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Ghost Rider on Blu-ray DVD

GhostRider-Bluray.jpgGhost Rider is out now on Blu-ray and standard DVD, and I have some clips and information on the film right here for you.

In the coming weeks I may also be able to offer a copy of Ghost Rider on Blu-ray in a competition, fingers crossed on that one.

The film, as you'll no doubt remember, is about Johnny Blaze, a stunt biker who unwittingly sells his soul to the Devil in order to save his dying father. Years later the devil returns and decides to cash in that favour from Blaze. By day he is the fearless stunt rider, but by night he becomes the devil's bounty hunter, the Ghost Rider. His job is to collect souls from Earth and return them back to hell.

Blaze decides to try and reclaim his soul, a task which means he must fight the devil, Blackheart, his manical son who is trying to overthrow his kingdom, and all the while hold onto his long lost love, as well as all that makes him human.

Directed by Mark Steven the film stars Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Peter Fonda.

I never managed to catch the film in the cinema, so I am actually looking forward to seeing it on Blu-ray. It isn't meant to be anything deep and meaningful, and is a light, action based, comic book film, and according to reviews it does that well.

The DVD version on release contains thirteen minutes of extra footage, three audio commentaries, one with the Writer and Director, one with Nicolas Cage and Mark Steven, and one with Avi Arad, Gary Foster and Michael De Luca. There are also deleted scenes, an hour long documentary, an hour and a half featurette, and another post-production featurette.

All in all it sounds a pretty strong package. Now, here are some clips from the film for you, as well as a few interesting bits of trivia that even I didn't know about.

Ghost Rider Trailer

Truck jump

Look into my eyes

Good samaritan

Johnny Confesses

Going up

No Publicity

In Jail

Some quick snippets before we go. Did you know that Nicolas Cage wrote some of the script? Johnny Depp was interested in the role early on? That the bike crash at the start was real, and the stuntan was amazingly unhurt? Director Mark Steven put his own money into the helicopter stunt scene and pushed for more time to film? Or finally, how about that Cage hairpiece which took three hours to put on each day?

Update: The marketing company have sent through the full specs for the different versions of Ghost Rider on DVD that are available:

Extended 1-Disc DVD (trade-wide SKU)
- Extended version of the film with 13 minutes of never-before seen footage
- Filmmaker commentaries

Extended 2-Disc DVD (HMV Exclusive)
- Extended version of the film with 13 minutes of never-before seen footage
- Commentary with Writer/Director Mark Steven Johnson and Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Mack
- Commentary with Producer Gary Foster
- 3 Making of Documentaries:
- Spirit of Vengeance, Spirit of Adventure & Spirit of Execution
- Sin & Salvation: Featurettes chronicling 40 yrs of Ghost Rider Comic Book History
- Animatics

Blu-ray Disc
- Extended version of the film with 13 minutes of never-before seen footage
- Commentary with Writer/Director Mark Steven Johnson and Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Mack
- Commentary with Producer Gary Foster
- 3 Making of Documentaries:
- Spirit of Vengeance, Spirit of Adventure & Spirit of Execution

UMD
- Theatrical Cut with no AV

Play Exclusive I-Active Card (packaged with the standard trade-wide SKU - as above)
- E-Cards: Choose from four exclusive Ghost Rider scenes and send e-cards to friends and family.
- Extras: Exclusive screensavers
- "Rider Facts" Little known facts about the production.
- "Behind the Scenes" Behind the scene stills and production notes.
- Rider Challenges:
"Dead Ringer" A challenging match/memory game featuring exclusive Ghost Rider images, a timer, scorekeeper and congratulatory message.
"Resurrection" A challenging slide puzzle custom designed for the Ghost Rider iactivecard. Rearrange pieces of the exclusive image in the fewest number of "moves" to complete the puzzle. Includes three puzzles increasing in difficulty.
"Rider Quest" Custom designed, interactive trivia game includes a video introduction, timed questions, rankings and congratulatory message.
"Johnny Blaze Chopper Shop" Design, paint, name, print and download your own custom designed Ghost Rider Chopper.





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