‘The Wolfman’ Turns Blu June 130 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Universal Studios Home Entertainment March 30 said it would release period thriller The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt, on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, VOD and digitally June 1.
The film, which is a remake of Universal Pictures’ original 1941 classic, The Wolf Man, with Lon Chaney Jr., generated $62 million at the domestic box office ($75 million internationally) since its theatrical release Feb. 12.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray releases include the theatrical and unrated director’s cut from helmer Joe Johnston.
Unique to the Blu-ray edition, consumers will be able to stream the original 1941 film via BD Live; pocket BLU apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry and Android; and PC, Mac and Web-enabled Blu-ray player at www.UniversalHiDef.com.
The Blu-ray also features two exclusive alternate endings and a digital copy of the film that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices.
Special features include “Return of The Wolfman,” which examines how the film’s creative team repurposed the tragic roots of legend and cinematic lore for today’s audience, and “The Beast Maker,” which looks at how makeup wizard Rick Baker transformed a classic monster into a modern nightmare.
Other features include “Transformation Secrets,” which explores how filmmakers produced hallucinogenic nightmares and recreated the fog-covered streets of Victorian London, among other visual effects; and “The Wolfman Unleashed,” which showcases the team behind the stunts and action sequences in the remake.
Universal’s pocket BLU app features include advanced remote control to operate a connected Blu-ray player from a mobile phone; a video timeline, which allows users to access any point in the movie; and mobile-to-go, whereby users can stream bonus content via a Wi-Fi network.
Other pocket BLU features allow users to browse upcoming Blu-ray releases, send text messages through the Blu-ray player with a virtual keyboard, access social networks, and access bonus content without leaving the film via U-control.
Special features unique to pocket BLU include: “Werewolf Legacy, Lore and Legend,” a visual tour through more than 70 years of Universal’s “Wolf Man” films and werewolf mythology; and “Take Control,” featuring makeup artist Rick Baker, visual effects producer Karen Murphy-Mundell and director of Photography Shelly Johnson.