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TCFHE Press Release: Taken (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 17 2009 - 08:03 AM

THEY TOOK HIS DAUGHTER. HE’LL TAKE THEIR LIVES.

TAKEN

Starring Oscar-Nominee Liam Neeson, The Action Packed Thriller Unleashes On Blu-ray Disc And Two-Disc Extended Cut DVD With
Digital Copy May 12 From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

“…Adrenaline-pumping action thriller.”
- Claudia Puig, USA Today

is stripped down to pure, righteous, patriarchal American genius.”
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – A former spy relies on his special skills and killer instinct as he hunts down the men who kidnapped his daughter in Taken, an adrenaline fueled drama available on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and two-disc extended cut DVD with digital copy May 12 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Academy AwardÒ-nominee* Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) stars as Brian Mills, a former secret agent trained in hand to hand combat who struggles as a divorcee and father of 17-year old Kim (Maggie Grace, “Lost”). Living with Brian’s ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen, X-Men: The Last Stand), Kim rarely gets the chance to see her father, but when she does he is often smothering and overbearing. When the opportunity arises to travel to Europe with her best friend, Kim convinces her dad to let her go on the trip by leaving out some very important details. The first stop for the girls is Paris, but hours after they arrive they are victims of a disturbing break-in and abducted by an Albanian criminal organization. Now, with only 96 hours to find his daughter before she will disappear forever, time is running out and Brian Mills must put his CIA expertise to the test before its too late.

Loaded with action, suspense and excitement at every turn, the Taken Blu-ray Disc and DVD reveal an intense two-disc extended cut of the film with Digital Copy for portable media players. Additional bonus features include audio commentaries by the director, writer and cinematographers, exclusive behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette and action packed side-by-side comparisons. Taken will be available to own on Blu-ray Disc for $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada, on two-disc DVD for $34.98 U.S. / $45.98 Canada, and on standard DVD for $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada. Prebook is April 15.

* 1994: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Schindler’s List)


Synopsis:
When a former spy’s estranged daughter is kidnapped in France, he sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.

Two-Disc Extended Cut Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The Taken Extended Cut Blu-ray Disc (BD) is presented in widescreen format (2.40:01) with English 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound and Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:

Disc One
o Extended Cut seamlessly branched with Audio commentary with Director Pierre Morel, Writer Robert Mark Kamen, and Cinematographers Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne
o Exclusive Le “Making Of” featurette
o Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons of:
· Peter Dies
· Bryan Escapes Construction Site
· Good Luck
· The Interrogation
· Bryan at Saint Clair’s
· Boat Fight
o Black OPS Field Manual
o Avant Premiere

Disc Two
o Digital Copy File of Taken for Portable Players

Two-Disc Extended Cut DVD Specs:
The Taken two-disc Extended Cut DVD is presented in widescreen format (2.40:01) with English 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound and Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
Disc One
o Extended Cut seamlessly branched with Audio commentary with Director Pierre Morel, Writer Robert Mark Kamen, and Cinematographers Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne
o Exclusive Le “Making Of” featurette
o Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons of:
· Peter Dies
· Bryan Escapes Construction Site
· Good Luck
· The Interrogation
· Bryan at Saint Clair’s
· Boat Fight
o Avant Premiere

Disc Two
o Digital Copy File of Taken for Portable Players

Single-Disc Extended Cut DVD Specs:
The Taken single-disc Extended Cut DVD is presented in widescreen format (2.40:01) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles.



TAKEN
Street Date: May 12, 2009
Order Date: April 1, 2009
Pricing: $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada (Blu-Ray Disc)
$34.98 U.S. / $45.98 Canada (2-Disc Extended Cut)
$29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada (Single Disc)
Catalog Numbers: 2255469 (BD)
2255672 (EC)
2255352 (SD)
Total Run Time: 90 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Rating: Unrated
Closed Captioned: Yes

 

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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Edwin-S

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Posted April 17 2009 - 08:51 AM

Is the English 5.1 Dolby Digital on the BD release correct? Or should it be English 5.1 DTS MA or Dolby TrueHD?

What is with the practice of not providing the theatrical cut on these releases?
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#3 of 3 OFFLINE   JakeLip

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Posted April 19 2009 - 02:27 PM

In this particular case, I believe the extended cut is the director's intended version from the original theatrical release around the world. As I understand it, Fox executives demanded that the film tone down some of its more graphic violence for the stateside theatrical run in order to obtain a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Therefore, our theatrical version is not representative of the original intent and there is no reason to preserve it on DVD. If the theatrical release were not censored, I would agree that they should include both, but as it is I am fine with just releasing the version we are getting.