Studios give shoppers gift of choice with a variety of titles available

With Christmas around the corner, movie studios are making sure shoppers have plenty of DVD choices with new releases, extended editions, and collector’s editions all available in time to go under the tree.

M&C has put together a little “Santa wish list” of our own to show movie fans some of the choices they can expect to see on store shelves this Christmas season.

Here are a few titles available from Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, and Disney:

Scarface: Platinum Edition – Say hello to an all-new, two-disc platinum edition of Scarface featuring bigger guns, explosions, and sounds! Every sound effect in the film has been replaced and digitally remastered for the ultimate Scarface experience. The DVD also offers additional new bonus features and specially designed, highly collectible packaging that combine to make the new DVD version of the film an extraordinary home entertainment event.

Scarface: Platinum Edition bonus features include:
Scarface Scorecard: Watch Scarface like never before… keep track of the number of times the “F” word is used and the number of bullets fired.
Deleted Scenes:  Over 20 minutes of intense deleted scenes will leave fans wanting more!
Making of Scarface: The Video Game:  Immerse yourself in the world of Scarface in this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video game.
The World of Tony Montana: Experience the decadent world of the ultimate gangster in this all-new feature. Revel in Tony’s luxurious and extravagant life in the underworld.
Scarface: The Rebirth: Actor Al Pacino, director Brian De Palma, producer Martin Bregman, and screenwriter Oliver Stone examine the history of Scarface, from the original 1932 classic to shooting the script.
Scarface: Creating: A fascinating look at the controversial making of Scarface and the triumphs and struggles experienced by its filmmakers, including the filming of the unforgettable chainsaw scene, location changes, the producer’s battles to gain an “R” rating and more.
Scarface: Acting:  Al Pacino and other cast members offer insider stories and revealing insights into how these legendary characters were created. 
Scarface: TV Version Montage: A revealing and hilarious montage of film clips that compare and contrast the theatrical release to the network version of Scarface.

Scarface: Platinum Edition is now available at Amazon. As of yet, this version of the DVD is not available in the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information, and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels Locked ‘N Loaded Unrated Director’s Cut – The comic crime caper turned cult classic, comes to DVD for the first time in a Locked ‘N Loaded Unrated Director’s Cut. The feature film writing and directing debut of action auteur Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Revolver), this lowlife lark through London’s seamy underground includes additional action and plot twists never before released in the U.S.. Starring Jason Statham (Snatch, The Transporter 1 & 2), Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Sting, Lenny McLean and P.H. Moriarty, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels tells the tale of a quartet of incompetent con artists up to their necks in trouble with a murderous crime boss.  In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie weaves a tangled web of lightheartedly lethal characters on a helter-skelter thrill ride through London’s gangland that ends in a gleeful explosion of murder and mayhem.

Special features include:
“One Smoking Camera” – A featurette on the film’s cinematography
“Lock, Stock and Two F**king Barrels” – A compilation of all of the film’s expletives

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels Locked ‘N Loaded Unrated Director’s Cut is now available at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release date for this version of the DVD in the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

King Kong Extended Limited Edition – DVD collectors and fans of Oscar winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s awe-inspiring masterpiece King Kong  will be treated to a whole new thrilling movie experience this limited edition of the film. This definitive three-disc version of Jackson’s groundbreaking action-adventure film includes over 13 additional mind-blowing minutes of King Kong’s astounding visual effects and exhilarating action.  For the first time anywhere, audiences can view both the extended version of the film and the extensive all-new bonus features documenting the imagination and passion behind its making in one must-own set. In addition, the DVD comes with a gift set that includes specially designed collectable packaging. A beautifully crafted King Kong figurine, created exclusively for the package by the Oscar-winning artists at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the company responsible for the film’s creature design, special makeups, miniatures and dazzling visual effects, accompanies the gift set. It’s the ultimate set for the ultimate King Kong fan.

Addition features include:
Commentary by: director Peter Jackson and co-writer Philippa BoyensUnknown Format New extended edition with 13 minutes of added footage
38 minutes of deleted scenes
‘Re-Creating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong’ – an eight-part documentary on the film
A Night in Vaudeville
King Kong Homage
Weta Collectibles
‘The Present’ featurette
Pre-Visualization Animatics
CD-ROM of the 1996 & 2005 versions of the script
Outtake and Gag Reel
Conceptual Design Video Galleries

King Kong Extended Limited Edition is now available at Amazon. The Extended Edition DVD is also available at AmazonUK. Visit the DVD database for more information and a link to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

Miami Vice (Unrated Director’s Cut) – Miami Vice, writer-director-producer Michael Mann’s (Collateral, Heat) intense examination of the allure of globalized crime, blasts its way onto DVD in both R-rated and Unrated Director’s Editions on December 5, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The Unrated Director’s Edition amps the intensity with a never-before-seen version of the film that features footage not shown in theaters, creating an exclusive motion-picture experience audiences won’t want to miss.

Special features include:
Miami Vice Undercover – Learn how actors Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell prepared for this adrenaline spiked experience and perfected their roles with authentic, real-life details from actual undercover agents.
Miami and Beyond – Shooting on Location – Follow the cast and crew to the real-life locations used to create the film’s exotic vibe, including mysterious Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and the gritty back streets of the Dominican Republic, which doubles for Castro’s forbidden Cuba.
Visualizing Miami Vice – From production design to cinematography, discover how top technical experts captured the distinctive, instantly recognizable look and feel of twenty-first century Miami. 
Feature Commentary with director, writer and producer Michael Mann.
Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes – This bonus feature provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including an exciting look at the actors’ fire arms training, the film’s locations, and the filming of one of the film’s most exciting sequences – the boat race.

