Disney has just announced a December 4 release for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” The film will be available in single-disc, two-disc Special Edition and double disc Blu-ray Disc editions. Extras will include bloopers; a documentary on the history of piracy and the pirate code; a look at the relationship between Keith Richards and Johnny Depp; documentaries on the film’s design teams; featurettes profiling the special effects used to create multiple Captain Jacks, composer Hans Zimmer, Chow Yun Fat, and the legendary Pirate Lords and their costume designs, origins and personalities. The Blu-ray edition also will contain an interactive exploration of the “Maelstrom” battle sequence between the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman, with its groundbreaking blend of live-action footage and computer-aided special effects. The BD-Java feature lets viewers explore the Palmdale, Calif., hangar that housed the ships and sets, with in-feature pop-ups and icons that reveal multimedia content about how the storm was created, from set construction to special effects. Viewers can either explore the set on their own or take an hour-long “tour” hosted by film producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
More big news: Warner has finalized its release date for the much anticipated “Blade Runner: The Final Cut.” After a theatrical run October 5, the company will release the title on December 18. Director Ridley Scott’s new version of the 1982 film, restored and remastered from original elements, contains never-before-seen and extended scenes. Three DVD editions are scheduled to be available: two-, four- and five-disc configurations with previous versions of the film.
The Weinstein Co., as anticipated, has splt the cult-film outing “Grindhouse” in half for release to DVD. Robert Rodriguez’s half, “Planet Terror,” will arrive on October 16. The other half, “Death Proof,” directed by Quentin Tarantino, will be released to DVD at a later date.