Comic-Con 2005: Future DVDs.

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  1. Allan

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    Comic-Con 2005: Future DVDs
    What to expect from the Superman Returns DVD and much more!
    July 15, 2005 - Thursday afternoon, the Annual DVD Producers Panel
    took place at the San Diego Comic-Con. The Digital Bits' Bill Hunt and
    Todd Doogan hosted the panel, which featured producers Charles de
    Lauzirika, Robert Meyer Burnett, Susie Lee, and JM Kenny. Robby
    Huckell was also on hand on behalf of Sony Home Entertainment.

    The panel kicked off with a videotaped 'Question and Question' session
    between Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson and his
    DVD co-producer Michael Pellerin. They discussed the development of
    supplemental DVD materials- Jackson produced all the special features
    on the laserdisc for The Frighteners- and the director revealed that
    he has served as his own default archivist, putting together
    behind-the-scenes footage (even shooting it himself) that he now wants
    to share with audiences across the globe. Susie Lee, meanwhile, has
    worked with Michael Pellerin on all things Peter Jackson for the last
    four-plus years, but she could only talk generally about the future
    King Kong DVD.

    Producer Charles de Lauzirika mentioned the three-disc Gladiator:
    Extended Edition, which will be released August 23rd), a Kingdom of
    Heaven two-disc special edition, and the debut of a special edition of
    the Roy Schieder film Blue Thunder (yes, you read correctly). de
    Lauzirika also showed a clip from the three-plus hour documentary (!)
    that forms the centerpiece of the Gladiator SE second disc.

    JM Kenny arrived a bit late- like many, he was stuck in traffic while
    driving down from Los Angeles- but he mentioned a few projects on the
    horizon: An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, a Mallrats
    10th Anniversary Edition, the forthcoming XXX: State of the Union, and
    Stealth. FYI, Mallrats X is locked and loaded for a September 20, 2005

    Robby Huckell revealed some of the extras that will be on the
    forthcoming DVD for Lords of Dogtown, and noted that he will next be
    working on Season Five of Seinfeld. He also showed a funny 'MPAA clip'
    of Dogtown footage that demonstrated the film's various clean-ups and
    edits on the road to a PG-13 rating.

    Robert Meyer Burnett saved what I thought was the best stuff for last.
    He has been working on two high-profile projects - The Chronicles of
    Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Superman Returns-
    and discussed a prospective X-Men 2.5 DVD, which he would like to do
    "...if only there was a sequel coming up they could tie it to." He
    observed that all of the multiple X-discs he produced have had
    significant changes bewteen one version and the next, and would be
    sure to do the same to X2 if given the opportunity.
    Burnett showed a clip of Bryan Singer, being interviewed from the set
    of Superman Returns. Singer gave a mini-tour of the Daily Planet set,
    talked about his motivation to cast Brandon Routh, discussed his ideas
    about the character, and revealed a list of some of his favorite DVDs
    (including the 30th anniversary Jaws SE, whose second-disc doc he
    cited specifically). Particularly interesting was a shot of Lex Luthor
    (from behind, unfortunately), which Singer quickly moved from sight.
    Teasing the audience, Burnett suggested that fans attend the Superman
    Returns on Saturday, saying that folks might be able to catch a
    glimpse of the film (much less Bryan Singer's public-speaking skills).

    The panel ended with some Q&A sessions with the audience, which
    covered double-dip DVDs, HD DVD-versus-Blu-Ray, the Sony-MGM merger,
    and a list of discs the producers would have loved to work on. Robby
    Huckell confirmed that Sony and MGM would work independently for the
    remainder of the year, and merge in 2006. He also noted that work was
    "well underway" on the Bond films, featuring restorations by Lowry
    Digital and complete audio remixes. Reportedly, the video quality on
    these discs is said to be nothing short of spectacular.

    Keep tuned to IGN DVD for the latest news from the San Diego Comicon!

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    Allan, Jul 16, 2005
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