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TCFHE Press Release: The Simpsons Movie (DVD/Blu-Ray)


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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 25 2007 - 05:01 AM

-- WALL STREET JOURNAL.COM

Mmmm .. . . Movie!

The Simpsons MOVIE



Hold On To Your Donuts . . . America’s Favorite Family’s Big Screen Debut
Arrives Worldwide On DVD and Blu-Ray Disc This December >From
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Special Features Include Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes,
Promotional Spots And Much More!

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – It takes a feature-length film to fully capture Homer Simpson’s stupidity and The Simpsons Movie does it! One of the top grossing films of all time, The Simpsons Movie has generated more than $500 million globally and will be available worldwide on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) Internationally on December 3 and in North America on December 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“One of the best movies of the year” (Washington Post), The Simpsons Movie stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille. Additionally, The Simpsons Movie also features the guest voice talents of Oscar nominee Albert Brooks, rock band Green Day and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

In the long anticipated film Time Magazine said was “well worth waiting for,” The Simpsons Movie finds the fate of Springfield – the suburban setting that has been home to “The Simpsons” clan for more than 18 years – hanging in the balance when Homer and his new pet pig inadvertently cause a major ecological disaster in their hometown. Forced to flee, it is up to the paunchy patriarch to save his family, the Springfield community and possibly . . . the world.

The Simpsons Movie was produced by the series’ executive producer James L. Brooks, series creator Matt Groening, current show runner Al Jean, Mike Scully and Richard Sakai. “The Simpsons” series’ veterans Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder and Jon Vitti joined Brooks, Groening, Jean and Scully to write the eagerly anticipated script and David Silverman (Monsters Inc.) directed.

The Simpsons Movie DVD is loaded with bonus features including commentaries with “Simpsons” writers/producers, actors and directors, numerous deleted scenes and promotional spots including The Simpsons Judge American Idol and Homer’s Monologue On The Tonight Show. The Simpsons Movie single disc DVD will be available at a suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada. Fans can also see The Simpsons like never before when The Simpsons Movie is released day-and-date in high-def format on Blu-Ray Disc (BD) priced at $39.98 U.S. /$49.98 Canada.

North America Marketing Support:
TCFHE will support the The Simpsons Movie DVD release with a massive multi-million dollar marketing, promotions and media campaign targeting the key demographics of adults 18-49, with a focus on males 13-34, via pre-street awareness that will extend through the Q4 holiday season. In addition to innovative in-store promotional support, a majority of the media spend will go toward national television and online outlets. The release will also be supported by an extensive publicity campaign targeting men, women, teens and families via broadcast and print feature placements and news generating stunts and events.

International Releases:
Complete title configurations, marketing support and exact release dates will be announced by individual territories.

The Simpsons Movie DVD Specifics:
The Simpsons Movie DVD is presented in North America in widescreen format, featuring English Dolby Surround 5.1 sound, Spanish and French Dolby Surround and English and Spanish subtitles.

Worldwide special features include:
§ Commentary by, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, and joined by Yeardley Smith
§ Directors Commentary by David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore and Rich Moore
§ Deleted scenes
§ Russ Cargill - “Levels”
§ Springfield News
§ DMV
§ Sausage Truck
§ Emperor Moe
§ Alternate Ending
§ Special Stuff
§ Homer’s Monologue On The Tonight Show
§ The Simpsons Judge American Idol
§ Homer Introduces American Idol
§ Let’s All Go To The Lobby
§ Alternate Character Designs by the Directors and Matt Groening

Blu-Ray Disc Specs:
The Simpsons Movie BD release will be authored in BD-Java with AVC (MPEG 4 compression) on a dual-layer 50 GB disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio plus English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. The disc will feature all of the above special features in high-def.



The Simpson Movie North America Information:
Street Date: December 18, 2007
Prebook Date: November 21, 2007
Price: $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada
$39.98 U.S./$49.98 Canada (BD)
Catalog #: 2248427 U.S./2248428 Canada
2249201 U.S./2249202 Canada (BD)
Total Run Time: 87 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned: Yes

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted September 25 2007 - 05:43 AM

Mmmmm...Blu-Ray.

Mmmmm...DTS-HD.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Sam Davatchi

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Posted September 25 2007 - 09:18 AM

Hmmmmmmm......why it's being released in the US later than the other countries?

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted September 25 2007 - 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Sam Davatchi
Hmmmmmmm......why it's being released in the US later than the other countries?
Probably to avoid every other summer movie DVD release and still make Christmas.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   BarryS

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Posted September 25 2007 - 05:59 PM

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The Simpsons Movie single disc DVD will be available at a suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada.

So is there a 2-disc also?

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Vincent Fok

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Posted September 26 2007 - 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Sam Davatchi
Hmmmmmmm......why it's being released in the US later than the other countries?

At least it's not as late as Japan. It won't even be released theatrically there until Spring 2008.

As for the DVD: that's it!? 2 commentaries, 6 deleted scenes and 5 featurettes for an 87-minute movie? No deleted/alternate scene of Reverend Lovejoy showing Marge the church's security video as shown on the trailer? No extended scene of Marge catching Homer and Spider Pig almost-kissing as shown on one of the TV spots? Not even one of the numerous teasers/trailers or any of the commercials released around the film is included?

Boy do I smell the vile stench of a near-future double-dipping or what.





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