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The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News — 8/20/01
The big news for the last couple of weeks has been Warner Brother’s decision to release Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in a pan-and-scan format only, rather than an anamorphic widescreen format. Although Warner has not made any formal statements about this decision, it has been second-guessed by just about every online DVD site, including this one! There is even an Internet petition that has been set up for people displeased with the decision, and the folks at The Digital Bits have constructed this humorous link for everyone:

It just doesn’t make sense after the time and money spent on the other aspects of this 30th Anniversary edition. Check out the discussion on MousePad for more information. As soon as I get a chance to look at the DVD, I’ll be sure to post the review.

Also in the “Big News” category, Dreamworks announced the specifications for its new Shrek DVD, which promises to be a fantastic two-disc set! Here is the formal press release:

On Friday, November 2 the Biggest Box Office Movie of the Year Gets Even Bigger When DreamWorks Home Entertainment Releases …
‘Shrek’
on VHS & DVD With an Exclusive All-New Extended Ending

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 9 — Happily ever after begins Friday, November 2, when “Shrek,” the #1 movie of the year and DreamWorks’ $261 million box office (to date) comedy smash releases on VHS and DVD featuring an all-new, never-before-seen extended ending — making the biggest movie of the year even bigger! Developed exclusively for the home video release, the new footage picks up where the movie left off and continues the party with more than 150 “Shrek” characters showing us what goes on after the fairy tale ending. Created directly from its original digital format, the “Shrek” double disc DVD represents this groundbreaking movie in the most pristine presentation existing. The DVD offers more than 11 hours of entertainment and features 15 minutes of all-new animated material including interactive menus created by the movie’s directors. Just as the movie broke new ground in technology, the DVD features Shrek’s ReVoice Studio, a never-before-used DVD ROM program available for the first time ever that enables viewers to voice the lines of their favorite characters. The “Shrek” VHS and DVD will also feature an “Instant Win” game offering millions of great prizes instantly including X-Box Video Game Consoles with the TDK “Shrek” video game, Shrekked-out Kia Sedona mini vans, GameBoy Advances and free Baskin-Robbins ice cream. In addition, DreamWorks has teamed up with an all-star line up of promotional partners including Philips Electronics and TDK Interactive to offer consumers special discounts and merchandise. The VHS will be ownably priced at $15.95 and the DVD will be available for $19.95.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Created directly from its original digital format on to DVD, the “Shrek” DVD is the most visually stunning format on which to view this film. The DVD premieres 15 minutes of brand new animation from the creators of the film, PDI/DreamWorks, including the new extended ending and the animated menus. The DVD offers two ways to view the movie, either formatted to fit a television screen or in its original theatrical “widescreen” format. Packed with more than 11 hours of entertainment and insight, the DVD offers something for everyone with fascinating bonus programming offering an inside look into the movie's unprecedented technological achievements, along with DVD-ROM and set-top games, exclusive X-Box tips, a filmmaker’s commentary, and “technical” goofs — hilarious outtakes of animation in progress, as well as other material.

The “Shrek” DVD also introduces Shrek’s ReVoice Studio featuring a never-before-used DVD-ROM technology that lets the viewer become the actor. The program enables viewers to select from 12 of the film’s most popular scenes and record the lines of the characters. It then syncs up their voice with the character's mouth. The viewer can also view the scene and see how their performance as the voice of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona or Farquaad plays! DreamWorks also is launching a new DVD section designed especially for kids called “DWK (DreamWorks Kids) — This Way To Play.” This section provides kids with hours of fun, games, music and activities that can be played on either a computer or television, including Character Morph, a set-top game that enables viewers to mix and match the character’s body parts.

