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Prince of Persia Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD Combo

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME arrived last week in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME arrived last week in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. With vfx from Double Negative (the crucial rewind effect); Framestore (vipers and sand); MPC (CG Alamut City and the Persian attack); and Cinesite (Royal City of Nasaf and Avrat bazaar chase), the movie owes as much to THE MATRIX as anything else.

"The rewind sequences were Dneg's biggest challenge," suggests Tom Wood, the overall visual effects supervisor. "Using their proprietary 'event capture' software to carve a 3D version of a scene, captured with up to nine Arri 435 cameras slaved together shooting at 48fps with a 90º shutter. We renamed the traditional 'bullet time' to 'dagger time,' as we were now able to place a camera anywhere along the path of the original camera layout, at any time. We could run forwards and/or backwards at any time: meaning we could see all time at any place. This meant we could create a full motion long exposure effect that we could travel past or through. The idea was for the rewinding character, visible within their extended long exposure, to reverse through their own path, dissipating it through simulated fluid turbulence created by their own body motion."

Thus, the pristine 1080p HD picture and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio enhance the action and vfx.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Sir Ben Kingsley Alfred Molina and Gemma Arterton lead the international cast in this epic action-adventure produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Mike Newell. THE SANDS OF TIME boasts a sandstorm of bonus features that bring viewers deep into the mystical lands of Persia, including the exclusive "Sands of Time" feature that gives viewers control of the Dagger of Time, allowing them to rewind time and uncover behind the scenes magic in more than 40 segments.

DVD Bonus Feature:

* An Unseen World: Making Prince of Persia – A look behind the scenes on the set of the film.

1-Disc Blu-ray Bonus Feature:

All of above DVD bonus plus

* Deleted Scene – The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads

3-Disc Combo Pack Bonus Features:

All of the above DVD and Blu-ray bonus features plus

* CineExplore: The Sands of Time – Take control of the dagger and use it to unlock secrets behind your favorite scenes! Turn back time and uncover over 40 spellbinding segments, including "Walking Up Walls," "Filming in Morocco" and "Ostrich Jockey Tryouts."

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Bill Desowitz, former editor of VFXWorld, is currently the Crafts Editor of IndieWire.