Miami Vice (Unrated Director’s Cut) is now available at Amazon and AmazonUK. Visit the DVD database for more information and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition – A set for the true Superman fan, the Ultimate Collections contains all of the Superman films – including the newly released Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut and the icon’s return to the big screen Superman Returns. The 14 disc-set includes the Four Disc Collector’s Edition of Superman: The Move; the Superman II (Two-Disc Special Edition); Superman III (Deluxe Edition); Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition); Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition); and Look, Up in the Sky!: The Amazing Story of Superman.

Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition is now available at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release date for the collection in the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information.

The Polar Express Gift Set – Destined to become a holiday classic, The Polar Express also heralded a brave new world of all-digital filmmaking. The gift set release includes a Snow globe and Toy train. Santa Claus does not exist. Or does he? For one doubting boy (voice of Daryl Sabara and Tom Hanks), an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve night, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor (voice of Tom Hanks) invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience.

The Gift Set also includes the Two-Disc Widescreen Special Edition of the film which has the following features:
2 menu challenges that kids can play
The never-before-heard “Smokey and Steamer” song
Featurette: You Look Familiar: Hear about Tom Hanks’ 5 unique roles, how each character was different, and what it took for him to bring each one to life
True Inspiration An Author’s Adventure: Chris Van Allsburg discusses his artistic background and how he conceived the idea for The Polar Express book
Josh Groban at the Greek performing the Academy Award nominated original song Believe. Also go behind-the-scenes!
A Genuine Ticket to Ride: Behind-the-scenes secrets on Performance Capture, Virtual Cameras, Hair and Wardrobe, Creating the North Pole, and Music

The Polar Express Gift Set is now available at Amazon. As of yet, this version of the DVD is not available in the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

James Bond Ultimate Collections Vol. 1-4 (sold separately) – Newly restored and re-mastered with optimal sound and picture quality and presented with an arsenal of never-before-seen bonus materials, The James Bond Ultimate Edition feature 007’s most popular adventures spanning the agent’s storied career, these collections include two-disc treatments for each of Bond’s thrilling missions, and are described as a perfect sampling for the beginning of a comprehensive 007 library.

Each all-new DVD features never-before-seen footage from the Bond archives, including long-anticipated deleted scenes.  Other bonus material includes rare interviews, long sought-after documentaries, new menus, interactive film guides, brand new featurettes and, for the first time ever on a Bond DVD, new audio commentaries by Sir Roger Moore. Each film is presented in their original aspect ratio, with original burned in subtitles and captions, mono and stereo sound (in addition to the new 5.1 DTS Audio).  Each film edition is on two-discs, with movie and commentaries on disc #1 and extras on disc #2.  

James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Visit the DVD database for more information.  James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Visit the DVD database for more information. James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3 is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Visit the DVD database for more information. James Bond Ultimate Collection, Vol. 4 is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Visit the DVD database for more information. As of yet, none of the volumes are available in the UK.

Miracle on 34 Street – Special Edition – A true Christmas classic gets the two-disc special edition treatment that features both the black and white and colorized versions of the film. When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Special features on the DVD include:
Commentary by Maureen O’Hara
The 1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour of Stars TV remake
“AMC Backstory: Miracle on 34th Street” featurette
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating in History” featurette
Movietone News: Hollywood Spotlight
Promotional short
Poster gallery

Miracle on 34 Street – Special Edition is now available at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release date for the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) – Captain Jack Sparrows owes an unpaid debt to Davy Jones and his army of sea-phantoms…his soul. Now, he, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann must find a way to save Jack from becoming Jones’ slaves and suffering forever.

The Two-Disc Collector’s Edition comes loaded with the kinds of special features that fans of the movie will love. They include:
Commentary by: Screenwriters Ted Elliott & Terry RossioDolby Digital 2.0
Commentary by screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
Bloopers of the Caribbean
Charting the Return: A preproduction diary
According to Plan: hour-long production documentary
Captain Jack: From Head to Toe
Mastering the Blade
Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend
Creating the Kraken
Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering the Attraction
Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage
Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer’s Photo Diary
Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man’s Chest Premiere
Easter Eggs

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) is now available at Amazon and AmazonUK. Visit the DVD database for more information and to read M&C’s review of the DVD.

High School Musical (Two-Disc Remix Edition) – The smash Disney hit finds its way back to DVD in a new special edition loaded with features to keep the “Tweens” happy. Gabriella Montez is a shy, studious new student at East High School; but that all changes when she is forced to sing at a karaoke contest with Troy Bolton, the captain of the school’s basketball team. After spending time with each other, both realize they share a passionate love for music and singing. But will they retain this love when their school is telling them they cannot be together?

The Two-Disc Edition features include:
Two versions of the film – original and sing-along
“Dance Along” featurette (as seen on Disney Channel)
High School Reunion: Exclusive interviews
Music videos: “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Breaking Free Remix,” “We’re All in This Together Remix,” “We’re All in This Together,” “Eres Tu”
Behind-the-scenes look at the Hollywood premiere events
Behind the scenes featurette
Learning the Moves with director/choreographer Kenny Ortega

High School Musical (Two-Disc Remix Edition) is now available at Amazon. As of yet, this version of the DVD is not available in the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information.

Merry Christmas from Monsters and Critics, and we hope a few of these DVD titles make it under your tree!

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