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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

300 on DVD

Well, the biggest movie of the spring, 300 is coming to DVD on July 31! It's going to be available in 4 different formats: single disc DVD, 2-disc special edition DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray. Here's what we got for bonus stuff:

- a running commentary with director Zack Snyder, writer Kurt Johnstad, and director of photography Larry Fong.

- a whole slew of deleted scenes, each one introduced by Snyder. (I hope it includes the much-publicized one, featuring midget archers riding giants.)

- the documentary 300 Spartans: Fact or Fiction?, which tells a more historically accurate version of the Battle of Thermopole.

- the documentary Who Were the Spartans?, which is all about the Spartan culture.

- the documentary The Frank Miller Tapes, which is all about Frank Miller's original graphic novel.

- the webisodes

- photo gallery

- and more!

I should point out that all these bonus features are only on the 2-disc special edition and the hi-def formats. On the single disc DVD, all you get is the running commentary.

And I had to explain this to a friend of mine at work, so I may as well explain it to you, too.

Q: What is a webisode?

A: Webisodes are a popular thing for film promotion these days. These are those short videos that they film on the set and then post to the official website, giving you a glimpse of the production of the film. The more common name is "production diary." The earliest ones I know of were "Lynn's Diaries" for Star Wars: Episode I. (So named because they were the brainchild of a publicisit named Lynn.) But, the ones that really popularized the concept were "Peter Jackson's Production Diaries," in which we got one a week for the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Not only have they become a great promotional tool, but they also make great DVD bonus fodder.

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