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Comic-Con Rich With Promos, Announcements

22 Jul, 2013 By: John Latchem

Shout! Factory's Brian Ward with the 'Power Ranger Legacy' packaging

SAN DIEGO — Studios with an eye on home entertainment wasted no time getting their message out at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, kicking off the July 18-21 pop culture confab with several events and panels to promote their products.

One of the busiest was Shout! Factory, which used the convention to kick off a couple of huge home entertainment initiatives.

July 18, Shout! Factory announced that it will be releasing cult kidvid fave “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” in a new Blu-ray collection in 2014. Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward showed off some of the restoration process during Thursday’s Blu-ray Producers panel hosted by the staff of TheDigitalBits.com.

Ward said the show was originally shot on 16mm film, with visual effects handled in 35mm. The elements have been painstakingly scanned and reassembled in HD.

“It looks amazing,” Ward said. “A show like this we want to do right, so we didn’t want to rush it.”

In addition, Shout! Factory celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Power Rangers” in style with news of an upcoming limited-edition boxed set, Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years, that includes every “Power Rangers” episode from “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” to the latest installment, “Power Rangers Megaforce” (including the recent “Power Rangers Samurai” series, heretofore distributed by Lionsgate). The set, due Dec. 3, comes in a collectible Red Ranger helmet and includes more than 270 hours of content on 98 DVDs, plus slots for the two “Power Rangers” movies.

Shout! Factory also introduced plans for Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters — Predacons Rising, a feature-length epilogue to the “Transformers Prime” series that arrives Oct. 8 at $16.97 on DVD and $24.97 on Blu-ray.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Thursday night previewed its new comic book-focused documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, which was announced for an Oct. 25 Blu-ray release date.

Fox set up an interactive booth to promote its 3D Blu-ray release of the original Predator, due in December. Fans who preordered the disc could get a figurine of a Predator holding a facsimile of the guest’s severed head, created using a 3D printer.

CBS Home Entertainment, distributed by Paramount, announced the release of Dexter: The Complete Series Collection Nov. 5, as well as the eighth-season set on DVD and Blu-ray.

Lionsgate announced it will release the first season of “Hannibal” on disc and digital Sept. 24. Star Hugh Dancy said fans of the NBC series can expect deleted scenes, bloopers and commentaries among the bonus features for the disc releases.

And the team behind “Workaholics,” which recently released its third season on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount, joked about the effort they put into creating bonus features for the discs of the Comedy Central series.

“None at all,” said Anders Holm.

Chris Tribbey contributed to this report.

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