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Kevin Krock, editor
The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News - 8/6/01
Here are a couple of quick tidbits I thought you might be interested in:

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Back in 1998, Disney released Tron as one of its first DVDs, but it was a big disappointment to both DVD and Tron fans alike. The release lacked extras, and the non-anamorphic widescreen transfer (not enhanced for widescreen TVs) was only marginally acceptable. Fortunately, Disney has heard the cries of the consumers and decided to release a special 20th anniversary edition DVD of the film on January 15, 2002.

Priced at $29.99, this two-disc set has an all-new 2.2:1 anamorphic widescren transfer taken from the remastered 70 mm print, an English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX soundtrack, and a boatload of extras.

Included on the discs will be a full-length audio commentary by director Steven Lisberger, two featurettes on the histories of computer animation in films and video-games, and a series of new interviews with filmmakers involved with modern computer-animated films from Toy Story to Shrek talking about how Tron inspired them.

Supposedly, all of the laserdisc special edition features will also make their way to the DVD, including deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and a storyboard-to-film comparison of the light cycle chase.

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Speaking of Shrek On November 2, Dreamworks will release the two- disc Shrek special edition DVD. They have been talking a lot about this DVD since January, but not much has been mentioned about firm details or bonus material. Recently, there was a report that Shrek co-directors Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson are directing new animation for the menus of the upcoming special edition DVD. Apparently, many of the main characters and "extras" will be seen in all-new situations created specifically for the DVD menus.

Also on the list of potential bonus material are animation produced for media junkets tied to the theatrical release, storyboard pitch sessions, and computer glitches. Plus we are hearing you will also have the choice of a full frame or letterboxed presentation off the same disc. More details to come in the near future!

The Muppet Show is now on DVD! Kermit, Miss Piggy and all the gang now are available in selected episodes from the series via Time Life video. There are several different ways to purchase shows - from one disc at a time (with three episodes per disc) all the way to a thirty show ten disc box set. All of course are offered at different price points. (VHS is also available for the DVD-impaired too.) You may want to check out the Time Life Website for more details.

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!
















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