WHV Press Release: A Scanner Darkly (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    SIX SCI-FI ACTION FAVORITES DEBUT ON BLU-RAY DISC™ FOR THE FIRST TIME · FORBIDDEN PLANET · MARS ATTACKS! · THX 1138 DIRECTOR’S CUT · LOST IN SPACE · A SCANNER DARKLY · MATRIX RELOADED AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 Burbank, Calif., May 10, 2010 – A wave of six science fiction action favorites are blasting onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time on September 7, 2010. Presented by Warner Home Video, each film has been selected to showcase the stunning technical brilliance of Blu-ray™. With its crisp sound and spectacularly vibrant colors, there is simply no better way to watch movies at home. Each title is individually priced at $24.98 SRP. Orders are due August, 3, 2010. The upcoming wave of sci-fi titles includes the much anticipated release of Forbidden Planet on Blu-ray, one of the most influential science fiction films in cinematic history. The grandfather of sci-fi movies, Forbidden Planet features a number of Oscar®-nominated special effects, groundbreaking use of an all-electronic music score and the first screen appearance of both Robby the Robot and the C-57D flying saucer starship (this was the first film in which humans are depicted traveling in flying saucers of their own construction). A 50th anniversary version of the film was restored by the Warner Bros.-MGM reconstruction crew before its HD DVD release in 2006, and since then there has been an enormous consumer demand for its Blu-ray debut. Another title making its long-awaited Blu-ray debut is Mars Attacks! the comic science fiction hit directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and based on the cult trading card series of the same name. Mars Attacks! features a huge ensemble cast which includes Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas, Annette Bening, Jim Brown, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Jack Black, Natalie Portman, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Danny DeVito and more. With their mind boggling special effects and futuristic themes, sci-fi movies are some of the most sought after Blu-ray titles in the marketplace. Other titles being released on Blu-ray as part of Warner Home Video’s science fiction action promotion include THX 1138Director’s Cut, Lost in Space, A Scanner Darkly and Matrix Reloaded *. According to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, with input from all major motion picture studios, Blu-ray software continued to see significant growth in the first quarter of 2010, with sell-through up 61 percent and rental up 36 percent, compared to the same period last year. The DEG also announced that Blu-ray hardware sales experienced remarkable growth, with set-tops up an astounding 125 percent versus first quarter 2009, indicating a strong consumer demand for Blu-ray. About The Films A Scanner Darkly Set in a not-too-distant future where America has lost its "war" on drugs, Fred, an undercover cop, is one of many people hooked on the popular drug, “Substance D,” which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred is obsessed with taking down Bob, a notorious drug dealer, but due to his “Substance D” addiction, he does not know that he is also Bob. Based on a classic novel by Philip K. Dick and starring Keanu Reeves (Constantine, The Matrixtrilogy), Academy Award®-nominee and Golden Globe®-winner Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted, Mr. Deeds), Academy Award® and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe®-winner Robert Downey Jr. (Good Night, And Good Luck, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), and Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-nominee and Emmy-winner Woody Harrelson (North Country, The People vs. Larry Flynt). Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Richard Linklater (Me and Orson Welles, Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused). Filmed in live-action and then animated using the same critically acclaimed process that Linklater used in his previous film, Waking Life. [​IMG] Director: Richard Linklater Starring: Keanu Reeves Rory Cochrane Robert Downey Jr. Woody Harrelson Winona Ryder A SCANNER DARKLY (BLU-RAY) TRT: 100 minutes MPAA Rating: R Language: English U.S. Street Date: September 7, 2010 Order Date: August 3, 2010 Catalog / UPC: 1000152002 / 883929130931 $24.98 SRP Academy Awards® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences GOLDEN GLOBE(S)® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
     
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    How is this different from the currently available disc?


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    It's not. It's a re-promotion.
     
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    Then WHV shouldn't promote it as being "on Blu-ray disc for the first time." :)


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    Agreed. Especially when not just one, but TWO titles are being re-purposed.
     

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