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Paramount Back in Blu

29 Apr, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Bee Movie

Paramount Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation SKG are back in the Blu-ray Disc fold, starting with releases of Face/Off, Next and Bee Movie (view trailer) on May 20.

Recent releases Cloverfield (view trailer) and There Will Be Blood (view trailer) will street on Blu-ray June 3, while The Spiderwick Chronicles will be Paramount's first 2008 day-and-date Blu-ray release with the DVD June 24. Internationally, Paramount will follow Spiderwick with Blu-ray releases of Cloverfield and Best Picture Oscar-winner No Country for Old Men (view trailer) in August.

Paramount is the last major studio to join Blu-ray's ranks since Toshiba Corp. pulled the plug on HD DVD Feb. 19. Paramount and DreamWorks had released 29 titles on Blu-ray before deciding to back HD DVD exclusively Aug. 20, 2007.

“Paramount Home Entertainment continues to focus on the consumer and to explore avenues that allow fans to get more out of their home entertainment experience,” said Kelley Avery, president of worldwide home entertainment for Paramount Pictures. “We will have a strong slate of titles for Blu-ray release throughout the year worldwide and are enthusiastic about expanding the format's offerings for a broad consumer audience while delivering an experience that goes beyond what viewers love about DVD.”

Bonus features for the Blu-ray editions include:

  • For Bee Movie, a pop-up “Barry's Trivia Track,” a Build-A-Bee avatar creation feature, changeable menus, alternate endings and lost scenes.

  • For Face/Off, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an alternate ending and several commentaries.

  • For Next, several featurettes and an interview with Jessica Biel.

  • For Cloverfield, an exclusive, feature-length “Special Investigation Mode” including added details about the film; a director's commentary; several making-of featurettes; deleted scenes; and alternate endings with commentaries.

  • For There Will Be Blood, a featurette, deleted scenes and a slideshow with vintage photos set to the score of the film.

  • For The Spiderwick Chronicles, behind-the-scenes featurettes, an exploration of the Spiderwick world and a look inside the field guide of Arthur Spiderwick.

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