The Jodie Foster/David Fincher flick “Panic Room” fell from 1 to 2 and the Samuel L. Jackson/Ben Affleck flick “Changing Lanes” was the leader at the North American Weekend Box Office.
THIS TIME YOU GET ALL THE FACTS
Normally when I post something here I take the information and edit it down for you to read. With the announcement of the upcoming “Memento” Special Edition DVD I thought you should know everything I know so you can get as excited as I am.
So here is the official press release:
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CULVER CITY, Calif. (April 12, 2002) — MEMENTO, the intricately designed, double-Oscar-nominated cinematic mystery, will be released May 21 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in a highly anticipated, two-disc limited-edition DVD designed by writer-director Christopher Nolan.
For viewers, the surprises and mysteries only begin with the critically lauded box-office hit, which was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and was the winner of four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture. In fact, the limited-edition DVD offers a series of mindbenders and challenges designed by Nolan that begin the moment one of the setís two discs is inserted into the player. At its core, the DVD is constructed as an elaborate mental puzzle that the viewer must solve in order to watch the film and the added-value elements.
“I’ve enjoyed flexing my creative muscles to come up with something completely new and unique to the DVD format,” said writer/director Christopher Nolan. “I hope fans of MEMENTO will enjoy not only the film, but also the extra features and challenges that the DVD offers.”
The MEMENTO limited-edition DVD features the most extensive, full-length directorís commentary since the filmís theatrical release. One disc is devoted to the film itself, which has been digitally remastered and promises the best-ever viewing experience of MEMENTO. It also includes a surprise-filled commentary by Christopher Nolan.
The second disc offers a wealth of special features that includes the 23-minute documentary “Anatomy of a Scene.” Originally shown on The Sundance Channel, it breaks down a single scene from script to design to photography to its final screen version. Also included on the limited-edition DVD is the original short story by Jonathan Nolan, as well as a a “directorís script” that allows viewers to dissect the filmís unique structure by switching between a scene and Nolanís annotated film script by using a DVD playerís angle-change feature.
The newly designed limited edition of MEMENTO will be housed in some of the most unique and creative packaging ever produced, and within it viewers will find hidden assistance to solving the puzzles of the DVD.
In MEMENTO, Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) plays Leonard Shelby, a man who finds himself without any recollection of recent events – except the knowledge that his wife has been murdered. Using instant photos and a body filled with tattooed reminders, he pursues the man he believes responsible for his wifeís death. Or does he?
MEMENTO: Also starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano. Executive Producers Aaron Ryder, William Tyrer, Chris J. Ball. Produced by Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd. Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on a story by Jonathan Nolan. Directed by
* Limited-Edition, Two-Disc Set
* Remastered in High Definition
* Widescreen Presentation
* Directorís Commentary
* Directorís Script
* “Anatomy of a Scene” Sundance Channel Documentary
* Production Stills and Sketches
* Theatrical Trailer, International Trailer and TV Advertising
* Audio: DTS English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround)
* Subtitles: English, Spanish
* Scene Selections
MPAA Rating: R / Original Release: 2001
Color / Closed Captioned / 113 minutes
DVD #07646 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07646-4
Order Date: April 23, 2002
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures’ global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries worldwide. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.spe.sony.com
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GET READY TO LAUGH IN JULY
It’s going to be an comedy bonanza from Paramount on July 16, with a big wave of fan favorites all hitting DVD for the first time. They all feature new anamorphic widescreen transfers plus English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround tracks, except where noted.
And the titles are: Top Secret!, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, The Big Bus (mono only), Gung Ho, Better Off Dead (2.0 stereo only), Black Sheep, It Came From Hollywood (mono only), and the recent theatrical release Mean Machine.
Extras are minimal with only trailers, except for Top Secret, which includes an audio commentary by directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, four alternate scenes with commentary, storyboards, and the trailer.
I’m giggling already!
Oh boy, I can’t wait to see what their kids look like!
STAN LEE AND KEVIN SMITH TO RELEASE AN AWESOME DVD
Comic legend Stan Lee and “Dogma” director Kevin Smith have collaborated on a new documentary that tells all about the creation of Marvel Comics’ characters — including “Spider-Man.”
The Hollywood Reporter said Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has purchased distribution rights for the DVD and VHS release of “Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.”
Smith (“Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy”), a devoted comic fan, conducted a two-hour interview with Lee and questioned him about the history of Marvel Comics and the creation of “Spider-Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The X-Men,” “The Silver Surfer,” “Daredevil” and other Marvel heroes.
“This project is primarily about Spider-Man and Marvel Comics, which presents natural promotional opportunities with our ‘Spider-Man’ movie, especially since Stan and Kevin are excited to do press and publicity for this,” Columbia’s Michael Stratford told The Hollywood Reporter.
The project is due for release May 14, a mere 11 days after director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” movie opens in theatres, the report said.
“We also feel that this is a good opportunity to try something different — it is a very different kind of program than anything we have released before. There is a lot of content there not just for die-hard fans but even for people who may be more interested in the movie than the comics,” Stratford told The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s no coincidence that the video comes at a time when Hollywood and movie audiences are displaying a healthy appetite for comic-book heroes. Aside from “Spider-Man” and an upcoming “X-Men” sequel, director Ang Lee is working on an “Incredible Hulk” movie, while “Daredevil,” “Dr. Strange,” “Ghost Rider” “Iron Fist” are among a host of properties from Marvel and other comic companies being adapted for the big screen.
“Comics are definitely getting more respect now, and that is mostly because of the movies,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Hollywood has started to realize that what you have to do is make all of the characters relevant and believable. The characters in these superhero movies, when you strip away the superpowers, they have to be characters you feel could really exist. I think people have started to realize that they may be comic characters, but you can’t treat them in a silly way.”
Captain Picard spills beans about new ‘Trek’ film
We can expect to see a whole new planet full of bad guys in the forthcoming “Star Trek: Nemesis” movie.
Patrick Stewart, who once again portrays Captain Picard, told TV Guide that the new film will show that Romulus has a sister planet called Remus.
“So you’re going to meet the inhabitants of that planet, the Remans, who are quite unlike anything you’ve seen before,” he told TV Guide.
“I think they might be the most successful aliens (makeup designer) Michael Westmore has ever produced — I even include the Borg in saying this. He’s brought an alien race to life in an entirely convincing way. There’s something very novel and unique in their design. They’re imposing and sinister in a very different way from the Borg,” Stewart said.
The report said Stewart is also set to star in “King Of Texas,” a TNT movie debuting June 2. He co-stars with Marcia Gay Harden and Lauren Holly in a re-telling of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” transposed to the old West.
The Eagles Plan Summer Tour
Rock legends The Eagles are planning to hit the road again.
Billboard reports that the final dates of the tour are still being worked out, but the band will hit mostly secondary markets.
The Eagles will likely start off in Reno, Nev., and play about 30 dates. They are still working on a studio album, their first since “The Long Run” in 1979. Don Henley says he expects it to come out early next year.
NEW BLADE RUNNER DVDelayed
Video Premieres Magazine (a trade-only publication from Variety) is reporting in their latest issue that the upcoming anniversary edition of Blade Runner has been delayed until at least 2003 due to “pesky legal clearances.” There’s been no official word yet from Warner Home Video.