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Fox Movies Going Virtual With Oculus

25 Sep, 2015 By: Stephanie Prange

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering 100 films in its library available to rent or buy through Oculus Video, a new virtual reality cinema platform from the company that created the Oculus Rift system, according to an announcement from the Oculus Connect developers conference in Hollywood Sept. 24.

Fox films on the service include hits such as Birdman, Alien, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Cast Away and Die Hard.

Fans will be able to see the films on Samsung’s Gear VR initially, but they eventually will be available on the Oculus Rift, expected to debut next year, Fast Company reported from the event.

"VR cinema is a new way of presenting our movies, and has the opportunity to bring in mass market consumers to virtual reality," Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, said in a statement. "With Oculus Video, we are leveraging the scale and flexibility of mobile, while continuing to deliver a powerful, emotional experience for consumers. We are just scratching the surface of how Hollywood and VR will revolutionize entertainment by exploring innovative ways to develop immersive experiences as a new storytelling medium.”

Samsung and Fox are partners in the Fox Innovation Lab, an initiative whereby Fox and tech companies work together to enhance the consumer experience of content through TVs, consumer electronics and mobile devices. The studio and the Fox Innovation Lab are currently in production on The Martian VR Experience, an immersive storytelling experience.

Lionsgate also will be making films available, including Pulp Fiction and The Hunger Games, according to the Fast Company report.

Other Fox titles going virtual include Gone Girl, Life of Pi, Taken, The Maze Runner, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 28 Days Later, Black Swan, Predator, Office Space and Walk the Line.

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