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WHV Press Release: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure -and- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 13 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 27 2011 - 01:03 AM


KICKING OFF THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON

WARNER HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE

TWO MUST OWN TIM BURTON FAN FAVORITES

ON BLU-RAY DISC™ OCTOBER 4

 

TIM BURTON’S FIRST FEATURE FILM

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE

MAKES ITS BLU-RAY™ DEBUT

 

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S.


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Burbank, Calif., June 20, 2011— Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – the funny, adventurous cult classic, starring Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Playhouse) and the film that launched Tim Burton’s directorial career (Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands) – pedals onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time October 4 from Warner Home Video (WHV). To sweeten the holiday shopping season, WHV will also release Tim Burton’s vivid film adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Edward Scissorhands) on Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. Both titles will be available individually with a suggested retail price of $19.98. Orders are due August 30.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure are also available On Demand and for Download from Amazon On Demand and iTunes.


Retailers have a unique opportunity to create a Tim Burton holiday promotion with these and other great Warner Bros. films, such as Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks!, Batman and Batman Returns, the perfect gift for Tim Burton fans and movie lovers. The acclaimed director’s films have earned over $400 million in sales revenue on DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined[1].


Tim Burton, whose recent film Alice in Wonderland won two Academy Awards®[2] (Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Costume Design in 2011), is renowned for his wildly imaginative style, macabre humor, captivating characters, richly detailed costumes and eye-popping effects. He is currently directing the upcoming theatrical film Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Additionally, Tim Burton’s touring exhibition featuring artwork tied to his movies as well as original drawings, sculptures and other works created throughout his career, opened at New York's Museum of Modern Art in November 2010, where it became one of the most-attended exhibitions in the museum's history. The exhibit is currently at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art through October 31, 2011.



About Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What wonders await you in Willy Wonka’s factory? Sail along the Chocolate River in a pink sugar boat. Experiment with Everlasting Gobstoppers in the Inventing Room. Observe talented squirrels in the Nut Room and travel to the Television Room via glass elevator. You’ll find a lot that’s funny, a little that’s mysterious…and an adventure as sweet and satisfying as a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight bar. This dazzling film of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, is your Golden Ticket to a world so inventive and amazing, you won’t want to miss a delicious moment!


Bringing in over $200 million at the box office in the U.S., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has an 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Blu-ray Disc Special Features:

    [*] In-Movie Experience! Tim Burton takes you through the mouth-watering creative process that brought this elaborate production to the screen – all as you watch the movie! [*] Commentary by Tim Burton [*] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Chocolate Dreams [*] Different Faces, Different Flavors [*] Designer Chocolate [*] Under the Wrapper [*] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Sweet Sounds [*] Becoming Oompa-Loompa: How they turned one man into hundreds of Oompa-Loompas [*] Attack of the Squirrels: A look at the trained nut-sorting squirrels [*] Fantastic Mr. Dahl: A look into the life of Roald Dahl [*] Two Previsualizations: Augustus Gloop dance and Mike Teavee dance [*] Dolby TrueHD music-only track showcasing Danny Elfman’s score and songs [*] European club reel [*] Theatrical trailer

About Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Two of the most original talents in recent decades – Pee-wee Herman and director Tim Burton – teamed on what was to be their major breakthrough in this riotously funny movie about Pee-wee’s cross-country search for his stolen bike. As Pee-wee encounters bikers, cowboys, crooks and a phantom trucker and passes through the Alamo and Warner Bros. Studios, any resistance is futile: unstoppable laughter always follows. Celebrate the one-of-a-kind magic that this mirthful, colorful, bountiful movie still packs.


A Zagat Survey movie selection, Pee-wee's Big Adventure has an impressive 92 percent overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Blu-ray Disc Special Features:

    [*] Commentary by Paul Reubens and Tim Burton      [*] Additional scenes [*] Production sketches and storyboards     [*] Music-only track with commentary by Danny Elfman [*] Theatrical trailer actors: Pee Wee Herman, Elizabeth Daily, Jan Hooks, Mark Holton


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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Blu-ray Disc

Street Date: October 4, 2011

Order Due Date: August 30, 2011

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 115 minutes

Languages: English, French, Spanish

SRP: $19.98

Cat / UPC: 1000202878 / 883929189731

 

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Blu-ray Disc

Street Date: October 4, 2011

Order Due Date: August 30, 2011

Rating: PG

Run Time: 90 minutes

Languages: English, French, Spanish

SRP: $19.98

Cat / UPC: 1000208992 / 883929198641

 

Other Tim Burton Films Available on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video:

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Beetlejuice

Mars Attacks!
Batman


Batman Returns

 

 

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#2 of 13 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 27 2011 - 01:08 AM

Though I could take or leave Charlie and The 

Chocolate Factory, I am actually very excited

that Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is finally coming

to Blu-ray.


Many have speculated a new anniversary release

of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.  This

would have seemed like the perfect opportunity

to roll that film out with the remake.



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Posted June 27 2011 - 02:24 AM

Even if they release Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in an UCE, what are the chances it will be a new transfer? The other release was fine (except for maybe one shot that seemed to be framed too low, almost cutting off a speaking character's head...which may have been how it was supposed to be framed.)  I guess we'll find out soon.



#4 of 13 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 27 2011 - 02:43 AM

Eric,


Frankly I don't know what Warner could do new with
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.


The digibook Blu-ray release is fine.  Thing is, it has

been pulled from the market.  This hints to many of us

that perhaps another reiteration is forthcoming.

They are going to have to do something more than

just slap a few new cast reunions on a new release

to get current owners of the BD to pony up for a new

version.




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Posted June 27 2011 - 02:47 AM

I agree. I am not interested in a reproduction of a Golden Ticket or a Wonka Bar. I really don't know what they could add. The original dvd from 1997 had two trailers, and the 1996 trailer is missing on the blu. But I'm not going to pay for just that. I like the digibook. The packaging is so sparkly...lol.



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Posted June 27 2011 - 10:22 AM

Well, well, well. I guess the UCE of Wonka has also been announced for a 10/4 release. And I called it on the Wonka Bar and Golden Ticket! I didn't mention a pencil box with scented pencils and erasers though. Posted Image



#7 of 13 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 27 2011 - 10:32 AM

You must mean this and this, Eric.


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Posted June 27 2011 - 10:45 AM

Why, yes Ron! LOL.



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Posted June 28 2011 - 12:43 AM

Definitely looking forward to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, which, along with Ed Wood, I still consider one of Burton's best films.


Enough is enough, Disney. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray.

 

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Posted July 21 2011 - 05:43 AM

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Posted July 30 2011 - 12:36 PM

Pee Wee's Big Adventure is ready for preorder.  Great price, too!


Still waiting on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.


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Posted August 03 2011 - 01:22 AM

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now available for preorder


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Posted August 03 2011 - 02:39 AM

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Blu-Ray WILL be in my daughter's stocking this Christmas.
My father-in-law played it on DVD one day while we were visiting, and she completely loved it... and now she asks to watch it every time.  She can recite several scenes by heart.  You cannot imagine how funny it is to say "Francis is having his bath," and hear your 3-year-old respond (in a pretty good facsimile of Pee-Wee's voice) "Oh, really - where are they hosin' him down?"  Watching her do the "Tequila" dance is pretty good, too.  Posted Image






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