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[VIDEO] Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-ray trailer

[VIDEO] Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-ray trailer

Yeah, I know, the video embed above says “DVD Trailer” on it but you know the drill. Not unlike an evil, duplicitous ninja, this trailer serves two masters – advertising both the standard and the high-def disc releases of Kung Fu Panda 2, both apparently due out in October. While the discs haven’t been officially announced by the studio as yet, there’s actually a lot of info kicking around on the Blu-ray disc combo pack. The details below are from the Amazon listing. Expect the official details to be revealed soon-ish!

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2011)

KUNG FU PANDA 2
(October 11, 2011 – MSRP $49.99)
Video: TBA 1080p
Audio: TBA

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Disc One

  • Kung Fu Panda 2 movie
  • Sneak peek episode of the upcoming Nickelodeon TV series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Meet the Cast
  • World of DreamWorks Animation

Disc Two

  • An all-new Po adventure, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters. In this all-new adventure, Po and the Furious Five uncover the legend of three of kung fu’s greatest heroes: Master Thundering Rhino, Master Storming Ox, and Master Croc
  • Panda Stories: Inside the World of the Giant Panda
  • Kung Fu Shuffle
  • Nǐ Hǎo
  • Fortune Telling
  • Create 3D Characters and Masks

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Top 5 New Blu-ray releases for the Week of October 5

Top 5 New Blu-ray releases for the Week of October 5

So, here I am, finally finishing off this post on Sunday afternoon. Almost five days after these discs have been released. And more than a week since anyone has posted on The Blu-ray Blog. Allow me to explain: I’m working super-extra-quadruple overtime right now at my real job (local Montreal alt-news weekly newspaper) which is leaving little time for much beyond office and bed. As a result, both my posts and those of the blogs contributors (sorry, Howard!) have gotten lost in the shuffle. So today, I’m playing a little catch up. Hopefully, you haven’t missed out on any of the gems below due to my negligence. If you have, I’m sure it’s not too late to place that Amazon order now!


1. THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Edition) [Blu-ray]


This is it! This is the big one in a week full of amazing releases. William Friedkin‘s The Exorcist, an adaptation of William Peter Blatty‘s novel of the same name, was one of the most terrifying films of the seventies and remains so today. This new Blu-ray editiion features both the original 1973 cut of the film and the updated 2000 extended director’s cut of the film. I’m happy to report that neither have received the revisionist colour-timing that Friedkin inflicted on the Blu-ray release of his film The French Connection. Both versions of The Exorcist remain as pure as they ever were and, in fact, look better than I’ve ever seen them. The new high-def transfers are wonderful!

Between the great audio/visual presentation here and the bevy of bonus features, grabbing up this disc set is a no-brainer, as they say back in my home town. Don’t wait for the holidays for this one, folks. You want to be showing off your HD set-up with this bad boy in the lead-up to Halloween, when The Exorcist has the greatest power to terrify impress!

For more information, including quotes on the disc from Friedkin and WHV, read our previous post here: The Exorcist coming to Blu-ray in October

Special Features:

Disc 1 – Extended Director’s Cut (2000)

  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • NEW BD Exclusive: Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist — set footage produced and photographed by Owen Roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews with director William Friedkin, actress Linda Blair, author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty and Owen Roizman.
  • NEW BD Exclusive: The Exorcist Locations: GeorgetownThen and Now — Featuring a tour of the iconic locations where the film was shot.
  • NEW BD Exclusive: Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist — with director William Friedkin and author/screenwriter/producer William Peter Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film.
  • Trailers, TV Spots & Radio Spots from the film’s 2000 release
  • Trailers
    • The Version You’ve Never Seen
    • Our Deepest Fears
  • TV Spots
    • Most Electrifying
    • Scariest Ever
    • Returns
  • Radio Spots
    • The Devil Himself
    • Our Deepest Fears

Disc 2 – Theatrical Cut (1973)

  • Introduction by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests
  • The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist [1998 BBC documentary
  • Additional Interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty
    • The Original Cut
    • Stairway to Heaven
    • The Final Reckoning
  • Original Ending
  • Sketches & Storyboards
  • Trailers
    • Nobody Expected It
    • Beyond Comprehension
    • Flash Image
  • TV Spots
    • Beyond Comprehension
    • You Too Can See The Exorcist
    • Between Science & Superstition
    • The Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

Amazon: $23.99


2. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE and THE MALTESE FALCON

Believe me, it was a tough call placing both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon in the second slot this week but there's just no competing with the deluxe 2-disc, digibook extravaganza that is The Exorcist. That said, these two classic John Huston fliks starring Humphrey Bogart are both must-haves for all film fans, representing the finest presentation either has ever seen on home video, with Treasure actually looking quite spectacular! Both feature enough special features to please any fan or to educate any budding film student. Check it out!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Maltese Falcon

  • Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
  • Featurette: The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
  • Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
  • Makeup tests
  • Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1941 – Short Subjects Gallery:
    • Newsreel
    • Musical Short: The Gay Parisian
    • Two Classic Cartoons:
      • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
      • Meet John Doughboy
  • Trailers
    • The Maltese Falcon
    • Sergeant York
    • Satan Met a Lady (1936 previous Falcon movie adaptation)
  • Audio-Only Bonus: Three radio show adaptations – two featuring the movie's original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

  • Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
  • Featurette: Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Feature-length documentary profile: John Huston
  • Outtakes
  • Classic Cartoon: 8 Ball Bunny
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1948 – Short Subjects Gallery:
    • Newsreel
    • Joe McDoakes Comedy Short: So You Want to Be a Detective
    • Classic Cartoon: Hot Cross Bunny
  • Trailers:
    • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    • Key Largo
  • Audio-Only Bonus: Radio show adaptation featuring the movie's original stars

Amazon: $17.49 each


3. THE KARATE KID

The Karate Kid (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2010)

Okay, honestly, this Karate Kid remake is quite great. That's right. It's not just good. It's great. Nevermind that it's more Kung Fu now than Karate, with the location of the film transplanted from the California, USA of the original 1984 classic film to China 2010. And nevermind that aged Japanese sensei Mr. Miyagi has been replaced by Jackie Chan's far more genuinely skilled, and far more Chinese Mr. Han. This is a faithful representation of the tone and themes of the original with a whole new modern spirit and vastly improved photography and musical score. The Blu-ray disc is damn-near flawless, sporting one of the best transfers we've seen all year. The Karate Kid is a winner on Blu-ray!

Amazon: $22.99


4. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

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Amazon: $18.49


5. GRINDHOUSE

Grindhouse (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (2007)

FINALLY! How long have we been waiting for this combined Grindhouse release, featuring both Planet Terror and Death Proof? Like, forever?! Well, now you can have that theatrical experience all over again, with shorter cuts of both films and all the fake-trailers you can stomach (including Machete!) There are a lot of special features on this bad boy, but sadly, no lossless audio.

Amazon: $22.99


ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: DIAMOND EDITION

Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (1991)

Don’t miss out on this incredible Diamond Edition of Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast. I swear, it’s absolutely magnificent. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen from the moment the film began. This is a truly beautiful Blu-ray that shouldn’t be missed by animation or high-def fans.

Read our full review here: Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Disc Review

Amazon: $24.99



THE SECRET OF KELLS

The Secret of Kells (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2010)

Incredible. That’s about all I can say about The Secret of Kells. Every frame of this independently created 2D animation film can stand on its own as a stunning frame of art. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this past years Academy Awards for good reason. I haven’t seen the Blu-ray disc but understand it looks and sounds pretty close to perfect. I’ll be picking this one up as soon as I can!

Amazon: $34.99


ALSO AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY THIS WEEK
Clicking an image will take you to Amazon.com where you can learn more about and purchase the Blu-ray disc:

A Nightmare on Elm Street [Blu-ray] (2010)Splice (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2010)Baseball: The Tenth Inning [Blu-ray]The Mission (Amazon Exclusive) [Blu-ray]



Mad Max (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)Bones: The Complete Fifth Season  [Blu-ray] (2009)Peanuts Holiday Collection (A Charlie Brown Christmas / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) [Blu-ray]The Human Centipede [Blu-ray] (2010)



RoboCop Trilogy [Blu-ray]30 Days of Night: Dark Days (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2010)Sgu Stargate Universe: Complete First Season [Blu-ray]Hard Candy [Blu-ray] (2005)



Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]High Tension [Blu-ray] (2003)Bad Lieutenant (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1992)Secretary [Blu-ray] (2002)



Troll 2 [Blu-ray] (1990)Delgo (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2008)Blue Mountain State: Season One [Blu-ray]The Blair Witch Project [Blu-ray] (1999)



The Year Without a Santa Claus [Blu-ray]Oxford Murders [Blu-ray] (2010)Open Water / Open Water 2: Adrift [Blu-ray]Home Alone Collection [Blu-ray]



Sisters [Blu-ray]Wonderland [Blu-ray] (2003)The Last Rites Of Ransom Pride [Blu-ray] (2009)Battle of Britain (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)


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Blu-ray Announcement Round-up: Gone With the Wind, Willy Wonka, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master, Hero, Zatoichi

Blu-ray Announcement Round-up: Gone With the Wind, Willy Wonka, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master, Hero, Zatoichi

Lots of announcements these last few days, very little in the way of follow up information. All of the films listed below have been announced for release on Blu-ray but have yet to be fully detailed by Warner or Miramax. Here’s what we know so far:

Gone With the Wind Large art Blu-ray

Gone with the Wind: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will hit the shops on November 30. MSRP – $84.99

Willy Wonka Blu-ray

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) will be released on Blu-ray in a Digibook edition (38 page book) on October 20. MSRP – $34.99

Ultimate Force of Four Blu-ray Box setIron Monkey Blu-rayThe Legend of Drunken Master Blu-ray
Miramax will release four martial arts films separately or in a box-set called The Ultimate Force of Four on September 15th. No other details yet on Hero, The Legend of Drunken Master, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi or Iron Monkey. MSRP – $109.99 (MSRP $39.99 each)

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