Sony Takes News Titles to the Blu-ray Format
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment issues its first three 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray Discs. The comedy Click, starring Golden Globe-Nominee Adam Sandler, Oscar-Winner Christopher Walken and Kate Beckinsale, will be available starting October 10. Black Hawk Down, the Oscar-winning, action-packed drama from director Ridley Scott, starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana, features new Blu-Wizard technology and will be available to film fans on November 14. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring writer and producer Will Ferrell and Oscar -nominee John C. Reilly, is due to ship on December 12. All three titles were authored by the Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center and manufactured by Sony DADC.
Shot entirely in high-def, the Blu-ray format captures Click's many poignant and humorous remote-controlled moments with pristine picture quality and superior sound. Click is the first SPHE Blu-ray Disc title to include all bonus features from the DVD release in high-definition and also features uncompressed PCM audio. High-definition added value features include:
* Audio Commentary with Adam Sandler, Director Frank Coraci, Executive Producer Tim Herlihy and Writer Steve Koren
* Four Deleted Scenes
- "Habeeboo Can Do It"
- "Loser Guy Returns"
- "Fatty Sandwich"
- "Sp-Sp-Spit It Out"
* Seven Featurettes:
- "Make Me Old and Fat"
- "FX of Click"
- "Design My Universe"
- "Cars of the Future"
- "Humping Dogs"
- "Director's Take"
- "Fine Cooking"
Synopsis: In Click, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is a family man with a busy career as an architect leaving minimal time for his wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and two kids. Unable one day to determine which of his many remotes turns on the television, he decides that a universal remote control will solve all of his problems. On Michael's search for the perfect device, he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a one-of-a-kind remote with magical powers that allow him to perform TiVo-like functions. As Michael fast-forwards through annoying quarrels with his wife and mutes the barks and begging of Sundance, the family dog, he begins to feel in control of his career and personal life. However, when the remote starts to override his choices, Michael begins to truly appreciate and embrace the life he already has - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Black Hawk Down:
Black Hawk Down grossed more than $100 million at the box office and is a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. Black Hawk Down is also the first Blu-ray Disc title to feature SPHE's new Blu-Wizard, a unique playlist technology which lets consumers customize the way they watch special features. Special features consumers may customize on the Black Hawk Down Blu-ray Disc include:
* Audio Commentary with Author Mark Bowden, Screenwriter Ken Nolan, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Director Ridley Scott and U.S. Special Forces Veterans '93
* "The Essence of Combat - Making Black Hawk Down" Featurettes:
- "Getting It Right"
- "Crash Course"
- "Battlefield Morocco"
- "Hymn to the Fallen"
- "Digital Warriors"
- "After Action Report"
Synopsis: Recounting the true story of a war waged in Mogadishu, Somalia, Black Hawk Down delivers an intense, detailed account of a mission gone disastrously wrong. The film depicts events that occurred on October 3, 1993, when a group of more than 100 U.S. Army Rangers and Deltas dropped into Somalia to complete a covert operation. Their assignment is to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord whose corrupt regime has led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. But when the simple exercise goes catastrophically array, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives, locked in a desperate battle against a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby:
The hilarious $140 million summer blockbuster Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby chronicles the man with two first names, NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, as he tries to gain his father's respect and love while fulfilling his need for speed. The Blu-ray Disc features the Unrated Edition of the film along with added-value features in high-definition including:
* Audio commentary with Director Adam McKay and Friends (Ian Roberts, Chris Henchy)
* Nine Deleted & Extended Scenes:
- "Going for the Win"
- "I'm Hot"
- "Little Sticker on Windshield"
- "Ricky in Hospital"
- "Gas Money"
- "Jenga Scene (Extended)"
- "What'd You Do Today?"
- "Cal Calls Ricky (TV Room version 1)"
- "Return to the Garage"
* Three Interviews:
- "Ricky & Cal Interview"
- "Jean & Gregory Interview"
- "Cal & Carley Interview"
* Gag Reel
* Line-O-Rama (Part 1)
* Bonus Race Footage
* Ricky & Cal's Commercials
* Ricky & Cal's PSAs
* Walker & Texas Ranger
* Will Ferrell Returns to Talladega
* Theatrical Trailer
* Additional added-value features not in high-definition:
- Daytona 500 Spot
- Nascar Chase for the Nextel Cup Spot
- Sirius and NASCAR Spot
Synopsis: The fastest man on four wheels, Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. A big, hairy American winning machine, Ricky has everything a daredevil could want: a luxurious mansion, a smokin' hot wife (Leslie Bibb) and all the fast food he can eat. But Ricky's turbo-charged lifestyle hits an unexpected speed bump when he's bested by flamboyant Euro-idiot Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) and reduced to a fear-ridden wreck. Losing his wife and job to best bud and fellow fool, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), Ricky must kick some serious asphalt if he is to get his career back on track, beat Girard and reclaim his fame and fortune.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also is going to introduce a variety of new and exciting Blu-ray Disc content throughout the fourth quarter 2006. Full of family fun and imagination, Monster House will debut on Blu-ray disc day-and-date with DVD on October 24th and the Wayans brothers' comedy, Little Man, hits shelves November 7th. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released a broad selection of high-definition movies since its initial launch on June 20. Blu-ray Disc titles currently available to consumers from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment include 50 First Dates; The Fifth Element; Hitch; House of Flying Daggers; XXX; Ultraviolet; Underworld: Evolution; Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction; The Benchwarmers; Stealth; RV; Silent Hill; Into the Blue; Memento; S.W.A.T.; A Knight's Tale; The Big Hit and Tears of the Sun.
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