ALPHA DOG – WIDESCREEN EDITION
A Cautionary Tale:·The Making of Alpha Dog
Witness Timeline · Get detailed information on each witness as the shocking events unfold
SHOWGIRLS – 2 DISC SHOWSTOPPER EDITION (Widescreen)
12 Never-Before-Seen Extended Musical Numbers
Music Video "Listen" by Beyonce Knowles
Dreamgirls Soundtrack Promo
Original Auditions and Screen Tests
Additional Featurettes Including Dream Logic and Dressing The Dreams
FLETCH: THE JANE DOE EDITION (WIDESCREEN)
THE HITCHER – WIDESCREEN EDITION
Over 20 Minutes of Deleted Scenes, Including End Of The Road an alternate ending too terrifying for theaters!
Road Kill - The Ultimate Car Crash: Behind the Scenes of the Amazing, Hard-Hitting Car Stunts
Fuel Your Fear: The Making of The Hitcher
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN: SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Commentary by Director Taylor Hackford
An Officer And A Gentleman: 25 Years Later
Return to Port Townsend
True Stories of Military Romance
The Music of An Officer And A Gentleman
Gere and Gossett: Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Naked DVD is a new, regular column that spotlights DVDs that have been stripped of any or all special features. Most often this is the first issued DVD of a given movie that usually contain the bare bones supplements such as a trailer and nothing else. Hence the term naked. Our goal here at Behind The Scenes is to coax the studios and production companies to come up with a spectacular version of the mentioned DVD through our own wish list of special features. Hopefully, our honorable mentions could influence the next version of the said DVD to be released with all the bells and whistles that the movie deserves of the filmmakers’ vision.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel is a powerful triptych of loosely connected stories spanning the globe from Morocco to Japan to Mexico. Inarritu’s affinity for working in the multiple storyline format has made him an agile storyteller of the form. Dominating the awards season a few months ago, Babel follows Amores Perros and 21 Grams, both engrossing stories on their own, to complete a film trilogy. Bending time and space, the stories in Babel form a collage of contrasting landscapes informed by universal emotions.
In Babel, the Moroccan story of innocence lost and burnt in a second of carefree child’s play is especially heart tugging. The Japanese chapter is a story of isolation and detachment as a deaf teenager tries to connect with the world around her and her human longing only brings her more heartbreak. The US-Mexican story is centered around immigration as a nanny takes her two American wards to Mexico for a wedding and suffers the consequences. The film is ripe with social commentary about the state of the world and the cultural barriers that prevents any meaningful interaction from taking place. But there is a soft heart and empathy for the world it depicts behind Innaratu’s lens.
Watching the DVD was less than satisfactory. Needless to say, for such a global project with its biblical implications, there is nary a special feature to cast light on the film. Besides a trailer, we’re only offered the theatrical version of the film. We know that the studio (Paramount Vantage) is stockpiling its special edition for a future date but The Naked DVD is here to present its wish list for this heretofore future Babel DVD:
The team behind the quickly-gaining-cult-status film Shaun of the Dead follows up their success with a new film called Hot Fuzz. Just released in the US, it has already been doing robust business in the UK. The director, Edgar Wright, hails from a music video and British episodic TV background. According to Wright, the idea behind Hot Fuzz was hatched prior to the making of Shaun of the Dead:
Kind of the point of the film is that in the UK, there are no action films, particularly. There are hardly any police films at all. In the UK, people make gangster films because gangsters are considered cool, whereas the cops couldn't be less cool, not just as authority figures, but the fact that they don't have guns. So you can't really make a British police film. So that's what we set out to do, because we were so sick of gangster films. How can we make a British Lethal Weapon? How is it even possible with no guns? So that's what we set out to do and essentially the first half of it answers the question of why there are no British action films and then we try to have our cake and eat it by throwing in running and jumping and explosions and shit.
If Shaun of the Dead was an irreverent spoof of zombie films, then Hot Fuzz is a spoof of police action movies. The film's tone toes the line between edgy, funny and violent. Working with the same creative team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Hot Fuzz follows the adventures of a top metro London cop (Pegg) who is assigned to a small sleepy town where no murders have been recorded in twenty years. Until, of course, now when a series of grisly murders start to happen. Edgar Wright chats in this interview about the influences of Hot Fuzz and why Jason Statham is the new Charles Bronson.
David Goyer is best known as the screenwriter of the Blade series of movies and Batman Begins. His initial foray into directing was ZigZag, an independent movie about an autistic teenager that went nowhere theatrically. His freshman duties found him helming Blade: Trinity, the third movie in the Blade series. Now he returns to the director chair with a more personal story of teenage angst called The Invisible. Based on the novel by Mats Wahl that was made into the Swedish film Den Onsynlige, Goyer’s take on an American reimagining is darker in tone, as most of his writing is. A teenager (Justin Chatwin, Tom Cruise’s son in War of the Worlds) is beaten to death and wakes up in limbo between life and death where nobody can see him. As he struggles to find his killer, the answers reveal a dark universe of complicated betrayals and unlikely friendship.
The Invisible marks a departure for Goyer from the superhero-type material into more dramatic territory, grounds he covered in ZigZag. Like any writer-director that doesn’t want to be pigeonholed in any particular genre, Goyer is branching out between smaller independent films and big budget tentpole studio movies.