Following is a detailed list of materials on the Shrek DVD:

Disc One:

  • Menus featuring brand new animation created by Shrek’s directors and animators
  • Exclusive never-before seen extended ending
  • Amazing Behind-The-Scenes Featurette that shows you how the characters and movie were brought to life — from the early stages of creating the skeletal system of the characters to the complex layers of muscles, skin and hair to the development of fluids and fire that makes this movie unprecedented in the world of filmmaking
  • Exclusive never-before-used technology that enables viewers to voice their favorite character
  • DWK — This Way To Play
    • Games and activities just for kids including:
      • Bugs & Slugs (tic tac toe)
      • Ask The Magic Mirror
      • Hangman
      • Color A Scene
      • Dragon Heart
      • Fairy Tale Bowling
      • Learn To Draw Shrek
      • Coloring Pages
      • Ogre Masks
      • Soup Slam
      • Shrek Pinball
      • Trivia Game
      • Pin The Tail On Donkey
      • Fire Donkey (Cross The Bridge)
      • Rescue The Princess
      • Decorate The Gingerbread Man
      • Character Morph (Allows kids to mix and match the character’s body parts)
    • Shrek's Music Room including The Baha Men music video; the making of The Baha Men music video; Smash Mouth’s “I’m A Believer” music video
    • Character interviews with Shrek, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Donkey
    • Favorite Scenes Selection (Go directly to the funniest and coolest scenes)
  • Hidden Fun Facts that give you secrets about the creation of the film
  • Sneak Peek Trailer of DreamWorks’ upcoming animated release “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”
  • Production Notes
  • English 5.1, French 2.0 and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • English Subtitles
  • Cast and Crew Bios
  • Pan and Scan version of “Shrek”

    Disc Two:

    • A Filmmaker’s Commentary that provides insider information on the making of this groundbreaking animation hit.
    • Exclusive never-before seen extended ending
    • Menus featuring brand new animation created by Shrek’s directors and animators
    • The Tech of “Shrek”: A fascinating look into the production of “Shrek”
    • Exclusive “Shrek” X-box game playing hints
    • Storyboard pitch of deleted scenes engagingly acted out in a real-life meeting by the animators and filmmakers
    • Technical Goofs: hilarious outtakes of animation in progress
    • International Dubbing Featurette: Learn how “Shrek” was dubbed into languages around the world
    • A selection of still shots showing viewers the progression of several characters’ looks throughout the design process — from original concepts to their final animation
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Production Notes
    • Cast and Crew Bios
    • English 5.1, French 2.0 and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
    • English Subtitles
    • “DT”
    • Widescreen version of “Shrek"

    “SHREK”-TACULAR INSTANT WIN GAME DETAILS

    The initial shipment of “Shrek” VHS and DVDs will feature an “Instant Win” card and every game card is an instant winner. To play, consumers simply peel off the game card affixed to the front of every “Shrek” VHS and DVD and open it up to see what they have won. Every card is a winner offering the chance to win one of millions of Shrekked-out prizes including one of the holiday season’s most highly sought after gifts, Microsoft’s X-Box game system (with a “Shrek” game cartridge), along with Kia Sedona mini vans fully loaded with Shrek-tacular features including TV sets, DVD players, audio systems, snacks, and more, and GameBoy Advances (with a “Shrek” game cartridge). Other prizes include Baskin-Robbins ice cream. The “Shrek”-Tacular Instant Win Game stickers also will be included on DreamWorks’ animated classic VHS hits available for under $10.00: “The Road to El Dorado,” “Chicken Run,” “Antz,” “The Prince of Egypt,” and “Joseph: King of Dreams” — giving even more ways to win.

    “SHREK” SYNOPSIS

    Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude was suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save their home — not to mention his own — Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey (Eddie Murphy) who will do anything for Shrek … except shut up. Rescuing the Princess from a fire-breathing dragon may prove the least of their problems when the deep, dark secret she has been keeping is revealed!

    DreamWorks SKG was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, as a single company to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films and television programs; network, syndicated and cable television programming; records; books; toys and consumer products.

“Shrek”
Street Date: November 2, 2001
Running Time: Pan & Scan - 93 minutes; Widescreen - 93 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Closed Captioned

One other quick item: here are the cover shots for the upcoming Walt Disney Treasures DVDs. Some of you may have seen them already on the back of the Disney Catalog that was inside of the Book of Pooh and Recess: School's Out DVDs, but here they are for everyone else. And, yes, they will be real tins with a serial number.

WaltDisneyTreasuresLogo.jpg (11176 bytes)
MickeyCover.jpg (10658 bytes)SillySymphCover.jpg (10390 bytes)
DisneylandUSACover.jpg (11169 bytes)DavyCrockettCover.jpg (11021 bytes)

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

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