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WHV Press Release: Natural Born Killers Director's Cut (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 11 2009 - 01:07 AM

“«««« Seeing this movie once is not enough. The first time is for the visceral experience, the second time is for the meaning." -- Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert
“The best movie of the ‘90s. Powerfully audacious filmmaking.” -- Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman

NATURAL BORN KILLERS
DIRECTOR’S CUT
One of the Most Controversial Movies Ever,
Now Available in its Original Unrated Version
on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video August 25
Includes New Introduction from Stone, New featurette,
NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, and More

Burbank, Calif., May 11, 2009 – Fourteen years ago, Oliver Stone shocked the world with Natural Born Killers, a disturbing hallucinogenic ride through the minds and exploits of two cold-blooded lovers who killed for sport, love and attention.

Prior to the theatrical release, Stone reworked the film, made more than 150 cuts, and removed approximately four minutes in order to get an R rating. Still, when the film opened in August, 1994, The New Yorker’s Stephen Schiff called it “the most radical film any studio has released since A Clockwork Orange.”

Now, this August 25th, Warner Home Video will release the original unrated film in a dazzling Blu-ray version ($28.99 SRP) that includes a new high-def introduction from Stone, a 44-page booklet on the film’s production and a wealth of bonus content from previous releases. A 2-Disc DVD ($20.97 SRP) will also be available.

Most importantly, Natural Born Killers Director’s Cut features NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, a new featurette from 6-time Emmy Award®-nominated producer Woody Thompson, illustrating how current communication technology would impact the film if it were made today.

Stone’s film takes a satirical swing at the American media world of 1994 which was becoming dominated by tabloid journalism. Mickey and Mallory are born out of a media frenzy and eventually kill for the media.

That led Thompson to wonder what if Stone were to shoot Natural Born Killers in 2009? How would he portray today's instantaneous user-generated media society and its reaction to the exploits of Mickey and Mallory? How would the social networks and the blogs cover, discuss and rate each of their killing sprees? How many views and comments would their home-made videos generate on Youtube?

Thompson’s multimedia production company Eyeboogie, Inc. presents the answer in NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, which examines the issues and changes in the context of current media and even follows a timeline of the killers’ activities in cell phone videos, blogs, tweets and Facebook updates to demonstrate the timeline and fully immerse the viewers in the "what if?"

More about the Film and Oliver Stone
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis star as husband and wife serial killers in this powerful, gut-grabbing look at how violence and crime are sensationalized and glamorized in the media. As Mickey and Mallory cut their swath of terror across America, they are regarded more like celebrities than fugitives. Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones also star.

Stone is one of America’ most prolific cinematic innovators and the recipient of three Academy Awards® -- in 1978 (Writing, Midnight Express); 1986 (Directing, Platoon); and 1989 (Directing, Born on the Fourth of July). Other memorable Stone films include Wall Street, JFK, The Doors, Nixon, Any Given Sunday, Alexander, World Trade Center and W.

Natural Born Killers Director’s Cut Special Features
Disc 1
Introduction by Oliver Stone (New Intro HD)
Commentary by director Oliver Stone (from original SD release)

Disc 2
NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now? – New documentary providing a look at how the film might be different if today’s technology advancements were available (in HD)
Chaos Rising The Storm Around Natural Born Killers - Shocking ‘making-of’ documentary about the storm of controversy surrounding the film( from original SD release)
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)
- The Desert
- Steven Wright
- The Courtroom
- The Hun Brothers
- The Drive-In
- Denis Leary
· Alternate Ending with introduction by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)
· Charlie Rose Interview – Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone on the making of this
violent film (from the HD DVD release in SD)
· NBK Director’s Cut Trailer

NATURAL BORN KILLERS DIRECTOR’S CUT
Street Date: August 25
Blu-ray Pricing: $28.99 SRP
DVD Pricing: $20.97 SRP
Feature Running Time: 122 minutes -- NR (not rated)

 

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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Jim_E

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Posted May 11 2009 - 01:31 AM

That's a pleasant surprise - I held off on the earlier release as it wasn't the DC, didn't think that it would be released so soon though and with new features. It's the first time Warner has released the DC isn't it?

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted May 11 2009 - 01:44 AM

I'm glad I didn't get around to buying the theatrical cut that came out 5 minutes ago.

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   gomezfan69

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Posted May 11 2009 - 02:38 AM

The current BD was just released this past July. Why couldn't they have released this version in the first place?Posted Image

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted May 11 2009 - 02:41 AM

Same here. I held off buying the current release, primarily because it's one of several titles that Amazon has never discounted to any great degree, even during sporadic sales.

This is another surprise second visit for BD to an existing title (DC or not), which is surprising in light of the vast number of titles yet to be approached. This is one I find especially welcome, and easily an instant purchase.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Jesse Blacklow

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Posted May 11 2009 - 02:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim_E
That's a pleasant surprise - I held off on the earlier release as it wasn't the DC, didn't think that it would be released so soon though and with new features. It's the first time Warner has released the DC isn't it?
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Originally Posted by gomezfan69
The current BD was just released this past July. Why couldn't they have released this version in the first place?Posted Image
They didn't own the rights to the DC originally, Lionsgate did. It looks like sometime between last June (original BD) and now they finally got the rights.
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Posted May 11 2009 - 02:48 AM

I am surprised WB's is even releasing this one on Blu since it was a huge deal for the standard DVD release since someone else released the dir cut then. Glad I never bought the old copy.

