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USHE Press Release: Pirate Radio (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    DIRECTOR RICHARD CURTIS, CREATOR OF LOVE ACTUALLY AND NOTTING HILL,

    WILL HAVE YOU DANCING IN YOUR SEAT WITH THE ROCK AND ROLL
    MUSIC AND SPIRIT OF THE 1960s

    PIRATE RADIO
    Featuring Legendary Music From The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix,
    David Bowie and The Rolling Stones
    APRIL 13, 2010
    OWN IT ON BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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    OVERVIEW: From Richard Curtis, director of Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral,
    comes the musically charged, feel-great comedy about rock and roll in the 1960s. Called “A rip-roaring comedy” by Peter Travers
    of Rolling Stone and inspired by true events, Pirate Radio follows a band of hilarious rogue deejays who boldly defied the British
    government by playing the music that defined a generation, including artists such as The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, David
    Bowie and The Rolling Stones, among others. Hailed as “the finest rock movie since Almost Famous” by Kyle Smith of the New
    York Post, Pirate Radio stars Academy Award®-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt, Capote), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the
    Caribbean, Love Actually), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Harry
    Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Tom Sturridge (Vanity Fair), Chris O’Dowd (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People), Rhys
    Darby (“Flight of the Concords”), Talulah Riley (Pride and Prejudice) and January Jones (“Mad Men”).

    BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and purest
    digital sound.
    • BD-LIVETM: Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the
    latest trailers and more!
    o MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie then share with your BD-LiveTM buddies.
    • pocket BLU™: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone™, iPod® touch, Blackberry®, Android™ and more
    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-ray™ player. Users can navigate
    through menus, playback and BD-Live™ 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-ray™ 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 BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to
    Blu-ray™ 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-ray player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard that will facilitate such
    Blu-ray™ features as chatting with friends and sending messages.

    • FEATURETTES
    o TUNING IN: Richard Curtis and cast members including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh and Bill
    Nighy discuss the enormous influence pirate radio had in the UK in the 1960s.
    o 7” OF HEAVEN: Richard Curtis, Bill Nighy, Chris O’Dowd and Philip Seymour Hoffman discuss the life-changing
    effects of the music of the 1960s.
    o ALL AT SEA: Richard Curtis, Chris O’Dowd, Rhys Darby and Rhys Ifans discuss the fun and perils of filming at
    sea.
    o GETTING SHIP SHAPE: Nick Frost and Chris O'Dowd discuss re-creating the Radio Rock boat as a set on dry
    land and Rhys Darby brings us on a tour of the set.
    o HITTING THE DECKS: Tom Wisdom, who plays Mark ‘The sexiest man in the world’, shows us around Mark’s
    cabin, a true ‘love den,’ on the day 35 semi-clothed women come to pay him a visit!
    o MARK’S LOVE DEN: Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans and Chris O’Dowd discuss the fun of learning to be a 1960s DJ for
    the film.

    BONUS FEATURES (DVD and BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF):
    • DELETED SCENES
    • FEATURE COMMENTARY: Commentary from Writer and Director Richard Curtis, Producer Hilary Bevan Jones and
    actors Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd.
    SYNOPSIS: From the creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill comes a trip back to the freewheeling, free-loving ’60s when the
    very rock music that inspired a generation was censored by the government. When a group of rebellious deejays decides to defy
    the ban, they take to the seas to broadcast music and mayhem to millions of adoring fans. Featuring a soundtrack that includes The
    Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and many more, it’s a feel-great film based on a true story that
    critics cheer is “exuberant!” (John Powers, Vogue).

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF:
    Street Date: April 13, 2010
    Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 61106154
    Running Time: 1 Hour, 57 Minutes
    Layers: BD-50
    Picture Format: Widescreen
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Rating: Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity
    Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
    Street Date: April 13, 2010
    Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 61106155
    Running time: 1 Hour, 57 Minutes
    Layers: Dual layer
    Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Rating: Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity
    Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1

    CAST AND FILMMAKERS
    Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Ryhs Ifans, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Darby, Talulah Riley,
    January Jones
    Directed By: Richard Curtis
    Written By: Richard Curtis
    Executive Producers: Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin
    Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Hilary Bevan Jones,
    Director of Photography: Danny Cohen
    Production Designer: Mark Tildesley
    Editor: Emma Hickox
    Costume Design By: Joanna Johnston
    Casting By: Fiona Weir

    http://www.filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/pirate_radio/

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  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Okay...I have a question.

