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Two bits of Marvel news tonight: Director Joe Johnston, who’s helming the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America, recently told Sci Fi Wire that they need to cast the Cap soon,  “We have a very short list, but we’re still juggling actors here. I’d say within the next couple of weeks we’ll have ourselves a Captain America, I hope.” The film is “fairly early” in preproduction, and shooting isn’t expected to start until the end of June. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to catch wind of this short list sometime soon. I recommend any of you with an investment in this franchise to start prepping for the fanboy/fangirl fury.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies/TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. In regards to movies/shows the author hasn’t seen, the DVD release is placed in its respective category based on the consensus reaction of audiences and critics.

Buy It

(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Special Editions)
Any movie that’s single greatest moment comes during a scene where a massive green dude shouts “HULK SMASH!” definitely isn’t vying for any Oscar nominations (although Ang Lee may beg to differ on that one), but The Incredible Hulk provides in the way that counts most: entertainment. And while I certainly wouldn’t pit it against Iron Man in a contest for the better superhero film, since the Favreau/Downey Jr. team would win hands-down, Unleashed director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton both hold their own admirably and help make this new Hulk an excellent second addition to the Marvel series that’s slowly building to the highly anticipated Avengers film.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The only extra material on the single disc is a commentary (with director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth) and deleted scenes. The 3-disc will include that, plus featurettes (‘The Making of Incredible’, ‘Becoming The Hulk’, ‘Becoming The Abomination’, ‘Anatomy of a Hulk Out’, ‘From Comic Book to Screen’), additional deleted scenes, an alternate opening, and a digital copy of the film.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

What? Exclusive Deluxe ($22.99) includes breaking wall packaging and bonus disc with additional content and digital copy.
Where? Target.

What? Exclusive Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

What? Free collectible interactive CD game card.
Where? Circuit City.

Easily one of the bigger surprises of the year, The Strangers is a horror-lovers wet dream. It’s a film that harkens back to the old school days of horror where the focus was less on plot than to scare the ever-loving crap out of you through actually building tension and suspense. (Sadly, only the “lack of plot” element of horror films seems to have been carried on to today’s more recent genre efforts.) Critics haven’t been as kind to the film, but seeing as how I had trouble sleeping for at least a week after watching the film (an experience I haven’t had with a horror film since I was probably 13), I’d say it fully succeeded at just about everything it attempted to do. The final shot of the movie is really lame though.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes and a featurette (‘Elements of Terror’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99 $17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $19.99

If you’re a Kevin Smith fan and you haven’t yet experienced his gut-bustingly hilarious stories and Q&A sessions featured in An Evening With Kevin Smith and An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, be sure to do so at once as they’ll show you a side to the man that you would previously only associate with some of the world’s funniest stand-up comedians. I haven’t been able to find much feedback on the latest entry in the series, entitled A Threevening With Kevin Smith, but being that Smith is rarely ever not on his A-game when it comes to public speaking, I can’t see it not being another wonderful helping of Smith comedy goodness.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with 4 hours of outtake footage (from the original 7 hour performance).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

As much as I’d like to tell you this set isn’t worth the double-dip, fans of Casino Royale (which I’d argue is the best Bond film yet) will find it hard to turn down the slick packaging and hefty offering of newly added special features, which as far as I’m concerned puts the previous 2-disc set to shame. For those who have Blu-ray, the upgrade is a no brainer, but if you’re like me and have no intention of giving up on the DVD format anytime soon, you can rationalize the double dip by saying it only cost you about 5 bucks (since the film comes with movie money to Quantum of Solace, and you can pick the DVD up for as cheap as $15).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: All the special features from the previous 2-disc edition have made their way onto this set. New extras include two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, The Road to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s Incredible Creation, James Bond in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming: The Secret Road to Paradise, Death in Venice, The Art of the Freerun, Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase, and Filmmaker Profiles.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99 $14.99 $22.99
Amazon – $24.99

Rent It

Back in the good ol’ days, when Family Guy didn’t suck, it was easy to justify the unstructured and consistently random nature of the show because of how unbelievably hilarious it all was. Then the show was brought back from cancellation, and the humor had all but been lost. It suddenly became clear what an uncreative gimmick the cut-away gags were, because without any wit to accompany them, all you were left to think about is they’re complete irrelevance to the episode’s story (or lack thereof). Having burned through a number of episodes through seasons 5 and 6, I will admit to there being occasional moments of what made Family Guy great in its heyday (such as the particularly solid two-parter Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie), but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy a purchase.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over 50 deleted scenes, commentary from series creator Seth MacFarlane, featurettes (‘Family Guy 100th Episode Special’, ‘Family Guy Live!’, ‘Peter Shin Draws Lois’), and an “I’m Huge (and The Babes Go Wild)” Music Video.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$26.99 $24.99
Amazon – $25.99

What? Exclusive Deluxe ($29.99) with signed script and collectible poster.
Where? Target.

