Buena Vista Bows First Day-and-Date Blu-ray Disc23 Oct, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Dec. 19 will release the inspirational football-themed movie Invincible on Blu-ray Disc ($34.99) — the studio's first day-and-date with the standard-DVD release ($29.99).
The studio Nov. 21 will release Enemy of the State (1998), starring Will Smith, and Flightplan (2005) with Jodi Foster on 50GB Blu-ray — the first Buena Vista titles to incorporate Blu-ray's expanded 50GB storage capacity.
Buena Vista also will bow Pearl Harbor in 50GB Blu-ray Dec. 19 for $34.99.
Enemy of the State bonus materials include the original DVD features of deleted scenes and the making-of featurette Enemy of the State, All Access: The Showdown as well as a Blu-ray exclusive movie showcase.
Flightplan includes the original DVD features of audio commentary; the featurettes Emergency Landing: Visual Effects and Cabin Pressure: Designing the Aalto E-474; and the additional features of a Blu-ray exclusive movie showcase and Blu-Scape Jet Stream.
Pearl Harbor bonus materials include the original DVD featurettes: Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor, Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor and a featurette on the music.
“As the Blu-ray technology continues to infuse our industry with robust growth, BVWHE is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the format with the release of our first 50GB titles,” said Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek. “We have seen the future, and it is here. The digital age is upon us, and Blu-ray is the format consumers have embraced for their entertainment choice.”
Invincible (2006) stars Mark Wahlberg as bartender Vince Papale, who overcame personal tragedy and as a 30-year-old walk-on made the 1976 Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team.
The non-50GB Blu-ray release includes (as does the DVD) Becoming Invincible: The Story of Vince Papale and two audio commentaries, the first with Papale, producer Mark Ciardi and writer Brad Gann; the second with director Ericson Core and editor Jerry Greenberg.
The Invincible Blu-ray release also contains a high-definition featurette, Recreating the Vet.