Count of Monte Cristo & O Brother Where Art Thou Coming

On September 13th The Count of Monte Cristo and O Brother, Where Art Thou? will both debut for the first time on Blu-ray! More details below and press releases attached.

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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™– September 13, 2011

Includes New Never-Before-Seen “Alternate Final Duel” Scene

Synopsis: Jim Caviezel (Deja Vu) and Guy Pearce (Bedtime Stories) give sizzling performances in

The Count Of Monte Cristo. And now, for the first time, the world’s greatest tale of betrayal, adventure and revenge is more riveting than ever in Blu-ray High Definition!

When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of reprisal in action. Experience the resounding clash of swords and the deadly glint off every razor-sharp blade. With the pristine sound and magnificent picture quality of Blu-ray, this swashbuckling thriller will have you perched on the edge of your seat until the very last drop of sweet revenge is exacted.

Street Date: September 13, 2011

(Direct Prebook: July 19, 2011/ Distributor Prebook: August 2, 2011)

Release Format: Blu-ray

Suggested Retail Price: 1-Disc Blu-ray = $26.50 US / $31.50 Canada

Feature Run Time: 131 minutes

Rated: PG-13 US / PG Canada

The following technical specification applies to film content only:

Aspect Ratio: 1080p HD / 1.85:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish

Bonus Features:

1. 5 Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Filmmakers Including Alternate Final Duel

2. “The Napoleonic World” — Production Design Featurette

3. “En Garde” — Multi-Angle Sword Fighting Feature

4. “The Pen” – A Retrospective on author Alexandre Dumas

5. “Adapting A Classic” — Screenwriting Segment

6. “The Clash Of Steel” — Stunt Choreography Piece

7. Layer-By-Layer — Interactive Sound Design Feature

8. Audio Commentary With DirectorKevin Reynolds

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© 2011 Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. and Spyglass Entertainment Group, LP

George Clooney stars in a Golden Globe Award-Nominated Performance!

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

Debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™– September 13, 2011

Synopsis: George Clooney (The Perfect Storm) and John Turturro (Cars 2) embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious, offbeat road picture. And now, for the first time, this quirky gem shines more brightly than ever in Blu-ray High Definition!

Fed up with crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney) busts loose…except that he’s still shackled to two misfits from his chain gang: bad tempered Pete (Turturro) and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelsen) With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain, the three embark on a riotous odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses and betrayal. Experience every unpredictable moment as it plays out in the crystal-clear sound and breathtaking picture quality of Blu-ray. Populated with strange characters,including a blind prophet, sexy sirens and a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), O Brother, Where Art Thou will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn!

Street Date: September 13, 2011

(Direct Prebook: July 19, 2011/ Distributor Prebook: August 2, 2011)

Release Format: Blu-ray

Suggested Retail Price: 1-Disc Blu-ray = $26.50 US / $31.50 Canada

Bonus Features: Exclusive Behind The Scenes Featurette

Two Storyboard to Scene Comparison

“I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” Music Video

Theatrical Trailer

Feature Run Time: 107 minutes

Rated: PG-13 US / PG Canada

The following technical specification applies to film content only:

Aspect Ratio: 1080p HD / 2.35:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish

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Video Tapes Keep Piling Up

Each year when we go to Disney, or the cruise we always take @3-4 tapes for our video camera.  Last year I started transferring all the tapes from our camcorders to dvd, or Blu-ray.  I am now looking at a pile of tapes that I am sure can be used a second time, but I also have had bad experiences with reusing tapes.  For some reason we lost a whole vacation because we video taped it on second run tapes that we had.  We now use one of many recording devices so that I don’t have as much work to do in transferring them to dvd, or blu-ray.  If you are going to purchase a camcorder try to find one that has a firewire port on it.  This is one of the best ways to transfer video for editing, and movie making.

Having multiple recording devices has helped us out.  We have 2 Flip cameras, and 1 DV camcorder.  On top of that we have multiple cameras that go with us to Disney.  Word to the wise… Bring a extra memory card for your cameras so that you don’t have to worry about downloading the camera each night while in Disney.

Usually I have extra memory cards, but for the most part I download the photos nightly into our laptop so that we can sort through them before the count gets out of hand.

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Disney Oscar Nominations Go To…

 

THE Walt disney studios Celebrates
12 Oscar
® Nominations for TOY STORY 3,
ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND MORE     
Disney•Pixar animated film earns Best Picture nomination for second straight year

BURBANK, Calif. – January 25, 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios is proud to announce its 2010 films have earned 12 Oscar® nominations. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced five nominations for Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, including for the coveted title of Best Picture; three for Alice in Wonderland, and one each for Day & Night, Tangled, The Tempest and TRON: Legacy.

