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The Lion King gets Signature Collection Treatment in August

BURBANK, Calif. (July 16 2017) — It was announced today at D23 Expo that in August, one of the biggest animated films in history—The Lion King—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive,  brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of The Lion King.

The Lion King follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

The Lion King is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. It takes its place alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio and Bambi.

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL*:

  • Brand New Sing-Along Version
  • Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  • Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.
  • The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  • Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.
  • Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.

o    Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
o    Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
o    Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
o    Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
o    Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.

  • Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!

o   “Circle of Life”
o   “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
o   “Be Prepared”
o   “Hakuna Matata”
o   “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

  • Galleries

o   Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
o   Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
o   Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of The Lion King.
o   Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of The Lion King.
o   Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of The Lion King.

  • Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 89 minutes
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.78:1, DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
Subtitles: English ESL, English SDH, French & Spanish

Mind MGMT and Flutter Comics Developed for TV

Mind MGMT and Flutter Comics Developed for TV

UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND DARK HORSE ENTERTAINMENT RENEW FIRST-LOOK DEAL;

 

ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT OF POPULAR COMIC BOOKS “MIND MGMT,” “FLUTTER” AND HIT PODCASTS “TANIS,” “THE BRIGHT SESSIONS” FOR TV 

“The Blacklist” Producer Dan Cerone to Develop “Mind MGMT”

 

Katherine Lindberg and Marc Rosen (“Sense8”) To Adapt “Flutter”

               

“The Son’s” Lee Shipman and podcast creator Terry Miles To Adapt “Tanis” With Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) and Debbie Liebling (“South Park”) Producing

 

Gabrielle G. Stanton (“The Flash”) To Adapt “The Bright Sessions” With Creator And Star Lauren Shippen

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA- July 17, 2017- On the heels of their “Umbrella Academy” series pick-up on Netflix, Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment have renewed their first-look deal to continue developing and producing scripted programming from the distinguished publisher’s comic book library, as well as new original material. UCP continues to roll out its impressive genre development slate with Dark Horse Entertainment’s “Mind MGMT,” from Matt Kindt, to be developed for TV by Dan Cerone (“The Blacklist”); “Flutter” based on Jennie Wood’s acclaimed LGBTQ comic, being adapted by Katherine Lindberg and Marc Rosen (“Sense8”); “Tanis,” based on the hit podcast, to be developed by Lee Shipman (“The Son”) and Terry Miles, creator of the podcast, and produced by Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) and Debbie Liebling (“South Park”) through their company POD 3; and “The Bright Sessions” being adapted for television by Gabrielle G. Stanton (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Flash”) and the creator and star of the podcast, Lauren Shippen.

 

“Dark Horse Entertainment is a comic mastermind with deep knowledge of the genre and an expertise in developing content” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. “We’re excited to continue to partner with Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg as we kick off our series Umbrella Academy on Netflix and shepherd the many adaptions we have set up around town.”

 

“Dark Horse is proud to continue its partnership with Universal Cable Productions. Our companies have worked together closely with great success. We have some exciting projects in the works and couldn’t be happier about continuing the relationship,” said Mike Richardson, President of Dark Horse Entertainment.

UCP and Dark Horse are developing the popular graphic novel from New York Times Best-seller and artist Matt Kindt “Mind MGMT,” which will be adapted for television by Dan Cerone (“The Blacklist”). The series follows a true crime writer searching for the truth behind a mysterious airline flight who discovers a secret government agency of spies with psychic abilities. Henry Lyme, the former top agent, has gone rogue and is working to investigate and dismantle the organization.

 

“Flutter,” is based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning LGBTQ graphic novel series created and written by Jennie Wood with art by Jeff McComsey, published by 215 Ink, about a teenage shapeshifter who turns herself into a boy to get the straight girl that she has a crush on. Katherine Lindberg and Marc Rosen (“Sense8″) are writing the television adaptation.

 

Additionally, UCP and Dark Horse are developing two podcasts for television:

 

“Tanis,” is based on the serialized, bi-weekly podcast. The series follows Nic Silver on his search to unravel what he thinks might be the last great mystery of the internet age. “Tanis” is what happens when the lines of science and fiction start to blur. Lee Shipman (“The Son”) is attached to adapt with podcast creator Terry Miles. Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) and Debbie Liebling (“South Park”) will produce through their company POD 3, along with Dark Horse.

