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'Deepwater Horizon' VR App Offers Next-Level Commentary

20 Dec, 2016 By: John Latchem

Lionsgate is taking film commentary to the next level with the new Deepwater Horizon VR app. Coinciding with the Dec. 20 Digital HD release of Deepwater Horizon, the app, available on iOS and Android mobile platforms, puts viewers in the same room with director Peter Berg as he explores the making of the film with editor Colby Parker Jr.

Created by SubVRsive in partnership with Lionsgate, the app will surround viewers with renderings and sketches of the various special effects used in the film.

“Lionsgate was one of the first media companies to embrace consumer applications for VR and we are dedicated to evolving our offerings to enhance the fan involvement in our content,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide TV and digital distribution. “With our VR app, fans fully immerse themselves in the world of Deepwater Horizon as seen through the eyes of our filmmakers, and it is a unique experience that adds a new dimension to home viewing.”

The mobile Deepwater Horizon VR experience includes three film scenes with commentary and is free to download through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The first scene is fully accessible when the app is downloaded and the additional scenes are unlocked using audio recognition while viewing Deepwater Horizon.

The app can be used on an iPhone or Android smartphone with a compatible virtual reality viewing device such as Google Cardboard. Alternately, users without a mobile VR viewer can enjoy the experience in 360-degree video mode.

Deepwater Horizon will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 10.

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