USHE Press Release: The Wolfman (2009) (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    ON’T MISS THE UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNERS
    ANTHONY HOPKINS & BENICIO DEL TORO IN THE STUNNING RE-IMAGINING OF THE
    CLASSIC ACTION THRILLER —COMING TO BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF & DVD JUNE 1ST

    THE WOLFMAN

    FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAYTM MOVIE FANS WILL HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE
    OPPORTUNITY TO STREAM THE ORIGINAL UNIVERSAL 1941 THRILLER
    THE WOLF MAN VIA UNIVERSAL’S BD-LIVE, POCKET BLUTM APP &
    UNIVERSALHIDEF.COM

    BLU-RAYTM BONUS FEATURES ALSO INCLUDE TWO EXCLUSIVE ALTERNATE ENDINGS
    Universal City, California, March 30, 2010—When the moon is full, the legend comes to life. Academy
    Award® winners Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro star in The Wolfman, a stunning re-imagining of
    the Universal Pictures thriller classic, coming to Blu-rayTM, DVD and digital download on June 1, 2010 from
    Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD releases of The Wolfman will contain
    two versions of the movie – the thrilling, never-before-seen unrated director’s cut, as well as the theatrical
    version of the film. The Wolfman will also be available day and date on video on demand.
    As part of a groundbreaking offer, The Wolfman Blu-rayTM will give purchasers an exclusive opportunity to
    stream the original 1941 The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. three ways via BD-LiveTM, pocket BLU™ app
    and www.UniversalHiDef.com. The Blu-ray also features two exclusive alternate endings and, for a limited
    time only, a digital copy of the film that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices. Both
    the Blu-rayTM and DVD will include a never-before-seen unrated version of the movie, as well as the version
    seen in theaters.

    A visceral, visually stunning 21st century tribute to Universal Studio’s 1941 chiller, The Wolfman pays
    homage to the studio’s unmatched legacy of classic monster films, which includes the timeless 1931 thrillers
    Frankenstein and Dracula. The all-star cast includes Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal, The
    Silence of the Lambs), Academy Award winner® Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Sin City), Emily Blunt (The Young
    Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) and Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings, the Matrix trilogy).

    BONUS FEATURES:
    The Wolfman on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes both the unrated and rated versions of the movie plus deleted
    and extended scenes.
    The following bonus features are exclusive to Blu-rayTM:
    Access to more thrilling exclusive content through BD-Live™, pocket BLU™ app and
    UniversalHiDef.com – includes the first ever online streaming of the original 1941 classic The Wolf Man.
    Two alternate endings not seen in theatres
    Return of The Wolfman: This featurette will look at how Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Emily
    Blunt, Joe Johnston and the creative team behind this new retelling have tapped into the tragic roots of legend
    and cinematic lore to unleash a new terror for today’s audience.
    The Beast Maker: A detailed look at how make-up wizard Rick Baker transformed a classic monster into
    a modern nightmare!
    Transformation Secrets: Whether transforming werewolves, producing hallucinogenic nightmares or
    recreating the fog-covered streets of Victorian London, this featurette will look at how the visual effects team
    has created a haunting world of moonlit monsters and unsettling thrills.
    The Wolfman Unleashed: The team behind the stunt and action units share the physical challenges of
    bringing the Wolfman to life and creating a series of intense and action-oriented set pieces, climaxing with the
    dynamic werewolf battle at Talbot Hall.
    pocket BLU™ app: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhoneTM, iPod® touch,
    Blackberry®, AndroidTM, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player
    and offers advanced features such as:
    o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can
    navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease.
    o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any
    point in the movie.
    o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to
    their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive
    content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    o Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLUTM app-enabled titles
    available and coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content
    is available to unlock on their device.
    o Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-rayTM player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard that
    will facilitate such Blu-rayTM features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
    social BLU™: Connect with friends on your favorite social networks to share information about your
    favorite movies, enjoy Blu-rayTM community features and more!
    U-Control™: Universal’s exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the
    movie!
    Werewolf Legacy, Lore and Legend: This feature gives viewers a visual tour through more than
    seventy years of Universal’s Wolf Man films and thousands of years of werewolf mythology.
    Take Control: Special Makeup Artist Rick Baker , Visual Effects Producer Karen Murphy-Mundell
    and Director of Photography Shelly Johnson ASC take control of the viewing experience in this unique
    feature, offering a personal visual commentary by engaging with select scenes of the film to reveal details of
    the filmmaking process.

