The $220+ Million Box Office Phenomenon Arrives On VISTA DVD & VHS M. Night Shyamalan’s SIGNS Academy Award Winner Mel Gibson Stars In Thriller VISTA Series DVD Includes Many Bonus Features Available January 7, 2003 BURBANK, Calif., October 10, 2002 – Touchstone Home Entertainment proudly presents the incredible $220+ million box office hit thriller SIGNS, available to own on VISTA series DVD and on VHS on January 7, 2003. SIGNS, the latest critically-acclaimed film from M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director of “The Sixth Sense,” stars Academy Award winner Mel Gibson (Best Director and Best Picture, “Braveheart,” 1995) in a suspenseful thriller in which one family’s faith is tested when human emotions are set in motion by an extraordinary event. The VISTA series DVD edition of SIGNS is a quality home entertainment experience designed in concert with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. This comprehensive DVD includes an array of fascinating bonus features, including never-before-seen deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes tour of this unique, exciting film, and more. SIGNS on VISTA DVD is presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround audio with the most pristine digital presentation of the film available. SIGNS ON DVD WILL INCLUDE: •LOOKING FOR SIGNS: A DVD diary about the writing of the script. Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan, on the set of SIGNS, discusses some of the inspirations for the film. •MAKING SIGNS: A commentary by M. Night Shyamalan. M. Night and his team take us through the filming of SIGNS, explaining not only how the film was made but also providing comments on the significance of some key sequences. •BUILDING SIGNS: M. Night Shyamalan and his storyboard artist explain the storyboard process, an essential preliminary visualization of the film. •THE EFFECTS OF SIGNS: The physical and visual effects employed in SIGNS are explored. Then, a tour of Industrial Light and Magic commences, displaying the different steps involved in the process of film effects, including the animatronics work realized on the set. •SIGNS: THE MUSIC: Celebrated composer James Newton Howard discusses his work on the music of SIGNS. •FULL CIRCLE: SIGNS’ filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan explains the steps taken to ensure that SIGNS reaches its audience. •DELETED SCENES: Graham And Merrill The Flashbacks (2) The Dead Bird Alien In The Attic and The Third Story •STORYREELS: MULTI-ANGLE FEATURES: Two animated storyboard scenes which the viewer can watch. Viewers can use the angle feature to switch between viewing the animated version or the final scene. Viewers can choose between three audio options while using the multi-angle feature: Dolby 5.1 Final Mix, Dolby 5.1 Score Only and Dolby 5.1 Effects Only. •M. NIGHT'S FIRST ALIEN MOVIE: Childhood home movie with Intro by M. Night Shyamalan Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message – an intricate pattern of circles and lines – carved into his crops. As he investigates the unfolding mystery, what he finds will forever alter the lives of his brother (Joaquin Phoenix, Academy Award nominee, Best Supporting Actor, “Gladiator,” 2000) and children (Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin). SIGNS explores the eerie real-life phenomena of crop signs and the possibility that they may be extraterrestrial in origin. As the shocking secret of the circles is revealed, it dramatically effects the lives and faiths of Hess and his family. SIGNS’ director/writer/producer M. Night Shyamalan earned Academy Award® nominations for his hugely popular film “The Sixth Sense” (nominated Best Director and Best Screenplay, 1999). In addition to Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, the cast of SIGNS includes Tony Award-winner Cherry Jones (“Erin Brockovich,” “Cradle Will Rock”), Rory Culkin (“You Can Count On Me”), newcomer Abigail Breslin and Patricia Kalember (TV’s “Thirtysomething”). Street Date:January 7, 2003 Direct prebook:November 12, 2002 Distributor prebook:November 26, 2002 Running Time:Approximately 106 minutes Rated:“PG-13 For Some Frightening Moments” Bonus DVD materials unrated and subject to change Aspect ratio:Widescreen 1.85:1, formatted for 16x9 screens Sound:5.1 Dolby Surround THX Certified French language track The VISTA series (Vision, Imagination, Style, Theme, Artistry) is a partnership with filmmakers that presents the definitive version of the filmmaker’s cinematic vision, with premium picture and sound enhancements, and in-depth supplemental bonus programming derived from collaboration with the filmmaker. Touchstone Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes and DVDs.