Buena Vista Reveals Initial 2007 50GB Slate14 Nov, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Singing, romance and fantasy are on the bill as Buena Vista Home Entertainment announced its first extra capacity 50GB, dual-layer Blu-ray Disc releases for 2007.
Movies include 2002 Oscar winning musical Chicago (with Ren?e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere), period romance Casanova (2005) with Heath Ledger, rescue adventure The Guardian (2006) with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher and sci-fi fantasy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
The titles, whose pre-book deadline is Dec. 12, street Jan. 23 for $34.99 SRP each.
The studio previously announced the Nov. 21 releases of Enemy of the State (1998), starring Will Smith, and Flightplan (2005) with Jodi Foster, as the first Buena Vista titles to incorporate Blu-ray's expanded 50GB storage capacity.
To help fill the excess capacity, Chicago features audio commentaries from director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; a deleted scene with optional commentary; the featurettes “Behind the Scenes,” “From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago,” “An Intimate Look at Director Rob Marshall” and “When Liza Minnelli Became Roxie Hart”; extended versions of classic musical numbers including “And All That Jazz,” “When You're Good to Mama,” “Cell Block Tango” and more; and a movie showcase highlighting some of the most spectacular dance numbers.
Casanova's bonus materials from the standard DVD include audio commentary from director Lasse Hallström. For the 50GB release, a “Blu-scape” featurette created specifically for Blu-ray by noted director/cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg titled “Reflections of Venice”; and the featurettes “Creating an Adventure” and “Dressing in Style.”
The Guardian contains a host of bonus materials including deleted scenes; an alternate ending; audio commentaries by director Andrew Davis and writer Ron Brinkerhoff; and the featurettes “The Guardian: Making Waves” and “Unsung Heroes: So Others May Live.”
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's bonus materials include audio commentaries; deleted scenes; and for the Blu-ray release: “The Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” and “Sing Along: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”
Buena Vista president Bob Chapek said the 50GB capacity affords new potential and challenges.
“We continue to forge new frontiers with our Blu-ray discs and to further explore the seemingly limitless boundaries of creativity the format allows,” said Chapek. “We've just begun to cultivate the future growth of our industry with Blu-ray.”