Black Hawk Down
Way back before the release of either HD DVD or Blu-ray we gave the overall advantage to Sony (Blu-ray). The HD DVD release was, however, very impressive and the side by side comparisons between the two formats usually leaned towards Toshiba's HD DVD. Though beaten, Blu-ray was definitely not out. With a widespread release expected this November, the Blu-ray technology has advanced and is now only beginning to use its number one advantage: storage capacity.
Sony Announces First 50GB Blu-ray Movies: Click, Talladega, Black Hawk Down
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced the imminent arrival of its first three 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray Discs (BD). The heart-warming comedy Click, starring Golden Globe(R)-Nominee Adam Sandler, Oscar(R)-Winner Christopher Walken and Kate Beckinsale, will be available on store shelves October 10. Black Hawk Down, the Oscar(R)-winning, action-packed drama from director Ridley Scott, starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana, features new Blu-Wizard(TM) technology and will be available to film fans on November 14. The hilarious box office hit, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring writer and producer Will Ferrell and Oscar(R)-nominee John C. Reilly, hits shelves December 12. All three titles were authored by the Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center (DAC) and manufactured by Sony DADC.
"As consumers make the leap to Blu-ray's incredible high-definition picture and theatre quality audio, they want access to a diverse selection of content packed with added-value features and reference titles like Ridley Scott's powerful war epic Black Hawk Down, that will add to their growing Blu-ray Disc libraries," said David Bishop, President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "We're proud to be the first studio to deliver a 50GB Blu-ray Disc title to the marketplace with Click on October 10, along with two other highly entertaining titles this year that offer the expanded capacity and special features only a 50GB disc can provide."
Shot entirely in high-def, the Blu-ray format captures Click's many poignant and humorous remote-controlled moments with pristine picture quality and superior sound. Click is the first SPHE Blu-ray Disc title to include all bonus features from the DVD release in high-definition and also features uncompressed PCM audio.
High-definition added value features include:
* Audio Commentary with Adam Sandler, Director Frank Coraci, Executive Producer Tim Herlihy and Writer Steve Koren
* Four Deleted Scenes
-- "Habeeboo Can Do It"
-- "Loser Guy Returns"
-- "Fatty Sandwich"
-- "Sp-Sp-Spit It Out"
* Seven Featurettes
-- "Make Me Old and Fat"
-- "FX of Click"
-- "Design My Universe"
-- "Cars of the Future"
-- "Humping Dogs"
-- "Director's Take"
-- "Fine Cooking"
Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down grossed more than $100 million at the box office and is a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. "With a richly detailed master and long running time, Black Hawk Down is an ideal title to demonstrate Blu-ray's 50GB capability, without any compromise in features or quality," said Don Eklund, Executive Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Black Hawk Down is also the first Blu-ray Disc title to feature SPHE's new Blu-Wizard(TM), a unique playlist technology which lets consumers customize the way they watch special features.
Special features consumers may customize on the Black Hawk Down Blu-ray Disc include:
* Audio Commentary with Author Mark Bowden, Screenwriter Ken Nolan, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Director Ridley Scott and U.S. Special Forces Veterans '93
* "The Essence of Combat -- Making Black Hawk Down"
-- "Getting It Right"
-- "Crash Course"
-- "Battlefield Morocco"
-- "Hymn to the Fallen"
-- "Digital Warriors"
-- "After Action Report"
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The hilarious $140 million summer blockbuster Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby chronicles the man with two first names, NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, as he tries to gain his father's respect and love while fulfilling his need for speed. The Blu-ray Disc features the Unrated Edition of the film along with added-value features in high-definition including:
* Audio commentary with Director Adam McKay and Friends (Ian Roberts, Chris Henchy)
* Nine Deleted & Extended Scenes
-- "Going for the Win"
-- "I'm Hot"
-- "Little Sticker on Windshield"
-- "Ricky in Hospital"
-- "Gas Money"
-- "Jenga Scene (Extended)"
-- "What'd You Do Today?"
-- "Cal Calls Ricky (TV Room version 1)"
-- "Return to the Garage"
* Three Interviews
-- "Ricky & Cal Interview"
-- "Jean & Gregory Interview"
-- "Cal & Carley Interview"
* Gag Reel
* Line-O-Rama (Part 1)
* Bonus Race Footage
* Ricky & Cal's Commercials
* Ricky & Cal's PSAs * Walker & Texas Ranger
* Will Ferrell Returns to Talladega
* Theatrical Trailer
* Additional added-value features not in high-definition:
-- Daytona 500 Spot
-- Nascar Chase for the Nextel Cup Spot
-- Sirius and NASCAR Spot
Continuing with its commitment to Blu-ray and the promise to deliver the best viewing experience available to consumers today, SPHE will introduce a variety of new and exciting Blu-ray Disc content throughout the fourth quarter 2006. Full of family fun and imagination, Monster House will debut on Blu-ray disc day-and-date with DVD on October 24th and the Wayans brothers' comedy, Little Man, hits shelves November 7th.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released a broad selection of high-definition movies since its initial launch on June 20. Blu-ray Disc titles currently available to consumers from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment include 50 First Dates; The Fifth Element; Hitch; House of Flying Daggers; XXX; Ultraviolet; Underworld: Evolution; Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction; The Benchwarmers; Stealth; RV; Silent Hill; Into the Blue; Memento; S.W.A.T.; A Knight's Tale; The Big Hit and Tears of the Sun.
Stay tuned for updates.