‘Men in Black,’ ‘Spider-Man’ Blu-rays Offer Movie Tickets, Sneak Peeks4 Apr, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff
With Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man on the horizon for theatrical releases this summer, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing previous films from both franchises on Blu-ray Disc with UltraViolet, with coupons for up to $10 off movie tickets of the latest installments in the series.
Debuting May 1 in time for Men in Black 3, which hits theaters May 22, are the first two installments of the sci-fi adventure franchise, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Men in Black (1997) and Men in Black II (2002) both come with collectible packaging and a sneak peek of Men in Black 3.
The North American version of the MIB II Blu-ray will include the new Men in Black PlayStation 3 game demo from Activision with a sample level.
In the “Men in Black” series, a team of black-suited, Ray-ban sporting, top-secret agents in the unofficial government agency, Division 6, have a mission: to protect Earth from “the scum of the universe,” or extraterrestrial creatures.
MIB bonus materials include an enhanced Telestrator commentary with director Barry Sonnenfeld and Jones; audio commentary with Sonnenfeld, Rick Baker and the Industrial Light & Magic Team; extended and alternate scenes; “Metamorphosis of Men in Black”; visual effects scene deconstructions; character animation studies; storyboard comparisons; conceptual art and storyboard galleries; scene-editing workshop; production photo gallery; and a “Men in Black” music video starring Smith. Blu-ray exclusives include “Intergalatic Pursuit: The Men in Black Trivia Game,” “Ask Frank the Pug!” and an alien subtitle track.
MIB II special features include a director commentary, alternate ending, blooper reel, five behind-the-scenes featurettes, creature featurettes, “Barry Sonnenfeld’s Intergalactic Guide to Comedy,” an animatic sequence, multiangle scene deconstructions and a “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)” music video by Smith.
MIB and MIB II are listed at $19.99 each.
Arriving June 12 are Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, about a month before the highly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man lands in theaters July 3. Each edition includes new, collectable O-Ring packaging and a code for a website to see a sneak peek of The Amazing Spider-Man and print the coupon for $10 off the movie ticket of the latest installment.
The Spider-Man Blu-ray includes all-new bonus features “Spider Sense Over Movie Trivia Game” and “The Spider-Man Cutting Room,” while the Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray includes both previously released theatrical and extended versions of the film, with additional footage and fight sequences not seen in theaters.
Based on Marvel Comics characters, the Sam Rami-directed franchise stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker (also known as Spider-Man), Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, and James Franco as Harry Osborn. The series also features as villains Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin/Norman Osborn), Alfred Molina (Doc Ock/Dr. Otto Octavius), Thomas Haden Church (Sandman/Flint Marko) and Topher Grace (Venom/Eddie Brock).
Bonus materials for Spider-Man (2002) include three commentaries with filmmakers and cast members, a “Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century” featurette, an “HBO Making-of Spider-Man” featurette, the E! Entertainment “Spider-Mania” special, a costume design featurette, seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, director and composer profiles, screen tests, costume and makeup tests, a gag reel, six multi-angle webisodes, and music videos for “Hero” and “What We're All About.”
Included in the Spider-Man 2 (2004) extras are cast-and-crew and technical commentaries for the theatrical version, a commentary with producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent on the extended version, a blooper reel, a 12-part making-of featurette, a “Hero in Crisis” featurette, an “Ock-Umentary” featurette, and a five-part visual effects breakdown.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) special features include a director and cast commentary, a filmmaker commentary, bloopers, concept galleries, photo galleries and a music video for “Signal Fire” by Snow Patrol.
Each Blu-ray is listed at $19.99.