Fox Blu-ray Wave 1… and then Some

We might be a little behind on our coverage of the new hi-def mediums, but things will be picking up here at EyeCraveDVD with some of our reviewers getting their hands on the respective players… Our first helping of HD-DVD reviews are on route and with the release of the PS3 our first helping of Blu-ray reviews will also surface, but that does mean we can’t tell you all about the title being release from Fox Home Entertainment next week in the fancy blue cases… read on for more All the following titles will be available on November 14th with the exception of ICE AGE: The MELTDOWN, which will be released on November 21st. Click on the cover art to enlarge it.

BEHIND ENEMY LINESNot much to get excited about other than audio and picture quality if you have the correct setup that can decode 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless)? The Blu-ray title will also feature Spanish & French Dolby Digital 5.1 with subtitles in the same language. The video presentation will be in Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1). Bonus features are light featuring a Commentary by Director John Moore and Editor Martin Smith and a Commentary by Producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey. Also included will be a High Definition Theatrical Trailers.

STORY SYNOPSIS: Fighter navigator Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) wants out of the Navy: he was looking for something more than boring recon missions he’s been flying. He finds himself the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But, when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert (Gene Hackman) finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way.

FANTASTIC FOUR“It’s cloberring time!” With Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) and English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), plus French Dolby Digital 5.1, Fantastic Four will be one fancy looking Blu-ray title. Extras will feature a Cast Commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon and High Definition Theatrical Trailers. Oooh exciting.

STORY SYNOPSIS: Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis head a sexy, star-powered cast in this explosive adventure about a quartet of flawed, ordinary human beings who suddenly find themselves with extraordinary abilities.After exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronauts become the most remarkable, if dysfunctional, superheroes of all time. Unfortunately, the mission’s sponsor has also been transformed – into the world’s most lethal supervillain – setting the stage for a confrontation of epic proportions. Packed with nonstop action, big laughs and awesome special effects, Fantastic 4 is “powerful fun” (The Baltimore Sun) from start to finish!

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR’S CUTThis’ll be an easy one to sum up….Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless)Language: Subtitled: English, Spanish, & French Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1OK. I’m done.

STORY SYNOPSIS: Among the best directors of our time, Ridley Scott (Gladiator), contributes generously to this extraordinary Collector’s Edition of Kingdom of Heaven. Featuring his Director’s Cut of the film and hours of fascinating extras – including a six-part tour from conception to completion of filmmaking – this definitive set makes what Variety called a “genuinely spectacular” film even more so!An epic marvel that’s as beautifully acted as it is visually awesome, Kingdom of Heaven stars Orlando Bloom as Balian, a Jerusalem blacksmith who has lost his family – and his faith. But when his father (Liam Neeson) shows him his destiny, Balian vows to defend his country, and in the process, falls in love, becomes a formidable leader, and steps forever into history.

KISS OF THE DRAGONAlright. I’m just going to get really lazy now ;)Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless) / Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Language: Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1 Bonus Features: Commentary by Chris Nahon, Jet Li and Bridget Fonda and High Definition Theatrical Trailers.

STORY SYNOPSIS: Martial arts genius Jet Li explodes onto the screen with an intensity not seen since Bruce Lee. “Kiss of the Dragon” is not merely a thriller but a shocker. (San Francisco Chronicle) China’s top secret agent visits Paris on a pleasure trip only to encounter government espionage at the highest level. “Li’s action sequences are like an oil fire, spilling from one room into the next and lighing up in the interiors with heat and wreakage”! (The New York Times)

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMENAudio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless) / Spanish & French: Dolby Digital 5.1Language: Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1 Bonus Features:*Commentary by Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert, and Actors Jason Flemyng, Tony Curran and Shane West* Commentary by Costume Designer Jacqueline West, Visual Effects Supervisor John E. Sullivan, Makeup Effects Supervisor Steve Johnson and Miniatures Creator Matthew Gratzner* Trivia Track* Search Content* Personal Scene Selections* LXG: Shooting Gallery Game* High Definition Theatrical Trailers

STORY SYNOPSIS: A hunter, a scientist, a vampire, an invisible man, an immortal, a spy, a beast…when a masked madman known as “The Fantom” threatens to launch global Armageddon, legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) commands a legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen. Now, despite fighting their own personal demons – and each other – they mush join forces to save the world. Sean Connery leads a stellar cast in this breathtaking, “thrill-a-minute” (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV) extravaganza loaded with “eye-popping effects and amazing action!” (Bill Bregoli, Westwood One).