 

“The Bright Sessions,” is a science fiction drama that follows a mysterious therapist and her unique set of patients, each struggling with a supernatural ability. Created and written by Lauren Shippen, the podcast has been downloaded over 6 million times in under 2 years and was widely recognized as one of the best podcasts of 2016. The development for television is being written by Gabrielle G. Stanton (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Flash”) and Shippen.

 

The studio and publisher previously announced the active development of “Harrow County,” based on the comic book written by Cullen Bunn (“The Damned,” “The Sixth Gun”) and illustrated by Tyler Crook (“Bad Blood”), and the Eisner award-winning “Concrete” from comic legend Paul Chadwick.

 

“Mind MGMT,” “Flutter,” “Tanis” and “The Bright Sessions” are the latest additions to UCP’s impressive genre development slate, including two projects from John Carpenter’s recently announced overall deal “Tales for a Halloween Night” for SYFY and “Nightside.”  In addition to the recent series pick-up of “Umbrella Academy” on Netflix with Dark Horse, UCP is currently in various stages of production and script development on a range of series including: “Happy!” for SYFY; “The Sinner,” “Damnation,” and “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G” for USA Network; “The Purge” for USA Network and SYFY; “All That Glitters” for Bravo; and “Impulse” for YouTube Red.

Disney Rolls out 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray for 5th Pirates

BURBANK, Calif. (July 14, 2017) — From Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, it was announced today at D23 Expo, that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—the fifth film in the now-iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise—will sail home on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on September 19, and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar® winners Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, No Country for Old Men) and Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, Shine).

Fans who bring home Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will experience the nonstop action in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio.

Bonus material includes a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, including a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.

The rip-roaring adventure—packed with humor, suspense and jaw-dropping special effects—finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL in HD:

  • Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure – Get unique access into the making of this exciting new Pirates of the Caribbean movie with this collection of revealing and entertaining stories that you can view individually or as a “play all.”
    • A Return to the Sea – Two talented filmmakers, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, team up to bring Pirates of the Caribbean back to the screen. Hear how this new chapter of the tale was developed.
    • Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya – Meet Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, the young actors behind Henry and Carina. The two sit down together for a revealing conversation on becoming a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and its continuing legacy.
    • The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary – Oscar-winner Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms.
    • First Mate Confidential – Go on-set along with Kevin McNally, the affable actor behind the feisty Mr. Gibbs, Captain Jack’s reliable first mate from all five movies.
    • Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks – Peer below the depths at how these ferocious, mythical monsters were designed and brought to life.
    • Wings Over the Caribbean – Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney – rock ‘n’ roll royalty.
    • An Enduring Legacy – Take one more look at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales  experience and the impact of “Pirates of the Caribbean” — the movies, the ride and beyond.
  • Bloopers of the Caribbean
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Highwayman
    • Henry Turner Learns a Lesson from Captain Jack
    • A Whale in Poseidon’s Tomb
    • Alternate Coda: Murtogg & Mullroy “Flogging”

DVD:

  • First Mate Confidential

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, with the screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and story by Nathanson and Terry Rossio.  The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor.

The film stars Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass), Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner films, upcoming The King’s Daughter), Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Macbeth Unhinged), Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson, Body of Lies), David Wenham (Lion, 300: Rise of an Empire), Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Gangs of New York) and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).

SPECIFICATIONS:

Product Offerings: Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
Physical = 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K UHD with HDR-10, Blu-ray, Digital in HD/SD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital in HD/SD), DVD
On Demand – October 3rd – check with your local provider
Feature Run Time: Approximately 129 minutes
Rating: PG-13 in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
Audio:  4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English, Spanish and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,
English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: Physical =  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Closed Captions: Digital = English; DVD = English

Sword & Sorcery Heroes Make 4K HD Debuts

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Experience the exhilarating adventures of the legendary heroes in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 19 from Lionsgate. In Conan the Barbarian, Jason Momoa portrays the vengeful warrior on a quest to find and kill the evil warlord who murdered his father when he was a boy. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and written by Tehomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, the film also stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman. From director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and written by Sean Hood and Daniel Giat, The Legend of Hercules, a Summit Entertainment release, tells the origin story of the mythical Greek hero, played by Kellan Lutz.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, which provides over four times the resolution of full HD and includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The action-packed films Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules will both be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack for the suggested retail price of $22.99 each.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Banished by his stepfather, the king, Hercules slowly becomes aware of his true origins as the son of Zeus. As he learns to harness his demigod powers, Hercules gathers an army to fight his way back to his kingdom in this action-filled epic.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary With Director Marcus Nispel
  • Audio Commentary With Actors Jason Momoa and Rose McGowan
  • “The Conan Legacy” Featurette
  • “Robert E. Howard: The Man Who Would Be Conan” Featurette
  • “Battle Royal: Engineering the Action” Featurette
  • “Staging the Fights” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Renny Harlin and Actor Kellan Lutz
  • “The Making of The Legend of Hercules” Featurette

