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Tuesday Morning Notes; "Flashpoint," "Angels & Demons" to DVD

By admin Published: September 8, 2009

I took a day off from this space for Labor Day, instead spending it on some yard activities (mulch - done!), a little shopping with the bride, a bit of schoolwork, and watching the season premiere of "House (good - more about that later) and the documentary "Coal Country."

Later I expect to have a post about the return of the newer "90210" and the premiere of "Melrose Place," and maybe some thoughts on Sunday's "Mad Men.'

As for "Flashpoint," here's the announcement:

Follow the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of highly skilled cops when the first season of the dramatic series FLASHPOINT debuts on DVD October 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Inspired by true stories, FLASHPOINT captures the drama and suspense of an elite tactical team - known as the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) - as they rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down suicidal teens. Trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect's head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives, the team uses intuition and judgment to resolve extreme situations that regular offices can not handle. The series stars Enrico Colantoni and Amy Jo Johnson.

FLASHPOINT: THE FIRST SEASON DVD includes all 13 episodes plus commentary from director David Frazee for its pilot episode and more. The DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $47.99 U.S.
FLASHPOINT: THE FIRST SEASON DVD is a three-disc set presented in 16x9 widescreen with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and English Stereo Surround sound. The DVD is not rated in the U.S. and its total running time is approximately 550 minutes.

As for "Angels & Demons":

The team behind the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code returns for the box office smash Angels & Demons, coming to 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ November 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on 1-Disc Theatrical DVD, PSP, and for digital download. Two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor: Forrest Gump, 1994 Philadelphia, 1993), Academy Award winner Ron Howard (Best Director and Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind, 2001), and bestselling author Dan Brown team up with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars trilogy, Big Fish), Ayelet Zurer (Adam Resurrected, Vantage Point), and Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia!) on a thrilling journey through Rome as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) discovers the shocking truth about the Illuminati, an ancient secret brotherhood who will stop at nothing to destroy its eternal enemy, the Catholic Church.

Bonus materials on the two-disc Blu-ray and the two-disc Extended Edition DVD include seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “Angels & Demons: The Full Story,” a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; “Characters in Search of the True Story,” where the cast share their experiences of bringing Dan Brown’s characters to the screen; “Rome Was Not Built in a Day,” which follows filmmakers as they share their secrets to creating the world of Angels & Demons and “CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge” a look at one of the world’s largest and most respected scientific research centers. The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray™ will also include the Hans Zimmer Music Studio. Powered by Sequel 2, the Hans Zimmer Music Studio is a DVD-ROM application which will give users the opportunity to create their own version of the Angels & Demons score using original Hans Zimmer tracks.

Exclusives to the two-disc Blu-ray include both the Theatrical and Extended film versions, as well as the interactive map “The Path of Illumination,” in which viewers follow Robert Langdon’s journey through Rome, exploring architecture, discovering new facts, seeing additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from each location, and discovering more about the four altars of science — all in the quest to unlock the path of illumination. In addition, the Blu-ray Disc includes the newest BD-Live™ feature from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: “movieIQ.” movieIQ allows movie fans to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast and crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie (powered by Gracenote). The Blu-ray release also comes with a Digital Copy of the extended version of the film for the PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod.
You can find links to my fall-season package in the Sunday post. Showing that not everyone goes out of a TV-viewing comfort zone, one reader did call to ask where to find MyNetworkTV, the program service started to fill the gap left by the UPN-WB merger into The CW. Locally, MyNet is on WUAB (Channel 43).

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