Meanwhile, Goyer continues to tread on the dark superhero material he is widely regarded for in the industry. His next project, The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins is currently shooting for a summer 2008 release. He has also announced plans to produce a new Green Arrow movie called Supermax with a broader interpretation of the character’s mythology. In this interview, David Goyer talks about the various superhero landscape he’s skirted in adapting for the silver screen.
Pat Dollard (center)
A few months ago I read an article in Vanity Fair’s March Hollywood issue by Evan Wright. It chronicled the rise, fall and rebirth of a CAA movie agent named Pat Dollard. Before his meltdown in the high stakes racket that is celebrity mongering, Dollard represented Steve Soderbergh and orchestrated the deals that landed Soderbergh Traffic. Grappling with drug and relationship issues, Dollard finally bottomed out. Sending a note to all his collegagues that just said “Later.”, everyone assumed this was a suicide note. But instead, Dollard hopped on a plane to Iraq and embedded himself with a group of Marines and shot a pro-war documentary called The Young Americans. Now back picking up the pieces of his life, he is hawking the documentary to distributors. Needless to say, this was all fascinating reading.
Now, it’s been recently announced that director Tony Scott has decided to make Dollard’s life into a movie. I can’t blame him. That’s what exactly popped into my head - this was a life tailor made for the movies in its absurd madness. Scott may be the perfect director for this project given his style and predilection for over-the-top theatrics with his cutting and camera. Take Domino for instance, another subject with a Hollywood connection. It was presented in disjointed and fragmented style which is quite the Tony Scott standard (also take a look at Man on Fire). Scott can deliver a projectile vomit of broken psyche images like no other director. I don’t expect his treatment of Dollard’s life to be any tamer than his previous films.
The biggest question to ponder is who will play Dollard. In that regard, Dollard will have a lot of say in since he brings a wealth of experience negotiating the back corridors of power in Hollywood. Here's our bet: Tobey Maguire, in the hardest and edgiest role you've ever seen him in. However, sparking any kind of talent would depend on the kind of script that Dollard and Wright produce. No word yet if The Young Americans has found distribution.
Director Jon Kasdan (left) with Adam Brody on the set of “In the Land of Women”.
Photo by Liane Hentscher and courtesy of Warner Bros.
Following on the heels of his father Lawrence Kasdan and brother Jake Kasdan, Jonathan Kasdan arrives with his feature directing debut called In The Land of Women. Shot on a US$10 million budget from Warner Independent, it follows a heartbroken TV writer (Adam Brody, breaking away from the OC) who returns to suburban Detroit to nurse his ailing grandmother and begins to emotionally connect with his neighbors – a mother and daughter played by Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart.
In The Land of Women falls squarely in the realm of the disillusioned-young-man-heads-back-home sub-genre. One of the most successful movies in that sub-genre has been Zach Braff’s Garden State and currently on network TV, October Road is fanning the flames of another disillusioned writer who returns to his hometown to discover his roots. What does Kasdan bring to the story that audiences might not have already seen? He describes the genesis of In The Land of Women:
It’s the kind of movie that I really like. I’m a big Jerry Maguire fan, I’m a big Say Anything fan; those are the kinds of movies I really like. In fact, there are references to those kinds of movies in [In the Land of Women]. And they’re not something people are making a lot of in Hollywood right now.
Like his brother Jake, Jonathan briefly dabbled with writing for the cult TV show that was cancelled called Freaks and Geeks. In this audio, video and print interview, Jonathan Kasdan recounts the travails of bringing his feature to the big screen.
CODE NAME: THE CLEANER
"Moppin' Up with the Cleaning Crew" Featurette
The Surveillance Window - Go back in time and experience behind-the-scenes moments with the filmmakers
The Ferry Explosion
Split-Time Car Chase
And Lots More
Deleted and Extended Scenes
HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (SPECIAL EDITION)
Feature Commentary with Director William Dear
Harry... Finding the Missing Link Featurette
Making of Harry And The
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION)
Commentary by Director Shawn Levy
Commentary by Writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
Featurettes: Bringing the Museum to Life, Directing 101, Monkey Business, Building the Museum, Historical Threads: The Costumes of Night At The Museum, Making Night At The Museum
Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Shawn Levy
Comedy Central's Reel Comedy: Night At The Museum
The Director's Vision Comes Alive - Storyboard-to-Screen Comparison
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School
Reunite with Rexy DVD-Rom Game
PARENTHOOD: SPECIAL EDITION
Art Imitating Life: Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard takes you behind the scenes as he and the crew reminisce about how their own lives affected the film.
Family Reunion: Casting director Jane Jenkins shares her personal on-set stories about the incredible ensemble of actors.
Words And Music: Award-winning songwriter Randy Newman discusses the film's musical themes and reflects on his multi-faceted career.
The Making of The Queen
Audio Commentary with Director Stephen Frears and Writer Peter Morgan
Audio Commentary with British Historian and Royal Expert Robert Lacey, Author of Majesty
TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH
The Story Behind the Film Featurette
Recovering Nature's Fury Featurette
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