What? Exclusive Lithograph featuring Family Guy characters.
Where? Best Buy.

Skip It

Why would a documentary promoting intelligent design use the not-so-witty subtitle “No Intelligence Allowed”? That’s just asking to be unmercifully mocked. And mocked it was, along with the rest of Ben Stein’s documentary. With an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that’s a 61% difference from Religulous), reviews have included such scathing comments as, “[The film] is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry” and, “[It's] an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike.” [New York Times] I gotta say, I liked Ben Stein more when I knew him as simply the “Bueller… Bueller…” guy.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A special message from Ben Stein, Using Intelligent Design for medical research, Bonus Music Tracks by Andy Hunter, and Expelled Super Trailer.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $17.99

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Casino Royale (40th Anniversary Edition) (1967)The Stone AngelBirds of AmericaAccording to Jim (Season 1)A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Remastered Deluxe Edition)Looney Tunes (Golden Collection, Vol. 6)The Incredible Hulk (Season 5)The Incredible Hulk (The Complete Series)The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (The Complete Series)Knight Rider (The Complete Series)Anaconda 3: OffspringMissing (Criterion Collection)

New James Bond DVDs available this week…
Thunderball (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)From Russia with Love (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Dr. No (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Die Another Day (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Live and Let Die (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)Octopussy (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)The Living Daylights (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)For Your Eyes Only (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

Exclusive: Steelbook Packaging on new James Bond Blu-Ray releases.

$6.99 – Halloween (25th Anniversary Edition), Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, Dawn of the Dead (Special Edition), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, 28 Weeks Later, Day of the Dead, AVP: Alien vs Predator, Donnie Darko, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, The Silence of the Lambs (2-Disc Collector’s Edition), Land of the Dead, Mr. Brooks, Resident Evil: Extinction, Saw III, Vacancy, Hatchet, Hellraiser, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hollow Man
$4.99 – 28 Days Later, The Descent, 28 Days Later, American Psycho (Collector’s Edition), Zodiac, Alien, Aliens, Bug, Saw, Saw II, Friday the 13th, Identity, The Ring, The Grudge, The Grudge 2, The Hills Have Eyes, Child’s Play, Christine, Jeepers Creepers, The Mothman Prophecies, Night Watch, Phantasm, Wrong Turn, Turistas, The Covenant, From Hell, The Howling, Candyman, Children of the Corn

$6.99 – Hostel (Director’s Cut), Hostel: Part II, 1408, The Mist, 30 Days of Night, Vacancy, Halloween (2007), Resident Evil: Extinction, P2, Phantasm, Mr. Brooks, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition), King Kong, The Rundown, The Bourne Identity, Jurassic Park, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), Munich, The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Behind Enemy Lines, Doom, and more…
$4.99 – The Descent, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, High Tension, Silent Hill, Feast, Night of the Living Dead, Jeepers Creepers, Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition), Carrie, Fright Night, Gremlins 2, and more…

$13.99 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

$3.99 – Get Shorty, When Harry Met Sally, Hoosiers, Bachelor Party, Dirty Work, Rocky III, Weekend at Bernie’s

You might remember that in June we reported that director Louis Leterrier was making the claim that Captain America had a brief cameo/easter egg in The Incredible Hulk.

“As a filmmaker and as a fan, I like to go see movies and watch them several times, … and every time I see it, discover little things in the background,” director Louis Leterrier said. “Did you know that in Iron Man, Captain America’s shield can be found somewhere? Well in Hulk you might see Captain America Himself!”

Of course, everyone went to the theater and saw the movie, but no Captain America. The director then changed his claims, saying the scene in question was actually in one of the scenes that was cut from the finished film:

“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet but I cannot tell you where or when and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”

Well now the DVD is out and our friends at FilmSchoolRejects went through the deleted scenes frame by frame. The result is the screenshot of the Captain buried in the Arctic. If you look closely you can see his shield. I’ve been told its much clearer on the blu-ray disc, but no one has been able to do a HD screen capture yet.

Update: We’ve since added a few clearer photos which were posted in the comments.

I still get a lot of emails asking me how if the Captain America movie is set during World War II, how the Captain will appear in The Avengers film. This is the answer, he becomes frozen in the Arctic.

The Incredible Hulk DVD/Blu-Ray Specs Announced

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced the specs for the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Incredible Hulk. Both the Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases include over two hours of bonus extras, including an exclusive, never-before-seen alternate opening and a digital copy of the film that is iPod, PC or MAC compatible. Gotta love it when they include the Apple users in on the fun.

