Digest: 'Potter' game for DVD; 'Bonnie' reloads
Empty'Potter' game for DVD
On Tuesday, Warner Home Video will release its first-ever interactive DVD game, "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Challenge," on the same day as the DVD of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Up to four people can play the game on a DVD player. Amit Desai, the Warner video unit's vp kids and sports marketing, said that more interactive DVDs will be released in the future, as part of the company's "goal ... to (bring) more family-friendly characters to life in a hands-on interactive way that is fun for all."
"Bonnie & Clyde," the 1967 gangster movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, finally will get the DVD VIP treatment March 25 when Warner Home Video releases the influential film in a two-disc special edition and an ultimate collector's edition. "Bonnie & Clyde" was part of Warner's initial batch of DVDs released when the format launched in 1997, but it has never been reissued. The new editions include such extras as a History Channel documentary on the real Bonnie and Clyde, a lengthy making-of feature, deleted scenes and Beatty's wardrobe tests. The ultimate edition also comes with a 36-page hardcover book of behind-the-scenes photos and a 24-page reproduction of the original press book.
Brand new meeting
Also getting special treatment, this time from MGM Home Entertainment, is a new "When Harry Met Sally ..." collector's edition DVD, coming Jan. 15. Extras include commentaries from director Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron and Billy Crystal; eight deleted scenes; a retrospective from the cast and crew; and several features.
One of the most acclaimed works of Soviet sound cinema, Sergei Paradjanov's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors", will make its DVD debut from Kino International on Feb. 5, three months after a critically lauded theatrical rerelease in New York. Also on that date, Kino will release newly mastered special-edition DVDs of two previously available Paradjanov titles, "Ashik Kerib" and "The Legend of Suram Fortress".