Fox Slates DVDs for Winos3 Dec, 2008 By: Billy Gil
On Feb. 3, 2009, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will uncork two titles for the enthusiast of both good wine and good film: Bottle Shock(DVD $27.98) and Sideways (Blu-ray Disc $39.99). Prebook is Jan. 7, 2009.
Bottle Shock, a 2008 critical favorite, details the true story of a vintner (played by Alan Rickman) who in 1976 won a blind taste challenge called “The Judgment of Paris,” helping establish California as a premiere place for wine. The film also stars Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku and Dennis Farina.
The Bottle Shock DVD includes commentary by Pullman, Pine, Dushku, director/producer Randall Miller, writer/producer Jody Slavin, producer J. Todd Harris and writers Ross Schwartz and Lannette Pabon; as well as a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and the “Chateau Montelena: One Winery’s Search for Excellence” featurette.
Sideways, from 2004, is an Academy Award-winning film about a wine fan (Paul Giamatti) who takes his best friend (Thomas Haden Church) to California’s wine country in Santa Ynez Valley for a weekend bachelor party celebration. Things become more complicated when they become involved with a local waitress (Virginia Madsen) and a winery employee (Sandra Oh).
The Sideways Blu-ray Disc includes commentary by Giamatti and Church, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and three Easter eggs, which include a “project searchlight,” a gag reel and a wrap party slide show reel.
The two movies also will be available in “The Perfect Pairing” DVD two-pack at $29.98.