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TCFHE Press Release: Babylon A.D. Raw and Uncut (DVD/Blu-ray)

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 04 2008 - 10:58 AM

THE SCI-FI THRILLER STARRING VIN DIESEL EXPLODES ONTO DVD, DIGITAL COPY AND BLU-RAY DISC BABYLON A.D. RAW AND UNCUT Loaded With Action Packed Bonus Features Including An Extended Unrated Cut, Multiple Featurettes And Picture-In-Picture Behind-The-Scenes Footage CENTURY CITY, Calif. – On January 6 the gripping sci-fi thriller Babylon A.D., bursts onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD). Starring Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan, The Chronicles of Riddick) as Toorop, a veteran-turned-mercenary hired to protect the young and innocent Aurora, played by French actress Mélanie Thierry (Fête de famille) and her guardian, portrayed by martial arts star Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha). In the style of Blade Runner, this futuristic tale follows this brave group of heroes as they fight to stay alive on a journey that could very well determine the fate of humanity. Co-starring Academy AwardÒ nominee* Gerard Depardieau (Cyrano de Bergerac), Babylon A.D. is “well acted, briskly paced” (TV Guide’s Movie Guide) and will be available in a dual single-disc DVD for $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada; the Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy includes five brand new featurettes as well as a graphic novel prequel and is available for $34.98 U.S. / $41.98 Canada, and the BD version with Digital Copy is packed with featurettes, exclusive picture-in-picture behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews and more for $39.99 U.S. / $ 49.98 Canada. Prebook is December 10, 2008. * 1990: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cyrano de Bergerac) Synopsis: In the darkly futuristic world of Babylon A.D., the rules are simple: kill or be killed. Hard-hitting action superstar Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick), stars as Toorop, a ruthless mercenary hired to smuggle a mysterious young woman from the post-apocalyptic confines of Eastern Europe to the glittering megalopolis of New York City. Hunted at every turn, Toorop spirits his charge across a nightmarish wasteland only to uncover a shocking secret that will bring the entire world to its knees. Eye-popping action and mind-blowing science fiction clash head-on in this hard-edged thriller, where the only rule is survival. DVD: The Babylon A.D. dual single- disc includes both the theatrical and unrated cut, is presented in widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and features English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish and French Dolby Surround with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Bonus Features include: · Babylon Babies –How author Maurice G. Dantec’s novel went from page to screen · Arctic Escape – An inside look at the snow mobile chase · An inside look at Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Special Edition DVD With Digital Copy: The Babylon A.D. Special Edition two-disc unrated cut is presented in widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and features English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French Dolby Surround with English, Spanish and French subtitles. The Special Edition DVD also features Digital Copy. Bonus Features include: o Babylon Babies –How author Maurice G. Dantec’s novel went from page to screen o Arctic Escape – An inside look at the snow mobile chase o Fit For The Screen – A featurette about the martial arts and stunts of the film o Flight of the Hummers – The exciting Humvee chase is dissected o Genesis of Aurora – A graphic novel prequel to Babylon A.D. o Still gallery Blu-ray Disc With Digital Copy: The Babylon A.D. BD release will be authored in BD on a dual-layer 50 GB disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio plus French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, Spanish, French, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin subtitles. Bonus Features include all of the featurettes included on the standard definition two-disc DVD as well as: · Interactive “Scene Evolution” in BonusVIEW Mode: o Exterior Housing Project o Toorop’s Apartment (With Explosion) o Gorsky’s Armored Convoy o Gaz Limo on Magnet o The Convent o The Marketplace o Trans-Siberian Train Interior o Night Club: The Hackers o Night Club: Fight Scene o Night Club: Cage Fight o The Stampede to the Russian Sub o Russian Sub Interior o Snowmobile Chase o Snowmobile Explosion: Toorop is Hit o Harlem Square Shootout o Darquandier’s Laboratory o Darquandier’s Laboratory: Memory Machine BABYLON A.D. Street Date: January 6, 2009 Pre-book Date: December 10, 2008 Price: $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada (Single Disc) $34.98 U.S. / $41.98 Canada (Special Edition with Digital Copy) $39.99 U.S. / $ 49.98 Canada (Blu-ray) Catalog numbers: Single Disc 2254363 U.S. / 2254364 Canada Special Edition 2256489 U.S. / 2256489 Canada Blu-ray 2254384 U.S. / 2254385 Canada Total Run Time: 90 Minutes (Single Disc Side A / Digital Copy) 101 Minutes (Single Disc Side B / Special Edition / Blu-ray) MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Theatrical Version) Unrated (Unrated Cut Version) Closed Captioned: Yes


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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Edwin-S



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Posted January 16 2009 - 11:33 AM

I rented this a few nights ago. The theatrical cut, apparently, was around 90 minutes. This extended version is about eleven minutes longer. What I would like to know is whether this longer cut is closer to the director's intended version? I'm asking because the director blamed FOX for the general poor quality of the film. If this longer cut is closer to the director's intent then I just have to say that FOX cannot bear the entire blame for the film's quality, because this version isn't all that good either. This film looked like it should have been a winner, but the whole thing felt and looked lacklustre from beginning to end. The action set pieces weren't all that visually stimulating or exciting and the visual FX of a futuristic New York looked like a poor cousin to Cameron's imagining of a futuristic L.A in "Blade Runner". Character development, outside of Diesel's character, was virtually non-existent. The villain in the film wasn't given much development and character motivations weren't explored at any depth beyond the shallow. I read somewhere on here that this film cost 100 million to make. I wonder what all that money was spent on since it sure doesn't seem to really show up on screen. The picture and audio quality of the disc looked quite good to my eyes and ears but unfortunately the film itself felt like it had a "we don't give a shit" aura from all involved.
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#3 of 3 OFFLINE   MLamarre


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Posted January 16 2009 - 02:52 PM

From IMDb: * When the film was released, director Mathieu Kassovitz called it a "bad episode of "24" (2001)." In an interview with amctv.com, Kassovitz said that Twentieth Century Fox interfered throughout production, and he never had a chance to shoot a scene the way it was scripted, or the way he wanted it to be. * The studio apparently cut 71 minutes of Mathieu Kassovitz's original version, against his wishes, to get to a running time of 90 minutes. The second point is considered more of a rumor, nobody seems to have any proof the 161 minute version of the film has ever existed. The film is a monumental mess, I couldn't figure out any of the characters motivations nor even why the entire events of the film occur. I'm pretty good at picking up on these fairly quickly in films, but this film seems like it's missing massive amounts of important information. The unrated cut is slightly better, not because of additional footage but because of the omission of some silly scenes, and has an alternate ending that isn't as absurd as the theatrical one.

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