    SYNOPSIS
    The werewolf legend returns in a blood curdling, high-energy thriller inspired by the Universal classic that
    launched a legacy of horror. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, an aristocratic
    Englishman who returns to his family estate after the mysterious death of his brother. Under the light of the
    full moon, Talbot is attacked by a terrifying beast and discovers his horrifying destiny. Oscar® winner
    Anthony Hopkins plays Talbot’s estranged father and Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt is his late
    brother’s distraught fiancée in a lush nightmare that will terrify a new generation.

    www.thewolfmanmovie.com

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios
    (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media
    and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and
    information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi
    Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment
    networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading
    television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General
    Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

    CAST AND FILMMAKERS
    Directed By: Joe Johnston
    Screenplay By: Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self
    Produced By: Scott Stuber, Benicio Del Toro, Rick Yorn, Sean Daniel
    Based on the Motion Picture Screenplay By: Curt Siodmak
    Executive Producers: Bill Carraro, Jonathan Mone, Ryan Kavanaugh
    Director of Photography: Shelly Johnson ASC
    Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs
    Editors: Dennis Virkler ACE, Walter Murch ACE
    Special Makeup By: Rick Baker
    Music By: Danny Elfman
    Music Supervisor: Kathy Nelson
    Costume Designer: Milena Canonero
    Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Blu-ray™ Hi-Def
    Street Date: June 1, 2010
    Copyright: 2010
    Selection Number: 61106262
    Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes (theatrical); 1 hour, 59 minutes (unrated)
    Layers: BD-50
    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
    Rating: R for bloody horror violence and gore; Unrated
    Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1,
    English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    DVD
    Street Date: June 1, 2010
    Copyright: 2010
    Selection Number: 61104672
    Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes (theatrical); 1 hour, 59 minutes (unrated)
    Layers: Dual Layer
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
    Rating: R for bloody horror violence and gore; Unrated
    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English

    SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles
     
  2. Brandon Conway

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    I will definitely rent this and check it out. The Director's Cut at 119 min. would be about 17 min. longer than the theatrical version.
     
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    Rental for me as well, too many bad reviews to risk a blind buy.
     
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    I quite liked it; the acting was pretty solid, and I've always been a fan of Joe Johnston's work. Definitely picking up the Blu-Ray!
     
  5. Kevin EK

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    I'll have a review up later today. Just watched it last night, now going through the supplements.


    The movie is actually ok. It's not nearly as bad as the rumors say. It's a little slow, and I don't know that it makes a lot of sense, but there's a great feelling of atmosphere and period, and some pretty effective jolts throughout. There are a lot of callbacks to the original film, and there's some great makeup gore from Rick Baker. And there are several callbacks to American Werewolf in London for good measure.


    The alternative endings, on the other hand, are simply ridiculous. If they had actually ended the film with them, I would have exploded laughing. Come to think of it, I did explode laughing while watching them. The actual ending for the film is better, although I admit it isn't very strong.


    The Blu has a really good picture and a REALLY good sound mix. Lots of directionality, and a lot of variety.
     
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    Almost hard to believe they filmed the second alt ending, Looks like it was intentionally funny.


    btw the streaming of the original wasn't bad.

    I did see jaggies or some aliasing, still watchable.
     
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    Also, has anyone seen any of the extras on the disc yet? Like the Rick Baker cameo?





    Looks pretty sweet.
     
  8. Michael Reuben

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    Look at the right-hand column. There's a link to the HTF review.
     

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