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Wallace & Gromit Making Their Way to DVD

18 Jul, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

In time for the scheduled Oct. 7 theatrical opening of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks Home Entertainment is releasing a DVD that includes the claymation man-and-dog team's previous adventures.

Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures is slotted to arrive in stores Sept. 20 (prebook Aug. 9) at $19.99. The DVD includes three half-hour shorts: the Academy Award winners “A Close Shave” and “The Wrong Trousers” and the Oscar-nominated “A Grand Day Out.” Also on the DVD will be “Cracking Contraptions,” a collection of 10 minishorts that depict each of Wallace's well-intended but completely absurd inventions. The shorts were originally a series of photographic vignettes and have never before been seen in the United States.

“The short films deliver the same level of high-spirited fun and entertainment value that helped make Chicken Run one of the top-selling family videos,” said Kelley Avery, worldwide head of home entertainment for DreamWorks. Chicken Run writer-director Nick Park also created “Wallace & Gromit.”

Three Amazing Adventures also comes with a preview of the movie, including outtakes that won't be seen on the big screen. Other bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes look at the claymation process and interviews with Park.

Avery said DreamWorks hopes to leverage the theatrical marketing campaign supporting the first-ever “Wallace & Gromit” feature film.“This timing gives us a terrific opportunity to re-introduce Wallace and Gromit to all audiences,” she said.

Also timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Were-Rabbit is the complete first season of “Creature Comforts,” also helmed by Park. The TV DVD package arrives Sept. 27 (prebook Aug. 18) at $19.94 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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