The Blu-ray set will include a new feature called My Chat, which would allow you to communicate with friends and family while watching the film. And you can also share your favorite clips with your friends though the BD Live Internet connection, but what is that point? I love how they made the top part of the case green instead of the usual blue.

The single-disc edition includes the film and deleted scenes. The Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases will also include the following:

  • Alternate Opening
  • The Making of THE INCREDIBLE HULK: An in-depth look at the making of the blockbuster film, featuring interviews with Edward Norton, director Louis Leterrier, and producers Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd and the entire cast and crew. The documentary covers the film’s innovative take on the character, look and storyline, as well as the casting process, production and profile of director Louis Leterrier.
  • Becoming The Hulk: This featurette focuses on Edward Norton’s approach to the iconic role and the incredible visual effects employed by award®-winning studio Rhythm & Hues to create the character on screen.
  • Becoming The Abomination: From the first motion-capture session to the visual effects at Rhythm & Hues, viewers go behind the scenes with actor Tim Roth and watch as he transforms both his mind and body into the super villain known as The Abomination.
  • Anatomy of a Hulk Out: Behind-the-scenes looks at three of the movie’s most exciting action sequences:
  • Hulking Out in the Bottling Plant – Go inside the first action sequence of the film where both viewers and the army are given a glimpse of the Hulk to come.
  • Hulking Out on Campus – A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a Hulk action sequence, featuring airplanes, guns, and even a sound machine.
  • Hulking Out in Harlem – From pre-visualization animatics to visual effects, this featurette shows how filmmakers created one of the largest action sequences in Marvel film history.
  • From Comic Book to Screen: See the incredible comic books come to life courtesy of narration, sound effects and “living” panels of action.
  • Feature Commentary With Director Louis Leterrier And Cast
  • Digital Copy: Compatible with PC, Mac or iPod.
  • Deleted Scenes

Blu-Ray Exclusive Features:

  • U Control: Universal’s exclusive signature feature, U Control puts viewers one click away from going deeper into the making of the film without ever interrupting the movie, through animated comic book panels, storyboards, early renderings of the visual effects, interactive cast and crew interviews and exclusive information about the characters, back story, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK physics.
  • Thunderbolt Files – Explore the top-secret files of the forces hunting The Hulk with this interactive feature that takes you deeper into the movie – without ever leaving the film.
  • Scene Explorer – Discover the secrets behind the special effects! Explore all the individual layers that go into an effects-intensive scene with this unique Blu-ray feature.
  • Comic Book Gallery – Enjoy a Hi-Def experience of the classic comic book images that inspired key shots in the movie.
  • BD-LIVE FEATURES – Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:
    • My Chat – Just plug your player into your Internet connection and connect to BD-Live to chat with friends while watching the movie and conduct your very own private screening discussions.
    • My Scenes Sharing – Share your favorite clips with your buddies through the BD Live Internet connection

The Incredible Hulk will be available on October 21st 2008.

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Okay, you’ve heard the rumors of the behind-the-scenes battle between Marvel and star Edward Norton over The Incredible Hulk. I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me to explain what exactly happened. Here is what I know/have heard or gathered:

Edward Norton turned down the project when he was first approached but Marvel insisted that he meet with director Louis Leterrier, and Norton relented. At the meeting Norton offered his version of The Hulk story, and Marvel agreed to hire a screenwriter to work with him on a rewrite of Zak Penn‘s draft. But no screenwriter was ever hired and Norton did a substantial page-one rewrite by himself. Anne Thompson explains: “With about two months to go before the movie started filming, Norton did a page one rewrite–knowing that he couldn’t do anything radical, because sets were being built, locations found, etc. The entire Brazil sequence was already story-boarded.” Norton added a lot of dialogue and character motivation, and Marvel agreed to shoot Norton’s draft of the screenplay.

After production was completed, Leterrier put together “an assembly” of the film, which basically included everything that was shot. The director explained to Collider: “It’s called a suicide run because it’s absolutely horrible. You want to commit suicide after you see it.”

Marvel decided they wanted make a shorter, more action-packed cut of the film, discarding a lot of the character development pieces that Norton had brought to the screenplay.

“So after this we had a meeting—just like this—like a round table where I go okay we have to find solutions. And then we were screaming stuff and everything. Maybe somebody walked in, a PA or somebody walked in, somebody who’s not used to it and we’re having a conversation and Edward was like…no, Edward’s very vocal.”

Norton was understandably pissed. He was brought onto the project under the premise that he would have considerable creative control. But the final cut was, of course, not his. Norton and Leterrier lobbied for a more nuanced cut of the film that ran about two hours and 15-20 minutes, but Marvel stuck to their guns.

“Everyone was exhausted; it was like a little burst. ‘’I’m angry with you!’’ ‘’No, I’m angry with you!’’ And me in the center saying ‘’Boys, calm down.’’ It didn’t come to blows. It was just a remark here and there, then it became public,” Leterrier told EW.

Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily ran the story on the Norton/Marvel blow up.

“The next day when the Nikki Finke…Nicky Fink or whatever her name is…article came out, Edward was right next to me. He’s like ‘you want to laugh?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’ ‘Read this’.”

A day later, Norton even showed up to do ADR work on the film. Leterrier told Collider that 70 minutes of deleted footage is set to be released on the inevitable Bluray release. (Leterrier describes the out-takes: “It’s like the back story. It’s more the sequel to the Ang Lee movie.”)

“I regret that [Marvel and Norton] didn’t come to an agreement where we could’ve all worked together,” Leterrier explained to Entertainment Weekly. “The press is what kept Edward and Marvel from talking to each other. [The argument] was nothing, but then it became something big.”

Norton’s script opened with a suicide scene in the Arctic. While the scene added a lot of depth to Norton’s character, giving you a greater understanding of just how much he wanted to get rid of his curse. I’ve heard that the scene is included in the video game adaptation. A couple reasons why Marvel may have exorcized the scene from the final cut:

1. It added an extra five minutes to the beginning of the film, and in effect pushed the first appearance of The Hulk to page 26/27 of the script (or about a half hour into the actual film). Hollywood’s reasoning is that with a movie titled “The Incredible Hulk”, mainstream audiences want to see Te Hulk as soon as possible. I tend to disagree. I think that one of the reasons Richard Donnor’s Superman is so great is for it’s extended origin story. It builds to the first climactic moment when you see Christopher Reeves in the Red and Blue suit. And lets not forget Jaws…

2. It undermines the moment that Penn wrote where Bruce Banner jumps out of the helicopter, not knowing if he would survive. The risk was removed from that scene.

3. Suicide is less accessible and not family friendly.

Norton’s flashback sequences were also cut from the film, including a sequence with Banner having a sit down conversation with a Doc Samson, which can be seen in the trailers. The storyline with Banner finding a serum in the Amazon and his computer conversations with Mr. Blue (Tim Blake Nelson) were some of Norton’s storyline additions that remained in the final cut.

Marvel submitted both Zak Penn’s and Edward Norton’s (under a pseudonym, Edward Harrison) drafts to the Writers’ Guild for arbitration. Penn also wrote a letter to the WGA insisting that Norton had not considerably changed his screenplay. Members of the Guild follow a formula for determining the credits. An original writer must contribute at least one-third of the final screenplay to receive credit. If subsequent writers labor on an original screenplay as script doctors, they must contribute more than half of the final screenplay to receive credit. The Guild compares the final cut of the film against both drafts, favoring story and characters over dialogue. And as I said before, most of Norton’s changes were dialogue driven. The conclusion was that Penn would get sole screenplay credit. Zak Penn’s original script was also said to include two pivotal scenes from his 16-year-old screenplay attempt: Bruce Banner jumping out of a helicopter, and the scene where Banner tries to get intimate with Betty, but his rising heart rate becomes an issue.

Edward Norton released the following statement to Entertainment Weekly:

“Like so many people I’ve loved the story of The Hulk since I was a kid, so it was thrilling when Marvel asked me to write and help produce an altogether new screen incarnation, as well as play Bruce Banner. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and always loved the mythic dimension and contemporary themes in the stories, and I’m proud of the script I wrote. In every phase of production, including the editing, working with Louis Leterrier has been wonderful…I’ve never had a better partner, and the collaboration with all the rest of the creative team has been terrific. Every good movie gets forged through collaboration, and different ideas among people who are all committed and respect the validity of each other’s opinions is the heart of filmmaking. Regrettably, our healthy process, which is and should be a private matter, was misrepresented publicly as a ‘dispute,’ seized on by people looking for a good story, and has been distorted to such a degree that it risks distracting from the film itself, which Marvel, Universal and I refuse to let happen. It has always been my firm conviction that films should speak for themselves and that knowing too much about how they are made diminishes the magic of watching them. All of us believe The Incredible Hulk will excite old fans and create new ones and be a huge hit…our focus has always been to deliver the Hulk that people have been waiting for and keep the worldwide love affair with the big green guy going strong.”

EW’s sources say Norton, worried about being unfairly branded “a pain in the ass” by the press, conceded to Marvel’s cut, which even though it wasn’t what he wanted, he understood would be more commercial.

Edward Norton is supporting the film, and doing select press. Liv Tyler, Tim Blake Nelson and Louis Leterrier have contract stipulations for two sequels, if Marvel wanted to bring them back. Norton’s contract doesn’t have any such stipulations. Even if a sequel isn’t greenlit, The Hulk will return in the upcoming Superhero team-up film The Avengers. However, I’d be shocked if Norton returned to reprise the role of Bruce Banner.

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