Kicking Off The Holiday Shopping Season Warner Home Video To Release Two Must Own Tim Burton Fan Favorites On Blu-Ray Disc October 4
Burbank, CA – “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” – the funny, adventurous cult classic, starring Paul Reubens (“Pee-wee’s Playhouse”) and the film that launched Tim Burton’s directorial career (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” “Edward Scissorhands”) – pedals onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time October 4 from Warner Home Video. To sweeten the holiday shopping season, WHV will also release Tim Burton’s vivid film adaptation, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Edward Scissorhands”) on Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. Both titles will be available individually with a suggested retail price of $19.98. Orders are due August 30.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” are also available On Demand and for Download from Amazon On Demand and iTunes.
Retailers have a unique opportunity to create a Tim Burton holiday promotion with these and other great Warner Bros. films, such as “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” “Beetlejuice,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” the perfect gift for Tim Burton fans and movie lovers. The acclaimed director’s films have earned over $400 million in sales revenue on DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined*.
Tim Burton, whose recent film “Alice in Wonderland” won two Academy Awards (Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Costume Design in 2011), is renowned for his wildly imaginative style, macabre humor, captivating characters, richly detailed costumes and eye-popping effects. He is currently directing the upcoming theatrical film “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Additionally, Tim Burton’s touring exhibition featuring artwork tied to his movies as well as original drawings, sculptures and other works created throughout his career, opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in November 2010, where it became one of the most-attended exhibitions in the museum’s history. The exhibit is currently at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art through October 31, 2011.
About “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”:
What wonders await you in Willy Wonka’s factory? Sail along the Chocolate River in a pink sugar boat. Experiment with Everlasting Gobstoppers in the Inventing Room. Observe talented squirrels in the Nut Room and travel to the Television Room via glass elevator. You’ll find a lot that’s funny, a little that’s mysterious…and an adventure as sweet and satisfying as a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight bar. This dazzling film of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, is your Golden Ticket to a world so inventive and amazing, you won’t want to miss a delicious moment!
Bringing in over $200 million at the box office in the U.S., “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has an 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Blu-ray Disc Special Features:
• “In-Movie Experience!” Tim Burton takes you through the mouth-watering creative process that brought this elaborate production to the screen – all as you watch the movie!
• Commentary by Tim Burton
• “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Chocolate Dreams”
• “Different Faces, Different Flavors”
• “Designer Chocolate”
• “Under the Wrapper”
• “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Sweet Sounds”
• “Becoming Oompa-Loompa”: How they turned one man into hundreds of Oompa-Loompas
• “Attack of the Squirrels”: A look at the trained nut-sorting squirrels
• “Fantastic Mr. Dahl”: A look into the life of Roald Dahl
• Two Previsualizations: Augustus Gloop dance and Mike Teavee dance
• Dolby TrueHD music-only track showcasing Danny Elfman’s score and songs
• European club reel
• Theatrical trailer
About “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”:
Two of the most original talents in recent decades – Pee-wee Herman and director Tim Burton – teamed on what was to be their major breakthrough in this riotously funny movie about Pee-wee’s cross-country search for his stolen bike. As Pee-wee encounters bikers, cowboys, crooks and a phantom trucker and passes through the Alamo and Warner Bros. Studios, any resistance is futile: unstoppable laughter always follows. Celebrate the one-of-a-kind magic that this mirthful, colorful, bountiful movie still packs.
A Zagat Survey movie selection, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” has an impressive 92 percent overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Blu-ray Disc Special Features:
• Commentary by Paul Reubens and Tim Burton
• Additional scenes
• Production sketches and storyboards
• Music-only track with commentary by Danny Elfman
• Theatrical trailer actors: Pee Wee Herman, Elizabeth Daily, Jan Hooks, Mark Holton
Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.
About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.
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