Universal Bowing ‘Robin Hood’ Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack28 Jul, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Robin Hood, with Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and William Hurt, at retail as a Blu-ray Disc combo pack, two-Disc special edition DVD and single-disc DVD Sept. 21 (order date Aug. 3).
All three releases will feature the theatrical film, in addition to the unrated director’s (Ridley Scott) cut of the movie. Robin Hood, which generated $105 million at the domestic box office ($309 million worldwide), and its unrated edition will also be available day-and-date on digital download and transactional video-on-demand (VOD).
The Blu-ray combo pack and the two-disc special edition feature deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary, plus an extensive look at the making of Robin Hood that includes behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. The Blu-ray release also features an interactive “Director’s Notebook,” which takes viewers inside the making of the specific scenes of the film, from production design to special effects.
Additional Blu-ray special features include: “The Art of Nottingham,” which explores the designs generated for the film, including video introductions by production designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates; BD-Live via an Internet-connected player; “My Scenes” bookmarking; and a pocket Blu app that allows content access on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, PC and Macintosh.
Other features include “Advanced Remote Control,” which allows users to navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions more easily; “Video Timeline,” which grants users access to any point in the movie; “Mobile-to-Go,” which allows users to save bonus material to their portable device or stream from any Wi-Fi network; “Virtual Keyboard,” which enables entry of data into a Blu-ray player for sending text messages; “uHear,” which allows users to skip back a few seconds and enable subtitles for the section a viewer couldn’t hear or understand; and an interactive ticker, updating the latest information about Universal’s theatrical, Blu-ray and TV releases.
Further special material on the Blu-ray and special DVD releases include deleted scenes with introduction and commentary by editor Pietro Scalia; featurettes “Rise and Rise Again: Making Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood”; “Ballad, Legend & Myth: Pre-Production,” on how filmmakers and actors tackled the challenge of breathing new life into the longest surviving character in the English language, Robin Hood; “The More the Merrier: Production,” which showcases Scott’s passion for production design, costuming, weaponry and action sequences; “No Quarter Given: Post Production,” which finds Scott and Scalia shifting through a million feet of shot film and working with the post-production team to add layers of sound design, and visual effects; and a Digital Copy of the unrated director’s cut.