CONAN THE BARBARIAN CAST

Jason Momoa              Game of ThronesJustice League
Rachel Nichols            G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek, Continuum
Stephen Lang              Avatar, Don’t Breathe, The Men Who Stare at Goats
Rose McGowan          Charmed, Nip/TuckGrindhouse
Leo Howard                Kickin’ It, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra
Ron Perlman                Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy Hand of God

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES CAST
Kellan Lutz                  Twilight franchise, The Expendables 3, The Comeback
Gaia Weiss                  VikingsMary Queen of Scots
Scott Adkins                Doctor Strange, The Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum
Roxanne McKee         Dominion and HollyoaksWrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

CONAN THE BARBARIAN PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: Conan the Barbarian © 2011 Conan Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 113 minutes
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2013
Title Copyright: The Legend of Hercules © 2013 Hercules Productions, Inc. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 98 minutes
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio

Corin Nemic’s Drone Wars Brings the Battle Home in September

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The action sci-fi thriller Drone Wars explodes onto DVD and Digital HD on September 12 from Lionsgate. A small team of scientists hiding in Los Angeles are tasked with the impossible mission of stopping an invasion of drones from slaughtering all of humanity. Starring Corin Nemec, Whitney Moore, Nathin Butler, and Sean Gunnell, Drone Wars is packed full of action and incredible special effects. The Drone Wars DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

When drones arrive in a flash, slaughtering humanity and stripping the Earth of its resources, a small team of scientists hiding in Los Angeles works to expel the drone menace once and for all.

CAST
Corin Nemec                            Stargate: SG-1” and “Supernatural
Whitney Moore                       Birdemic franchise, A Horrible Way to Die
Nathin Butler                          Winners & Losers and General Hospital
Sean Gunnell                          Collar, Eden of Three, Larkin

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: © 2016 Drone Wars Distribution, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
Rating: NR
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English SDH
Feature Run Time: 83 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Widescreen Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Killing Hasselhoff Bypasses Theaters, Comes Home in August

Universal City, California, July 11, 2017 – Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Ride Along 2) and David Hasselhoff (BaywatchGuardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2) star in the most hilarious and outrageous come :lol: dy of the year, Killing Hasselhoff, available on DVD and Digital on August 29, 2017 from UPHE Content Group. Co-produced by the team behind 2017’s Baywatch and David Hasselhoff himself, the laugh-out-loud movie is packed with a host of celebrity cameos including comedian Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent, Deal or No Deal), musician Kid Cudi, and The Hoff’s original Baywatch partner in life-saving crime, Gena Lee Nolin (Baywatch, Sheena). Rounding out the cast is Jon Lovitz (The Ridiculous Six, Grown Ups 2), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, The Boat That Rocked) and Jim Jefferies (Tainted Love, Legit).

What started out as a regular week quickly turns into the worst few days of his life when Chris (Jeong), a struggling nightclub owner, fails to pay back a loan shark and decides the only way to get the money is to kill his pick in the annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff. Aided by his friends Fish (Darby) and Tommy (Jefferies), Chris desperately tries everything he can to off the master of slow-motion running and claim the jackpot. But the task is not as easy as he thought, especially when your target is The Hoff!

Killing Hasselhoff, available on DVD and Digital, comes filled with exclusive and hilarious deleted scenes taking viewers further into the film’s crazy adventure.

