Month: April 2011

Cover Artwork From “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Single-Disc DVD Release

The cover artwork for the upcoming single-disc DVD release of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the upcoming direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie feature, has been released by Warner Home Video. Initial details for the release are also available. Please click on the image below for a closer look.


Initial details state the single-disc DVD release of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will only include a featurette for the upcoming direct-to-video Batman: Year One animated feature and an additional featurette on the recent All-Star Superman direct-to-video animated feature. Additionally, while Warner Home Video has revealed cover artwork for a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the studio has yet to officially release any details on such a title. Artwork for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Two-Disc Special Edition DVD can be found here.

Click here to view the trailer for the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature here at The World’s Finest.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature debuts June 7th, 2011 on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Warner Home Video has issued the following press release for the recently announced Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978 – 2006) collection. Complete details for the upcoming release, arriving on shelves June 7th, 2011, can be found below along with package artwork. Please click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.

SUPERMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY (1978-2006)
DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY JUNE 7 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Collection Includes All Five Films in the Theatrical Franchise, Two Alternate Versions and 20 Hours of Bonus Features


Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros. Green Lantern, his arrival couldnt be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (WHV) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring Christopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman I and Superman II.

Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own comprehensive Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray includes all six versions of the films in the original Superman theatrical franchise — Superman: The Movie Original Theatrical, Superman: The Movie Expanded Edition, Superman II Original Theatrical, Superman II The Richard Donner Cut, Superman III Original Theatrical, Superman IV Original Theatrical, plus Superman Returns. The Collection also boasts 20 hours of bonus features including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns. Also included are two documentaries in hi-def, Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman and The Science of Superman, as well as You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman, deleted scenes, and much more. Fan-boys and technophiles will especially appreciate that all of the Superman films are being released with English DTS-HD-MA soundtrack for superior sound quality. Also included is Movie Cash good up to $8 off one admission ticket to see the newest Warner Bros. superhero film, Green Lantern, at participating theaters between June 17, 2011 and July 3, 2011i. The eight-disc collection will be available for $129.95 SRP. Orders are due May 3, 2011.

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology is also available On Demand and for download through online retailers including iTunes and Amazon on Demand.

About The Films
Superman: The Original Theatrical Movie (1978) and Expanded Edition (2001)
A box-office smash, an Academy Award winner and a fan favorite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. At its heart (just as in three sequels) is Christopher Reeves intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel.

Variety called Superman a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy. The movies legacy soared even higher when director Richard Donner revisited this beloved adventure 22 years later and integrated eight additional minutes into the film. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his sons purpose on Earth and an extended sequence inside Lex Luthors gauntlet of doom. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give indelible performances that fuel the films aura of legend.

Disc #1
Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical
Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]
Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]
Warner Bros. Cartoons
-Super-Rabbit [1943 WB cartoon]
-Snafuperman [1944 WB cartoon]
-Stupor Duck [1956 WB cartoon]
Trailers

Disc #2
Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition
Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Extended Version)
Taking Flight: The Development of Superman
Making Superman: Filming the Legend
The Magic Behind the Cape
Screen Tests
-Superman
-Lois Lane with Optional Commentary
-Ursa
A Selection of Restored Scenes
Additional Music Cues
-Main Titles
-Alternate Main Titles
-The Councils Decision
-The Krypton Quake
-More Mugger/Introducing Otis
-Air Force One
-Can You Read My Mind (Pop Version)
Music Only Track (Donner Cut)

Superman II (1980 and The Richard Donner Cut)
I thought the original Superman was terrific entertainment, the Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert wrote, and so I was a little startled to discover that I liked Superman II even more. Unwittingly released from Phantom Zone imprisonment, three super-powered Kryptonian criminals (Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack OHalloran) plan to enslave Earth just when Superman (Christopher Reeve) decides to show a more romantic side to Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Gene Hackman (as Lex Luthor) also returns from the first film and with a top supporting cast, witty Richard Lester direction and visuals that astound and delight.

Superman II -The Richard Donner Cut delighted fans who, for years, had been imploring Warner Home Video to release the Donner cut. In fact, the director had already shot most of the Superman II footage during Superman: The Movie. But as production on the sequel continued, creative differences between the director and the films producers became irreconcilable and Donner left the project. Although Richard Lester was hired to finish production, he chose to make major changes to the film, leaving only vestiges of Donners original vision and concepts in the version of Superman II that was ultimately released to theaters.

Nearly thirty years later, Warner Home Video was delighted to grant the wishes of countless Superman fans. With this DVD release, Richard Donner had become the first director in history to be able to complete a film he left during production with nearly all his footage in the can. Adding back a substantial amount of that unused footage, the director has seen his original vision restored and brought to fruition.

Most notably, the Donner cut restores the Marlon Brando role, filmed for, but not included in the final theatrical release version of Superman II. The legendary Brandos performance as Jor-El has finally been restored in key scenes that amplify the Superman lore and deepen the profound relationship between father and son.

