First up today, we’ve heard word that Warner will release Ocean’s Thirteen on November 13th. It’ll be released in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. For bonus material, you can expect to get deleted scenes, two featurettes (Vegas: An Opulent Illusion and Jerry Weintraub Walk and Talk) and a trailer gallery (SRP $28.99). So right out of the gate, it trumps Ocean’s Twelve in the special features department. Speaking of which, maybe we’ll hear some news on that long rumored special edition some time soon. Blu-ray and HD-DVD version will be made available day-and-date with the previously mentioned extras along with a 44 minute Masters of the Heist documentary that will look at heists reminiscent to the ones found in the Ocean films. Retail is $34.99 and $39.99, respectively.
Remember a few months ago where every single talk show was buzzing about the latest Angelina Jolie movie, A Mighty Heart? Well, Paramount has announced that the film will be put out on DVD on October 16th. The disc will include a Journey of Passion: The Making of A Mighty Heart featurette, Pearl Foundation With Christiane Amanpour PSA and a Committee To Protect Journalists feature (SRP $29.99). This will also be the first title that Paramount will release exclusively on HD-DVD after their decision to no longer be format neutral.
20th Century Fox has announced that it plans to release Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer on October 2nd. The superhero film will be released in two versions, a single disc release that will only feature two commentary tracks, one by director Tim Story and another by producer Avi Arad, writer Don Payne and film editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy. Also available on the same day will be a Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer The Power Cosmic Edition two-disc edition which will include the commentary tracks along with with these added special features: Extended / Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director Tim Story), Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary, five featurettes (Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of The Silver Surfer, The FantastiCar: State of the Art, The Power Cosmic special effects, Character Design With Spectral Motion, Scoring the Fantastic), Interactive FantastiCar concept images gallery, theatrical trailers and still galleries (Behind the Scenes / Characters / Concept Art). Retail will be $29.98 and $34.98, respectively with both featuring a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. A Blu-ray Disc will also be available.
For the low, low price of $239.99, you can add The James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set to your personal DVD collection on November 6th. MGM will release the 42-disc set which includes all twenty two-disc Bond Ultimate Editions, plus the recent Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig. On the plus side, this is a cheaper alternative to buying all four sets individually and includes all four box sets and the single Casino Royale release in a nice holder. But you may want to hold on on that purchase with news later on in our rumors section. See, our first post and already we have suspense!
Speaking of 007, MGM will release Casino Royale: 40th Anniversary Edition on November 6th. Not the recent remake (but we have more news on that later), the 1967 spy spoof which starred Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles. The new release will include an audio commentary with James Bond Historians Steven Jay Rubin and John Cork and five featurettes (The Making of Casino Royale, Bond James Bond, A 3 Ring Circus, More Directors, More Stars, The Big Climax and It’s a Wrap!). The set is listed with a $19.98 retail price.
As perhaps the last person in the universe to never watch the original High School Musical, the news of its sequel, which set unprecedented ratings records when it aired just a few weeks ago, barely registered with me. But something tells me some of our readers will be glad to hear that High School Musical 2 will be released on December 11th in and Extended Edition. You can expect the DVD the be released in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Extras include a never-before-seen music sequence, Rehearsal Cam, High School Karaoke, bloopers and music videos (SRP $29.99). A Blu-ray Disc with a 1080p transfer, 5.1 Uncompressed and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks and the same extras will also be made available on the same day with a MSRP of $34.99.
Universal has officially announced Talk to Me for release on October 30th. Extras will include deleted scenes, a Who Is Petey Greene? featurette, and a Recreating P-Town featurette. An HD-DVD/DVD Combo release will also be available on that date.
And lastly for today, we have a look at what will be included on the forthcoming Hot Fuzz: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition. You read that right, mere weeks after releasing the film on DVD and HD-DVD, Universal has just now decided to let it be known about this massive collection. Surely to enrage most people who purchased the DVD, and especially those who hunted down the WalMart two disc exclusive, you can expect to find it on store shelves by November 27th. Here’s a look at what to expect when the title is released. Again.:
Commentary with Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Commentary with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kevin Eldon & Olivia Colman
Commentary with Kenneth Cranham, Timothy Dalton, Paul Freeman & Edward Woodward
Commentary with The Real Fuzz – Any Leafe & Nick Eckland
Commentary with Edgar Wright & Guest
Fuzz-O-Meter (Trivia Track)
Inadmissible: Deleted Scenes
UK TV Spot 1
UK TV Spot 2
Director’s Cut Trailer
We Made Hot Fuzz
Friends & Family
Cranks, Cranes & Controlled Chaos
Here Come the Fuzz
Return to Sandford
Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart
Sergeant Fisher’s Perfect Sunday
Special Effects: Before & After
AM Blam: Making ‘Dead Right’
Dead Right (1993)
Edgar Wright Director’s Commentary on Dead Right
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Commentary on Dead Right
The Extended Fuzzball Rally
With Transformers about to enter IMAX theaters on September 21st, most people are expecting a late November date for the DVD release. However, some sources are saying that we could see a the summer blockbuster arrive on DVD and HD-DVD as early as Oct. 16th.
You can also expect to find Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix on Dec. 11th, which is also on or around the time the Potter series is expected to bow on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD.
As mentioned earlier, you might want to hold off on buying the upcoming James Bond collection, the reasons for that is there are rumblings about a possible Three-Disc Casino Royale release in the near future. After the previous disappointing release earlier this year I doubt this news is shocking to most. Expected to be put out around he same time as the next Bond installment, you can expect the DVD to feature a commentary track with director Martin Campbell, deleted scenes and a more indepth documentary on the making of the film. Certainly better than a retrospective on the legacy of the Bond Girls or a Chris Cornell music video… However, with Campbell no longer on to direct Bond 22, we could be waiting a long time for this release. Just like X-Men 2.5.
It’s also being rumored that Warner is planning on possibly putting out an Ocean’s Trilogy box set. The set will more than likely be put out on or around the same time as the third film streets (11/13). The set will supposedly feature all new bonus material, but what that will entail is unknown.
Below we’ve included a look at the cover art for A Mighty Heart (10/16), Hostel Part II (10/23), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (10/2), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: The Power Cosmic Edition (10/2), Captivity (10/30), Bug (9/25), Talk to Me (10/23) Ratatouille (11/6), and Hostel: Director’s Cut (10/23). Along with HD cover art for Dawn of the Dead (10/2), Halloween (10/2), Evil Dead II (10/2), A Mighty Heart HD-DVD (10/16), King of New York Blu-ray (10/23), and Hostel: Part II Blu-ray (10/23).
So there you have it, our first of many daily posts. Like it? Hate it? Think there’s something we missed or could handle better? Want to see other things covered here? Let me know by simply clicking the email link located just below this paragraph. See you tomorrow!