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Rhys Darby, Jon Lovitz, David Hasselhoff
Directed By: Darren Grant
Written By: Peter Hoare
Produced By: Ashok Amritraj, P.G.A., Michael J. Luisi, P.G.A, David Hasselhoff, Michele Berk, P.G.A, Patrick Hughes, Warren Zide
Executive Produced By: Eric Gardner, Manu Gargi, Peter Hoare, Ken Jeong, Brett Carducci
Associate Producers: Michael Berk, Michael O’Connell, Richard Lowell, Marc Fiorentino
Director of Photography: Joseph White
Production Designer: Dins Danielsen
Edited By: Ryan Folsey
Music By: Nathan Whitehead
Music Supervised By: Paul Stewart, Doug Bernheim
Costumes By: Caroline B. Marx
Casting By: Nancy Nayor, C.S.A.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: August 29, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61188259/61188263 (CDN)
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: R for language and strong sexual references throughout, some nudity, drug use and violence.
Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Thai
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Arrives in 4K, Blu-ray Discs in August

BURBANK, Calif., July 11, 2017 — This August, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into homes digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Disney Movies Anywhere on Aug. 8 and physically on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 22.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” marks the Studios first in-home title to release in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, providing consumers with the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. 4K Ultra HD provides four times sharper resolution of HD with exceptional HDR which produces brighter brights, deeper blacks and richer colors than ever before. The galaxy has never looked so good!

Delivering the ultimate in-home experience is the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (which includes a collectible poster while supplies last) comes packaged to include a 4K Ultra HD version of the film, a Blu-ray, a Digital Copy and more than 80-minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen bonus materials. Bonus will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast of misfits and inspired team of filmmakers, debut an all-new original music video starring David Hasselhoff and special guests, hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, audio commentary by director James Gunn, and more.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the film’s storyline continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

  • The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
  • Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
  • Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
  • Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Digital:

All the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:

  • Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.

DVD:

  • Does not include any bonus materials.

SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):

Product Offerings: Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
Physical = Cinematic Universe 4K UHD Combo Pack (4K UHD with HDR, Blu-ray, Digital Copy), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), DVD and Exclusive Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
On Demand – August 22nd – check with your local provider
Feature Run Time: Approximately 136 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English/Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital 4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: Physical: English SDH, French & Spanish
Closed Captions:  Digital & DVD = English

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Dead) and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.

The sequel stars Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Beyond) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Drax, Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who) as Nebula, Pom Klementieff (Ingrid Goes West, Oldboy) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest) as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan (The Knick, This Is Us) as Taserface,  Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan (Gladiator, Sin City) as Tullk,  Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Luther) as Meredith Quill, with Sylvester Stallone (Creed, The Expendables) as Stakar, and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Furious 7) as Ego.

Ed Catto: It Creeps! It Crawls! Beware the Comic-Con!

It’s indestructible! It’s indescribable! Nothing can stop it!

Every one of you watching this screen should look out! Because soon, very soon, the most horrifying monster menace ever conceived

No, this isn’t advertising copy for a comic convention coming to your town. These lines are from the trailer for that old monster movie, The Blob. But it could be used to describe any upcoming comic con.

Comic conventions are not only thriving but, like the Blob, they are now oozing out from the walls of their convention centers and invading local towns. Geek culture cannot be held within its original confines.

Who would have ever thought, way back when Geek Culture was nestled in little comic shops in the scorned section of town, that we’d get to this point? Unlike the foreboding tone of that Blob movie trailer, this expanding, oozing primordial mass inspires a sense of awe and wonderment.

The San Diego Comic-Con is probably the best example of this. The nation’s longest running convention is held annually at the San Diego Convention Center. (And it will be held there until 2021, but that’s a whole ‘nother column.)

The entire city seems to get behind this show. Most of the shops, bars, and restaurants in San Diego offer specials and decorations to welcome convention attendees. It seems like every waiter and waitress is wearing a comic book or Walking Dead themed shirt, in fact. And the show itself is so sprawling, it now schedules events in nearby hotels, local libraries, and even the town baseball’s stadium.

I have a great friend who lives in San Diego. Walshy, as we’ve called him since grade school, doesn’t know anything about comics or pop culture. Check that – he loved MAD magazine. That counts. But by and large, he just doesn’t have a passion for graphic novels, or science fiction, or horror movies, or Doctor Who, or any of the cool stuff at the San Diego Comic-Con.
But each year he attends Comic-Con and has a blast. There is one particularly wild story about how he partied with Michael Rooker (“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!”) and Miss Venezuela on a hotel rooftop… but we’ll save that one for another day as well.

Walshy throws himself into San Diego Comic-Con because, as a resident, he can’t escape it. It’s so big and so boisterous that it’s all encompassing, even for locals.

And the great news is that Geek Culture is very welcoming. It pitches a big tent and invites everyone to come on in and have some fun.

