DVD Bounty #2

As with out previous DVD Bounty article we’ve compiled some of the titles we’ve missed recently for all you hardcore DVD fanatics out there.Head inside for a slew of titles and cover art… including Kings, Spiders, Children, Virgins, and Rocky… The Last King of ScotlandFox Searchlight will release the Academy Award nominated Forrest Whitaker film on April 17th.Details are still light, but we do know that it will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1. Also included will be a director’s audio commentary, seven deleted scenes, and the documentary Capturing Idi Amin, although the tag “and more…” may apply.Stay tuned for the Cover Art when it becomes available.Spider-Man 2.1Waaaaaaaay back in 2004, Jonathan posted a story about Spider-Man 2.5 hitting DVD at some point in time. Now, 2.5 years later Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced Spider-Man 2.1 set to street April 17th.The movie has been extended with *gasp* 8-minutes of extra footage. You can expect a 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer along with Dolby Digital 5.1 track. You can find the rest of the info below in the official press release.CULVER CITY, CALIF. (February 5, 2007) – The year of Spider-Man kicks off with the DVD debut on April 17 of Spider-Man 2.1: Extended Cut, introducing eight minutes of never-before-seen footage. An absolute must for all collectors, the release comes loaded with all-new bonus materials, including an introduction by producers Grant Curtis and Avi Arad; commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and by two-time Oscar® winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent (Julia, 1978; Ordinary People, 1981); the featurette Inside 2.1, highlighting new visual effects, editing and sound design; and a sneak peek of Spider-Man 3 (in theaters May 4). The two-disc extended cut will be available for $19.94 SRP.Spider-Man 2 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first adventure: Tobey Maguire (The Good German, Seabiscuit), Kirsten Dunst (Bring It On, Marie Antoinette), James Franco (Annapolis, The Wicker Man), Rosemary Harris (Being Julia) and J.K. Simmons (Thank You for Smoking), all under the leadership of director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) and producers Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man, Pretty Woman) and Marvel’s Avi Arad (X-Men, Daredevil). Joining the ensemble cast are Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code) as Dr. Otto Octavius (“Doc Ock”), Daniel Gillies (Bride & Prejudice) as John Jameson, Vanessa Ferlito (Grindhouse) as Louise, Dylan Baker (The Matador) as Dr. Curt Connors and Donna Murphy (World Trade Center) as Rosalie Octavius. In Spider-Man 2 – which set box-office records and earned over $780 million worldwide – Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as college student and a superhuman crime fighter. Peter’s life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius (Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled “Doc Ock.” When Doc Ock kidnaps MJ (Dunst), Spider-Man must swing back into action as the adventure reaches new heights of unprecedented excitement.DVD Special Features Include: – Introduction by Grant Curtis and Avi Arad – Featurette: Inside 2.1 – Commentary by Laura Ziskin and Alvin Sargent – Sneak Peak at Spider-Man 3 – Digitally Remastered Audio and Video – Audio: English – Subtitles: English – Bonus Previews

The Pursuit of HappynessThe title may not be spelt properly, but it all plays part in this fantastic drama starring Will Smith and his son Jaden. The elder Smith is nominated for a, much deserved, Oscar for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. The standard definition and Blu-ray versions will both be released on March 27th.The DVD will feature 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The goodies will include the following: Audio Commentary w/ director Gabriele Muccino, Father and Son: Onscreen and Off featurette, Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream featurette, Inside the Rubik’s Cube featurette, and an audio only version of the song “I Can”.
Rocky BalboaThe Italian Stallion is back on DVD March 20th on both standard edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Read on below for the press release, but good news one front is… all the extras are in high definition.Culver City, CA (February 12, 2007) – The final round of the Academy Award®-winning Rocky franchise is upon us, as Sylvester Stallone and former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Antonio Tarver, duke it out in Rocky Balboa, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on March 20, 2007. Starring, written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, this “inspiring” (Newsweek) underdog story marks the “triumphant final chapter” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times) of the Philadelphia-bred boxer with heart that the world has come to know and love as the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa. The DVD is loaded with bonus features, including hilarious boxing bloopers and deleted scenes, and the Blu-ray Disc presents these knockout features in high-definition on a 50GB disc. Jump in the ring with this action-packed title that will be available at a SLP of $28.95 for DVD, $38.96 for Blu-Ray Disc and $28.95 for PSP.SYNOPSISRocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has now been retired for some time, but hard-up for money, he decides to step back into the ring against a few small-time boxers. Everything changes, though, when Rocky is offered the opportunity to step in with the reigning Heavyweight Champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon. Does Rocky still have what it takes to make another Championship comeback? DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE*: – Deleted Scenes including an alternate ending – Boxing Bloopers – Skill vs. Will: The Making of Rocky Balboa – Reality in the Ring: Filming Rocky’s Final Fight – Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone – Virtual Champion: Creating the Computer Fight *All features on Blu-ray in high-definition
Children of MenMarch is shaping up to be a serious cash flow disrupter with another hot title, this one from director Alfonso Cuarón. Children of Men starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, will hit store shelves on March 27th. It will also be available in a HD DVD / DVD combo disc on the same day.The movie will get an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The only thing that we know about the extras thus far is that they will include Deleted Scenes and featurettes.
40-Year Old Virgin: UnratedThis’ll be a quick one. Universal has announced that they are, in fact, releasing an Unrated Cut of the comedy 40-Year Old Virgin May 22nd on a single disc and two disc edition. It will also make it way to HD DVD.

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