THE OMEN (2006)This title will feature an exclusive trivia track (The Devil’s Footnotes) available only on the Blu-ray release.Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), Spanish & French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Language: Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.85:1 Bonus Features:* Director, Producer and Editor Commentary – John Moore, Glen Williamson and Dan Zimmerman* Abbey Road Sessions Featurette* Revelations 666 Featurette* Two Extended Scenes:-Impaling-Beheading

STORY SYNOPSIS: In this chilling remake of The Omen — that is even more terrifying than the original — man’s darkest fears are manifested as an unspeakable terror is unleashed on the world! U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) substitutes an orphan for his own stillborn baby in order to spare his unknowing wife (Julia Stiles). But after a series of grotesque murders and dire warnings, the Thorns come to the horrifying realization that their child is the son of Satan!

SPEEDAudio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless) / French: Dolby SurroundLanguage: Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1 Bonus Features:* Commentary by Director Jan De Bont* Commentary by Screenwriter Graham Yost and Producer Mark Gordon* Trivia Track* Speed: Take Down Game* Search Content* Personal Scene Selection* High Definition Theatrical Trailers

STORY SYNOPSIS: Hold on tight for a rush of pulse-pounding thrills, breathtaking stunts and unexpected romance in a film you’ll want to see again and again. Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven, an L.A.P.D. SWAT team specialist who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Dennis Hopper) has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and passenger Sandra Bullock must keep the bus speeding through the streets of Los Angeles at more than 50 miles per hour – or the bomb will explode. A high-octane chase of suspense, non-stop action and surprise twists, Speed is a joyride sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

THE TRANSPORTER: SPECIAL EDITIONAudio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless) / Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 / French: Dolby Digital 5.1Language: Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1Bonus Features: * Commentary by Jason Statham and Producer Steven Chasman* High Definition Theatrical Trailers

STORY SYNOPSIS: Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is the best as what he does: transporting dangerous or illegal goods with no questions asked. But his last shipment, a beautiful young woman kidnapped by international slave traders, brings deadly complications to his delivery plans. Now Frank must kick into overdrive in a nonstop action-packed fight to save his precious cargo – and his life.

X-MEN: THE LAST STANDAudio: English: 6.1 DTS HD Master Audio Loss / Spanish & French: Dolby Digital 5.1Language: Dubbed & Subtitled: English & SpanishTheatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.40:1Bonus Features:* Director and writer commentary by Brett Ratner, Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg* Producer commentary by Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter* 12 deleted scenes with optional director and writer commentary by Brett Ratner, Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg* Pop-up Trivia Track* High Definition Theatrical Trailers

STORY SYNOPSIS: Experience the awesome power of The X-Men’s epic, final battle. Join well-known mutant heroes and villains, and meet a cadre of all-new warriors — including Angel, Beast, Juggernaut and Colossus — in this thrilling, explosive adventure!After a controversial “cure” is discovered, mutants can choose to retain their superhuman abilities or give up their unique gifts and become “normal.” When peaceful mutant leader Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) clashes with his militant counterpart, Magneto (Ian McKellen), the battle lines are drawn for the war to end all wars.Bursting with nonstop action, spectacular special effects and exclusive extras, X-MEN THE LAST STAND is a force of nature that “will blow you away!”

ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWNWhen you watch Manny, Sid and Diego on Blu-ray you’ll be seeing them in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) and will be hearing the metldown in English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), as well as Spanish & French: Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles available in English & Spanish. Looks like the bonus features are the same as what’s on the single disc standard def DVD due the same day.* Commentaries by Director Carlos Saldanha, Producer Lori Forte, and Production Team* Scrat Short – “No Time for Nuts” * Crash & Eddie Stunts – Three Short Shorts * The Animation Director’s Chair – Storyboard, Animation, Final for “Play Dead,” “Fish Story,” “Nuts,” “Family,” “Face Off,” “Drain”* Lost Historical Films on the Ice Age Period: -The Sloth “Nature’s Lovable Lisper”-The Wooly Mammoth “Nature’s Beast of Burden” -The Saber-Tooth Squirrel “Nature’s Nutty Buddy”-The Saber-Tooth Tiger, “Nature’s Fearsome Feline” -The Vulture “Nature’s Cleaners”-The Possum “Nature’s Spunky Spectacles”* Scrat’s Piranha Smackdown Sound Effects Lab* Outtake Prank* Artist Gallery Channel* “The Ice Age Factoid Meltdown” Game* “Who’s Your Buddy?” Game

STORY SYNOPSIS: Your favorite sub-zero heroes are back for another incredible adventure in the super-cool animated comedy Ice Age the Meltdown! The action heats up – and so does the temperature – for Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat. Trying to escape the valley to avoid a flood of trouble, the comical creatures embark on a hilarious journey across the thawing landscape and meet Ellie, a female woolly mammoth who melts Manny’s heart. With its dazzling animation, unforgettable characters and an all-new Scrat short, Ice Age: The Meltdown is laugh-out-loud fun for the whole family!

Well there you have it. Blu-ray Wave 1 from Fox Home Entertainment. Stay tuned for our reviews of these titles over the weeks to come and as explodes into the Hi-Def arena.

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