“2010 was a banner year for The Walt Disney Studios, and we are thrilled that the Academy has chosen to recognize both our animated blockbusters Toy Story 3 and Tangled and our live-action hits Alice in Wonderland and TRON: Legacy for their artistry, technical achievements and storytelling,” said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Toy Story 3 marks only the third time in history that Academy members have honored an animated film in the Best Picture category. It also earned a nomination for Adapted Screenplay – making it the fourth consecutive screenplay nomination for a Disney•Pixar film. The Toy Story trilogy’s tally of Oscar nominations now stands at nine.

Commenting on the announcement, John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, said, “To have Toy Story 3 represented in the Best Picture category is a great honor, and a fitting tribute to director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and all of the talented people at Pixar, who worked so hard to live up to and exceed the standards and expectations of Toy Story fans and moviegoers all over the world.” 

A summary of nominations for The Walt Disney Studios is as follows:

Toy Story 3

Best Motion Picture of the Year – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) A Pixar Production
Darla K. Anderson, Producer

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Achievement in Sound Editing – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

Adapted Screenplay – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

Alice in Wonderland
Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood

Achievement in Visual Effects – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Day & Night
Best Animated Short Film – Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton

Tangled
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – “I See the Light” from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Glenn Slater

The Tempest
Achievement in Costume Design – The Tempest (Touchstone) Sandy Powell

TRON: Legacy
Achievement in Sound Editing – TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney) Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

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Disney Dream Enchanted Garden

Here’s another video of construction on the Disney Dream.



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Beauty & The Beast Diamond Edition

My daughter loves watching some of the older Disney movies once they come out on DVD, and Bluray.  This is because we have the older movies, but they are on VHS.  That being said we don’t watch them because I don’t believe in VHS technology at this point.

We recently got information about another upcoming title from Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

A Beloved Fairy Tale Is Restored To All New Heights On Blu-ray™!
Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic

Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition

On Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack – October 5, 2010  
And Standard Definition DVD – November 23, 2010

Burbank, Calif., March 29, 2010 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly
announces the Blu-ray high-definition debut of Disney’s animated masterpiece, Beauty and the
Beast on October 5, 2010.   

Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as
the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation
reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art
picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing
experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks,
immersive games and more.

The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture
(the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award® nominations and
won two Oscars® in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original
Score.  

Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault
for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October
5, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November
23.  
 
The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of
$39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.

Film Synopsis:
Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast
follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape
from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile,
off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who
turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects.
In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection
before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the
Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s
place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and
discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
 
Film Accolades:
Beauty and the Beast received two Academy Awards® for music in 1992, three Golden Globes®
for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in 1992, and two Grammy Awards
in 1993. Listed as number seven on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Animated Films, Beauty
and the Beast helped define Disney animation for a new generation as the second film in the “Disney
Animation Renaissance” (1989-1999) which launched with The Little Mermaid and revitalized animated
features by captivating mature audiences while still delighting young viewers.  
 
Beauty and the Beast features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige
O’Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby
Benson (TV’s “American Dreams”) delivers a powerful portrayal of the Beast. Three-time Oscar®-
nominated screen star (The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946,
and Gaslight in 1945) and six-time Golden Globe® award winner (TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” in
1992, 1990, 1987 and 1985, The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, and The Picture of Dorian Grey
in 1946), Angela Lansbury gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. The late Jerry Orbach (TV’s
“Law and Order,” “House of Mouse”) shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra,
and David Ogden-Stiers (TV’s “M*A*S*H,” Lilo & Stitch) is Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel
clock who functions as the head of the household.   
 
Beauty and the Beast was also the first Disney animated film to inspire a Broadway stage
production by the same name. Highlighting the film’s music by Alan Menken and Howard
Ashman, seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty… was nominated for
nine Tony Awards in 1994 and ran on Broadway for 5,464 performances until 2007, becoming
Broadway’s sixth-longest running production in history.

About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:
The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated
classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles
to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature
groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity,
personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

About Disney Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):  
To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in
2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD in a single package. Current
Disney Animated Classic titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment:
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry,
is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures,
Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt
Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

I wish they would actually put diamonds, or platinum in with the movies.  This way the title would make more sense to the unknowing.

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