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USHE Announcement: The Frighteners (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 03 2011 - 04:28 AM

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Promotion: The Frighteners 15th Anniversary Blu-ray
Headline Date: TBA
Release Date: 9/13/2011
 
THE FRIGHTENERS
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 7/19/1996
Synopsis: From Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) comes this wicked comedy-thriller. Michael J. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, a small-town "ghostbuster" in league with the very spirits he's supposed to be exorcising. The scam works well until a powerful spirit goes on a murderous rampage, forcing Frank to find a way to stop the diabolical ghoul in this special-effects-packed supernatural chiller that's so fiendishly entertaining, it's frightening!
 
Blu-ray Widescreen  15th Anniversary Edition(61114674) : Disc 1 (Side A): Theatrical Version 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-20679-3-8
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  9/13/2011  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 40 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French European DTS 5.1 Surround
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
French
 
 Edition:  15th Anniversary Edition  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  Not Rated
R
 CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • The Making of The Frighteners
• Storyboarding
• My Scenes
• Pocket BLU
 
Blu-ray Widescreen  15th Anniversary Edition(61114674) : Disc 1 (Side A): Director's Cut (Feature 2) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-20679-3-8
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  9/13/2011  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 3 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:   
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:   
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:  15th Anniversary Edition  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  Not Rated
R
 CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Jackson
• Peter Jackson's 10th Anniversary Intro
 
DVD Widescreen (61026746) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-26746-2-4
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  11/29/2005  PreOrder Date:  10/25/2005
 Run Time (HH:MM):  2 Hours 3 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-18 (Double Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:  Dual
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
French
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  Director's Cut  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  Not Rated  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Jackson
• The Making of The Frighteners
• Storyboards
• Theatrical Trailer
 
DVD Widescreen (61026746) : Disc 1 (Side B) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-26746-2-4
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  11/29/2005  PreOrder Date:  10/25/2005
 Run Time (HH:MM):  -    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:   
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:   
 Audio:    Subtitles:   
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  Director's Cut  Color/B&W -  
 Rating:  Not Rated  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:   
DVD Widescreen (61020286) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-20286-2-5
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  9/18/2007  PreOrder Date:  8/21/2007
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-5 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]Terror/Violence
 Bonus Features:  • Production Notes
• Cast and Filmmakers
• Theatrical Trailer
 


 

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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   cafink

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Posted June 03 2011 - 04:31 AM

I'm very glad to that both versions are included.  The HD-DVD featured only the director's cut, and I was afraid the Blu-ray would follow suit.  This is great news.
 

 


#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted June 03 2011 - 04:56 AM

I've been waiting for this one.  Is that "making of" doc the super-duper long version?
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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff Robertson

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Posted June 03 2011 - 06:30 AM

Well I was pleasantly surprised by the Legend BD picture quality. Perhaps we have Ridley to thank for that because he appeared to have some oversight on it. I suspect this might turn out to be another Apollo 13, however. The HD-DVD had some issues to begin with. I just get the strange feeling the BD will be derived from that same source. If there was an indication that Jackson is involved with this release, it could turn out differently. He's busy with The Hobbit, no?

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted June 03 2011 - 08:25 AM


I haven't watched the HD DVD in awhile, but it looked fine the last time I watched it. Mind you, that was on a 720p display. I'm surpirsed no one's commented on the hideous cover art. Even the HD DVD used poster-based art for this one:

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#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff Robertson

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Posted June 03 2011 - 08:49 AM

I agree on the bad artwork. This appears to be a trend now, at least with some studios.

#7 of 12 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 03 2011 - 01:55 PM

That might be the worst cover of the latest batch of blu ray movies.
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#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted June 04 2011 - 06:16 AM

It would appear that the studio thinks more people will buy it for MJ Fox than for the movie.  I can't say they are wrong.  But boy does this one cry out for custom artwork.
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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted June 04 2011 - 07:04 AM

Hmm...anyone notice anything interesting about the running times of the dvd versions vs. the blu-ray versions?
 

 


#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted June 04 2011 - 07:40 AM

I've come up with a new term for this type of cover: instead of besmirching the name of Photoshop, which is just a tool, how about we call it the "No Limit Records" look, after all those wretched hip-hop album covers of the late 90s by Master P et al. It fits, doesn't it?
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#11 of 12 OFFLINE   CraigF

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Posted June 04 2011 - 07:42 AM

I think that's a typo for the BD theatrical, should be 1h50m. So, am I to figure the previous dual-sided DVD is included with the BD? Or is this DVD info for a separate (new or re-issue) DVD release (different UPCs after all)? [Edit: I see that DVD UPC is the same as for the last DVD-18 release.]

#12 of 12 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted February 23 2012 - 02:46 PM

No review was ever done of this title?
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