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Stalked: Blu-ray releases for 300, Watchmen Director's Cut and Towering Inferno!

Bluray.jpgThere are a few Blu-ray releases that caught my eye today that look like they're delivering something rather special for their fans over and above the usual extras, and while two are so obviously connected, the third is way out of left field.

There's the 300: The Complete Experience, Watchmen: Director's Cut, and The Towering Inferno all getting some seriously strong Blu-ray treatments.

300: The Complete Experience (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) has been released some two years since the film was originally seen, but is still only the second Blu-ray release for the film, although it has had two DVD releases.

The Blu-ray offering sounds like it's going to be a stonker. Okay they have the same features as before, according to High-Def Digest:

...blue screen-only picture-in-picture track, audio commentary by Snyder, writer Kurt Johnstad and director of photography Larry Fong, multiple featurettes ("The 300- Fact or Fiction?", "Who Were The Spartans - The Warriors of 300," "Preparing for Battle - The Original Test Footage," "Frank Miller Tapes," "Making of 300"), the "Making 300 in Images" still gallery, web-i-sodes, and deleted scenes

However this 300 (Filmstalker review) Blu-ray release has tons more, and to compliment the 2.39:1 1080p picture and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, they've added to the three disc offering some superb features.

Over two hours of new making-of footage
Three picture in picture tracks to watch during the film which are:
- Creating a Legend - Frank Miller and Zack Snyder interpret a classic tale
- Bringing the Legend to Life - Building a world from a comic
- The History Behind the Myth - The real story of the hot gates
Blu-ray BD-Live connectivity including MyCommunity Screening and My WB Commentary functions, as well as a media centre with downloadable content

Wondering why all that needs three discs? Well it only needs two, the third is your digital copy of the film to put on any devices you see fit...as long as they are a PC and have iTunes, so quite restrictive really.

However despite that last failing, the offering sounds superb. I think I'm going to be in line for buying it.

Then there's Watchmen: Director's Cut (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), a film we fans of Watchmen (Filmstalker Review) been waiting for, and hoping that it might get into the cinemas too, but it looks like it might only be a Blu-ray release. I say only but according to High-Def Digest it features a 2.39:1 aspect ratio in the 1080p picture and a TrueHD 5.1 audio track with BD-Live and picture in picture tracks.

Some of the features include:

Watchmen: Focus Points
Featurette: "The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics"
Music Video: "Desolation Row" by My Chemical Romance
Digital Copy (theatrical version)
Maximum Movie Mode
Featurettes: "Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes," "Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World"

No word yet on the full BD-Live functionality, nor on the Maximum Movie Mode, but that still sounds a superb offering, and this Director's Cut should have the entire footage for the film, not the cut down theatre version we saw.

Finally there's the surprise one in the group, the Blu-ray version of The Towering Inferno (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), yes that's what I said. It will be a 1080p 2.35:1 transfer with DTS-HD 5.1 according to High-Def Digest and we're going to see a ton of extras including:

Audio commentary by F.X. Feeney-Film Historian
Scene Specific Commentary by Mike Vezina, Special Director on 'X3'
Scene Specific Commentary by Branko Racki, Stunt Coordinator on 'The Day After Tomorrow'
32 Extended and Deleted Scenes
Alternate Opening Sequence
Irwin Allen 1977 Interview
Storyboard comparisons
Still galleries
Theatrical trailers

However the offering won't carry any Blu-ray additional extras. Still, that's another great offering for a classic film.

To be honest all three releases are offering tons of additional material to make the viewing experience even better, and with the picture quality and audio tracks matching those direct from the studio, you could be in for the best experience of the films ever.

I'm genuinely excited about these three films, it's not often I write about releases without a review copy in my hand, even if they are Blu-ray.



300 will be amazing on bluray


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