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WHV Press Release: Mars Attacks (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 9 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 10 2010 - 02:16 AM

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·        MARS ATTACKS!

·        THX 1138 DIRECTOR’S CUT

·        LOST IN SPACE




Burbank, Calif., May 10, 2010 – A wave of six science fiction action favorites are blasting onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time on September 7, 2010. Presented by Warner Home Video, each film has been selected to showcase the stunning technical brilliance of Blu-ray™. With its crisp sound and spectacularly vibrant colors, there is simply no better way to watch movies at home. Each title is individually priced at $24.98 SRP. Orders are due August, 3, 2010.

The upcoming wave of sci-fi titles includes the much anticipated release of Forbidden Planet on Blu-ray, one of the most influential science fiction films in cinematic history. The grandfather of sci-fi movies, Forbidden Planet features a number of Oscar®-nominated special effects, groundbreaking use of an all-electronic music score and the first screen appearance of both Robby the Robot and the C-57D flying saucer starship (this was the first film in which humans are depicted traveling in flying saucers of their own construction). A 50th anniversary version of the film was restored by the Warner Bros.-MGM reconstruction crew before its HD DVD release in 2006, and since then there has been an enormous consumer demand for its Blu-ray debut.

Another title making its long-awaited Blu-ray debut is Mars Attacks! the comic science fiction hit directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and based on the cult trading card series of the same name. Mars Attacks! features a huge ensemble cast which includes Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas, Annette Bening, Jim Brown, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Jack Black, Natalie Portman, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Danny DeVito and more.

With their mind boggling special effects and futuristic themes, sci-fi movies are some of the most sought after Blu-ray titles in the marketplace. Other titles being released on Blu-ray as part of Warner Home Video’s science fiction action promotion include THX 1138Director’s CutLost in SpaceA Scanner Darkly and Matrix Reloaded *.

According to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, with input from all major motion picture studios, Blu-ray software continued to see significant growth in the first quarter of 2010, with sell-through up 61 percent and rental up 36 percent, compared to the same period last year. The DEG also announced that Blu-ray hardware sales experienced remarkable growth, with set-tops up an astounding 125 percent versus first quarter 2009, indicating a strong consumer demand for Blu-ray.

Mars Attacks!

Awake, Earthlings! It’s later than you think. Don’t miss this hilarious frenzy as Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) directs – and Mars Attacks!

See! Stars that shine across the galaxy. Jack Nicholson (in a dual role), Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito and a dozen more!

Shriek! At mean, green invaders from the angry red planet! Armed with insta-fry ray guns, endowed with slimy, humongous brains – and enlivened with out-of-this-world but state-of-the-art special effects.

Gasp! As the U.S. Legislature is overwhelmed. Don’t fear, we have two out of three branches of the government working for us, and that ain’t bad!

Thrill! As Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. Take that, Martians!


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Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short, Danny De Vito, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lukas Haas, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield, Annette Bening, Sylvia Sidney, Lisa Marie, Christina Applegate, Joe Don Baker, Jack Black, Barbet Schroeder, Brandon Hammond and Ray J. Norwood.


TRT: 107 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Language: English

U.S. Street Date: September 7, 2010

Order Date: August 3, 2010

Catalog / UPC: 1000123118 / 883929114412

$24.98 SRP


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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 10 2010 - 05:49 AM

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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Jesse Blacklow

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Posted May 10 2010 - 06:20 AM

Is the lack of special features in the announcement an omission or is it barebones?
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Brian Borst

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Posted May 10 2010 - 06:48 AM

Hopefully it's an omission. Otherwise it'd be a missed opportunity (same with Forbidden Planet).
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#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted May 10 2010 - 06:51 AM

Did the DVD have any special features? If not I really don't see them bothering to make any new ones.

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Posted May 11 2010 - 03:31 AM

The dvd only had a trailer and some production note text screens. There must be an HBO special or something they can bung on the disc to help round it out it a bit. I'd love to see a cast commentary but that's never going to happen.

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Posted May 11 2010 - 10:50 AM

Did any of the abandoned stop motion animation actually get shot before they went CGI? I've seen a photo of a Martian puppet somewhere.

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted May 11 2010 - 11:53 AM

I was hoping they'd use the awesome key art for this and not that abominable video cover.  Sigh.


#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Scott D S

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Posted May 11 2010 - 12:14 PM

Originally Posted by SilverWook 

Did any of the abandoned stop motion animation actually get shot before they went CGI? I've seen a photo of a Martian puppet somewhere.

At the Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, there was a monitor set up that was playing a brief (30 seconds or so) stop-motion test, but if I remember my Cinefex article correctly, I don't think they ever proceeded with their work.

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