With so many other changes, large and small, including a variety of Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) schemes to unmask Clark Kent as Superman, this Superman II proved to be an eye-opening experience and an important addition to film history.

Disc #3
Superman II, Original Theatrical
Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
The Making of Superman II [1980 TV special]
Deleted Scene
First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series
Fleischer Studios Superman
-Superman
-The Mechanical Monsters
-Billion Dollar Limited
-The Arctic Giant
-The Bulleteers
-The Magnetic Telescope
-Electric Earthquake
-Volcano
-Terror on the Midway
Theatrical Trailer

Disc #4
Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut
Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Donner Cut)
Introduction by Richard Donner
Superman II: Restoring the Vision
Deleted Scenes
Famous Studios Superman
-Japoteurs
-Showdown
-Eleventh Hour
-Destruction, Inc
-The Mummy Strikes
-Jungle Drums
-The Underground World
-Secret Agent

Superman III Theatrical Version (1983)
After Superman: The Movies epic storytelling and Superman IIs awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role, deepening his characters human side as Clark Kent reunites with old flame Lana Lang (Annette OToole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling skill. Incredible visual effects abound but above all it has heart, heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance.

Disc #5
Superman III Theatrical Version
Commentary by Iilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
The Making of Superman III (1983 TV Special)
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Superman IV The Quest For Peace Theatrical Version (1987)
Christopher Reeve not only dons the cape for the fourth time but also helped develop the movies provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. For me, its the most personal of the entire series, Reeve said. It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing. Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China.

Disc #6
Superman IV The Quest For Peace Theatrical Version
Commentary by Mark Rosenthal
Superman 50th Anniversary Special (1988 TV Special)
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

Superman Returns (2006)
He’s back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fianc and a Pulitzer for “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.” And Lex Luthor has a plan that will destroy millions – no, billions – of lives.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer (X-Men) gives the world the Superman it needs, honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero’s cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. And the thrills – from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo jet to a continent-convulsing showdown – redefine Wow.

Disc #7
Superman Returns
Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns
-Pt. 1 Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman
-Pt. 2 The Crystal Method: Designing Superman
-Pt. 3 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman on the Farm
-Pt. 4 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in the City
-Pt. 5 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in Peril
-Pt. 6 The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman
-Pt. 7 Hes Always Around: Wrapping Superman
Resurrecting Jor-El
Deleted Scenes including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns
Bryan Singers Journals Video production journals
Trailers

Disc #8
Additional Bonus Material
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman [Hi-Def]
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman
-Pt. 1- Origin
-Pt. 2- Vision
-Pt. 3- Ascent
-Pt. 4- Crisis
-Pt. 5- Redemption
The Science of Superman [Hi-Def]
The Mythology of Superman
The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve
The Adventures of Superpup [1958 TV pilot]

SUPERMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY ON BLU-RAY
Street Date: June 7, 2011
Order Due Date: May 3, 2011
Catalog/UPC #: 1000202043 / 883929189014
Pricing: $129.95 SRP
Running Time: 906 Mins. (Features only; combined)
Rating: PG-13
For more information: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com/

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Comics
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

Warner Home Video has also issued a trailer for the the upcoming Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1978 – 2006 home video collection. Click on the image below to view the trailer in the Quicktime format.


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“Justice League: Doom” Named First 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movie

DC Universe Animated Original Movie Producer Bruce Timm revealed Justice League: Doom will be the first title from the the acclaimed direct-to-video home video line to be released in 2012, though the name of the feature could change before street date. Timm made the announcement during the annual WonderCon convention.

Justice League: Doom will be loosely based on the acclaimed Justice League of America: Tower of Babel comic storyline, originally published in 2000. The late Dwayne McDuffie adapted and wrote the script for the forthcoming animated feature. Further details on the creative team are set to be announced soon.

The Justice League: Doom announcement was made Friday night, April 1st, 2011, by Timm during a special presentation of the upcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights animated feature at WonderCon. WonderCon is a popular comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention, held every year in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additionally, further details on other 2012 titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line are set to be announced later this year. The currently-titled Justice League: Doom, set for a Spring 2012 release on home video, is a co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Warner Home Video has issued a trailer for the the upcoming Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1978 – 2006 home video collection, available on Blu-ray June 7th, 2011. Click on the image below to view the trailer in the Quicktime format.


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All-New Interview With “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Producer James Tucker

Click on the image below to read an all-new exclusive The World’s Finest interview with James Tucker, Producer for Batman: The Brave and The Bold. In this interview, Tucker gives an inside scoop of what fans can expect in upcoming episodes of the third and final season of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and much more.


Batman: The Brave and The Bold currently airs Fridays at 6:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Details on this week’s new episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, “Bat-Mite Presents: Batmans Strangest Cases!,” can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. “Bat-Mite Presents: Batmans Strangest Cases!” is scheduled to air tonight, Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 6:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

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