The same thing is happening at other conventions. New York Comic-Con now hosts “Super Week” before their show, for example. Not surprisingly, it’s also happening at the up-and-coming shows in smaller markets.

Over the past year, I lent a hand to help grow Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con. It was a rousing success: it doubled in attendance and exhibitors reported very strong sales. It was officially held at the local convention center in the middle of Syracuse’s downtown area. But in reality, the event stretched to make the two days of the comic-con much longer.

  • The Mayor: Even Syracuse’s mayor got involved. Neal Adams was the guest of honor, and Mayor Stephanie Miner proclaimed the Saturday of the show to be “Neal Adams Day” in Syracuse.
  • Comics on Campus: It turns out Syracuse University has an incredible collection of original comic strip art. And for the past 80 years, only researchers have been able to view these treasures. We worked with SU’s Special Collections Director for an exhibition of original pages for fans. I never thought fans would be able to hold the very first Prince Valiant page, by Hal Foster, in their hands, but they did! One of our favorite artists, Joe Jusko, stopped by the exhibit and was in awe. His posts of viewing his favorite artists (Foster, Frank Robbins, Stan Drake etc.) went viral. And yes, we’re planning something bigger for next year.
  • Barley Quinn Craft Beer: The local brewpub, Empire, created a specialty beer called Barley Quinn and debuted it the week before the show. They gave away free Comic-con tickets and comics publisher Aftershock offered up a box full of Captain Kid graphic novels. Tom Peyer, the co-author of the series, is based in Syracuse and the publisher wanted to support him.
  • Cosplay: The convention partnered with the nearby Schweinfurth Art Center, a museum with a specialty in fabric arts, to host a cosplay “pre-game” event. I always feel bad when cosplayers put so much time and energy into their costumes, and can only wear them for a day, or two, at a convention. I suppose it’s the same way for brides. It was fun to be able to offer one additional “wearable opportunity” for cosplayers.

So even in a market like Syracuse, Geek Culture has creeped and crawled to ooze out beyond the confines of both the calendar and the convention center to become something bigger. Unlike the teenagers and townsfolk in The Blob, I’m not terrified. I’m elated! And you should be too.

30 Film Collection Celebrates DC Universe’s Animated Originals

BURBANK, CA (JUNE 28, 2017) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray™. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017.

Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”) to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).

The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The 32-disc box set will also include all five DC Showcase animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.

“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”

The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) will include:

  1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
  2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
  3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
  4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
  5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
  6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
  7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
  8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
  9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
  10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
  11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
  12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
  14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
  15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
  16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
  17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
  18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
  19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
  20. SON OF BATMAN
  21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
  22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
  23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
  24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
  25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
  26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
  27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
  28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
  29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
  30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

Ellis & Hamner’s Red & Red 2 get 4K Ultra HD Treatment in Sept.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Relive the action-packed adventures of retired and extremely dangerous special agents in the most amazing picture quality available today when both RED and RED 2 arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 5 from Lionsgate. RED features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. In the film’s sequel, RED 2, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung Hun Lee join the franchise.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, which provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range imaging and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience. The exhilarating thrillers RED and RED 2 will be available separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack for the suggested retail price of $22.99 each.

RED OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Frank (Willis) is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone…until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team – Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren) – and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stand back and watch the bullets fly in this explosive action-comedy.

RED 2 OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive assassins, terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the superweapon.

RED 4K ULTRA HD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Retired CIA Field Officer Robert Baer
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

RED 2 4K ULTRA HD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “The Red 2 Experience” Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

RED CAST

Bruce Willis                                          Die Hard Franchise, The Fifth Element, Armageddon
Morgan Freeman                  The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Million Dollar Baby
John Malkovich                    Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich
Mary-Louise Parker                             “Weeds”, “Angels in America”, “The West Wing”
Helen Mirren                                        The Queen, The Debt, The Hundred-Foot Journey

RED 2 CAST

Bruce Willis                                          Die Hard Franchise, The Fifth Element, Armageddon
John Malkovich                    Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich
Mary-Louise Parker                             “Weeds”, “Angels in America”, “The West Wing”
Catherine Zeta-Jones           Chicago, The Terminal, Ocean’s Twelve
Byung Hun Lee                     The Magnificent Seven, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Anthony Hopkins                  The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man
Helen Mirren                                        The Queen, The Debt, The Hundred-Foot Journey