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‘Wolverine’ to Offer IMDB Link via BD Live

28 Jul, 2009 By: Billy G., Erik G.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The Sept. 15 release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Blu-ray Disc will include for the first time a link to IMDB.com via BD Live, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

This is the first studio release that allows owners of a Web-enabled Blu-ray player access to updated information via specific link on Wolverine on IMDB. A major tenet of BD Live is the studios’ ability to remain virtually connected to consumers through proprietary and third party links related to current and catalog releases.

Wolverine, which grossed $179 million at the domestic box office and stars Hugh Jackman, is available as a two-disc Blu-ray release at $39.99, a two-disc special edition DVD at $34.98 and a single-disc DVD at $29.98.

Rob Enderle, analyst with Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif., said the IMDB link is similar to what Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering via Gracenote and MovieIQ starting in September. He said its represents one of the most compelling new capabilities in Blu-ray, namely the ability to get content from an online database.  

“This is actually one of the few BD Live features I find compelling because I tend to always wonder where I’ve seen a particular actor before and this feature could answer that,” Enderle said.  
Directed by Gavin Hood (Rendition), Wolverine also stars Liev Schreiber as Sabertooth, along with Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan and the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.Am.

The two-disc Wolverine Blu-ray includes commentary by Hood, another commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, the featurette “The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with X-Men creators Stan Lee and Len Wein,” the featurette “Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins,” 10 character chronicles, two more featurettes, a trivia track, deleted scenes with commentary from Hood, two alternate sequences, a Fox Movie Channel premiere featurette. Disc two of the set includes a digital copy.

The two-DVD special edition includes the two commentaries, the featurette with Stan Lee and Len Wein, an origins featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, and an anti-smoking PSA; disc two has a digital copy. The single-disc DVD has the origins featurette and anti-smoking PSA.

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