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#1 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 12:44 PM

Here is the first Blu-ray announcement from Paramount. It only covers May and June, so I anticipate more announcements as we get closer to summer. While this announcement has been a long time coming, the titles are coming much faster--the first three titles will be released in three weeks, and the first day and date release will be in June. Here a quick summary of the titles, features and release dates included in this announcement. I have requested technical specs for each release and will post them here as soon as I receive them.


May 20th: Bee Movie, Next and Face/Off
Bee Movie: Special features include "Barry's Trivia Track" with pop up trivia, changeable menus, Build-A-Bee avatar creation, lost scenes, alternate endings and more.
Next: Special features include a making of featurette, "Visualizing the Next Move", the Next Grand Idea" and Two Minutes in the Future with Jessica Biel".
Face/Off: Special features include multiple commentaries, deleted scenes, alternate ending, making of and more.

June 3rd: Cloverfield and There Will Be Blood
Cloverfield: Special features include feature-length "Special Investigation Mode" with added details about the film, directory commentary, making of featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate endings with commentary and more.
There Will Be Blood: Special features include a slideshow of vintage photos selected by director Paul Thomas, deleted scenes, a featurette on dailies and more.

June 24th: The Spiderwick Chronicles (first day and date release)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: special features include behind the scenes featurettes, an exploration of the Spiderwick world, and exclusive peek inside Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide and much more.

August (International releases): The Spiderwick Chronicles, Cloverfield and No Country for Old Men


Official press release:



PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S FANTASTICAL HIT THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES


LAUNCHES DAY-AND-DATE WORLDWIDE ONBLU-RAY



There Will Be Blood, Cloverfield, Bee Movie, Face/Off and Next


Also Released in Time for Memorial Day and Father’s Day;


Focus Remains On Immersive High-Def Home Entertainment Experiences



LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2008) – Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE), a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA), today announced its first day-and-date Blu-ray release, The Spiderwick Chronicles on June 24 and rolling out in key international markets beginning in July. Continuing its commitment to offer the best possible movie experiences for consumers, the studio will deliver the highest quality picture, sound and special features available with these upcoming Blu-ray releases. In the U.S., There Will Be Blood, Cloverfield, Bee Movie, Face/Off and Next will begin arriving May 20 to capitalize on Memorial Day and Father’s Day. Internationally, The Spiderwick Chronicles will be followed by Cloverfield and the AcademyÒ award-winner for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men beginning in August.

“Paramount Home Entertainment continues to focus on the consumer and to explore avenues that allow fans to get more out of their home entertainment experience,” said Kelley Avery, President of Worldwide Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures. “We will have a strong slate of titles for Blu-ray release throughout the year worldwide and are enthusiastic about expanding the format’s offerings for a broad consumer audience while delivering an experience that goes beyond what viewers love about DVD.”


The Spiderwick Chronicles launches PHE’s day-and-date new release strategy. Based on the best-selling series of books, The Spiderwick Chronicles takes viewers on a fantastical journey into the unseen world all around us and the Blu-ray disc will include behind-the-scenes featurettes, an exploration of the Spiderwick world, an exclusive peek inside Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide and much more.

PHE’s 2008 Blu-ray titles debut on May 20 in the U.S. with two sensational action-adventures: a Special Collector’s Edition of Face/Off, the mind-blowing crime-drama starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, with special features such as multiple commentaries, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, the Making Of Face/Off and more; and the sci-fi thriller Next, which stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel in an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story. The Next Blu-ray includes a Making Of featurette, “Visualizing the Next Move,” “The Next Grand Idea” and “Two Minutes in the Future with Jessica Biel.”

DreamWorks Animation’s smash hit Bee Movie also will buzz onto Blu-ray on May 20. The hilarious animated adventure from renowned comedian Jerry Seinfeld took audiences by swarm and earned approximately $287 million in worldwide box office. The Bee Movie Blu-ray features a wealth of bonus materials including “Barry’s Trivia Track” with fun pop-up trivia, changeable menus, a Build-A-Bee feature to allow viewers to create their own avatar, lost scenes, alternate endings and much, much more.

Following the initial wave of titles, Producer J.J. Abrams’ monster hit, Cloverfield, arrives on Blu-ray on June 3. Earning over $166 million in worldwide box office to date, Cloverfield thrilled critics and audiences alike with its shocking, first-person video account of a horrifying attack on Manhattan by an unknown—and seemingly unstoppable—force. The Cloverfield Blu-ray will include an exclusive feature-length “Special Investigation Mode” with added details about the film. Additional features include a director commentary, Making Of featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate endings with commentary and more.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically-acclaimed epic There Will Be Blood also arrives on Blu-ray June 3. The film was named by more than 200 critics as one of the top 10 movies of 2007 and stars Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis. The Blu-ray features a slideshow of vintage photos selected by the director and set to the unforgettable score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, deleted scenes, a featurette on dailies and more.



About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.


