Mid-March has been claimed by The Hobbit. Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be arriving on Digital Download on March 12th. For those who want to wait a week, the film will arrive on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th. Furthermore, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 PM EST. If you want in, you’ll have to have the UltraViolet code that comes when you buy the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, or DVD. An edited version will be archived on the official website (and I’m sure it will be bootlegged to hell during the live-stream).
Hit the jump for a full list of special features. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98 (All prices MSRP). The press release doesn’t say if the 3D Blu-ray will run at 48fps (I don’t know if that’s even possible).
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into the home entertainment market on Blu-ray/DVD today. At the behind-the- scenes press day, director Marc Webb, Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen, Additional Animation Supervisor Dave Schaub, and 3D Visual FX Supervisor Rob Engle talked about the challenges of taking what 3D audiences enjoyed in theaters and putting that into an entertaining 3D Blu-ray. They discussed how their creative team worked together to create the amazing visual effects; why it’s important to know your script really well, commit to sequences and decisions early on, and look at everything in stereo as early as possible to avoid surprises later on; how using Real stereo cameras contributed to the sense of realism; who their favorite characters were; and why it’s important to think about how shots will play in depth and feel in 3D in order to strike a balance between creating an experience and telling a very human story.
Webb also revealed the three V’s of 3D – vertigo, volume and velocity — which made the experience more immersive, how the IMAX environment presented unique creative opportunities, how Jamie Foxx may play Electro in the next Spider-Man, and why his favorite bonus feature is the iPad Second Screen app which he thinks is really cool. Hit the jump for the Q&A, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Webb about The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Paramount has announced that the Blu-ray Combo Pack for Captain America: The First Avenger will hit on October 25th and they’ve released a trailer showing off some of the special features included on the disc. Among the special features will be a new Marvel One-Shot Short film starring Clark Gregg and a behind-the-scenes featurette for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Since Captain America is a great movie, all these special features are icing on a delicious cake.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, the cover art, and a list of all the special features included on the disc. There will also be a limited-edition 3D Blu-ray combo-pack for those who like their superheroes in pointless, post-converted 3D.
While the 3D format continues its move towards home entertainment with more and more titles being released on 3D Blu-ray every month, it looks like Disney is getting in on the action as well. The Walt Disney Company announced today that it plans to release at least fifteen films on 3D Blu-ray throughout 2011. Titles set to hit 3D home video include The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, TRON: Legacy, and Tangled. Not only will the films be presented in 3D, but the special 3D Blu-ray release will come complete with 3D menus, 3D trailers, and an introduction to the world of Disney 3D from The Lion King characters Timon and Pumba. Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Lori MacPherson had this to say:
As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, and the original artists and filmmakers meticulously ‘dimensionalize’ their work for release on the Blu-ray 3D format, we will be offering movie-lovers the most incredible in-home entertainment experience they will ever have
Hit the jump for more, including the other Disney titles planned for a 3D Blu-ray release. [We've updated this story with the official press release]
How badly do you want to see the 3D version of Avatar on Blu-ray right now? Well, it appears that more than a few people are bursting at the seams to visit Pandora in all its 3D glory again ASAP. Currently, the only way to obtain a copy of the 3D Blu-ray version of the highest grossing film of all time is to purchase a Panasonic 3D TV. The film is being bundled with Panasonic’s new (2010) VIERA VT Series and GT Series Full HD 3D Plasma TVs. Given that the 3D disc is currently only available by buying the television, some smart-thinking individuals have decided to throw their copies of the film on eBay to see what they can get, and boy are people bidding. Bids currently range from $88 to $435. Now, Panasonic’s 3D Full HD Ultimate Pack, which includes the Avatar disc, is valued at $399.95. However, that includes two pairs of those super expensive electronic 3D glasses.
Hit the jump for why I think this is crazy.
As the current 3D trend is taking over movie theaters everywhere, it’s now poised to invade your living room. In order to complement the surge in production of 3D televisions and Blu-ray players, The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) has announced 36 titles set to be available just in time for the holiday season, with dozens more to follow in early 2011. 10 of the titles will hit stores on November 16, just in time for Black Friday.
The releases include a wide range of titles from AIX Records, DreamWorks Animation, Giant Screen Films, Image Entertainment, IMAX Corporation, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video. It also includes a number of high-profile titles that will be released as exclusives for certain 3D televisions. “We are excited to see so much industry support for bringing Blu-ray 3D home,” said Ron Sanders, President, Warner Home Video and President, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. “And now, consumers buying 3D home entertainment systems over Black Friday weekend will have ample 3D programming to accompany them.” For a full list of films being released on 3D Blu-ray for the holidays, hit the jump.
While, Warner Bros. has decided to send David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I into theaters without 3D, the studio isn’t leaving the boy wizard’s past adventures alone. Variety reports that the studio’s home entertainment division has hired Prime Focus to convert Yates’ previous Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, into 3D Blu-ray. Because Yates is still at work on Deathly Hallows: Part II, he won’t be able to give his full attention to the 3D conversion until early 2011. However, Variety notes that “the Prime Focus process is flexible enough to permit the director to view shots and ask for adjustments after most work on those shots has been done.”
Hit the jump for more on Warner Bros.’ plans to turn Harry Potter 3D.