's work on STARGATE ATLANTIS.

"We try to update not just the efficiency in actually creating the content, but also the creative content so each year you're pushing the boundaries not just for the quality of the end product, but also for our own entertainment purposes," said Debora Dunphy, digital effects supervisor and lead artist on the series. "It keeps us wanting to keep producing something that is of higher quality for us as artists, so we can be proud of our work."

Off-season tasks include going through models that are likely to be re-used in the upcoming season and optimizing them so they are easier to work with and look better.

That can have a big impact on a show where a fictional location is a key story element, says Justin Gladden, visual effects producer. "That's something that we're constantly trying to improve both the quality and the efficiency of, so we can do quicker set ups and see the model in its new environment."

Software upgrades also have been made this season more efficient, particularly with the increasing number of shots that require 3D tracking, resulting in shots that are more interesting and complex.

"Because we're now using a variety of software packages, we need those packages to communicate among themselves," Dunphy said. "So we're getting 3D data from the plates as well as the render side of things and trying to meld them together."

Disc 1:"Adrift""Lifeline""Reunion""Doppelganger"

Disc 2:"Travelers""Tabula Rasa""Missing""The Seer"

Disc 3:"Miller's Crossing""This Mortal Coil""Be All My Sins Remember'd""Spoils of War"

Disc 4:"Quarantine""Harmony""Outcast""Trio"

Disc 5:"Midway""The Kindred""The Kindred Part 2""The Last Man"

Special Features:

--Commentaries on every episode but "Midway" with the actors, directors, producers and writers.--"Mission Directive: 'Doppelganger' with Robert C. Cooper" featurette--"A New Leader: Amanda Tapping Joins Atlantis"--"The Doctor is In: The Return of Paul McGillion"--"'This Mortal Coil' by Will Waring"--Making-of featurettes--"A Look Back at Season Four" featurette--Photo galleries--Deleted Scenes--Blooper Reel

THE RUINS Unrated On DVD And Blu-ray

Something deadly comes to life on July 8, 2008 when the terrifying thriller THE RUINS debuts as an unrated DVD and Blu-ray disc from Paramount Home Ent. Based on the gripping best-selling novel by Scott Smith, THE RUINS showcases a hot young cast including Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey and Joe Anderson.

Featuring never-before-seen footage that was too intense for theaters, the unrated DVD and Blu-ray discs include an all-new ending, commentary by director Carter Smith and editor Jeff Betancourt, "The Making of THE RUINS," "Creeping Death," "Building THE RUINS" and deleted scenes. THE RUINS also will be available on DVD in its original theatrical version.

When a group of tight-knit college friends visit the site of an undisturbed Mayan ruin, they stumble into an ancient trap where an unspoken evil is waiting to drag its victims into an endless nightmare. As fear and paranoia eat away at their sanity, their only chance at escape is to commit the unthinkable.

Obviously, the very nature of the film's creature constituted a major challenge for first-time director Carter Smith and Visual Effects Supervisor Greg McMurry. This was not your typical movie monster: no eyes, no teeth, no mouth...Just a bunch of regular looking leaves. Yet, the team had to find a way to make them look scary and deadly.

This task was awarded to Australia-based Rising Sun Pictures, which created 110 shots for the movie. The team included VFX Supervisor Ken McGaugh, VFX Producer Mel Jones and Production Manager Caroline Grubb. Using conceptual sketches provided by Rising Sun Pictures and Tatopoulos Studios, and onset props as a reference, RSP had to elaborate a look and feel for the vines, as well as developing an animation style that would evolve as the story progressed.

"Creatively, it is always a challenge to create an amorphous character that is structurally different in every shot of the film," said CG Supervisor Malcolm Humphreys. "We had to go through a long phase of performance development to try to understand the director's vision about how the vines needed to read on screen. Our animation had to continually be tone down, as the animators always wanted to deliver a big performance."

RSP used Maya for the hero vine animation and lighting, while Houdini was employed for vine mass and dynamics. Rendering was carried out with 3Delight through Maya, and Shake was the tool of choice for compositing.

Additional vfx was done by Frantic Films, Patrick Tatopoulos Design and Proof.

THE RUINS is presented on DVD in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The unrated Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The unrated DVD and unrated Blu-ray discs include the following special features:

--Never-before-seen alternate ending--Commentary with director Carter Smith and editor Jeff Betancourt--"The Making of THE RUINS" -- the cast and crew provide insight into the transformation of Scott Smith’s novel to the screen.--"Creeping Death" -- reveals the process of bringing the deadly vines to life and the practical special effects that were used.--Building THE RUINS -- provides a detailed look at the set and location for the film.--Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Carter Smith and editor Jeff Betancourt:--Theatrical Trailer


Expect more high-jinks, thrills and laughs on July 8, 2008 when Warner Home Video releases another entertaining volume of the hit animated series Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! on DVD. This title features everyone's favorite mystery-solving canine and his pal Shaggy who will entertain both kids and adults with a whole new set of adventures, mysteries, and fun. SHAGGY AND SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! Volume 2 will feature four 22-minute episodes from the television series' first season.

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are the superstars of this popular new show, as they hit the trail solving mysteries and fending off the bad guys. Their new adventures begin after Shaggy inherits a sizeable fortune from his incredibly rich uncle, Dr. Albert, which enables him and Scooby-Doo to upgrade the Mystery Machine so that it has the ability to transform itself into a number of other different vehicles. With the help of new Scooby Snacks, which have been mixed with a secret nanotech formula, Scooby-Doo finds he has special powers, one of which is the ability to fly. The duo along with their loyal robot servant Robi, embark on a mission to stop the evil plans of Phinius Phibes and save the world. On occasion, they run into their dear pals, Fred, Velma and Daphne.

SHAGGY AND SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! Volume 2 episodes include: "Smart House," "Lightning Strikes Twice," "Don't Feel the Animals," and "Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers."

SHAGGY AND SCOOBY-DOO GET A CLUE! made its debut September 2006 on the CW and quickly established itself as a favorite among young viewers. The show's second season is now airing on Kids' WB! The program consistently ranks in the top 4 of Kids' WB! Saturday morning shows among children ages 2-11.


Stripping the spandex trade down to its skivvies, SUPERHERO MOVIE exposes the hilarity of the comic book genre when an Extended Version of the film arrives on DVD on July 8 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. Following the uproarious misadventures of a high school student after he's been bitten by a mutated dragonfly, SUPERHERO MOVIE spoofs, satirizes and skewers the conventions of fanboy cinema, taking time along the way to poke fun at some of the juggernauts of the genre -- from THE X-MEN and BATMAN to SPIDER-MAN and the FANTASTIC FOUR.

Masters of comedy Craig Mazin, David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss -- whose collected credits include AIRPLANE!, THE NAKED GUN FILMS, SCARY MOVIE 3 and 4, TOMMY BOY and more -- marshal an all-star cast that includes Drake Bell, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Nielsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher MacDonald, Keith David, Pamela Anderson, Brent Spiner and Marion Ross Available in an extended version or the original theatrical version, the SUPERHERO MOVIE DVD will feature an alternate ending, deleted scenes and more.

The comedy's vfx were by Animal Makers and Patrick Tatopoulos Design.

Special Features:

--Audio commentary by Writer/Director Craig Mazin and Producers David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss (Extended Version Only).--Deleted scenes--Alternate ending--"Meet the Cast" featurette--"The Art of Spoofing" featurette