THE BILLION DOLLAR ACTION ADVENTURE FRANCHISE CONTINUES! THE SCORPION KING DEBUTS ON DVD/VHS OCTOBER 1, 2002 WITH WWE STAR THE ROCK IN TITLE ROLE AND EXCLUSIVE NEW SOUNDTRACK CD OPPORTUNITY "Non-stop, Rock-solid action" -- UPN-TV "The Rock commands the screen as naturally as he does the ring." -- Entertainment Weekly Universal City, California, June 20 2002 -- Universal Studios Home Video will unleash The Scorpion King, the $90 million boxoffice spin-off of the phenomenally popular Mummy series, on DVD and VHS October 1, 2002. The widescreen and full-framed DVD version will be priced at $19.95 M.A.P./$26.98 S.R.P. and a special DVD + CD soundtrack edition, offering never- before-released live tracks performed by multi-Platinum selling artist Godsmack, will be priced at $39.98 S.R.P. Order close for the DVD is August 13, 2002. The VHS will be priced at $14.95 M.A.P./$22.98 S.R.P. with an August 27, 2002 order close. Filled with explosive battle scenes and larger than life characters, The Scorpion King stars WWE sensation and pop-culture phenomenon, The Rock. On track to become the next action hero, The Rock tears up the screen as the most feared warrior in ancient Egypt -- the Scorpion King. The film, which features mind-blowing action and stunts, is directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask, Eraser) and produced by Stephen Sommers, Sean Daniel, James Jacks and Kevin Misher. WWE Chairman Vincent K. McMahon served as executive producer. The Ultimate DVD Event Packs A Powerful Punch Including a Sneak Peek at The Rock's Upcoming Film The Scorpion King DVD is packed with exciting original content, topped by an exclusive visit to the set of Helldorado starring The Rock in his next starring feature film. Here's a list of the DVD bonus features: * First look at Helldorado - An Exclusive Sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes making of the Rock's next film still in production. * Live Footage from The Rock's Feature Commentary - The Rock hosts a personal look and provides fascinating anecdotes about the making of the film. * Extended Version in Enhanced Viewing Mode - Alternate versions of key scenes available exclusively through the "Enhanced Viewing Mode" option. * Choreography of a Fight Sequence - A shot-by-shot segment that follows the intricately choreographed fight scenes from storyboards to choreography to rehearsal. *Universal Studios Total Axess- A unique DVD ROM online destination offering exclusive additional behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, storyboards, and other bonus materials updated on a regular basis. Other bonus materials include feature commentary with director Chuck Russell, a Scorpion King making-of documentary, a discussion with the film's visual effects team and a music video of the film's hit single "I Stand Alone" by Godsmack. An Unrivaled DVD Plus an Exclusive CD Soundtrack With New Songs by Multi-Platinum Selling Artist Godsmack The Special Edition Scorpion King DVD+CD includes the bonus CD soundtrack featuring three never-before-released live performance tracks from the multi-Platinum best-selling artist Godsmack: "Keep Away, " "Awake," and "Spiral." The Universal Records/UMG Soundtracks title is currently in the top 5 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart after 10 weeks, including a week in the #1 position. Marketing Muscle and Powerful Partnerships with Hershey's and Dr. Pepper/7UP Exposure on over 70 million packages of top consumer brands Hershey's, A&W, 7UP, Sunkist, and Welch's products will supplement Universal's multi-million marketing campaign. Hershey's and Dr. Pepper/7UP will conduct a national consumer "Thrillogy Sweepstakes" and award thousands of "thrillogy" video sets, containing The Scorpion King, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Two instant winners will each receive a $10,000 cash prize. The contest dates are August 1 to December 31, 2002. Free Candy Offer Just in Time for Halloween Just in time for Halloween, consumers who purchase The Scorpion King DVD or VHS or one of six select Universal titles will receive a free bag of Hershey's candy instantly. Other titles in the promotion are The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, or Jurassic Park III. The offer, which runs from October 13 to November 3, will be advertised in a national FSI insert hitting more than 50 million households on October 13, 2002. A Massive Web of Online Support In addition, Universal is also teaming with leading Internet portals, AOL, and Yahoo! for numerous online cross-promotions. All of Universal's promotions for The Scorpion King, as well as exclusive online materials can be accessed at www.the-scorpion-king.com. As well, The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls, the newest addition to hit the Mummy franchise, comes to video and DVD on October 1, 2002 as an action-packed animated adventure. Synopsis Set 5000 years ago in the infamous city of Gomorrah, The Scorpion King is a head-on confrontation between good and evil. Warlord Memmon (Steven Brand) has created a reign of terror across the desert using a sorceress (Kelly Hu), who envisions all his victories. Only a few free tribes remain and in order to defeat Memmon they reluctantly hire Mathayus (The Rock) to kill the beautiful sorceress. Instead he kidnaps her to lure Memmon into a trap. With the help of the leader of the free tribe, Balthazar (Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, and an unlikely accomplice, the stage is set for the ultimate showdown. >From the creative behind The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King is the spin-off adventure written by Jonathan Hales, Stephen Sommers and Will Osborne. The film was directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask, Eraser) and produced by Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel, and Stephen Sommers with WWF's Vince McMahon serving as executive producer. CAST & FILMMAKERS Director: Chuck Russell Screenwriters: Stephen Sommers, William Osborne, David Hayter Producers: Stephen Sommers, Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Kevin Misher, Vince McMahon (Exec. Producer) Director of Photography: John R. Leonetti Production Designer: Ed Verreaux Editors: Michael Tronick, Gregg Parsons Costume Designer: John Bloomfield Cast: The Rock, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan TECHNICAL INFORMATION VHS EDITION Street Date: October 1, 2002 Order Close: August 27, 2002 Copyright: 2002 KALIMA Productions, GmbH & Co. KG Rating: PG-13 (intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality) Price: $14.95 M.A.P./$22.98 S.R.P. DVD EDITION Street Date: October 1, 2002 Order Close: August 13, 2002 Copyright: 2002 KALIMA Productions, GmbH & Co. KG Rating: PG-13 (intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality) Price: $19.95 M.A.P./$26.98 S.R.P. DVD + CD Special Edition: $39.98 S.R.P. Bonus Material: "Helldorado" Sneak Peek, Extended Version in Enhanced View Mode with Deleted Scenes, Feature audio commentary with Director Chuck Russell, Choreography of a Fight Scene, Making of The Scorpion King. Godsmack music video "I Stand Alone."