Digest: Deluxe 'Affair;' Twice the picture

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Deluxe 'Affair'

One of the most romantic films of all time will soon be getting the VIP treatment on DVD. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is preparing a two-disc 50th anniversary edition of "An Affair to Remember," which stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and was nominated for four Oscars. The DVD, due Jan. 15, features a new digital transfer of the film as well as a commentary by vocalist Marni Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride, a vintage "Fox Movietone News" report on the film's shipboard premiere and several featurettes and documentaries focused on the production, the making of the film and the key creative talent.

Twice the picture

Sony Pictures' Jan. 1 release of "Resident Evil: Extinction" on Blu-ray Disc will be the first release in the high-definition format with a picture-in-picture viewing option. It precedes by a week Fox's "Sunshine," which also will offer viewers the picture-in-picture experience. The only catch is that consumers will need a next-generation Blu-ray player to access the feature. The first so-called Profile 1.1 player shipped this month from Panasonic; the Blu-ray Disc Assn. said all new players sold after Oct. 31 must be able to play picture-in-picture video.

Delage docu bows

French filmmaker Christian Delage's documentary "Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes" will be released Nov. 20 on DVD by Lionsgate, in time for the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. The film incorporates rare, restored courtroom footage shot under the supervision of legendary helmer John Ford and features an interview with 92-year-old Bud Schulberg, the only surviving member of the Field Photographic Branch that Ford dispatched to gather footage to make the Nazi plan a key piece of evidence in the trial. Narrated by Christopher Plummer, "Nuremberg" had its official premiere this year at Lincoln Center.
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