#2 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 12:52 PM

While not official information, here are some disc specs I received from a reliable source:
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/
There Will Be Blood (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, and Spanish
Most extras are in HD

Bee Movie (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, and Spanish
Most extras are in HD

Cloverfield (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, Spanish and Portuguese
Most extras are in HD

The Spiderwick Chronicles (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, Spanish and Portuguese
Most extras are in HD

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Posted April 29 2008 - 12:53 PM

Yay! Glad I held off on Cloverfield. Posted Image
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#4 of 156 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:01 PM

That's a very good start. I'm glad too I didn't order Cloverfield yet on SDDVD, but I already own There Will Be Blood, and I'm not sure I will double-dip on that one.

No Country for Old Men is a Miramax title and a Buena Vista release came out in March. That's one of the BDs I already own, as well as some of the titles on HD DVD.

Later announcements may be interesting too! Posted Image


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#5 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:09 PM

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Later announcements may be interesting too!

I agree. Based on my conversations there is more coming. This is just clearing the backlog of recent DVD releases. Some of those big Tran.. I mean titles are coming this year. Paramount just wants to do things right and have at least the same level of interactivity that they had on some of their HD DVDs. This announcement is just the beginiing of what we can expect to see from them this year. I am exited to see that all of the titles annouced for June have most of the supliments in HD and will all have lossless audio.

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:13 PM

I am very glad to see Paramount begin to re-release on Blu-ray!

Now I'm sure to go broke with every major studio involved in the action.

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:25 PM

Specs look well done too. And all TrueHD!

I didn't see those specs anywhere else, so thanks for that, Adam!
(Is that a scoop? Posted Image )


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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:26 PM

Glad to see Paramount finally make their announcement. I was starting to wonder if they were going to miss their highly rumored April window.

I'm also very glad I held out on picking up Cloverfield and There Will Be Blood. Posted Image
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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:31 PM

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Some of those big Tran.. I mean titles are coming this year.

Posted Image Transformers has to be the worst kept secret so far this year.
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#10 of 156 OFFLINE   Douglas Monce

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:36 PM

Thank you Paramount!!!

Hopefully we can expect a day and date release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Hopefully the other Indy films along with it or shortly there. Posted Image

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#11 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:42 PM

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Hopefully the other Indy films along with it or shortly there.

I hope so too, but it's not up to Paramount...

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Posted April 29 2008 - 01:53 PM

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I hope so too, but it's not up to Paramount...


Very true. I'm hoping we will get Indy 4 just out of inertia if nothing else. Kinda like we got Casino Royale even though the other Bond films are no where in sight.

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Posted April 29 2008 - 02:16 PM

AVC/MPEG-4?!?


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Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich
While not official information, here are some disc specs I received from a reliable source:
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/
There Will Be Blood (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, and Spanish
Most extras are in HD

Bee Movie (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, and Spanish
Most extras are in HD

Cloverfield (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, Spanish and Portuguese
Most extras are in HD

The Spiderwick Chronicles (BD50)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English (SDH), French, Spanish and Portuguese
Most extras are in HD


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Posted April 29 2008 - 02:19 PM

Eventhough I picked up There Will Be Blood on DVD, I'll gladly pick it up on Blu Ray. And I'll eventually grab Cloverfield when it's on sale.

#15 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 02:46 PM

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AVC/MPEG-4?!?

Sorry for not including the information initially. I had to go to a second source for it. It looks like most (if not all of them) are VC-1 with a peak bit rate of around 38Mbps. While I can't get into specifics, one of the titles had three encodes done: VC-1, Brand X AVC and Brand Y AVC. The director chose the VC-1 encode for the Blu-ray release.

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Posted April 29 2008 - 02:46 PM

They've already got me on the line for both There Will Be Blood and Face/Off. Now lets just make sure they get done right... Posted Image

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Posted April 29 2008 - 02:51 PM

Glad they're not MPEG2.

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Sorry for not including the information initially. I had to go to a second source for it. It looks like most (if not all of them) are VC-1 with a peak bit rate of around 38Mbps. While I can't get into specifics, one of the titles had three encodes done: VC-1, Brand X AVC and Brand Y AVC. The director chose the VC-1 encode for the Blu-ray release.


#18 of 156 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted April 29 2008 - 03:24 PM

I'm not sure if Paramount ever used MPEG2

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They've already got me on the line for both There Will Be Blood and Face/Off. Now lets just make sure they get done right...

I'm not sure about Face/Off (other than we will know in three weeks), but There Will Be Blood has a director approved transfer, lossless audio and most of the extras are in HD. Sounds done right to me Posted Image

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Posted April 29 2008 - 03:41 PM

I believe the only MPEG2 title from Paramount was U2: Rattle and Hum, but don't quote me on that.

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Posted April 29 2008 - 03:42 PM

I've held off on There Will Be Blood. I can definitely wait until June 3!

Adam: Any word on MSRPs? I might even consider Cloverfield (another title I've been waiting on) if the price is right. Posted Image

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