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SPHE Press Release: xXx STATE OF THE UNION, HALF PAST DEAD, 7 SECONDS & MAXIMUM RISK


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#1 of 2 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 14 2008 - 02:49 AM

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Presents
Four Times the High Definition in Action-Packed Releases

xXx STATE OF THE UNION , HALF PAST DEAD,
7 SECONDS & MAXIMUM RISK,

Arriving on Blu-ray Disc™ on August 12

Culver City, Calif. – (July 14, 2008) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will raise your adrenalin by releasing four high-definition thrill rides xXx State of the Union, Half Past Dead, 7 Seconds and Maximum Risk on Blu-ray Disc™ on August 12, 2008 for the suggested retail price of $28.95 each. Each Blu-ray Disc™ comes with electrifying special features that include commentary, featurettes, Easter Egg, deleted scenes and more.


xXx: State of the Union

Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) returns in the sequel to the popular action/crime drama xXx, tasked again to find the next super spy. This time it’s in the form of an imprisoned former U.S. Navy Seal Darius Stone (Ice Cube). Gibbons arranges Stone’s release from prison and takes him to Washington, D.C. where his mission is revealed. Foreign soil is no longer the threat; this time it’s national security right in the U.S. The corrupt Secretary of State and a former 4-Star general (Willem Dafoe) have formed a terrorist cell to assassinate the President (Peter Strauss) and overthrow the U.S. government. It is up to Stone to stop these traitors before they employ their diabolical plan.

xXx: State of the Union is directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day), produced by Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), Derek Dauchy (Across the Universe), Todd Garner (The Fog), Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious) and Arne Schmidt (Next), and written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Rich Wilkes (xXx). The film stars Ice Cube (Are We Done Yet?), Samuel L. Jackson (Jumper), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man 3), Scott Speedman (The Strangers), Peter Strauss (License to Wed) and Xzibit (The X-Files: I Want to Believe). xXx: State of the Union was theatrically released in 2005 with a running time of 101 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence and some language.

Blu-ray Special Features Include:
· Commentary with director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Simon Kinberg
· Featurettes
o From Convict to Hero: The Making of xXx: State of the Union
o xXx: According to Ice Cube
o Top Secret Military Warehouse
· Multi-Angle Featurettes with MX technology
o Storyboards
o Pre-visualization
o Green screen
o Finished film
· VFX Commentary
· Video Introduction to Bullet Train breakdown by director Lee Tamahori
· Easter Egg: Boat Chase
· Deleted Scenes


XXX: State of the Union
BD Catalog Number: 26379
BD UPC Code: 0443396263796
BD Order Date: 7/10/08
BD SRP: $28.95
BD Language(s): English, French
BD Subtitles: English, French



Half Past Dead

When FBI Agent Sasha Petrosevitch (Steven Seagal) goes deep undercover to discover the whereabouts of notorious crime boss, Sonny Eckvall (Richard Bremmer), he gets caught in a drug deal gone bad. In order to maintain his cover he must join his partner in crime (Ja Rule) in a sentencing to the recently opened Alcatraz. Run by the hard nosed no-nonsense warden (Tony Plana), this notorious institution lives up to its legacy. However even in this lock-down prison, things get out of hand. On the execution day of Lester McKenna (Bruce Weitz) – a well-known thief who allegedly stole and stashed over $200 million—a team of sociopath terrorists led by Donny Johnson (Morris Chestnut) descend on the prison. Their mission is to get McKenna to tell them where he hid the money. In the process they wreak havoc on the inmates, guards and everyone in between. Things look grim until Sasha and his fellow inmates join forces to take down Donny before Alcatraz becomes everyone’s final resting place.

Half Past Dead is written and directed by Don Michael Paul (Who’s Your Caddy?) and produced by Christopher Eberts (Lucky Number Slevin), Randall Emmett (Rambo, Day of the Dead) and Elie Samaha (The Whole Ten Yards). The action thriller stars Steven Seagal (Pistol Whipped, Under Siege), Morris Chestnut (Ladder 49, The Best Man), Ja Rule (The Fast and the Furious), Nia Peeples (“Walker Texas Ranger”), Tony Plana (“Ugly Betty”), Kurupt (Hollywood Homicide), Richard Bremmer (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Bruce Weitz (The Dukes).


Half Past Dead was theatrically released in 2002 with a running time of 98 minutes and is rated PG-13 for pervasive action violence, language and some sexual content.

Blu-ray Special Features Include:
· Commentary with writer-director Don Michael Paul
· “The Making of Half Past Dead” featurette
· Deleted Scenes

Half Past Dead
BD Catalog Number: 26360
BD UPC Code: 043396263604
BD Order Date: 7/10/08
BD SRP: $28.95
BD Language(s): English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
BD Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Chinese (traditional), Portuguese, Chinese (simplified)

7 Seconds

Wesley Snipes (The Blade Trilogy, Passenger 57) is Captain Jack Tolliver—an ex-Delta Force commando turned professional thief—whose most ambitious high-stakes caper goes horribly wrong. His well-planned armored car heist goes array when he’s ambushed by a group of Russian gangsters. They kill most of his crew and kidnap his second in command. While Jack narrowly escapes, he grabs a silver briefcase with unknown contents. The action explodes as Tolliver attempts to rescue his friend and figure out what is inside the case – a case that the murderous mob will go to any lengths to retrieve.

7 Seconds is directed by Simon Fellows (Until Death, Second in Command), executive produced by Donald Kushner (Second in Command, Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud) and Bruno Hoefler (Method) and written by Martin Wheeler (The Detonator). The film stars Wesley Snipes (The Blade Trilogy, Passenger 5), Tazmin Outhwaite (Cassandra’s Dream) and Deobia Oparei (Doom).

7 Seconds has a running time of 96 minutes and is rated Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality.

7 Seconds
BD Catalog Number: 26879
BD UPC Code: 043396268791
BD Order Date: 7/10/08
BD SRP: $28.95
BD Language(s): English, French, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese
BD Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Chinese (traditional), English, Portuguese


Maximum Risk

Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a police officer in Nice, France who discovers that he has a twin brother when he is taken to the scene of his brother’s murder. From there, this once upstanding officer is thrown into a world of corruption and violence as he traces his deceased brother’s footsteps to New York and subsequently to the violent underworld of the Russian mob. Alain’s desperate search to find out who his brother was with the help of his brother’s girlfriend (Natasha Henstridge) becomes increasingly difficult as everyone who is near and dear to him winds up dead.

Maximum Risk is directed by Ringo Lam (Wake of Death), produced by Roger Birnbaum (Wanted), Jason Clark (Monster House) and Moshe Diamant (The Shepherd: Border Patrol, The Black Dahlia), and written by Larry Ferguson (The Hunt for Red October). The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Shepherd: Border Patrol), Natasha Hendstridge (“Eli Stone”), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Taking Lives), Zach Grenier (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer) and Paul Ben-Victor (“In Plain Sight”).

Maximum Risk was theatrically released in 1996 with a running time of 100 minutes and is rated R for strong violence, and for some sexuality and language.


Half Past Dead
BD Catalog Number: 25822
BD UPC Code: 044396258228
BD Order Date: 7/10/08
BD SRP: $28.95
BD Language(s): English, Thai, French, Portuguese, Spanish
BD Subtitles: French, English, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian, Chinese (simplified)

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#2 of 2 Jim_K

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Posted July 14 2008 - 11:33 AM

Yeesh! First Warner now Sony. Is this the official "announce crap titles for BD" day?
Death before Streaming!