Bond. James Bond. On Hyped UpTM

Next week is a week to be Hyped UpTM about. There are plenty of hot DVDs coming out next week that some people can’t wait to get their hands on. I know, because I’m one of them.In this weeks edition of Hyped UpTM we take a look at some of these titles. Looking at the list of what DVDs will hit shelves next week, June 3rd, there are a few that stick out. We’ve had an opportunity to review at least one of them with hopes that the rest will show up soon.Die Another DayThe latest action adventure based on Ian Fleming’s superspy, James Bond, hits selves next week in a 2-disc Special Edition. Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, is one of the best Bond films in years to thrill audiences beyond their expectations.This 2-disc Special Edition is loaded with ample bonus features that would make any dvd-phile drool. Some of the best extras to accompany a film in years have been included such as: MI6 DataStream, Inside Die Another Day, and Equipment Briefing to name only a few. On this DVD you truly get behind the making of the film.If you would like more information on Die Another Day you can read our in-depth review.AnimatrixWatching the shorts online for this Anime feature is enough to make any Matrix fan want to own this DVD. Smart marketing on the part of Warner Bros. has enabled them to target their core audience only a few short weeks after the release of The Matrix Reloaded.With over 180-minutes of entertainment this 3-year groundbreaking collaboration feature nine short films. These shorts probe deeper into the world of the Matrix and even features vocal work by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.With an alliance between Hollywood and Japanese animators the short Animatrix films are stellar. With the talent of such Japanamation artists as Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the writer/director of Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Shinchiro Watanabe, Koji Morimoto, the writer director of the Cowboy Bebop movie, and Mahiro Maeda the animation supervisor for the seminal Akira just to name a few. And of course we can’t forget the creators of the Matrix, the Wachowski brothers.Enough blabbering run out and pick this one up as soon as it hits shelves.T2: Extreme EditionI’m not sure how excited I am to see another Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD hit the streets, but Artisan is release a high-definition version of the film this time. Of course, you need a computer to play the HD version, which is using a Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 file. Microsoft has managed to create a low-bitrate HD compression codec that allows high-def quality video to be on the same amount of disc space that a regular single-layer DVD uses. Only taking up 3 gigs on the disc no doubt it will look stellar.Here’s a complete list of specs for the DVD. I can say nothing more.

  • 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer digitally mastered from a brand-new 1080p, 24sf high-definition digital telecine transfer.
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 EX audio.
  • Dolby headphone audio track
  • All-new audio commentary by James Cameron and co-screenwriter William Wisher.
  • Extreme interactive mode with graphic commentary and behind-the-scenes footage
  • 16 minutes of additional scenes.
  • “No Feat But What We Make”: an all-new documentary.
  • “T2: On the Set” retrospective montage
  • “T2: High Definition”: the complete theatrical version of the film in Microsoft
  • Windows Media 9 series, playable in high resolution and 5.1 sound directly from your PC
  • Infiltration Unit Simulator and T2 FX Studio: morph your imported images into a T-1000 or T-800 Terminator
  • Skynet Combat Chassis Designer: Construct and field-test your own ultimate fighting machine and track your progress online
  • Metal collectible sculpture embossed packageBlack Hawk Down: 3-Disc Deluxe EditionFans of the Black Hawk Down heard rumors when the first DVD was released that Columbia TriStar was working on a super duper Special Edition of the film. Finally, it has been completed and will be in many of our homes on June 3rd. I myself never having seen the film in theatres risked purchasing the first DVD on whim. Not only did I enjoy this true tale, but also I couldn’t wait to get the rumored Deluxe Edition back then. Now only days away from hitting shelves we can shed some light on what his package will include here on Hyped UpTM.Disc One:
  • Widescreen Presentation
  • Commentary: Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer) & Ridley Scott (Director)
  • Commentary: Mark Bowden (Author) & Ken Nolan (Screenwriter)
  • Commentary: U.S. Special Forces Veterans (’93)
  • Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
  • Audio: English, French, & Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Thai
  • Filmographies
  • Animated Menus
  • Scene Selections
  • Weblinks Disc Two:
  • The Essense of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down-1. Getting It Right -2. Crash Course -3. Battlefield: Morocco -4. Hymn to the Fallen -5. Digital Warriors -6. After Action Report
  • 8 Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Production Design Archive
  • Storyboards with Optional Commentary
  • Ridleygrams with Optional Commentary
  • Jerry Bruckheimer’s Black Hawk Down Photo Album
  • Opening Title Explorations
  • Photo Galleries Disc Three:
  • The History Channel Presents: The True Story of Black Hawk Down
  • PBS Presents: Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu
  • Interactive Mission Map/Timeline
  • Target Building Insertion – Multi-Angle Sequence with Optional Commentary
  • Question & Answer Forums, BAFTA – Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Josh Hartnett, Ewen McGregor, Jason Isaaca, Mark Bowden & Tom Matthews
  • Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild – Pietro Scalia,
  • American Cinematheque – Jerry Bruckheimer & Ridley Scott
  • “Gortoz A Ran – J’Attends” Music Video performed by Denez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard
  • Theatrical Poster Explorations
  • Theatrical Trailers

    Well, that is it for this weeks edition of Hyped UpTM. Come back next week when we take a deeper look into the following weeks releases.- Shane

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