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'Rescue Me' on Blu-ray

28 Mar, 2007 By: John Latchem

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season June 5 (prebook May 3) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, making it the studio's first TV show in the high-definition format.

“We've had such a great track record with this series, and the opportunity to release it in this fantastic Blu-ray format is something we're very proud of,” said Marc Rashba, VP of catalog and TV marketing for SPHE. “There is a smart and connected overlap between early adopters of this kind of technology and the audience of this show.”

“Rescue Me” stars Denis Leary and details the inner workings of a New York City firehouse and the personal and emotional trails of its members.

The DVD ($49.95) and BD ($79.95) sets are both four discs, and both include deleted scenes, a blooper real, several featurettes and a preview of the upcoming fourth season on cable channel FX.

The Blu-ray version is the first series to utilizes the format's 50GB capacity, allowing Sony to fully present all the available bonus materials in addition to HD picture quality.

“The idea is to put those elements on there to not give a lesser viewing experience than the standard-def,” Rashba said.

Rashba said the packaging of the BD version should be consistent with the first two seasons on DVD, but upgrading the prior seasons to HD is not in the works.

“If we go back, we need to offer our fans an extra value,” Rashba said. “We're all working folks, and we're very mindful about asking them to put out more money for what they already have.”

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