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#8 of 13 OFFLINE   Vincent-P

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Posted May 11 2009 - 03:11 AM

Thank you, Warner! I was actually going to ask about this possibility during the recent HTF/Warner chat, but never got a chance to ask a question. I have been hoping for years for at least a 16x9 enhanced version of the Director's Cut & now we get a Blu-Ray version to boot! I will actually be buying both this & the Theatrical Cut Blu-Ray since I like to have all versions of a film. I had held off buying the theatrical cut up to this point in case any new release of the Director's Cut had both versions.

#9 of 13 OFFLINE   brandonchenry

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Posted May 11 2009 - 04:43 AM

Sweet! First time I have written a blu ray release date in my calender.
Can't wait!!!

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 29 2009 - 05:45 AM

 The release has been pushed back to October 13th.  Here is the updated Press Release...



«««« Seeing this movie once is not enough. The first time is for the visceral experience, the second time is for the meaning." -- Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert

“The best movie of the ‘90s. Powerfully audacious filmmaking.” -- Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman

 

NATURAL BORN KILLERS

15th ANNIVERSARY DIRECTOR’S CUT

 

One of the Most Controversial Movies Ever, 
Now Available in its Original Unrated Version 
on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video October 13


 

Includes New Introduction from Stone, New featurette,
 NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, and More


 

Burbank, Calif.,– Fourteen years ago, Oliver Stone shocked the world with Natural Born Killers, a disturbing hallucinogenic ride through the minds and exploits of two cold-blooded lovers who killed for sport, love and attention.

 

Prior to the theatrical release, Stone reworked the film, made more than 150 cuts, and removed approximately four minutes in order to get an R rating. Still, when the film opened in August, 1994, The New Yorker’s Stephen Schiff called it “the most radical film any studio has released since A Clockwork Orange.”

 

Now, this October 13, Warner Home Video will release the original unrated film in a dazzling Blu-ray version ($28.99 SRP) that includes a new high-def introduction from Stone, a 44-page booklet on the film’s production and a wealth of bonus content from previous releases. A 2-Disc DVD ($20.97 SRP) will also be available.

 

Most importantly, Natural Born Killers 15th Anniversary Director’s Cut features NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, a new featurette from 6-time Emmy Award®-nominated producer Woody Thompson, illustrating how current communication technology would impact the film if it were made today.

 

Stone’s film takes a satirical swing at the American media world of 1994 which was becoming dominated by tabloid journalism. Mickey and Mallory are born out of a media frenzy and eventually kill for the media.

 

That led Thompson to wonder what if Stone were to shoot Natural Born Killers in 2009? How would he portray today's instantaneous user-generated media society and its reaction to the exploits of Mickey and Mallory? How would the social networks and the blogs cover, discuss and rate each of their killing sprees? How many views and comments would their home-made videos generate on Youtube?

 

Thompson’s multimedia production company Eyeboogie, Inc. presents the answer in NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?, which examines the issues and changes in the context of current media and even follows a timeline of the killers’ activities in cell phone videos, blogs, tweets and Facebook updates to demonstrate the timeline and fully immerse the viewers in the "what if?"

 

More about the Film and Oliver Stone

Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis star as husband and wife serial killers in this powerful, gut-grabbing look at how violence and crime are sensationalized and glamorized in the media. As Mickey and Mallory cut their swath of terror across America, they are regarded more like celebrities than fugitives. Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones also star.

 

Stone is one of America’ most prolific cinematic innovators and the recipient of three Academy Awards® -- in 1978 (Writing, Midnight Express); 1986 (Directing, Platoon); and 1989 (Directing, Born on the Fourth of July). Other memorable Stone films include Wall StreetJFK, The DoorsNixonAny Given Sunday, AlexanderWorld Trade Center and W.

 

Natural Born Killers Director’s Cut Special Features

Disc 1

  • Introduction by Oliver Stone (New Intro HD)
  • Commentary by director Oliver Stone (from original SD release)

 

Disc 2

  • NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now? – New documentary providing a look at how the film might be different if today’s technology advancements were available (in HD)
  • Chaos Rising The Storm Around Natural Born Killers - Shocking ‘making-of’ documentary about the storm of controversy surrounding the film( from original SD release)
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)

- The Desert

- Steven Wright

- The Courtroom

- The Hun Brothers

- The Drive-In

- Denis Leary

·         Alternate Ending with introduction by Oliver Stone (from original SD release)

·         Charlie Rose Interview – Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone on the making of this

 violent film (from the HD DVD release in SD)

·         NBK Director’s Cut Trailer

 

NATURAL BORN KILLERS 15th ANNIVERSARY DIRECTOR’S CUT

Street Date: October 13, 2009

Blu-ray Hi-Def Pricing: $28.99 SRP

DVD Pricing: $20.97 SRP

Feature Running Time: 122 minutes -- NR (not rated)

 

 

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#11 of 13 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 31 2009 - 06:10 AM

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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted August 05 2009 - 05:08 AM

I look forward to this.  I never upgraded the DC from VHS since I heard the DVD was pretty soft compared to WARNERS SD version.  Can't wait to get this, hopefully it looks fantastic.  Can't wait to see how all the film stocks translate on BLU.


#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Josh Pounds

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Posted August 08 2009 - 01:18 PM

I'm really looking forward to the "How Would It All Go Down Now" special feature (apart of course from finally having my preferred version of one of my favorite movies on blu-ray).

I love special features like this, I love when films that are culturally significant have features like this devoted to talking about their cultural significance -- part of the reason I love Criterion so much.

Kudos to Warner for giving money to people who were willing to make a feature like this!  This is what will make *me* stay a loyal customer.





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