'Ponyo,' 'Saw VI,' 'Whip It,' 'Fame' Heading to Disc7 Dec, 2009 By: John Latchem
Lionsgate Jan. 26 (order date Dec. 30) releases both the theatrical and unrated cuts of Saw VI.
Both unrated and ‘R’-rated configurations will be available on DVD ($29.95) and include a “Jigsaw Revealed” featurette, “The Traps of Saw VI” featurette, “A Killer Maze: Making Saw Game Over” featurette, music videos and the original theatrical trailer. The unrated DVDs also include two audio commentaries.
For some reason the theatrical version is presented in full screen mode (4:3 ratio), so it won’t fill a HDTV screen. It seems the studio is more keen on the unrated version, as that is the only version on the Blu-ray ($39.99), which also includes all the extras from the unrated DVD, as well as BD Live-enabled extras.
All three versions of Saw VI will contain the original Saw, so viewers can “see where it all began.”
A Saw VI digital download also will be available at $19.99.
Disney will release Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on DVD ($29.99) and Blu-ray ($39.99) March 2 (order date Jan. 19). Extras include the interactive “The World of Ghibli,” which lets users explore the worlds from different Miyazaki films; and “Behind the Studio,” which details the making of the film.
Fox Jan. 26 (order date Dec. 30) presents Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, on DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray ($39.99). The film stars Ellen Page (Juno) as a teenager who follows the allure of Roller Derby. Extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray include an alternate opening plus deleted and extended scenes. The Blu-ray also includes “Writers Draft With Shauna Cross” and a digital copy.
MGM, through distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, releases the remake of Fame Jan. 12 (order date Dec. 16). Both DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray ($39.99) editions include both the theatrical and an extended cut of the film, deleted scenes, a music video, character profiles, the Fame National Talent Search finalist, and “The Dances of Fame.” The Blu-ray also includes a digital copy.