    I may have my information wrong, but I think I read that
    this is a British film, quite good, but when it was brought
    to American audiences it went through extensive cuts and
    that the British version is better.

    If this the case, would I be better off importing this title
    and is there a region-free available?


    Of course all of this is dependent on whether my information
    is correct or not.
     
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    According to the runtime posted on IMDb, the cuts amount to about 19 minutes. My understanding is that one subplot was removed, along with a few incidental scenes. As well, the title was changed from The Boat That Rocked to Pirate Radio. Being an Anglophile (as well as having English parents), I would import, especially since the amazon.uk price isn't that painful (11.98 pounds).
     
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    And it is region free. I just dont understand why british blu-rays have so many ratings logos all over the disc and packaging.
     
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    Ron - British is always better
     
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    I have the British version of this and it's well worth getting. It's uncut, region-free and features commentary, deleted scenes, and a making-of. The stuff that is cut isn't necessarily needed but there are quite a few hilarious moments that aren't there. I didn't expect the US release to have the UK cut because the opening credits, ending, and cuts in between don't lend themselves to seamless branching.... they've would've had to added a second disc.

    I wonder if it's a new commentary or if they just cut the existing one... I'm betting on the later.

    That and the US cover is HORRENDOUS. I hate that big red bar on the top.
     
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    I think I remember reading somewhere that Richard Curtis himself had cut the film down for US release (although he may have been pressured by the studio). At any rate, I do wish the UK version would be made available in the US. (I believe this is happening with Red Cliff).
     
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    Without one of the deleted scenes, something that happens in the third act (no spoilers) seems to come out of nowhere, and has a kind of deus ex machina quality to it. The UK version is not really better, or more coherent, or even less coherent -- there's just more of it. And if you like this movie, you will want more of it.

    Oh, yeah -- awesome nude scene in the UK version!
     
  10. Ronald Epstein

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    I was shocked that with shipping it only cost $21
    from the U.K. to the U.S.

    There is even a money converter on the site that
    will show total in U.S. currenncy.
     
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    Ron,

    I order from Amazon UK as frequently as I do their US site. Yes, the price discrepancies can be puzzling. For example, I ordered Falling Down, Easy Rider & Midnight Express from Amazon UK for a grand total of $50 with shipping included. To order these three in the digibooks from the US site with free shipping would've cost $21.00 more! I recently ordered Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from Amazon UK because Sony presently only sells it stateside in a box set. It set me back about $16.00 with shipping. You'll also find that it only takes two or three days longer on average to receive your package from across the pond.

    I should add that content-wise, all the titles I listed above are identical to the their US counterparts (1080p, region free, ntsc supplements) minus the digibook packaging.
     
  12. Robert Crawford

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    Ron,
    I've been buying several titles from Amazon's UK site because of their pricing and available titles. I just received the two disc release of GWTW and Sunrise. Yesterday, I watched Great Expectations and the extended version of Almost Famous. Overall, I think I bought about 20 Blu-ray titles.






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  14. Ronald Epstein

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    Crawdaddy,

    Is that extended version of ALMOST FAMOUS exclusive
    to the U.K.?

    Not even sure if that title is available in the U.S.
     
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    Almost Famous isn't available in the U.S.





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    On my way to order that, too. Thank You.
     
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    My God! Just paid $5 for that Blu-ray and with shipping
    it came to $13.
     
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    I hadn't heard of this movie until I started reading things about it coming out on Blu-ray. Being a big fan of Notting Hill and Love Actually, I am very interested in it. However, I would like to know more about how the US version compares to the UK version. My wife and I usually sit through all the deleted scenes in Love Actually (we've got the US version on DVD), but I never get the feeling that the movie was too short. In other words, as good as some of those scenes are, I think they made the right decision to cut them. So, is the UK version really better, or was it too long? Does the US version have all the cut scenes as deleted scenes?

    I'm very tempted to order the UK version, but I've found an awful lot of comments indicating that the movie was a bit on the long side and could have been cut down some.

    Edit: Since I posted this, I have had a chance to read several UK reviews of "The Boat That Rocked". Every single one of them mentions that the film is too long. Is it possible that the US cut is a better film? I'd really like to know if the Pirate Radio disc has all the scenes cut from the UK version.
     
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    I've had The Boat That Rocked BD for the better part of 6 months. I wouldn't want a shorter version. I order BD's from the U.K. rather regularly anymore.
     
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    You're probably never going to find someone that will say that a studio edited version of a movie is the better one (even if it is).
     

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