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Comic-Con a Growing Push for Home Video

30 Jul, 2007 By: Staff Reports

The 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International took place from July 26-29.

SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con International has become a high-profile staging ground for new Hollywood movies, but it's also become increasingly important to the studios' home entertainment divisions.

This year, one of the most visible fixtures on the massive show floor was a life-size replica of the Flying Dutchman, the pirate ship featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Crowds lined up to walk through the ship and its display of costumes, props and original set photos taken by producer jerry Bruckheimer, while outside a horde of costumed pirates posed for photos with guests.

It was all to announce the third installment of “Pirates” on DVD Dec. 4 as well as Blu-ray Disc.

Other announcements:

  • Microsoft's Robin Cole showed off the special features for the HD DVD of Hereos: Season 1 at the NBC booth on the convention floor.

  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment revealed a Blu-ray offering of “Lost's” third season will be available with the Dec. 11 DVD release.

  • Paramount Home Entertainment will release the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series — Season One on HD DVD/DVD combo disc Nov. 20.

  • DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika previewed material from the upcoming final cut of Blade Runner and the complete series set of “Twin Peaks.”

  • During a panel on the history of Hanna-Barbera, the upcoming Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale was previewed. The DTV title is due Oct. 2 from Warner Home Video.
  • Starz Home Entertainment is producing a new Ray Harryhausen movie, the DTV Ares: God of War. Ray Park, who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I, is attached as a villain.

  • Funimation Entertainment will be the first major U.S. anime distributor to enter the high-def format arena, releasing on Blu-ray Nov. 13 two of its better-selling “Dragon Ball Z” action titles: 1993's Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan and 1994's Dragon Ball Z: Second Coming.

  • See more Comic-Con coverage at AgentDVDonline.com.

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