JUMPER and FUTURAMA: The Beast With A Billion Backs

     April 3, 2008

While many didn’t enjoy Doug Limo’s “Jumper” as much as I did, the film still did extremely well at the worldwide box office, pulling in over $200 million dollars. Since the movie cost less than $100 million to make, I think the chances of a sequel are pretty good. And since I thought the universe that was set up in the first film was a lot of fun, I really hope 20th Century Fox makes another. So to help make that happen, I’m posting the newly announced DVD and Blu-Ray info.

The other film Fox sent out info and cover art on is the next straight to DVD “Futurama” movie called “The Beast With a Billion Backs.” If you didn’t know, this is the second of 4 straight to DVD movies, and since the first one did well, there could be many more to come. For cover art and the synopsis on “Futurama,” it’s below the “Jumper” info.

Anywhere. Anything. Instantly. The evolution of the action thriller takes its biggest jump yet when Jumper makes its global debut on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) on June 10th in North America and from June 16th Internationally from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

From Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and based on the best selling science-fiction novel by Steven Gould, Jumper is an experience “like nothing you’ve seen before” (Good Day NY) and has “something new and cool every five minutes” (The New York Sun). A fantastical journey through space and time, Jumper stars Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Awake) as David, a young man with the uncanny ability to transport himself anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye. Living a carefree life of excess where anything and anywhere is possible, David’s world comes to an abrupt halt when he realizes that his gift is not as unique as he initially thought. Pursued by a secret organization sworn to kill Jumpers, David is forced to form an uneasy alliance with another young Jumper named Griffin (Jamie Bell; King Kong, Flags of our Fathers), becoming a key player in a war that has been raging for thousands of years.

With non-stop action and intense drama, the $180 million worldwide box office hit Jumper features thrilling performances from Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, 1408), Rachel Bilson (“The O.C., The Last Kiss), Diane Lane (Untraceable, Unfaithful) and Michael Rooker (Slither, The Bone Collector). The North American DVD will be available on two-disc special edition and Blu-Ray disc – both including digital copy – and the International DVD will be available as a fully-loaded one-disc. Both Domestic and International versions feature the full-length theatrical film and all new bonus materials not seen in theaters, including Jumper back-story, an animated graphic novel, deleted scenes, audio commentary by the director and producers, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.

Jumper Single-Disc Bonus Features:

The Jumper single-disc DVD is presented in North America in full screen and widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) on a flipper disc with English Dolby Surround 5.1 and Spanish and French Dolby Surround, plus English and Spanish subtitles.

Bonus content includes:

· Audio Commentary By Director Doug Liman, Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg and Producer Lucas Foster

· Jumping From Novel To Film: The Past, Present & Future of Jumper Featurette

· Making An Actor Jump Featurette

· Previz: Future Concepts

Jumper Two-Disc Special Edition Bonus Features:

The North American Jumper two-disc special edition DVD with digital copy includes all the above single-disc content along with the following additional bonus features:

· Doug Liman’s Jumper: Uncensored Featurette

· Jumping Around The World Featurette

· Jumpstart: David’s Story Animated Graphic Novel

· Deleted Scenes

· Inadvertent Jumps

· Alternate Roland Introduction

· Tokyo And The Machine

· David Hides From Roland

· Taxi To Airport – Rome

· Epilogue War

Jumper Blu-Ray Disc Specs:

The North American Jumper BD release will be authored in BD-Java with AVC (MPEG 4 compression) on a dual-layer 50 GB disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio plus English, French and Spanish Dolby Surround and Spanish, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin subtitles. The disc features Digital Copy and all of the above special features plus the Blu-ray exclusive PIP Jumping Around the World.

Good news, everyone! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) proudly presents the second of four all-new feature-length adventures whenFuturama: The Beast With A Billion Backs invades Earth on DVD June 24. In their latest extraterrestrial exploits, Bender, Fry, Leela and crew encounter a repulsive, planet-sized creature with billions of probing tentacles… and soon find themselves involved in a disturbing – yet sensuous – interplanetary love story.

With guest appearances from David Cross (Alvin & The Chipmunks, “Arrested Development”), Brittany Murphy (“King of the Hill,” Sin City), Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, The Beast With A Billion Backs may finally meet its match!

Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs is jammed with bonus material, including commentary from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche, director Peter Avanzino, and producers Claudia Katz, Lee Supercinski, and Michael Rowe; an entire 30-minute “Lost Futurama Adventure”; featurettes “Meet Yivo!” (behind the scenes with David Cross) and “A Brief History of Deathball”; a sneak peek at the next Futurama epic, Bender’s Game; storyboard animatic; deleted scenes; bloopers, and more. Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada. Prebook is May 28, 2008.

This will be the studio’s second carbon-neutral DVD release – its first being Futurama: Bender’s Big Score – solidifying Futurama, Twentieth Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and TCFHE’s commitment to reducing their impact on climate change. For more information on how the carbon emissions were reduced during the production of Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs, please visit http://www.newscorp.com/energy.


In Futurama’s latest and most tentacle-packed epic, space itself rips open, revealing a gateway to another universe. But what lies beyond? Horror? Love? Or maybe both, if it happens to contain a repulsive, planet-sized monster with romantic intentions! Nothing less than the fate of human and robot-kind is at stake as the Futurama crew takes on The Beast With A Billion Backs.

DVD Special Features:

Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs will be presented in widescreen format with English Dolby Surround 5.1, along with French and Spanish subtitles.

Bonus features include:

· Commentary By Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio,Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rowe, Claudia Katz, Peter Avanzino and Lee Supercinski

· Futurama The Lost Adventure – A Long-Lost, Full-Length Adventure Produced for the Futurama Video Game

· Audio Commentary By Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rowe, J. Stewart Burns and Lee Supercinski

· Meet Yivo! Featurette with David Cross

· A Brief History Of Deathball Featurette

· Blooperama: The Futurama Cast At “Work”

· 3D Models With Animator Discussion

· Storyboard Animatic: The Beast With A Billion Backs, Part One

· Deleted Scenes/Storyboards

· Original Opening

· Fry and Colleen Meeting

· St. Asimov Parade

· Zapp and Scientists

· Amy, Fry and Leela

· Scruffy, the Janitor

· Futurama: Bender’s Game – A Sneak Peek at the Next Futurama Epic!

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